After drafting Anthony Richardson with the fourth overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts found themselves with four quarterbacks on their roster. The team decided to thin the QB room on Friday, releasing veteran Nick Foles.
Foles leaves the Colts after spending one season with the franchise. He made two starts in 2022, throwing for 224 yards, zero touchdowns, and four interceptions.
The move doesn’t come as a surprise, considering that Foles joined the Colts last year to team up with head coach Frank Reich. But with Reich being fired last season, there was no motivation for Foles or the new coaching staff in Indy to continue working together.
The Colts are left with Richardson, Gardner Minshew, and Sam Ehlinger as options for the quarterback position. Minshew, as the most accomplished among the three, is expected to get the nod as Week 1 starter. However, many believe it is only a question of time before Richardson gets the opportunity under center.
Foles, on the other hand, might pursue a new backup role somewhere else. The Carolina Panthers are one option, considering Reich is now the head coach there, and they have a rookie QB in need of mentorship. It also wouldn’t be surprising if the 34-year-old player retires, which is something he considered in the past.