The quarterback carousel in the 2022 NFL offseason has been a wild ride. There have been some big named players on the move, as almost 10 teams could have new starting quarterbacks this season. Some are young players being elevated to starting jobs, while others have been traded for or signed in free agency. One quarterback that still could get moved is Chicago Bears veteran Nick Foles and the Jacksonville Jaguars might be a team to watch.
Quarterback is one of the few things that they didn’t need coming into the offseason as they selected Trevor Lawrence with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
But, over at Bleacher Report, they believe that the Jaguars could get involved in the quarterback trade market. No, it is not to replace Lawrence. Instead, it is to upgrade the backup spot behind him.
Bleacher Report believes that the Jaguars are going to trade for Nick Foles of the Chicago Bears to be the new backup quarterback behind Lawrence. He would replace C.J. Beathard and it is a move that would make some sense.
Foles could be a veteran mentor, as he has a lot more experience in the NFL than Beathard does, something that could help the development of Lawrence. If the backup is pressed into duty, Foles would be a stronger option to start games than Beathard would.
Doug Pederson was also hired to be the head coach of the Jaguars this offseason. He and Foles have a great history working together as Foles was the starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles during their run through the postseason in 2018.
That kind of experience and success would be invaluable to a Jaguars franchise looking to get things back on track. His presence would be helpful for everyone on the roster given to help speed up the process of learning Pederson’s playbook and schemes.
Acquiring him wouldn’t be too expensive, as the Bears already found a new backup quarterback in Trevor Siemian. Chicago would save $4 million by trading Foles and picking up a late-round pick would be the cherry on top for them.
Bleacher Report predicted that Jacksonville would send a sixth-round pick in this year’s draft, No. 180 overall, to the Bears to get this deal done. It is one that both teams should be open to doing and would benefit from.