The Chicago Bears apparently do not view Nick Foles as just an insurance policy.
Two weeks after The Jacksonville veteran smuggler was acquired in an exchange, Bears general manager Ryan Pace said Friday that the team would give the Poles the opportunity to seize Mitchell Trubisky’s home.
“With the addition of Nick Foles, that’s exactly what we’ve been talking about from the start – we want to create competition,” Pace said in a conference call. “We talked to the two players and it’s an open competition. “
Foles, 31, lasted only one season in Jacksonville after signing a four-year, $ 88 million contract last season. After returning from a broken collarbone in the first game of the season, he lost his first job in December to rookie Gardner Minshew.
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In Chicago, the Foles find head coach Matt Nagy, who was on staff for the first quarterback pass with the Philadelphia Eagles and served as offensive coordinator during the smuggler’s year with the Kansas City Chiefs . Nagy said familiarity played an important role in the decision to acquire Foles.
Trubisky, 25, tries to bounce back from a turbulent season in which he averaged only 6.1 yards per pass attempt, the lowest of all passers-by in 2019, and only recorded 17 touchdown passes with 10 interceptions.
“When we go out on the first day, whether it’s for OTAs or training camps, Mitch will go first in the group,” said Nagy. “I can promise you this, it’s going to be extremely fair. It’s going to be competitive in a good way. It’s going to be healthy competitiveness. “
Pace did not say whether the team would choose Trubisky’s fifth year option, only revealing that a decision would be made in May.
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