OXNARD—Rams quarterback Nick Foles has followed suit of the quarterback that he was traded for, Sam Bradford, in being unhappy that his current team drafted their quarterback of the future.
Foles was a regular in attendance when offseason workouts began April 18, but has since disappeared since the Rams took Jared Goff with the first overall pick in the 2016 Draft. This included skipping the start of organized team activities that began on Tuesday, May 31.
ESPN reported that according to multiple sources, Foles absence is due to the fact that the Rams drafted a quarterback.
Nick Foles has been a very up-and-down player since he entered the NFL from the University of Arizona in 2012. In his second season, Foles threw for nearly 3,000 in the 10 games he started, with 27 touchdowns and only two interceptions. He finished the season with a league-leading quarterback rating of 119.2.
The next season, Foles battled injuries and saw his production fall off as he played in only eight games, throwing 13 touchdowns and 10 interceptions before being traded to the Rams in the offseason in exchange for Sam Bradford.
After being acquired by the Rams, Foles signed a two-year, $24.5 million extension that included nearly $13.8 million in guarantees. He started in the first nine games for the then St. Louis Rams before being benched for Case Keenum after throwing only seven touchdowns with six interceptions and five fumbles, leading the team to a 4-5 start.
Foles received a $6 million roster bonus in March and has a guaranteed base salary of $1.75 million this season.
Coach Jeff Fisher talked about Foles’ absence with the media after practice on Wednesday.
“I’ve had conversations with Nick and we’re on the same page,” Fisher said. “And we’re trying to work things out with Nick. It has nothing to do with him not wanting to come in and compete at all. He’s very, very competitive. We appreciate everything he did for us and his leadership and his teammates miss him.”
Foles will not be fined for missing time because the workouts are considered ‘voluntary.’ However, missing the valuable practice time does not bode well for him to have a chance winning the starting job or even the backup position at that.