I positive suppose Akiem Hicks’ situation and the opportunity of a commerce down the street is value maintaining a tally of. However I feel the identical might be mentioned of one other Bears participant.
Certainly, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler believes there’s “a transparent connection” between the Bears and Jets with quarterback Nick Foles probably being on the transfer.
Bears: Paying a third-string quarterback $4 million in ensures is hard for the cash-strapped Bears, and there’s a transparent connection to the New York Jets.
GM Joe Douglas was with Foles in Philly. The Jets have zero NFL expertise of their quarterback room. It’s unsure whether or not Foles really needs to go to New York, however don’t be stunned if New York seems to be into this one.
Jets GM Joe Douglas was in Philadelphia when Foles received the Tremendous Bowl. Moreover, Douglas labored with Ryan Tempo in Chicago earlier than leaving for Philly. That familiarity may very well be key in any deal-making trek. On prime of that, the Jets’ QB room is void of expertise. New York’s depth chart options rookie Zach Wilson on the prime with second-year participant James Morgan ready within the wings. Mike White, a 2018 fifth-round choose by the Cowboys, additionally lurks within the background. In different phrases, it’s three guys with a grand whole of zero (0) NFL snaps beneath their belt.
So … let’s make a deal?
Not so quick, my good friend! Fowler overtly questions if Foles would OK a commerce to New York. Foles doesn’t have no-trade safety. However at this stage of his profession, Foles may decide to not play and journey off into the sundown. Foles has received a Tremendous Bowl title, performed his finest ball within the greatest video games, and made a boat-load of cash on the tail finish of his profession. What’s left? Effectively, for Foles, no matter he needs. And if he doesn’t need to present as much as play for a fourth group in as a few years, then I discover it robust to think about a group desirous to commerce for a participant who doesn’t need to report.
Again in Might, Tyler Dunne (subscription) reported Foles turned down a commerce again to the Eagles. And earlier within the month, reviews got here to mild that the Bears had been making an attempt to commerce Foles, but were unsuccessful because no one wanted him. Perhaps these two issues are related. Maybe nobody had an curiosity in a participant who didn’t need to go away for no matter causes he has. However I suppose this shouldn’t imply the Bears ought to cease making an attempt.
It’s unlucky that the Foles expertise didn’t have a greater ending in Chicago. Nonetheless, the fact is that Foles may very well be a commerce goal for somebody searching for one thing particular in a backup quarterback. Somebody who has seen all of it. A bridge or an interim steward who can lead an offense if the starter should miss time due to an damage. or bridge in case the quarterback-of-the-future has to overlook a recreation. The kind of participant who can move on their information and knowledge right into a extra gifted vessel. These are all issues Foles is and has been in his profession. And may very well be one thing the Jets want.
At minimal, the expectation is that the Jets will kick the tires on a Foles deal sooner or later this summer time. So keep tuned…