After the signing of Cam Newton, the Chicago Bears fanbase erupted with emotions that the Bears didn’t pursue the former MVP.
Midway through the month of March, early in free agency, it was announced that the Chicago Bears traded away a fourth-round pick for former Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles. Ever since then, the Bears have gotten mixed emotions surrounding the trade that brought him in.
For starters, the fans didn’t agree with giving up a fourth-round pick to help bail the Jacksonville Jaguars out of their mistake. Entirely, that isn’t true. The Jaguars still have to pay the man some money and face a lot of dead cap space.
Additionally, the fans hated the contract. Quickly enough, the Bears turned around that contract to make it an extremely team-friendly deal where Foles can back out if he wants after two seasons. The contract specifically got restructured to a three-year, $21 million contract. Those first two seasons, he is only a $6.67 million cap hit to the team.
To put more fuel to the fire, both Andy Dalton and Jameis Winston signed cheap deals to be backups for the Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints respectively. This added more fuel to the fire by fans freaking out still that the Bears should’ve just “waited” on Foles.
Finally, Cam Newton got signed. The New England Patriots brought him in on a one-year veteran minimum contract for a former MVP to replace Tom Brady. That made the fanbase once again erupt on how idiotic Ryan Pace was.
On the other hand, Pace did what he had to do and he was smart. Here is why Foles was the right option.