Report: Bears Acquire Nick Foles From Jaguars

Chicago will send Jacksonville a fourth-round pick, ESPN reported.

Chris Emma
March 18, 2020 - 12:35 pm
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(670 The Score) The Bears have agreed to acquire quarterback Nick Foles from the Jaguars in a trade, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Wednesday afternoon.

Chicago will send a compensatory fourth-round draft pick back to Jacksonville, Schefter reported.

Foles, 31, has three seasons remaining on a four-year, $88-million deal that he signed with the Jaguars last March. It wasn't immediately clear known how much of Foles' contract Chicago would absorb in the trade, but it was expected to be restructured, according to reports.

Foles struggled in an injury-riddled 2019 season, when he started just four games and lost his job to rookie Gardner Minshew. Foles completed 65.8% of his passes for 736 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions with an 84.6 quarterback rating.

Foles has started 48 games over his eight-year NFL career, completing 61.9% of his passes for 11,901 yards, 71 touchdowns and 35 interceptions. He's 26-22 in his career as a starter and has had stints with the Eagles, Rams, Chiefs and Jaguars.

In 2017, Foles filled in admirably for injured quarterback Carson Wentz and helped lead the Eagles to a Super Bowl title. Foles threw for six touchdowns and one interception while posting a 115.7 quarterback rating in three playoff games that season. He was also named the Super Bowl MVP in leading the Eagles to a 41-33 win against the Patriots.

Foles will reunite with many familiar faces in Chicago. Foles played under Bears coach Matt Nagy in Philadelphia in 2012 and in Kansas City in 2016. He played under new Bears offensive coordinator Bill Lazor with the Eagles in 2013 and new Bears quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo with the Eagles in 2017 and the Jaguars in 2019.

"He knows the system really well," Nagy said of Foles in the 2018 season before the Bears and Eagles met in the playoffs. "I mean, he’s known this system for a long time. So, right away within your own peers and your teammates they trust you because of how well you know it. 

"Nick has done it on a bigger stage going to the Super Bowl and winning it and now in this position. And then his talents that he has, he’s a very confident kid in the huddle. He knows where he’s going with the football. And he’s a playmaker. He’s a big individual that can break tackles. He’s got a strong arm and he’s football smart. 

"He’s just got a lot of great attributes that his players trust."

The Bears have been seeking competition for starting quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, who struggled in 2019. Trubisky currently has one year remaining on his rookie contract. By early May, the Bears must make a decision on his fifth-year option for 2021.

Trubisky, 25, completed 63.2% of his passes for 3,138 yards, 17 touchdowns and 10 interceptions over 15 games last season. 

"If you don’t (feel competition), you feel content, then you play content," Nagy said at the NFL Combine in February. "You don’t feel that chip."

The Bears' expected quarterback competition between Trubisky and Foles will be delayed perhaps into training camp, as all football activities have been postponed indefinitely due to the global pandemic of the coronavirus.