Nick Foles appears to be the short-term future at quarterback for the Chicago Bears. Let’s look at three players who benefit most.
The Chicago Bears made a questionable trade on Wednesday, acquiring Nick Foles from the Jacksonville Jaguars in exchange for the team’s compensatory fourth-round pick. During the 2017 season, Foles took over for Carson Wentz, starting the final five games of the regular season. He finished with a 4-1 record and concluded the miraculous run with an unbelievable performance in Super Bowl LII, knocking off the New England Patriots.
In the contest, Foles threw for 373 yards with three touchdowns while targeting eight different receivers, including himself. For his efforts, he was named Super Bowl MVP, and despite trade speculation that offseason, he remained with the Eagles for all of 2018 as well. However, he was lured away in the 2018 offseason, signing a four-year, $88 million deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
But he was limited to just four games last year and was eventually replaced by Gardner Minshew. The Bears had been linked to Foles in trade rumors this offseason, despite General Manager Ryan Pace indicating that Mitchell Trubisky was going to be the starter in 2020.
Given his contract AAV and Trubisky’s regression last year, a strong argument can be made that Foles will be under center for the Bears when they open the NFL season. And while time will tell if Pace made the right decision, several players could greatly benefit from having Foles, not Trubisky, next season.
Let’s look at three players.