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The Chicago Bears added another quarterback to the fold behind Justin Fields in Trevor Siemian on Friday, inking the veteran to a two-year deal. Following this signing of Siemian, Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network reports that the Bears have explored trades for fellow quarterback Nick Foles and are expected to continue that search for a partner as the offseason rolls along. 

The 33-year-old has been with the Bears for the past two seasons after the team acquired him in a trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He originally arrived in Chicago to compete with quarterback Mitchell Trubisky for the starting job, but ultimately lost out on that competition by the end of that summer. However, Foles did eventually slide in as the team's starter for some time in 2020, earning seven consecutive starts from Week 4 through Week 10. Over that stretch, he completed 65.9% of his throws, averaged 237.7 yards passing, and had seven total touchdowns along with seven interceptions. The Bears went 2-5 over that run with Foles as the starter. 

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In 2021, Foles was thought to be a possible trade candidate after the club drafted Fields and signed Andy Dalton to a one-year contract. However, the former Super Bowl MVP for the Eagles remained on the roster and received one start for Chicago where he'd complete 68.6% of his throws for 250 yards and a touchdown in a Week 16 win against the Seattle Seahawks

This offseason it may be more manageable for the Bears to trade Foles from a financial standpoint. As Garafolo reports, the team has already paid him a $4 million roster bonus he was due earlier this offseason and his contract for 2022 includes just $1 million guaranteed. If Chicago can move him, it'd create roughly $8 million in cap space and hold a dead cap charge of $2.67 million.  

At this stage in his career, and given the current climate of the quarterback situations around the league, Foles is likely looking at being a top-tier backup wherever he ends up next in the NFL