Chicago had its pick of quarterback additions this offseason as it looked to find a veteran to come in and push Mitchell Trubisky. Andy Dalton was available for trade up until the Bengals released him. Philip Rivers and Teddy Bridgewater were among big-money free-agent options.
Instead, the Bears acted fast this offseason to bringing in Nick Foles via trade, surrendering a fourth-round pick. To give up that kind of draft capital for a player despite having other options on the market that would have not cost them that pick, shows how dedicated the team is to the former Super Bowl-winning QB.
Foles was a heavy favorite (-300) to be the Bears Week 1 starter, though over the past few weeks, the odds on Foles starting began to shift. Now, with the preseason likely scrapped, it’s Trubisky who is favored to lead the team on opening weekend (-150 via Fan Duel).
Over his first two seasons as the head coach, Matt Nagy has been hesitant to play his starters in the preseason. However, this season, he was prepared to let the two QBs battle it out.
Trubisky had some success in 2018, though the majority of his time in the league has been a disaster. It’s likely that the Bears move on from him with Foles as the guy who will take the barely lit torch from him. It’s just unlikely the transition happens before the start of the 2020 season.