AFC East

Did Nick Foles Release Have an Impact on Ryan Fitzpatrick’s Deal?

ST. LOUIS, MO - DECEMBER 6: Nick Foles #5 of the St. Louis Rams throws a pass in the third quarter  against the Arizona Cardinals at the Edward Jones Dome on December 6, 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

On Wednesday afternoon, the LA Rams granted quarterback Nick Foles his request to be released.

Foles will now become an unrestricted free agent and can sign with any team.

“We have been in contact with Nick and his representation throughout the offseason and we feel that this is the best decision for all parties involved,” Rams coach Jeff Fisher said in a statement. “We appreciate the contributions that Nick has made to our organization in his time as a Ram and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.”

Foles had taken less money this season to ensure the Rams would allow him to move on if he chooses. Following his absence from offseason workouts, Foles was granted his wish.

Foles seemed to be upset following the Rams No. 1 draft pick in quarterback Jared Goff.

Last year, Foles signed a two-year, $24.5 million contract, but after struggling to a 4-5 start and throwing just one more touchdown than interception, Foles was benched.

He finish the season with seven touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 11 games.

For some teams, Foles could be an attractive fit as just two years ago, he had a season to remember in Philadelphia. He threw 27 touchdown passes and was picked off just two times.

His success however, was shot lived. Last season, he had a dreadful 56.6 completion rate, and struggled to get in a groove.

Shortly after Foles’ release, the New York Jets, who were having quarterback trouble of their own, signed veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick to a one-year, $12 million deal.

Coincidence? Not a chance.

Foles being available forced the hand of Fitzpatrick and consequently helped the Jets get a deal done.

Prior to the deal, the Jets were committed on growing quarterback Geno Smith back into a starters role. After Foles’ release, the Jets may have looked to pursue him.

It also would have made since because Jets’ head coach Todd Bowles was a defensive assistant with the Eagles while Foles was still there.

Obviously none of this matters now, but Foles could still make an impact and will certainly land on an NFL roster at some point before the season starts.

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