The New York Jets may not need to feel the pressure of drafting a quarterback with the sixth pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. On Wednesday, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported the Kansas City Chiefs are "likely to pass on Nick Foles' option for 2017." And so it begins.
This move would make the former Eagles standout, Rams bust and Chiefs backup a free agent.
Foles is an interesting name that headlines a list of free agent quarterbacks that will likely include Tyrod Taylor, Kirk Cousins and - oh - Ryan Fitzpatrick and Geno Smith. After an eye-popping 2013 season that saw Foles throw 27 touchdowns and two interceptions, the 28-year-old signal caller fell back to earth with back-to-back underwhelming seasons in Philadelphia and St. Louis.
After that remarkable 2013 campaign, Foles threw 20 touchdowns and 20 interceptions. He also fumbled nine times, losing five of them. Was it all a fluke?
Foles' name is being tossed around as a potential starter on some teams or competent backup for others. He will be one of the better options on the open market. As a backup to Alex Smith, Foles appeared in three games and completed 36 of 55 passes for 410 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.
The Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears, San Francisco 49ers and Houston Texans join the Jets under the category of: 'teams in need of a quarterback.' Any of those fives teams would be smart to at least kick tires with Foles to determine his market value.
The Jets should do just that.
Contact Foles. Determine his worth and compare it to what he believes he is owed. With that said, New York would be wrong for overpaying an inconsistent quarterback that has had one great season in parts of five seasons. If you need an example, look no further than Houston and how they handled former Denver Broncos backup Brock Osweiler.
Osweiler was paid big bucks after starting just seven career NFL games. He responded with a 15-touchdown, 16-interception season with the Texans. Now, Houston is in quarterback purgatory - a place that Jets fans are no strangers to.
It doesn't stop there.
If you recall, the Jets overpaid for a quarterback who was never more than average in his football career - Ryan Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick had a tremendous 2015 season with New York. He broke records, which led the Jets to break the bank. The green and white blinked first by paying Fitzpatrick a $12 million contract for one year. We all know how that ended up.
The list goes on and on.
Make no mistake the Jets need a quarterback. Bryce Petty occasionally showed a minor flash and nobody knows what Christian Hackenberg can do at the professional level. If New York wants to be competitive in 2017, they should start by bringing in a veteran signal caller that can be used as a mentor to the younger quarterbacks and serve as a bridge to prepare Petty and Hackenberg for the future.
With Kansas City likely passing on Foles' option, he may be the player that fills the Jets void. You can't help but be interested. He has succeeded in the past with solid offenses. If Foles can throw to Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, Quincy Enunwa and Robby Anderson while mixing in Matt Forte and Bilal Powell, New York could compete next season.
The Jets have nothing to lose by kicking tires with Foles. He can be a low risk, high reward quarterback at the right price.
Then again - Tony Romo, Tyrod Taylor and Kirk Cousins would be stronger options for the Jets to pursue.
Joe Barone is a staff writer for JetsInsider.com/NYJScout.com. He can be reached on Twitter (@28JoeBarone) or via email (email@example.com)