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Jaguars were only real suitors for Nick Foles, paid him for respect

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The Jacksonville Jaguars will be signing free agent quarterback Nick Foles on Wednesday when the official opening of 2019 NFL free agency. The terms of that deal are reportedly a 4-year deal worth $88 million that can grow to $102 million with just over $50 million guaranteed. The actual numbers for Foles seemed to be a big surprise, especially considering the Jaguars were the only real suitors for Foles.

So if the Jaguars were the only real destination, why did they pay so much?

Respect, apparently?

According to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network there were no other significant suitors for Nick Foles, but the Jaguars wanted to make it clear that Foles is the starter and the leader for the team. The big reason for the Jaguars paying so much for Foles and deciding against low balling, regardless of the market, is because they were concerned of how that would be viewed in the locker room.

Now that they are paying Foles clear-cut starter money it should give him more credibility and respect in the Jaguars locker room.

$1 million = 1 respect