Nick Foles is Being Granted His Release by the Chicago Bears (UPDATE: He’s Gone)

UPDATE — The Bears made Nick Foles’ release officially official:

The rest of our original post is as follows below.

As the NFL Draft ushers in a new era of players for the Chicago Bears, one transaction represents the latest move in cutting ties with the past.

After failing to find a willing partner in trade talks, the Bears are set to release quarterback Nick Foles:

The Bears have been trying to trade Foles for about a year now. Ryan Pace couldn’t do it. And neither could Ryan Poles. In the end, it’s about time these two sides parted ways.

Chicago’s drafting of Justin Fields last year was the first step toward moving on, but no deal ever surfaced for the veteran quarterback. Not last year when Foles was being showcased for a deal in the  preseason. And not this year, when quarterbacks were changing hands every time you were refreshing Twitter. Signing Trevor Siemian to a free agent deal signified one last move hinting that Foles’ departure was virtually imminent, but the Bears held out hope a trade companion would reveal themselves. They didn’t. And now, Foles will hit the free agent market.

Once it becomes officially official, the cut will create $3 million in cap space for the Bears. It will come with a dead money hit of $7,666,668, but the more valuable things to come of it are freedom for Foles and a few extra million in cap space for Chicago. According to OverTheCap.com, that would bring the Bears to $16,883,251 in available cap space.  That feels like more than enough to sign their draft class, and perhaps invest in some helpful receivers or offensive linemen.

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Luis C. Medina, who you can find on Twitter at lcm1986, has been covering the Chicago Bears at Bleacher Nation since 2017. Since then, he has written about 3 head coaches, 5 play-callers, and 11 starting quarterbacks. Previously, Luis wrote about the Cubs and MLB at BN (2015-16) and worked in the Chicago Tribune sports department (2011-16). He also co-hosted a Cubs postgame show, Outside the Ivy, in 2019.

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