Colts sign quarterback Nick Foles

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Colts have signed a player they hope never steps on the field, but will have confidence in if he does.

Nick Foles, a veteran quarterback with 56 starts and a Super Bowl championship/MVP on his resume, has signed a two-year contract to serve as Matt Ryan’s backup, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

It’s the latest sign the Colts believe they have a team capable of at least winning the AFC South in 2022.

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Foles, 33, represents the proven depth that was missing behind Ryan. The others in the QB room – 2021 6th-round pick Sam Ehlinger, James Morgan and undrafted rookie Jack Coan – haven’t thrown a pass in a regular-season game.

Ryan, 37 and heading into his 15th season, has missed only three of a possible 225 regular-season games, including just one since 2010.

However, the NFL is a collision sport, and injuries happen.

Prior to Foles’ acquisition, the Colts would have hoped Ryan’s ironman tendencies continued. That’s risky.

Speculation about adding Foles had intensified in recent days, and the team did nothing to deflect things.

Ballard has kept the door open for adding a veteran behind Ryan, and coach Frank Reich took a similar stance during the recent rookie minicamp. Reich was specifically asked about the possibility of adding a veteran QB, and Foles.

“We’re always looking at who makes this team better at…

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