Nick Foles is no longer a member of the Los Angeles Rams. His release was seen coming for a long time now, but the team finally made it official on Wednesday afternoon.
Foles was very bad for the Rams last year. By many metrics, he was the worst starting quarterback in the entire NFL. Yes, even worse than the living corpse of Peyton Manning. The Rams recognized this by benching him during the season in favor of Case Keenum. Then the franchise gave up a big haul to move up to the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft in order to draft Jared Goff.
It's been such a strange career for Foles. After starting some meaningless games for the Eagles as a rookie in 2012, he entered the 2013 season in a quarterback competition with Michael Vick. Foles lost the battle but eventually took over as starter when Vick went down. Foles really, really excelled in Chip Kelly's offense. He posted the best freaking touchdown-interception ratio in NFL history: 27-2.
But there were moments when it was apparent Foles' success wasn't sustainable. That became more apparent in 2014, when he severely regressed. Kelly realized Foles wasn't the answer at quarterback so he traded him (along with a second round pick) away for Sam Bradford. The Rams bought into the idea of Foles as their starter, at least for the short-term. The quarterback was awarded a contract extension last offseason. That decision obviously didn't turn out to be a great one. Releasing Foles this offseason cost the Rams $7 million in dead money compared to only $1.75 million in cap savings.
Earlier this offseason, ESPN reported the Eagles were interested in reacquiring Foles. Head coach Doug Pederson is reportedly a big fan of the former Pro Bowl MVP. Philadelphia is already set with their three quarterbacks (Sam Bradford, Chase Daniel, Carson Wentz), however, so Foles won't be returning to the Birds any time soon. Which is a good thing, because Foles is very bad.