Rams GM Les Snead told reporters on Thursday that it’s “definitely realistic” to think they could have a long-term contract in place with QB Nick Foles before the end of the season.
“Oh yes, I think it’s definitely realistic,” Snead said. “I think both parties philosophically, us as an organization and … he’s getting to that point where he wants to focus on football and let’s roll. And hey, let the chips fall where they may.
“I do think he’s excited about what’s around him. He thinks we’ll all be successful and that usually means success for the individual as well.”
Snead added that they’ve been largely impressed with what they’ve seen from Foles since he arrived in St. Louis.
“The first day you go in the building and throw with receivers and no coaches, whatever phase that may be, it seems like from that day that skill group was like ‘Wow, we love this guy,’” Snead said. “It’s not like he had been the quarterback here for two years, you had a case of his first day at school, hello to everybody, we don’t know each other. He kind of took charge there. You can tell those guys will battle, he’s done a nice job with leadership. That’s the biggest thing I can say about him.”
The Rams have confirmed previously that they’ve had initial contract talks with Foles and his reps in recent months, so this doesn’t come as a complete surprise.
However, it will be interesting to hear what kind of contract the two parties are discussing, seeing as some have speculated that Foles may need to agree to a similarly structured deal to the pay-as-go contracts signed by Andy Dalton and Colin Kaepernick.
Foles, 26, came over in a trade from the Eagles that sent Sam Bradford to Philadelphia. He still has one year remaining on his four-year, $2.769 million rookie contract and stands to make a base salary of $1.522 million for the 2015 season.
In 2014, Foles appeared in eight games for the Eagles and threw for 2,163 yards while completing 59.8 percent of his passes for 13 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 25 quarterback out of 39 qualifying players.
We’ll have more regarding Foles and a potential extension with the Rams as the news is available.