LA Rams: Matthew Stafford, zip, injuries, birds and QBees

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In the Nick of time

Now that we’ve brought up a reunion scenario, why not double down with a familiar, if not entirely welcome, face in Chicago Bears’ backup quarterback Nick Foles. The Bears are sitting on veteran Andy Dalton and drafted rookie Justin Fields. That clearly makes the very expensive veteran Nick Foles ripe for the cutting block.

And then, and only then, do the LA Rams strike. After he clears waivers. After his contract expires. After his guaranteed salary goes ‘poof’. Will the Chicago Bears cut him? Well, the Indianapolis Colts are in the market for an emergency quarterback, and we know how Nick Foles taking over for Carson Wentz has gone in the past.

But times are a’ changing, and it’s quite possible that the Colts are not trading for another quarterback. That means that the 6-foot-6 243-pound veteran will sit on the Chicago Bears bench, holding a roster spot from a younger player, because it will be cheaper for the Bears to keep him than cut him. Of course, it’s cheaper because the Bears restructured his contract upon obtaining him.  If they trade him, a $5 million salary guarantee goes with him.

Of course, the Bears could shed Foles’ contract if they traded Foles plus a draft pick, say a 2022 fifth-round pick, to take on that contract. In all honesty, Nick Foles’ one-year stint in Saint Louis playing for the Rams under Jeff Fisher was his absolute worst season ever. He is much better than what that year showed, and as far as a backup to Matthew Stafford? He would be an ideal tall pocket-presence, and he can hurl a long ball as well.  He even has a history with DeSean Jackson and threw to DJax in his career-best 2013 season.

Foles would be a good backup for Stafford, simply because he plays a very similar Stafford style of football.