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Report: Bears acquire QB Nick Foles in trade


According to an NFL Network report, the Bears on Wednesday acquired quarterback Nick Foles from the Jaguars in exchange for the compensatory fourth-round draft pick they were recently awarded by the NFL.

The pick, which the Bears received based on a net loss of free agents in 2019, is the 34th selection in the fourth round and 140th in the draft overall.

NFL teams are prohibited from announcing any trades until the player they acquired passes a physical. And it's unclear when that will be allowed to happen because—due to concerns about the coronavirus—the league is not permitting clubs to meet with players at their facilities or other locations.

Foles, 31, has appeared in 58 NFL games and compiled a 26-22 record in 48 starts over eight seasons with the Eagles (2012-14, 2017-18), Rams (2015), Chiefs (2016) and Jaguars (2019). The 6-6, 243-pounder has completed 61.8 percent of his passes for 11,901 yards with 71 touchdowns, 35 interceptions and an 88.2 passer rating.

Foles was selected by the Eagles in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft out of Arizona. In 2013, he appeared in 13 games with 10 starts and was voted to the Pro Bowl after passing for a career-high 2,891 yards with 27 touchdowns, two interceptions and a league-leading 119.2 passer rating.

Foles also topped NFL passers in yards per attempt (9.1) and touchdown percentage (8.5) in leading the Eagles to the NFC East championship with a 10-6 record. In a Week 9 win over the Raiders, Foles threw for 406 yards, posted a perfect 158.3 passer rating and tied an NFL single-game passing record with seven TDs. In a Week 16 victory over the Bears, Foles completed 21 of 25 passes for 230 yards with two TDs and a 131.7 rating.

After one-year stints with the Rams and Chiefs, Foles returned to the Eagles in 2017. When starter Carson Wentz sustained a season-ending knee injury in Week 14, Foles stepped in and helped lead Philadelphia to the first Super Bowl championship in franchise history.

In three playoff wins, Foles threw for 971 yards and six touchdowns with a 115.7 rating. He earned MVP honors in Super Bowl LII after leading the Eagles to a 41-33 victory over the Patriots by passing for 373 yards and three TDs with a 106.1 rating and catching a 1-yard touchdown pass from current Bears tight end Trey Burton on a trick play dubbed the "Philly Special."

Last March Foles signed a lucrative four-year contract with the Jaguars. But he broke his left clavicle in the first game of the season and underwent surgery. He returned to action in early November and ended up making four starts, completing 65.8 percent of his passes for 736 yards with three TDs, two interceptions and an 84.6 passer rating.

Foles will be new to the Bears, but he is already familiar with coach Matt Nagy and two of his assistants. Nagy worked with Foles as an offensive quality coach with the Eagles in 2012 and Chiefs offensive coordinator in 2016.

New Bears offensive coordinator Bill Lazor was Eagles quarterbacks coach in 2013 when Foles passed for 27 touchdowns and two interceptions, while new Bears quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo worked with Foles as Eagles quarterbacks coach in 2017 when Philadelphia won the Super Bowl and as Jaguars offensive coordinator last season.