Tuesday June 16th, 2015

The St. Louis Rams want to sign recently acquired quarterback Nick Foles to a long-term contract extension, reports NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport.

According to the report, the Rams are making it a priority to get Foles locked up to a new deal before the start of the regular season, with the two sides already engaged in contract talks.

Foles was traded from Philadelphia to St. Louis in March for quarterback Sam Bradford. Philadelphia received a fifth-round pick in this year’s NFL draft and the Rams got a 2015 fourth-round pick and second-round pick in the 2016 draft in the deal. 

Foles is entering the final year of his rookie deal and is scheduled to make $1.5 million in base salary this season. The Rams want to avoid using the franchise tag on Foles in case he has another excellent season, which would increase his value on the market, according to Rapoport.

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The 26-year-old Foles missed the last eight games of last season, breaking his collarbone after being sacked by Houston Texans linebacker Whitney Mercilus in a Week 9 victory.

Foles had a breakout season in 2013, completing 64% of his passes for 2,891 yards with 27 touchdowns and only two interceptions. He led the league in passer rating and tied an NFL-record with seven touchdowns passes in a November 2013 game against the Oakland Raiders

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A third-round pick in the 2012 draft, Foles has 6,753 passing yards and 46 touchdowns in his three NFL seasons.

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