Despite an average season from Blake Bortles, the Jacksonville Jaguars were able to have great success and reach the playoffs for the first time since 2007. However, due to the Bortles’ play being mostly a burden throughout his tenure in Jacksonville, fans still are questioning if Bortles should be the starting quarterback for the foreseeable future. Many analysts predict the Jaguars will select a quarterback in the early rounds of the 2018 NFL Draft that will actually compete with Bortles for the starting spot. Jacksonville’s current backup Chad Henne is a fine backup quarterback, but he has not provided any legitimate competition for Bortles and does not push Bortles to get better.

One solution for the Jaguars’ quarterback situation could be trading for Nick Foles. Foles just won the Super Bowl MVP after leading the Eagles to their first Super Bowl victory in franchise history. Originally, Foles was the backup to Carson Wentz, who suffered an ACL injury late in the season. After Wentz was injured on a scramble in the Eagles Week 14 game against the Rams, Foles led an underdog Eagles team through the playoffs and capped off a spectacular postseason with a dominating performance against Tom Brady and the Patriots.

Unless Wentz’s recovery from his knee surgery is well ahead of schedule, Wentz will begin the year on the sidelines and Foles will be the starting quarterback in Philadelphia. Despite that likely scenario, the Eagles will also be entertaining trade offers for Foles as his trade value is the highest it ever will be. Foles has one more year remaining on his contract, and Jacksonville would be one of many teams that would benefit from Foles being on their roster.

The Jaguars should not waste a valuable draft pick on a quarterback if they feel Bortles is the long-term solution. To avoid having to use a high draft pick on an uncertain quarterback prospect, the Jaguars could acquire Foles, who would provide legitimate competition for the starting job. The market for Foles has yet to develop, so the amount of compensation needed for Philadelphia to be tempted to trade him is not yet established. However, the Jaguars would be playoff and Super Bowl contenders again next year if they had Foles or Bortles starting at quarterback. Whoever is at quarterback, however, could determine if the Jaguars can make it to the Super Bowl next year.

Nevertheless, the decision to acquire Foles hinges on Bortles’ future in Jacksonville. The strongest case to acquire Foles would be if the Jaguars want a new starter that is relatively cheap. Having Foles as a backup would also be great, which the Eagles just learned this season. It’s certainly an interesting option, but the Eagles might be asking a lot for their Super Bowl MVP and Jacksonville would need to consider how much they are willing to trade for a quarterback who has not had much success in any place other than Philadelphia in his career.

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.

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