Across the NFL, quarterbacks are playing musical chairs. One of those could be former Bears quarterback Nick Foles, who is pretty familiar with this game, having played on five different NFL teams throughout his career. He could be on the move again this offseason, with rumors of a trade that could send him back to the team where he won a Super Bowl MVP.
Nick Foles could return to the Philadelphia Eagles
The Chicago Bears have spent all offseason trying to fix their woeful quarterback situation. At one point, the Bears were considered the most likely landing spot for former Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz. Instead, Wentz ended up with the Indianapolis Colts. The desperate Bears wound up signing Andy Dalton instead.
ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler raised the possibility that the Eagles and Bears could still work something out, and that “something” could be Nick Foles.
“Philadelphia is looking for a high-level backup, somebody to come in and support Jalen Hurts,” said Fowler on SportsCenter. “Meanwhile, Chicago is just looking to dump some salary right now. They’re in some cap problems, Nick Foles carries a $6.6 [million] cap hit that they could get off their books.”
Foles has made plenty of memories with the Eagles
The best days of Nick Foles’ career have come in a Philadelphia Eagles uniform. The Eagles drafted the former University of Arizona quarterback in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He saw some action in his rookie season starting in place of the injured Michael Vick.
It wasn’t until his next season, under new head coach Chip Kelly, when he truly made noise. In an October game against the Oakland Raiders, Foles played what may have been the greatest game by a quarterback in NFL history, throwing for seven touchdowns and putting up a perfect 158.3 passer rating. He led the Eagles to an NFC East title that season.
After one-year stints in St. Louis and Kansas City, Foles ended up back in Philadelphia. He came back into the spotlight when he replaced Carson Wentz, who tore his ACL after leading the team to a 13-1 start. Despite claiming the home-field advantage for the playoffs, the Eagles were underdogs in every game they played. Nevertheless, Foles led the team to its first-ever Super Bowl victory, winning MVP honors for the game in the process.
Can Nick Foles offer anything to the Philadelphia Eagles again?
Since he left the Philadelphia Eagles after the 2018 season, Foles has not seen much action. He started the 2019 season for the Jacksonville Jaguars before suffering a fractured left clavicle early in the season. He would later recover, but he only played in three more games as Gardner Minshew usurped his position as the starter.
The next season, the Jaguars dealt him to Chicago. He rode the bench for much of the season as the backup to Mitchell Trubisky.
As Fowler mentioned, the Eagles could use a veteran backup in case Jalen Hurts doesn’t work out. As of Sunday, Hurts is the only quarterback on the roster, which is not an ideal situation for any team to place themselves in. While Jalen Hurts has potential, his performance last season impressed no one. It wouldn’t hurt him to have a former Super Bowl MVP to use as a mentor.