…then Nick Foles is worth at least a third.
The Bronco are trading for the Ravens’ 34-year-old Super Bowl winning quarterback, a guy who injured his hip and lost his starting job to Lamar Jackson nine games into this past season.
Denver hasn’t had much luck with quarterbacks since the departure of Peyton Manning, and a quick scan of social media and instant-reaction articles seems to suggest that people don’t think this is a great move for the Broncos. Flacco is in his mid-thirties and hasn’t exactly put up stellar numbers over the last three seasons.
But Eagles fans don’t care about that. This is more about setting the quarterback trade market, and if a 34-year-old former Super Bowl winner is good enough for a 4th round pick, then surely a 30-year-old former Super Bowl winner is worth at least a third. That’s the approximate value the Eagles would expect to get back by putting the franchise tag on Foles and trading him.
That brings me to this:
Broncos did kick tires on Foles, but Flacco was deemed better fit. Why? One, Flacco has played considerably under center. Scanagrello offense will have QB under center plenty. Foles more shotgun-spread QB in Philly. And if Foles gets $25M+, Flacco better value at $18.5M. #9sports
— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) February 13, 2019
This does, of course, eliminate the Broncos as a landing spot for Foles, but it also narrows the veteran QB options that are out there for a team like Jacksonville. Maybe they’d part with a third for Nick’s services.
For what it’s worth, here are some other recent QB transactions:
- Teddy Bridgewater and a 6th rounder to the Saints, who sent the Jets a 3rd round pick
- Brett Hundley to Seattle for a 6th
- A.J. McCarron to Oakland for a 5th
- Christian Hackenberg to Oakland for a 7th
- Cody Kessler to Jacksonville for a 7th
- Trevor Siemien and a 7th rounder to Denver for a 5th round pick
- Tyrod Taylor to Cleveland for a 3rd
- Jimmy Garoppolo to San Fran for a 2nd
Looks pretty clear to me. If Jimmy G is the high end of that spectrum at a 2nd round pick, and Tyrod Taylor is worth a third round pick, then Foles, a Super Bowl MVP, is easily worth a third.
We’ll see what happens.