By: Jay Patel
Well, the Bears added a QB to put some much needed pressure on 2017 2nd overall pick Mitchell Trubisky. Bears fans should have a good memory on their potential new starting QB, Nick Foles, who defeated the Bears in the 2018 NFC Wild Card game. In the trade with Jacksonville, the Bears sent their compensatory 4th round pick (140th overall) for Foles.
This year’s QB market was stacked. Names such as Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Philip Rivers, Cam Newton, Teddy Bridgewater, and Andy Dalton were available. The Bears were zeroing on either Dalton or Foles. Newton was a speculated trade candidate for Chicago, with the Bears contacting the Panthers as early as this morning. At the end of the day, Foles ties to the Bears coaching staff was too much to ignore, and Ryan Pace pulled the trigger.
Foles connections to the Bears go from HC Matt Nagy to new OC Bill Lazor to new QBs coach John DeFilippo. His ties were the biggest reasons the Bears were comfortable acquiring him.
Foles signed a lucrative four-year, $88 million contract with the Jaguars last off-season. He broke his clavicle during Week 1, and Minshew Mania was the new mantra in Jacksonville. After going 0-4 in four starts from his return, the Jaguars benched Foles, and handed the starting job to Minshew. Trade rumors instantly swirled, and this off-season was figured to be the end of the road for Foles after one disappointing season with the Jags.
The Bears will be responsible for the final three years of Foles contract that has a base value of $50 million. However, Foles and the Bears have restructured the deal to: three years, $21 million guaranteed, but Foles has the ability to void the deal after either of the first two years depending on his play.
Moving forward, it will be an interesting battle between Foles and Trubisky for the starting QB position. Foles has a Super Bowl to his name, along with plenty success. The main concern with Foles is if he can sustain a healthy 16-game season as a starting QB. Meanwhile, Trubisky has flashed his potential during his tenure with the Bears including a playoff appearance and Pro Bowl status in 2018. He regressed last season, but not all blame can be put on Mitchell. The running game was nonexistent at times, and the O-line wasn’t stable. With a new QB coach in DeFilippo, who has been successful in the NFL, could get the most out of Trubisky. Time will tell, but at this point, I still see Trubisky as the front-runner for the starting QB job in Chicago.