Sunday night’s Super Bowl completed one of the more surprising sports stories in quite some time. Nick Foles, a previously struggling quarterback who had almost quit football entirely, turned his career around and led the Philadelphia Eagles to the championship. After a Divisional Round matchup with the Atlanta Falcons that featured a few bumps and a lot of luck, Foles was nothing short of dominant in his final two games of the season.

On the nation’s biggest sports stage, Foles was at his best. He destroyed New England’s defense, throwing for 373 yards and three touchdowns, while even catching another TD.

Foles is a hero in Philly for the rest of his life, but NFL teams are already beginning to look ahead to next season. With star Carson Wentz returning to the Eagles, Foles will be featured in trade discussions over the next few months. The New York Jets have to be in those talks.

New York is obviously in desperate need of a quarterback. Outside of one sparkling Ryan Fitzpatrick season, the Jets have been at a significant disadvantage because of the position for years now. Foles can be had for the price of a second or third-round pick (Jimmy Garappolo was traded for a second-rounder after all). The loss of a pick is a small effort for what could be a franchise-altering move.

Foles still has plenty of doubters, especially when it comes to his future success. But those who are calling him a flash in the pan would best be served by remembering the past. In 2013, his second season in the league, Foles threw for 27 touchdowns and only two interceptions, a campaign that included an incredible seven-touchdown game. When Foles is right and in  rhythm, he is not only a serviceable quarterback, but one of the best QBs in the entire league, as ridiculous as that sentence may first seem.

The last three (almost four) seasons put a damper on expectations surrounding Foles. When Wentz went down with an ACL injury, most NFL fans assumed the season was over for the Eagles. But suddenly in the playoffs, facing the league’s top competition, Foles looked better than ever before, even including 2013. His deep ball was inspiring, consistently thrown with precision into the perfect location. He was elusive and mobile, able to avoid sacks and extend plays. Foles looked more and more comfortable as time went on, with none of his former hesitancy. He made the correct reads, finding Zach Ertz for important third-down gains. He played as well as any quarterback has in the Super Bowl.

The Jets are in position to take risks. New York is a rebuilding team, and a roll of the dice, even if things go badly, will not be a devastating blow to the franchise. Maybe the Jets go 6-10 instead of 8-8. Foles is the ultimate risk, but the Jets have an opportunity to hit gold and never look back. If Foles can keep up 80% of his present performance, he is a quarterback that New York can rely on for years to come.

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

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