Bears, Jaguars Working On Huge Quarterback Trade?
Are the Bears and Jaguars working on a huge quarterback trade?
Chicago came into last season with a lot of hype surrounding the franchise. Many people’s dark horse pick to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl, the Bears were expected to make a pretty sizable step forward.
Instead, the franchise regressed tremendously.
The defense remained strong for as long as it could, but eventually the team’s offensive woes wore it down.
Quarterback Mitch Trubisky struggled all year long, forcing a complete coaching revamp under Matt Nagy in the offseason.
Unfortunately, no matter how many coaches Chicago ultimately replaces, the fundamental issue with the offense remains its quarterback.
Trubisky repeatedly showed last year that he is simply incapable of leading a Super Bowl contender.
So what is the solution?
According to Sports Illustrated, it may just be a blockbuster trade between the Bears and Jaguars.
Jacksonville currently has an $88 million Nick Foles problem. It desperately wants to rebuild around youngster Gardner Minshew, but has dedicated a large chunk of salary to a 30-year-old whose best moments came with a stacked Philadelphia Eagles squad.
It seems like there is a viable solution that could solve everyone’s problems, though.
Chicago needs a veteran, game-managing quarterback who has proven he can win at the highest level. Jacksonville needs to dump a veteran as the organization prepares for a rebuild.
A trade would make all the sense in the world.
If the Jaguars trade Foles away, the franchise will save $3 million in cap space.
Chicago, meanwhile, just hired John DeFilippo to smooth out the team’s quarterback situation. DeFilippo previously served as Philadelphia’s quarterbacks coach during the organization’s 2017 Super Bowl campaign. His quarterback at the time? Foles.
Nagy has his own ties to Foles. The two previously worked together when they were with the Kansas City Chiefs and always spoke very highly of one another.
Finally, Chicago’s offensive coordinator Bill Lazor also has intimate ties to Foles. He served as quarterbacks coach during Foles’ career year in 2013 with the Eagles. That season Foles threw for 27 scores and just two picks.
Obviously a deal between the Bears and Jaguars would need to satisfy the needs of all parties involved. That said, it clearly makes too much sense for them not to explore it at this stage.