Now That They've Paid His Bonus, the Bears Could Turn to Trade Nick Foles

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Now That They’ve Paid His Bonus, the Bears Could Turn to Trade Nick Foles

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At this time last year, the Bears were pitching Nick Foles as a worthy adversary in a quarterback competition with Mitchell Trubisky, someone who could steward the offense, and at minimum, a bridge to their next long-term option.

A year later, the bridge appears to be closed.

After failing to land Russell Wilson in a trade, the Bears brought Andy Dalton into the fold on a one-year deal. But because Foles being on the roster seems redundant, his status in Chicago is in question. This leaves open the possibility of the Bears moving on from Foles. And we’ve already got a possible landing spot:

Citing a report from ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, NBC Sports Philly’s John Clark tweets Foles could be dealt to the Eagles to serve as Jalen Hurts’ backup. There’s no timetable attached to a potential deal, but the fit is a sensible one. Philly is familiar with Foles and Chicago should be wanting to move him off the roster. A trade between these two teams just makes sense.

Let’s face it. Having Foles and Dalton in the same quarterbacks room doesn’t make sense for this particular Bears squad. And if the Bears bring on another quarterback (or two!?) this offseason, it makes even less sense. So with that in mind, getting Foles’ money off the books in future years should be a priority. Trading Foles could clear up $1.3 million in cap space with a $5.3 million dead money hit. It’s not much, but it’s not nothing! And if the Bears were able to wait it out, a post-June 1 trade could create $4 million in cap space. Again, that’s not an insignificant number when thinking about a Bears team that is pressed against it cap-wise.

To be clear, I wouldn’t go as far as to think something could be imminent. But it’s something to keep in mind after Chicago paid his $4 million fully guaranteed bonus on March 20. Deadlines make deals. But let’s not overlook how much more attractive Foles looks to a team that wouldn’t have to pay an additional $4 million. So let’s stay tuned and see how this unfolds.

Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.