Chicago Bears: Carson Wentz news means it’s time to trade Nick Foles

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The Chicago Bears are going to have three quarterbacks make the 53-man roster for the first time since I can remember. This is because the team is essentially stuck with Nick Foles on the roster after trading a fourth-round pick to the Jaguars for Foles last offseason. The move brought Foles in to compete with Mitch Trubisky, but that experiment failed quickly.

There were plenty of reports about Nick Foles being on the trade block, but those rumors never became reality as he still sits on the roster. Although Foles is not going to cost the team too much from a salary cap standpoint this season, it is not ideal for a team to be paying $6.6 million dollars to their third-string quarterback.

The Carson Wentz news means the Chicago Bears must trade Nick Foles now

With reports out that Carson Wentz had to have surgery to remove a bone from his foot, right now is the time for Ryan Pace to get on the phone and convince the Colts that they need Nick Foles.

The reports here are that Carson Wentz is going to miss up to 12 weeks (granted it could be much less). If he does miss those 12 weeks, we are talking October and missing probably six to eight games. Behind Carson Wentz is Jacob Eason and rookie Sam Ehlinger. Neither is an ideal option for a team looking to fight for a playoff spot.

Carson Wentz might hate it because it will remind him of all the drama that took place in Philadelphia when he went down during his MVP-type season and Foles came in to finish the job. Foles saw a statue erected of him while Carson Wentz turned into a bit of a headcase. Not sure if the Colts want to follow that same pattern, but name me a better backup option they can get for cheap?

If Carson Wentz is truly going to miss that amount of games, Nick Foles as his temporary replacement would be ideal for head coach Frank Reich. Reich has experience with both Carson Wentz and Nick Foles during their time together with the Eagles. That familiarity and both Carson Wentz and Foles’ success under Reich makes this the ideal fit too.

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Trading Nick Foles to the Colts would also be ideal for the Chicago Bears. The Bears only have five draft picks in 2022. The Colts are in a similar situation as their second-round pick will likely go to Philadelphia. However, they could easily send a sixth-round pick to the Chicago Bears for Foles. Yes, that is the best that Ryan Pace would get for Foles and he should jump at the opportunity to free up $4 million dollars to try and address the current offensive tackle problem. More on that to come later.