The Chicago Bears gave up a fourth-round pick for quarterback Nick Foles. Some say they should’ve gone the cheaper route with other quarterbacks.
Early in the off-season, Chicago Bears‘ general manager Ryan Pace traded away a fourth-round pick to acquire Nick Foles from the Jacksonville Jaguars. In doing so, the Bears added a quarterback that has bounced around quite a bit but still won a Super Bowl MVP. The Bears took on a massive contract adding him but restructured it so Foles would be a minor cap hit. Essentially, the Bears added an experienced quarterback with knowledge of the offense for a small cap hit and a fourth-round pick.
Fast forward to after the draft months later. The Cincinnati Bengals drafted Joe Burrow and subsequently cut veteran quarterback Andy Dalton. Young gunslinger Jameis Winston was still not on a team. Shortly after the draft ended, Winston signed with the New Orlean Saints for a one-year deal worth $1.1 million. Dalton then signed with the Dallas Cowboys for a one-year deal worth $3 million.
Bears fans saw this and went berserk. Questions arose such as “Why did we give up a fourth-round pick and more money to get a worse quarterback?” Even analysts ask this question or something similar. Here is why they shouldn’t even ask that question.
Nick Foles Knows the Offense
For starters, it’s simple. Nick Foles knows the offense like the back of his hand. Foles ran a very similar offense during his best seasons back in 2017 and 2018 for the Philadelphia Eagles ultimately leading them to a Super Bowl and almost making another run in 2018 if it weren’t for Alshon Jeffery dropping a pass.
Foles excelled in the offense greatly having his best seasons in the scheme. He also saw the same scheme with Matt Nagy in 2016 playing in two games for the Kansas City Chiefs where he again looked solid.
Dalton is familiar with the Bears new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, but this isn’t Lazor’s offense. Winston has no experience with the current staff or scheme with the Bears. Also, why take on another project quarterback when the Bears already have one in Mitchell Trubisky?
On top of all of this, there was a lot of uncertainty regarding the COVID-19 situation for camps and such this summer. Bringing in Foles negates the worry that the quarterback has to learn a whole new offense on the fly.
The Risk Associated with Waiting
People said the Bears should’ve waited until players got cut from their respective teams like Cam Newton, Dalton, and potentially Foles. Many believe They then could’ve just signed them cheaper just like the Cowboys did. That’s wrong.
When a player is a free agent, he can choose any team he wants. He’s going to go to the place that best suits him. Maybe that wasn’t Chicago and then the Bears would be in trouble when it comes to the quarterback position with only Trubisky and Tyler Bray on the roster. They couldn’t just “wait and see” like the Cowboys and the Saints could do. They both have definite starting quarterbacks and just needed a solid backup.
The other risk with waiting is what if none of those teams cut their quarterbacks? The Bengals could’ve kept Dalton to back up young Joe Burrow. The Jaguars could’ve kept Nick Foles as great insurance for their young buck at quarterback. Waiting months for the Bears to potentially vie with 31 other teams for a high-end backup quarterback isn’t something worth risking. They got their guy early and then didn’t have to worry about it.
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