There was a time when the Chicago Bears were entangled in a web of Carson Wentz trade rumors. In the end, Wentz was dealt to the Indianapolis Colts in one of the many non-moves for the Bears that ultimately put them in a position to trade up and take Justin Fields in the 2021 NFL Draft.
In real-time, there was a bit of a sigh of relief after Wentz went to the Colts. The cost of doing business was relatively high for a Bears team with limited draft capital and was tight against the cap. Additionally, there were real concerns about the risks of trading for a player with an extensive injury history. One that is getting an addendum today:
Colts' QB Carson Wentz is out indefinitely as he undergoes further testing on a foot injury that he suffered at the end of Thursday's practice, per @MikeWellsNFL and me.
Colts' second-year QB Jacob Eason took the starter reps at today's practice, with Sam Ellinger as his backup.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 30, 2021
ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Mike Wells are reporting Wentz is “out indefinitely” because of a foot injury, which took place during Thursday’s practice. The injury leaves Jacob Eason, a fourth-round pick in 2020, getting starter’s reps in Wentz’s place. Behind Eason on the depth chart is Sam Ehlinger, who was chosen in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL Draft. In other words, the healthy quarterbacks on the Colts’ roster have combined for a grand total of 0 professional snaps.
With that in mind, can I interest the Colts in a slightly used Nick Foles?
The Bears have reportedly been shopping Foles throughout the offseason. But where they have failed in the past could be a thing of the past if a fit were to pop up this summer. And perhaps this is the type of fit that makes sense, as a team in need of QB depth could dial up the Bears asking to do business. I don’t imagine it would cost much. And for Chicago, it would be a net win if it can clear some cap space off the books. Moreover, it would be an added bonus to split the QB reps two ways (between Justin Fields and Andy Dalton) rather than three ways.
So let’s keep an eye on this situation to see what develops.
Carson Wentz and Nick Foles in the same quarterbacking room? I wonder if that has ever worked before…