According to multiple reports, the Chicago Bears are attempting to trade quarterback Nick Foles. Bears General Manager Ryan Poles added a new veteran backup signal-caller by signing Trevor Siemian to a two-year contract on Thursday evening. Siemian is expected to serve as Justin Fields‘ backup going forward, making Foles expendable.
Foles originally arrived in Chicago in March of 2020 after quickly flaming out as Jacksonville’s starting quarterback. He competed with Mitchell Trubisky for the Bears’ starting gig, ultimately losing and settling in as Chicago’s backup. Foles then spent the majority of the 2021 campaign as the third quarterback on the depth chart, falling behind the exciting Fields and veteran Andy Dalton. With long-term backup Siemian now in Chicago, rostering Foles as their third quarterback for a second consecutive season would be a redundant move for the Bears, which explains why they are attempting to now trade him.
Foles’ Super Bowl MVP winning days are undeniably behind him but the 33-year-old possesses enough skill and experience to serve as a team’s backup quarterback. With news of Foles’ impending departure hitting the airwaves, we’ve swiftly identified three teams that should trade for Foles in order to improve and upgrade their current backup QB situation.
The Texans could certainly use an adequate backup. Davis Mills enjoyed a surprisingly fruitful rookie campaign in 2021 and the Texans seem intent on moving forward with Mills under center in 2022 and beyond. General Manager Nick Caserio is not currently expected to draft a quarterback with the third or 13th overall selection in April’s draft, making the free agency and veteran trade market as his preferred method to add to his young and inexperienced quarterback room. Kyle Allen and Jeff Driskel are currently the other two quarterbacks on Houston’s offseason roster and although they both landed in Houston recently, Foles would represent an upgrade while providing some healthy competition throughout training camp and the preseason.
The Texans are officially in rebuild mode after finally acquiring an abundance of immediate and future draft capital from the Cleveland Browns in exchange for disgruntled quarterback Deshaun Watson in what qualifies as one of the biggest trades of the offseason. Caserio is expected to use those picks to address the trenches on both sides of the ball, while the services of a game-changing cornerback or safety would also come in handy. Acquiring Foles would give offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton and Mills another experienced quarterback in a locker room that finds itself in transition.
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS
Marcus Mariota served as a quality backup to Derek Carr for the previous two seasons and General Manager Dave Ziegler must find a new solution. Mariota departed the Raiders in free agency earlier this week for the Atlanta Falcons, who presented him with a better opportunity to earn the starting job alongside his former Offensive Coordinator in Arthur Smith. Carr and Mariota had a strong relationship that made Vegas’ quarterback room a healthy environment for both signal-callers to thrive in and the Raiders must search for a similar situation going forward. Foles is typically described as an excellent teammate and it’s easy to envision him quickly developing a strong relationship and bond with Carr. He knows the AFC West well after spending the 2016 campaign with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Ziegler recently added veteran journeymen quarterback Garrett Gilbert in free agency but Gilbert is better suited as a third quarterback. The former sixth-round selection out of Texas and SMU has swapped uniforms an astounding 11 times since 2014, including a stint with the legendary Orlando Apollos. Gilbert has just 75 career passing attempts under his professional belt. Foles is a backup that’s more capable of keeping the offense running efficiently should he be forced to play. Foles is much more suited to serve as Carr’s new backup going forward.
The Broncos are extremely well set up at the starting quarterback position following General Manager George Paton’s aggressive move to acquire Russell Wilson from the Seattle Seahawks in a bold offseason trade but the backup spot is a different story altogether. The Broncos traded Drew Lock to the Seahawks in that same Wilson deal and fellow veteran quarterback Teddy Bridgewater departed the franchise earlier this offseason when he signed a contract with the Miami Dolphins. Moving on from Lock and Bridgewater was deemed essential after both signal-callers performed in rather disappointing manners when granted opportunities to start under center, but their departures have created a hole at the backup quarterback position.
As things stand, the 35-year-old Josh Johnson is set to serve as Wilson’s backup after signing a one-year contract with the Broncos last week. The Broncos represent the fourth franchise Johnson has been a part of in the previous 15 months and he doesn’t qualify as a lock to make Denver’s final roster out of training camp. Brett Rypien is also on the roster but has never proved capable of becoming Denver’s backup. An aforementioned previous stint in the AFC West would make Foles a nice fit in Denver.
- Nov 25, 2022
- Nov 25, 2022