Rams Sign Foles to 2-Year Extension

Posted Aug 7, 2015

The Rams have signed quarterback Nick Foles to a two-year extension, keeping him with the club through the 2017 season.

The Nick Foles era will go beyond 2015 for the Rams, as the quarterback signed a two-year contract extension on Friday, head coach Jeff Fisher announced following the club’s scrimmage at Lindenwood. With the deal, Foles is now under contract with the organization through the 2017 season.

“We’ve seen enough. We wanted to get a deal done that was good for both sides,” Fisher said. “It’s a good deal. It’s a good deal for us, good deal for him. He wants to be here and we want him here right now. He’s done a lot of good things for us in a short period of time.”

“You begin every offseason with a pretty large task list, and this was one of the major ones going into training camp. And you check that off,” general manager Les Snead told “When you check off a major item on your task list, that’s a good thing for the team.”

Foles himself said he felt blessed to have the contract signed and was grateful to the leadership of the organization.

“I’m thankful to be here, be with these guys, be with the Rams,” Foles said. “Ever since I’ve been here, like I’ve said, the team has opened its arms to me. The players here have been extremely welcoming, extremely helpful with just getting me going along. We still have a ways to go, but it really is an honor to be here and to be wanted here.”

Part of the reason why Foles wanted to get the extension done prior to the season was his desire to have his focus completely on his teammates and winning games.

“I want to be all in. I don’t want to have to worry about contract issues or anything,” Foles said. “To me, that can be selfish. I’m very fortunate to be here.”

Fisher said he was sure the quarterback had a sense of peace of mind with everything in place.

“He also knows that this is his baby now,” Fisher said. “This is his team.”

“I think just entering the season with it all taken care of is great, but either way I would have been me,” Foles said. “It’s one of those things [where] it’s not going to affect me when I play this game. I play it for my teammates. I play for it the people that support us and my family, so that would never change the way I play the game.”

This aspect of Foles’ character is one of the reasons why Snead thinks the quarterback has ingratiated himself so well with his teammates.

“I think he’s authentic,” Snead said. “He’s a natural leader, but I think he knows the role of the QB. He comes in with a plan every day. He’s very relational, and knows what the offense is trying to get done.”

Originally drafted by the Eagles, Foles was traded to the Rams in March and immediately made a positive impact. Often saying he wanted to build strong relationships with his receivers, the quarterback appears to have done so very well through the first week of training camp.

But even back in OTAs, tight end Jared Cook heaped effusive praise on the new signal-caller.

“He’s everything that you want in a quarterback -- everything that you’ve always wanted,” Cook said back in June. “It just feels like he belongs here, and it feels like he’s been here for a while, which is a good piece. It’s what we need.”

After a solid rookie season under head coach Andy Reid, Foles excelled in his first season under Chip Kelly, compiling an outstanding 27 touchdowns to only two interceptions in 2013. Over the past two seasons as a starter, Foles led the Eagles to a 14-4 record and a playoff appearance.

And now as the Rams’ starting quarterback, Snead said fans have plenty to look forward to with Foles under center.

“I think you’re going to see he’s got some deceptive mobility,” Snead said. “So I think you’re going to see him break out of the pocket a few times and make some throws when it’s unscheduled. I think you’ll see toughness in the pocket and things like that. But you’re probably also going to see some nice gadgetry, and you never know when he may keep the ball or not.”