The Indianapolis Colts seemed to have hopes of a deep playoff run last season, but fell short after an embarrassing loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 18 to push them out of the playoff picture.

Indianapolis was arguably one of the most talented teams in the NFL last season, sending an NFL-high six players to the Pro Bowl, but inconsistent quarterback play from Carson Wentz ultimately held them back throughout the year.

This led the team to part ways with him this offseason, trading Wentz to the Washington Commanders and then quickly trading for Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan.

Ryan will be entering his 15th season in the NFL next year, and just turned 37 earlier this month.

While some quarterbacks recently such as Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers have done well at an advanced age, the general rule is that quarterbacks start to fall off in terms of production as they get older.

It is important for the Colts to have a solid backup option at the quarterback position in case Ryan starts to suffer more injuries or poor play with age.

The Colts made a move on Sunday to fill that position with someone who is very familiar with head coach Frank Reich’s offensive system.

Veteran quarterback Nick Foles has agreed with the Colts on a two-year deal that will reunite Foles and Reich for the first time since the 2017-18 NFL season, when both were with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Reich and Foles were together in Philadelphia during the 2017-18 NFL season, where the Eagles won the Super Bowl after Foles came in as their starting quarterback during the playoffs when Wentz was injured. Reich was the team’s offensive coordinator that season.

Reports last week suggested the Colts could bring in Foles, with his history with Reich cited as a factor there. That’s now happened, and we now know that Foles has signed with the Colts through the 2023-24 NFL season.

He has gone just 3-9 as a starting quarterback since leaving Philadelphia, but that was with with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Chicago Bears, who had less promising situations than the Colts currently have.

While Foles will likely not see too much action for the Colts if things go according to plan for the team, he has certainly proven over the years that he can jump in if needed and produce in a big way.

[Mike Garafalo]

About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College.