3 veteran quarterbacks Colts can sign to backup Matt Ryan
Colts could reunite Nick Foles and Frank Reich
Nick Foles is the quarterback that really opened up this discussion. When he was released from the Chicago Bears, many figured that he would be a natural fit with Indianapolis.
The reason being is Foles’ history with Indy’s head coach Frank Reich. Reich was the offensive coordinator with the Philadelphia Eagles when Foles stepped in at quarterback to help the Eagles win a Super Bowl.
That Super Bowl run led to Foles signing a four-year deal worth $88 million with the Jacksonville Jaguars. However, Foles sustained a shoulder injury in his first game with Jacksonville and ultimately lost his spot to Gardner Minshew.
He was then traded to the Chicago Bears where he switched between a starter and backup with Mitch Trubisky and Justin Fields. Foles was never able to recapture the magic he had in Philadelphia and was ultimately released.
He could reunite with Reich and resume his role as a backup. Foles will have a great deal of familiarity with Reich and Reich’s system, and that will make Foles the ideal candidate to be Ryan’s backup.
If the Colts do actually acquire a veteran to be a backup, Foles has to be the most likely candidate, but Indianapolis does have options.