The St. Louis Rams think they’ve found their starting quarterback for the future. For the immediate future, at least. Nick Foles and the team reportedly agreed to a two-year, $24.5 million extension that will keep the former Eagles passer in St. Louis through the 2017 season.
#Rams gave Nick Foles a 2-year extension worth more than $24M, source says. Final year can void with Pro Bowl appearance or team performance
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 8, 2015
The move cements Foles as the team’s starting quarterback for 2015 and suggests they’ve seen enough thus far to believe he could be the answer for beyond this season, as well. While it may seem like a ringing endorsement from the team, Foles simply staying healthy and producing moderate results would be a win for a franchise that has endured two failed seasons in a row thanks to Sam Bradford knee injuries. St. Louis swung a trade for Foles this off-season in an effort to start anew under center and give their inconsistent offense some better stability.
Whether Foles actually provides that stability remains to be determined. Foles burst onto the scene in 2013 with 27 touchdowns to just two interceptions, but in 2014 looked to be much more a product of Chip Kelly’s up-tempo system. Despite having good size, adequate arm strength and solid pocket presence, Foles has exhibited questionable decision-making, below average athleticism and a regression in his accuracy.
It’s possible the change of scenery could be precisely what Foles needed after a mild step back in 2014, but there’s no room for debate when it comes to his new offense. The Rams look like a run-first team and at least at first glance, don’t have a legit go-to weapon for Foles to rely on in the passing game. Because of that, the Rams will hope he’s competent enough to help them get some wins, but he probably can’t be relied upon for consistent top shelf production in fantasy football leagues. Already a risk after tailing off last season, Foles now goes into 2015 with six games lined up against the likes of the Seahawks, Cardinals and 49ers. There is always a chance what we saw from Foles in Philly was for real and he rubs off on a suspect offense, but betting on Foles being a reliable weekly QB1 in 2015 is still beyond a risk.