Nick Foles was dealt to the Bears where he'll compete with Mitchell Trubisky. Even if he wins that battle, he's nothing more than a low-end No. 2 quarterback who should only be drafted in leagues that allow you to start more than one quarterback. Foles has started 12 regular-season games over the past three seasons. He's thrown multiple touchdown passes in just three of those games and topped 300 yards just twice. The abbreviated offseason will give Trubisky the edge in the competition, meaning Foles may need Trubisky to falter before he even gets a chance.
Foles and Mitchell Trubisky (shoulder) will have an open competition for the starting quarterback job, Jeff Dickerson of ESPN.com reports. Coach Matt Nagy said Trubisky will get the first snap once the team is able to practice, though it sounds like the Bears aren't making any assumptions beyond that. The team dealt a fourth-round pick to Jacksonville for Foles, who then agreed to a restructured contract that maintains his guarantees but reduces his base salary, with the added benefit of player options to void the deal after 2020 or 2021.
Foles negotiated a restructuring of his contract after the Bears agreed to trade for him Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. The Bears will fork over a fourth-round pick to the Jaguars in exchange for the 31-year-old quarterback, who has three seasons and approximately $57 million remaining on a four-year, $88 million contract, per OverTheCap.com. The new agreement maintains the guarantee on his 2020 base salary and also gives Foles the option to void his contract and become a free agent after 2020 or 2021. It's a pretty sweet deal for Foles, considering the Jaguars paid him more than $30 million last season between his salary and signing bonus. He'll be the favorite in a quarterback competition with Mitchell Trubisky this summer.
The Jaguars agreed Wednesday to trade Foles to the Bears in exchange for a future fourth-round draft pick, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Bears coach Matt Nagy's familiarity with Foles from their time together in Kansas City likely factored heavily into Chicago's decision to swing a deal for the veteran signal-caller. Once the trade becomes official, Foles will join a quarterback room that also includes Mitchell Trubisky, thus presumably setting up a job competition at the position once the Bears resume team activities.
The Jaguars have turned down trade offers for Foles, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. The Jaguars reportedly intend to have Foles and Gardner Minshew duke it out for the starting job this spring/summer, but they could change the plan if trade offers improve. Foles is entering the second season of a four-year, $88 million contract, with his $15.125 million base salary for 2020 fully guaranteed, per overthecap.com. Any team that acquired him wouldn't be committed beyond 2020, as Foles doesn't have any additional guarantees kicking in until the fifth day of the 2021 league year.
Coach Doug Marrone said the Jaguars will have an open quarterback competition between Foles, Gardner Minshew and Joshua Dobbs, starting with OTAs in May, John Reid of The Florida Times-Union reports. Dobbs was a generous inclusion, as the real battle figures to involve Foles and Minshew. The Jaguars might also consider trading the veteran, but it could be a tough sell with Foles carrying a fully guaranteed $15.13 million base salary for 2020, per overthecap.com.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/20||New York Giants||29||23.88|
|5||10/09||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||23||22.13|
|7||10/27||@Los Angeles Rams||10||17.13|
|8||11/01||New Orleans Saints||20||20.18|
|12||11/30||@Green Bay Packers||3||14.33|
|17||01/03||Green Bay Packers||3||14.33|
|3 Year Avg||66.7||895||5||3||14||0||56|