Wednesday’s roundup: Rams release quarterback Foles
Los Angeles — The Rams released quarterback Nick Foles on Wednesday after failing to find a trade destination for the disgruntled veteran.
The Rams announced the move one day before their veterans report to training camp for their homecoming season in Southern California.
Foles hasn’t been around the Rams since they traded up to choose California quarterback Jared Goff with the No. 1 pick in the draft this spring. Foles, who spent one year at Michigan State, skipped offseason workouts while Los Angeles attempted to trade him.
Instead, the Rams had to release a capable veteran quarterback without compensation after teams likely realized they could attempt to sign Foles as a free agent.
“We have been in contact with Nick and his representation throughout the offseason, and we feel that this is the best decision for all parties involved,” Rams coach Jeff Fisher said in a statement. “We appreciate the contributions that Nick has made to our organization.”
Foles spent just one season with the Rams, who acquired him from the Eagles for Sam Bradford.
Foles started 11 games for St. Louis. He passed for 2,052 yards and seven touchdowns with 10 interceptions.
Training camp arrivals
Patriots coach Bill Belichick acknowledged Jimmy Garoppolo will have to start the first four games of the season at quarterback and said the top priority of training camp would be to get the former backup ready.
“We have finally some definition with Tom’s situation,” Belichick said of Tom Brady before declining to comment further on the “Deflategate” scandal.
“Tom will return as the starting quarterback when he comes back, but in the meantime we have to prioritize the first part of our schedule and that’ll be to get Jimmy ready to go.”
Brady was suspended four games and the team was docked $1 million and two draft picks for what the league said was a scheme to illegally deflate the footballs used in the 2015 AFC championship game.
... The first rule of Jets training camp: No talking about Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Fitzpatrick signed a one-year, $12 million deal with New York, ESPN.com reported, But discussing the quarterback’s monthslong contract stalemate with the Jets was off limits.
The Ravens reached an agreement with offensive lineman Jake Long (Michigan) on a one-year contract, pending the condition of his oft-injured right knee.
... Pro Bowl defensive tackle Kawann Short said he won’t stage a contract holdout this season while awaiting a new deal from the Panthers.
... The Chiefs placed running back Jamaal Charles on the physically unable to perform list as he returns from a knee injury.
... The Jets signed running back Bernard Pierce and waived running back Zac Stacy.
... The Vikings signed defensive tackle Kevin Williams to a one-day contract so he can formally retire as a Viking.