While Chicago Bears fans wait for the inevitable moment of Justin Fields snatching the starting quarterback job from Andy Dalton, there’s another quarterback on the Bears’ roster waiting to see what the future holds. Sitting behind the QB battle that features Fields and Dalton is the 32-year-old Nick Foles, a veteran Super Bowl winner that appears less-than-likely to start a game under center for Chicago this season unless disaster strikes.
Even with Fields very clearly being seen as the future in Chicago, head coach Matt Nagy has often shared his affection for Dalton, who has already been named the starter for Chicago’s Week 1 primetime contest against the Los Angeles Rams.
With Foles not factoring into the team’s plans at quarterback, it’s worth wondering if he could be on the move this week. All 32 NFL teams will make a flurry of transactions ahead of Tuesday’s 4 p.m. ET deadline for teams to trim their rosters from 80 down to 53 in preparation for the regular season (we made it, y’all).
Sports Illustrated’s MMQB featured an interesting Foles-related nugget on Monday morning. SI’s Albert Breer states that the Bears will listen to trade offers for Foles, but gets the sense they won’t trade him to a team without his approval. If true, It says a lot about the amount of respect Foles has earned around the league.
Stipping away the courtesies, the Bears should absolutely be interested in moving their QB3 in return for future draft capital, but seem intent on seeking Foles’ consent before doing so. It’s tough to say where Foles would be interested in going at this point in his career, but several NFL teams should show interest in him.
I’ve long said that the NFL has a backup quarterback problem. Very few organizations have a capable signal-caller behind their starter. Take a look around for yourself. I invite you to go through each depth chart in the league and mark a tally down for every team that has a suitable backup. I’d be shocked if you reached 10 tallies. Better yet, take a tour of NFL Twitter and engage yourself in what most fan bases think about their team’s QB2 situation. I promise that you’ll find more dismay than excitement.
I can think of no better example than the one recently provided to us the last time Foles took the field in Chicago’s final preseason contest against the Tennessee Titans. The Bears won the game 27-24, but the result was an afterthought. While the Titans were switching quarterbacks between Matt Barkley and Logan Woodside every two possessions in an effort to figure out who will back up Ryan Tannehill (something they have yet to decide), Foles was carving up their backup secondary to the tune of 10-of-13 for 142 yards and two touchdowns. It didn’t happen against a first-team defense, but it was a reminder that Foles still belongs in this league.
How the Titans’ backup QB situation matches up in comparison to Foles’ ability is a hard example that was given to us on Saturday night, but metaphorically, the Titans could be swapped out for a number of teams that currently employ less-than-desirable backup quarterbacks including the New York Jets, Detroit Lions, Seattle Seahawks, Indianapolis Colts (hah, imagine?), Atlanta Falcons, and Dallas Cowboys just to name a few. It’s unlikely that Foles would accept a trade to a team like the Jets or Lions, but it’s fair to wonder if he’d be intrigued by the thought of playing for a playoff contender like the Colts, Seahawks, Titans, or Cowboys.
Foles should be interested in a place like that, and the feeling should be mutual.
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