Bears To Play Both QBs In Preseason

The Bears will give significant reps to both Nick Foles and Mitchell Trubisky in the preseason, head coach Matt Nagy says (Twitter link via Ian Rapoport of NFL.com). It’ll be a full-blown quarterback competition in Chicago, one that will have major implications for Trubisky’s future with the team.

The Bears turned down Trubisky’s fifth-year option earlier this month, putting the former No. 2 overall pick on course for free agency after the 2020 season. The option would have been guaranteed for injury only, but it was a risk the Bears weren’t willing to take. Trubisky finished 2019 with one of the lowest QBRs in the entire league, a step back from his Pro Bowl (alternate) campaign in 2018.

The Bears aren’t ready to give up on him just yet, but they did safeguard the position by trading for Foles, one of the league’s most coveted free agents of 2019. Foles’ first and only season in Jacksonville was derailed by injury and he’s got extra incentive to deliver in Chicago. If the veteran meets certain performance thresholds, he can void his deal early and cash in all over again.

Foles went 0-4 in his 2019 starts, completing 65.8% of his throws for 736 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions. Before that, he led the Eagles to a Super Bowl ring in the 2017 season and turned in more memorable moments for the Birds in 2018. With the Bears, Foles will have the opportunity to reclaim his status as one of the league’s greatest clutch performers. But, first, he’ll have to duke it out with Trubisky.

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    • realsox

      How many teams have backup QBs making $20 million guaranteed? Foles starts, no matter what.

  1. crosseyedlemon

    I’m looking forward to this epic battle. Presumably both QBs will have 5 TEs to throw to on any given play.

    • wagner13

      The nine tight ends are rostered for the sole purpose of voting for the starting QB. Whomever earns the majority of votes will be the opening-day starter

      • louwhitakerisahofer

        I can’t wait for the tribal councils. It will be compelling TV.

      • HubcapDiamondStarHalo

        So it’s like the Supreme Court, except made up of nothing but tight ends!

        • wagner13

          Not good ones mind you, but practice-squad fodder and veterans well past their primes (outside of Kmet)

  2. halofanatic

    Bears just can’t get it right at QB. I like them, too, but damn. I understand franchise signal callers don’t grow on trees, but for the love of God, get someone who takes the immense amount of pressure off of that great defense.

    • jeterleader

      they knew just as much that tribitsky would be a bust as mahomes would be a superstar.

      hint, not at all

  3. Appalachian_Outlaw

    Trubisky would like to start, I’m sure. I’d also like to date Amber Heard. Mitch and I have one thing in common- we can both keep on wishing, but our chances are about nil.

    This is Foles job to lose. The ‘competition’ will pretty much be can Nick avoid getting hurt, and not throw a bajillion interceptions or something weird.

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