Foles skipped the start of the Rams' OTAs on Tuesday, ESPN.com reports.
Foles is protesting the selection of Jared Goff with the first overall pick, and is therefore angling for a trade or release. It's not clear whether one is more likely than the other, nor whether the Rams are willing to merely wait out his protest and try to keep him around instead. No one views Foles as a long-term quarterback option, so he might be harming his own trade value by demonstrating an unwillingness to play for a team with ambitions of securing a high draft pick at quarterback.
Foles is certainly a candidate to be traded this week, as the Rams are not only expected to select another quarterback with the No. 1 pick of the NFL Draft, but also retained Case Keenum through a first-round tender offer. That seemingly leaves Foles, who's entering the final year of the two-year, $24.5 million contract he signed last offseason, available to end up elsewhere, and there are reportedly several teams interested in his services.
Foles signed a lucrative two-year, $24.5 million contract after being traded to the Rams last offseason, but was eventually benched after failing to live up to expectations. Since then, the Rams have not only traded for the No. 1 pick in the draft, where they're expected to select a quarterback, but the team has also offered a first-round tender to Case Keenum and expressed interest in developing third-stringer Sean Mannion. That leaves Foles as a glorified reserve who could garner interest on the trade market, thus making his outlook this season potentially subject to change.
Nick Foles completed just 15 of 35 passes for 146 yards and an interception in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals.
The nightmare season continued for the 26-year-old, who failed to throw a touchdown pass for the fourth consecutive start and posted what was surprisingly only his second-worst yardage total of the year. Case Keenum was able to serve as the St. Louis Rams ' backup after receiving clearance under the league's concussion protocol prior to the game, and Foles' putrid performance will likely land him back in a reserve role in next week's game against the Lions.
Head coach Jeff Fisher has named Nick Foles the St. Louis Rams ' starting quarterback for Sunday's game against the Cardinals, Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Foles got the nod this past Sunday at Cincinnati in Case Keenum's (concussion) stead, shouldering an unnecessary burden, despite the presence of a standout back in Todd Gurley. Overall, Foles completed 30 of 46 passes for 228 yards, no touchdowns, and three interceptions. Considering the Arizona defense ranks fourth against the run and 10th versus the pass, the Rams may turn to Foles to carry the offense once again.
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