The Jacksonville Jaguars have fully committed to Gardner Minshew as their starting quarterback by trading Nick Foles to the Chicago Bears.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the trade features the Bears sending a compensatory fourth-round selection from the 2020 NFL Draft to the Jaguars in exchange for Foles.
The Bears made this move in order to add more competition at the quarterback spot for Mitchell Trubisky. He has yet to display nearly enough improvement to be a franchise-quarterback and it will apply pressure with Foles being inserted into the mix.
It doesn’t come as much of a surprise the Jaguars looked to trade Foles. They previously had discussions with the Indianapolis Colts about a possible deal before the ultimately decided to sign Philip Rivers to a one-year deal.
The familiarity Bears head coach Matt Nagy has with Foles likely had an influence on the team’s decision to make the deal. When previously asked about Foles, Nagy had nothing but praise for the quarterback.
“Nick is about as good of a human being as you’ll find. You want to talk about people that do things the right way, somebody that cares about others, somebody that just wants to play for the love of the game.”
The decision to acquire Foles makes sense for the Bears in the sense that he could be considered an upgrade. However, he’s not a long-term solution to address the team’s quarterback situation. Competition and familiarity are fine, but he’s never been a high-level starting quarterback for the duration of a season.
If the Bears were serious about addressing the quarterback position, they’d do a lot more than trade for a player like Nick Foles. A temporary upgrade is nice but a more permanent solution is needed in the near future.