When the Los Angeles Rams made the jump to select Jared Goff with the first overall pick, it was a clear indication that the team was ready to usher in a new era at the quarterback position.
They backed up that notion by re-signing last year’s backup quarterback Case Keenum to take the reigns as the Rams continue to groom their new, highly coveted selection. Unfortunately for Nick Foles, that has left him as the odd man out who has since been a no-show at all team activities.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Rams have granted Foles’ request to be released and is now a free agent:
Rams granted QB Nick Foles' request to be released, per source. Now a free agent.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 27, 2016
Despite Los Angeles’ efforts to acquire a player in exchange for Foles, his trade value greatly diminished after a pedestrian 2015 campaign. Aside from the seemingly bitter ending between both sides, head coach Jeff Fisher released a statement wishing Foles the best moving forward:
“We have been in contact with Nick and his representation throughout the offseason and we feel that this is the best decision for all parties involved,” Fisher said. “We appreciate the contributions that Nick made in his time as a Ram and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.”
Foles has experienced difficulty coming close to replicating his stellar All-Pro season in 2013. Foles threw for just 2,052 yards, seven touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 11 starts before being benched for Keenum.
The release of Foles not only helps the Rams save a bit of money throughout this upcoming season, but the team can now move forward from any distractions surrounding their signal callers.