Bears agree to release Nick Foles

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The MVP of Super Bowl LII is about to be a free agent, again.

The Bears have agreed to release quarterback Nick Foles. His agent Justin Schulman confirmed the news to Mike Garafolo of NFL Media.

The Bears opted to make the move on in lieu of continuing to search for a trade partner. “[G.M.] Ryan Poles did the classy thing and Nick appreciates it,” Schulman told Garafolo.

Foles earned a $4 million roster bonus on the first day of the 2022 league year. It’s unclear whether he agreed to give up any of that money to secure his release. He also had a non-guaranteed salary of $4 million for 2022.

A third-round pick of the Eagles in 2012, Foles started six games as a rookie and 10 in 2013. Against the Raiders in 2013, Foles tied an all-time single game record with seven touchdown passes. The Eagles traded him to the Rams in early 2015. He struggled there, and he landed in Kansas City the next year. His reunion with Andy Reid, who had drafted him in Philly, didn’t work. After considering retirement, Foles returned to the Eagles as a free agent in 2017. A December ACL tear to starter Carson Wentz opened the door for an incredible late-season run that culminated in a Super Bowl win.

Foles exited Philly again as a free agent in 2019 (after another great playoff run, thanks to a Wentz back injury, that ended in the divisional round), but Foles suffered a broken collarbone in his debut with the Jaguars. He was traded to the Bears in early 2020. He started seven games that year and one in 2021.

Once officially released, he can sign with any team. Options possibly include the Jaguars (given his connection to former Eagles coach Doug Pederson) and the Colts (given his connection to former Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich). The backup to Trevor Lawrence in Jacksonville is C.J Beathard, and the understudy to Matt Ryan in Indy is Sam Ehlinger.

Another intriguing option would be Tampa Bay, where Tom Brady could avoid shaking Foles’s hand after every game.

50 responses to “Bears agree to release Nick Foles

  1. According to touchback6, “the man who knows everything”, the Patriots have already signed him as their 2022 starter! 🤗

  2. The QB landscape has changed so much in this offseason than any in recent memory. There is no telling who will make playoffs this year. I’m still a IND fan, but I’m curious how Watson comes out so I’m going to keep an eye on CLE. Now… who will shell out for Nick?

  3. Wow, that’s some word salad. Nick’s retirement thoughts were before KC and it did work in KC as a backup. They needed him for a game and a half and won both while he had a 100 rating. They let him go for cap reasons as a free agent who wanted money. They also drafted Mahomes after that.

  4. Wouldn’t surprise me to see the Eagles trade Gardner Minshew and bring Foles back to Philly. With this latest squad they put together, I could see Foles string together a nice playoff run for the team.

  5. My guess is he’s done. He hasn’t played anyway near his performance in Super Bowl. Even at the vet minimum he’s too expensive. Plenty of rookies to compete at much cheaper price.

  6. Foles is better than a lot of starters, including the Bears and Eagles. You can’t compete without a legitimate QB and Foles is legit.

  7. Only one place to go, Philly. Win one more and you will have a statue.

  8. We’ll never know if Foles’ magic with the Eagles could have carried on for a little longer, because the Eagles dumped their super bowl hero in favor of that toxic clown Wentz. To think there are still delusional fans enamored with him.

  9. With Willis watching, Foles could help Tannehill take the Titans to the SB.

    Juss kiddin … Brown is gone and the team is going backwards.

  10. It should also be noted that Mr. Foles is the owner of as many championship rings as Aaron Rodgers.

  11. The Bears have been a mess for a long time. They NEVER should have signed Foles. Anybody remember the 3 year deal for Mike Glennon??

  12. Everybody remembers Foles as SB MVP but he wasn’t a one-hit wonder in Philly. He threw for 27TDs with 2 INTs in his first year starting and was 6-2 in 2nd year before getting hurt and traded. Came back as back up and in 2018- the year after the SB- threw for the most yards in Eagles history in a game vs the Texans, and then set the consecutive completion record in the following game. He revived the 2018 team and almost made the NFCCG again. That and he is the most successful Eagles QB in playoffs and holds one of the highest playoff passer ratings in NFL history. Nick Foles can play. As an Eagles fan, I will always be sad that my team didn’t appreciate how good he was and let him go twice.

  13. eaglesfan22 says:
    May 1, 2022 at 7:52 am
    That’s Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles.
    —————————————————————————————————————
    That’s also Nick Foles that couldn’t keep the starting job away from Gardner Minshew. That’s also the Nick Foles that couldn’t win a QB competition from Mitch Trubisky. That’s also the Nick Foles that was the third string QB last season.

  14. Foles has struggled while on three of the worst-run teams in recent memory – the Fisher-era Rams, the Jags, and Bears. Any QB would have struggled on those teams. Think Brady wins the SB the year after leaving the Pats if he joined those Jags or Bears? He likely wouldn’t have made the playoffs.

    In all his time in Philly and KC, he was outstanding. And he gave one of the all-time greatest QB performances in a Super Bowl. He showed a ceiling that few QBs have ever shown when the chips are down.

    Teams split hairs over stats while sticking with QBs who’ve never shown the ability to rise to the occasion. Foles is the exact type of guy who can be the X-factor in taking a well-run team over the top. Any GM who understands that should be on the phone with him right now.

  15. I could see some one bringing him in to mentor. It’s hard to tell what he has left on account of Nagy. He was always streaky. That’s hard to trust every week. Even as the #2.

  16. Tommy will be happy. Foles owns Tommy and Tommy doesn’t like shaking hands with anyone he thinks is beneath his level anyway.

  17. That’s also Nick Foles that couldn’t keep the starting job away from Gardner Minshew. That’s also the Nick Foles that couldn’t win a QB competition from Mitch Trubisky. That’s also the Nick Foles that was the third string QB last season.
    ——
    That’s also Nick Foles that Tommy has never beaten in his career and never will. 🙂

  18. This does not help the JimmyG situation one bit. Foles is yet another QB teams would rather have than Jimmy. Once someone picks up Foles, my hope is Jimmy and his people will wake up, smell the coffee, and accept that his best bet is take a proper reduction in pay and settle in for the long haul as Trey’s mentor. That is his future.

  19. Definition of up and down. Do a 30 for 30 on Nick. Cat did make some bank and helped the Eagles get the big silver trophy.

  20. He’s going to Jax or Indy,… not Philly. The Phillies Offensive Plan is built around a scrambling QB. It’s not a Pocket Passing Offense like in Indy or Jax.

  21. Foles had a $1 million guaranteed salary, $4 million base, and prorated bonus of $6.7 million, of which the Steelers will eat.

  22. Christopher Allan says:
    May 1, 2022 at 8:35 am
    eaglesfan22 says:
    May 1, 2022 at 7:52 am
    That’s Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles.
    —————————————————————————————————————
    That’s also Nick Foles that couldn’t keep the starting job away from Gardner Minshew. That’s also the Nick Foles that couldn’t win a QB competition from Mitch Trubisky. That’s also the Nick Foles that was the third string QB last season.

    ———-

    You know, the thing about championships is that no one can ever take them away from you.

  23. It’s Foles Gold at this point. Good guy though, nice to young athletes.

  24. If he wants to get a real chance at possibly starting Seattle or Detroit. If he wants to just be a backup he’s got a lot of options. If he wants to be treated like a RETURNING KING and just enjoy his last year or two, PHILADELPHIA !!! I hope he is a EAGLE again.

  25. GoodellMustGo says:
    May 1, 2022 at 10:45 am
    That’s also Nick Foles that couldn’t keep the starting job away from Gardner Minshew. That’s also the Nick Foles that couldn’t win a QB competition from Mitch Trubisky. That’s also the Nick Foles that was the third string QB last season.
    ——
    That’s also Nick Foles that Tommy has never beaten in his career and never will. 🙂

    ——-

    Neither has BB

  26. I don’t get the Foles hate from the NFL. He’s very good. I’ve wondered if it’s his image that doesn’t align with what people expect from a QB.
    He looks and acts like a typical high school nerd, but he’s a nerd that can play QB quite well.

  27. St. Nick in clutch situations always came up big. He wears a super bowl ring. Philly love you

  28. The Saints may want to bring in Foles. If Jameis goes in thinking he’s definitely the man, you can expect Jameis things to happen. If he feels pushed, they might get more out of him.
    One of the biggest mistakes in recent Buccaneers memory was anointing him as starter w no competition to push him.

  29. I love the genius comments about “bet he’s signed before Mayfield”. Yeah, they’re totally different situations. If Mayfield was a FA he’d be signed by now. He has no control of his situation right now.

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