In the span of just one year, Foles has gone from the starting quarterback in Chicago to the third-string option. It seems like Bears head coach Matt Nagy is ready to roll with Dalton or Fields as the Week 1 starter.
Since his chances of starting for the Bears are slim to none, Foles has been mentioned in several trade rumors over the past few days. He was recently linked to the Indianapolis Colts because Carson Wentz suffered a foot injury that could keep him out of action for an extended period of time.
The Bears haven’t really shown any willingness to deal Foles this early in training camp, but Nagy admit that he “absolutely” understands why teams would be interested in the veteran quarterback.
“You’re talking about a Super Bowl MVP and a guy that’s started a lot of games,” Nagy said, via ESPN. “He’s had a really interesting career in so many ways that I just think that he deserves that. I mean, anybody that’s had the career he has is somebody that’s always going to be … for all teams, as a third string guy, teams are going to look at guys like him.”
Nagy isn’t oblivious to all the trade speculation surrounding Foles. However, he hasn’t discussed any trade scenarios with Foles since the start of training camp.
“I don’t talk to him about that; he doesn’t talk to me about it. We just don’t go there because, again, that’s out of our control. He’s worrying about doing everything he can to just be great for us, and that’s what I like about our relationship. He’s happy with where he’s at here and he’s in a good place.”
Foles finished the 2020 season with 1,852 passing yards, 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
With a cap hit of just $6.6 million for the 2021 season, Foles is an appealing trade target for teams in need of another quarterback.