Following Mike Glennon’s departure, it was uncertain whether the Buccaneers would be interested in adding another quarterback via draft or free agency, or if the team was fine with going into camp using Ryan Griffin and Sean Renfree as the two primary reserves – both already on the roster.

It was assumed that the latter was the more realistic option, with a chance that the team could use one of their later round picks on a quarterback. However, that tune seems to have changed as it has now being reported that the Bucs have interest in signing former Eagles, Rams and Chiefs signal caller, Nick Foles.

Foles was drafted by the Eagles in 2012 as a third round pick. In his rookie season, due to injuries to starting quarterback Michael Vick, Foles was given his chance to start and performed well through the remained of that season.

The following year, Foles threw for 2,891 yards and just two interceptions on the way to his first and only Pro Bowl. Who was the Eagles leading receiver in that season? Buccaneers new wide receiver, DeSean Jackson.

The following year, however, Foles’ luck began to change in a bad way. In his second year with Chip Kelly as his head coach, Foles was much less effective going from a 27-2 TD-to-INT ratio to 13 and 10. Following that seasons, he was traded to the Rams for Sam Bradford, a second and fourth round pick.

Foles struggled in his lone year in St. Louis, barely eclipsing 2,00 yards passing while having just seven touchdowns to 10 interceptions. Following the team drafting Jard Goff No. 1 overall, Foles asked to be released, and was granted that by the team. 

After his time in St. Louis, Foles signed a one-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs, reuniting him with the coach who drafted him, Andy Reid. His one-year deal was worth $1.75 million. Foles was a backup to Alex Smith, but did have to come in and stat three games in his absence. After the 2016 season, the team decline his second-year option and he was released.

If he were to become a Buccaneer, he’ll be in a much more comfortable system with a familiar friend in DeSean Jackson. 

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4 years ago

The young guys, Foles, if Winston goes down were screwed!!!

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Reply to  jme0151
4 years ago

If Winston goes down for an extended period, we’re screwed anyway. There may be 3 teams (if that many) that could stay afloat for an extended period without their starting QB. Foles is experienced enough that, with our defense playing like it did down the stretch last year, he could keep us in the hunt for a 3 or 4 game stretch. At the end of the day, backups are backups for a reason.

4 years ago

He’s been to a pro bowl. That shows with good coaching he at least has the potential to win 50% of games he has to start if Winston is hurt. That’s about all you can expect from a backup.

4 years ago

You know I’m best at flexing, adjusting, compromising, accepting, and generally going along and getting along. lol.

If the Bucs like Napoleon Dynamite, then Napoleon Dynamite it is! Go Bucs!

Reply to  macabee
4 years ago

I remember Revis calling Glennon Napoleon Dynamite. Now Glennon is making Revis-type money and Revis island has yet to be annexed by anyone. How quickly things change.

4 years ago

I think this would be an excellent move. We have to have someone behind Winston with experience. Foles would even be an upgrade from Glennon. I hope they pull it off.

4 years ago

My preference would be Glennon, but that is not going to happen. Foles has real game experience and has been teammates with Jackson. Feels like a good move. I don’t like using a roster spot for a 3rd QB.

4 years ago

I say bring in another Seminole. Geno Smith would be a solid back up and comrade for Winston. Go family. Go Bucs!

Reply to  bEubanks11
4 years ago

Wasn’t Geno from West Virginia?

4 years ago

Foles has shredded us everytime he has played us but against Schiano and Lovie Smith, almost everyone was shredding us. His statistics remain an enigma. How does someone go from a 27-2 TD to Int ratio to a 13-10 ratio in one year. DC’s must have seen something glaring and it got around the league. The fact he didn’t play well for the Rams shouldn’t surprise anyone. Ton Brady would flounder under Jeff Fisher for gods sake. Still, in KC he came back with 3 TD’s and 0 Ints. Had a 65 percent completion percentage and a QB rating of… Read more »