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AP source: Jaguars dumping QB Nick Foles in trade to Bears

APMar 18, 2020 at 5:12p ET
 

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars are trying to mitigate one of the costliest mistakes in franchise history. The Chicago Bears could benefit from the purge.

The Jaguars agreed Wednesday to trade quarterback Nick Foles to the Bears for a compensatory fourth-round draft pick, according to a person familiar with the transaction. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade was not yet official.

The Jaguars are dumping Foles a little more than a year after giving the 2018 Super Bowl MVP a four-year, $88 million contract that included a whopping $50.125 million guaranteed.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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The Bears are getting a veteran starter to compete with Mitchell Trubisky, who struggled in his third season. They are expected to rework Foles’ contract, which has three years remaining.

Foles is due to make $15.125 million in 2020 and would have counted $21.837 million against Jacksonville’s salary cap. Dealing him will still be costly for the Jaguars — they will take on $18.75 million in dead money this fall — but it will free up about $35 million over the next two years. Jacksonville saves a little more than $3 million in 2020 by trading him.

The Jaguars are in full rebuild mode after their 10th losing season in the last 12 years. Last March, owner Shad Khan, general manager Dave Caldwell and coach Doug Marrone raved about Foles and what it meant to finally have a franchise quarterback after a decades-long search that saw Jacksonville try Byron Leftwich, David Garrard, Blaine Gabbert, Chad Henne and Blake Bortles.

But the 31-year-old Foles ended up being the latest bust in Jacksonville. He broke his left collarbone early in the season opener, missed the next eight games and then got benched in his third game back.

Rookie Gardner Minshew, a sixth-round draft pick from Washington State, played well enough in Foles’ absence to make Caldwell and Marrone believe he’s got more upside moving forward. It also made Foles expendable.

Jacksonville had been willing to keep Foles as a high-priced backup. But a wild carousel of QB moves to open free agency — Philip Rivers to Indianapolis, Tom Brady reportedly to Tampa Bay and Teddy Bridgewater to Carolina — created a market for Foles.

Now, he heads to the Windy City.

Bears general manager Ryan Pace has made it clear the team is committed to Trubisky despite his regression in 2019. Pace largely tied his reputation to Trubisky by trading up a spot with San Francisco to draft him with the No. 2 overall pick in 2017, ahead of Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes and Houston’s Deshaun Watson. While Mahomes and Watson have emerged as two of the best quarterbacks in the league, Trubisky has mixed some promising flashes with poor decisions and even worse throws.

The Bears were hoping he would take a big step forward last season — his second in coach Matt Nagy’s system — but that did not happen. His yards (3,138), completion rate (63.2%), touchdowns (17) and rating (83) all dropped from the previous year.

Foles, meanwhile, completed 77 of 117 passes for 736 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions in four games last season. He also ran four times for 23 yards and lost two fumbles.

He was the most coveted free-agent quarterback on the market in 2019 after leading Philadelphia to four playoff victories over two seasons, including the franchise’s first NFL title since 1960. He earned 2018 Super Bowl MVP honors and a season later made himself the league’s top QB commodity.

Jacksonville will turn to Minshew for the foreseeable future. Joshua Dobbs will serve as Jacksonville’s backup. The Jags traded a fifth-round pick to Pittsburgh last September for Dobbs.

Still, Caldwell and Marrone will forever be saddled with badly botching Jacksonville’s quarterback situation in consecutive years.

With former top executive Tom Coughlin calling the shots, the Jaguars paid Bortles a three-year, $58 million contract in February 2018. The deal included $26.5 million guaranteed and cost the Jags $16.5 million in dead money last year. It was the highest dead-money cap hit in NFL history.

The Jaguars topped that by trading Foles and raised their two-year total for paying quarterbacks to not play for them to $35.25 million.

That kind of fiscal squandering essentially forced Jacksonville to part with several defensive veterans over the last two years, including cutting safety Tashaun Gipson, defensive tackle Malik Jackson and defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, and trading cornerback A.J. Bouye and defensive end Calais Campbell.

The upside for Jacksonville: Caldwell and Marrone now have 12 picks in the upcoming draft, including seven in the first four rounds.

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Matt Nagy remembers the Eagles evaluation of Nick Foles

ByJEFF KERR Jan. 3, 2019

Doug Pederson was the coach that Andy Reid sent to scout Nick Foles, but there was another man in the room that was infatuated with Foles as the Eagles were looking for their future franchise quarterback.

Matt Nagy, who was the Eagles' offensive quality control coach of the Eagles in 2012, had quite a fond memory of the talent Foles possessed when he watched him on tape.

"You could tell he was a massive individual," Nagy said in a conference call with reporters."When I say that, I mean, you could tell, long arms, huge hands, big feet, can hose the ball, can throw it however far he wants to throw it, he can see over the pocket. He’s sneaky athletic. You can sit there and say he doesn’t have a fast-twitch muscle in his body, but he knows how to break tackles, he’s very, very instinctual.

"And I say that fast-twitch muscle part with tongue in cheek because he’s an unbelievable athlete, and probably the best basketball player on the team. But you can just see that, you feel it. And you saw right away that they did a lot of gun when he was at Arizona and ball out quick, but he learned things right away."

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What did Pederson see in Foles that convinced the Eagles to draft him? Very similar to Nagy's evaluation, thus one can see why Reid and his coaching staff has an excellent success rate of drafting quarterbacks. 

"I think when you're evaluating quarterbacks, I think when you're evaluating any player coming out of college, especially if there's an interest for your football team. Everybody is different. It's just an opportunity to go and spend time with these guys," Pederson said.

"The thing is whether we spend time back then and then draft a guy, or we spend time back then and he becomes a free agent on another team somewhere and we can go back and say, 'Okay, this is what I thought about this particular player then,' it's good to do your due diligence and spend time with players because you never know when they're going to be on your team."

One of the staples of Foles's success in the NFL has been his ability to keep looking downfield in the face of pressure, taking the hit immediately after he throws the ball and targets his receiver at the last moment. Foles did that in consecutive weeks with Ndamukong Suh andJadeveon Clowney, finding Alshon Jeffery for big plays downfield that led to scores.

Those are the intangibles coaches can't teach. Nagy and Pederosn were able to see it in the film room.

"It is something that he had," Pederson said. "I remember going – thinking back to the time when I was looking at him on tape in college, and I remember one particular game where he played USC, and he was taking shots like that in that football game. Now he ended up losing that game, but he kept coming back and kept coming back every series and staying in there, going toe-to-toe, making some tough throws, so I knew that part of it was in him. Then to see it Sunday and in this league, is a tough thing, and it's a credit to Nick."

Seeing Foles succeed is "awesome" for Nagy, especially since he played a role in the Eagles drafting him back in 2012.

 

That article is from over 1 year ago.....this is a Foles-Nagy reunion.  Trubisky is done in Chicago.  He'll be a backup for a year and then gone. This is like Tannehill pushing out Mariota.

 

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I agree with Steve Young on Foles. He’s most effective as a backup sub-ing for an injured or ineffective starter. When he was given the job he mostly failed. Also he’s been most effective with the Eagles and in Chicago he has some of his old Philly coaches. He knows their offense. 

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