The Dallas Cowboys has seen the importance of having a backup quarterback to Dak Prescott over the past few seasons. Prescott was unable to play last season due to multiple injuries. The Bears’ decision to release Nick Foles, a former Pro Bowl quarterback, gives Dallas the opportunity provide the team with better insurance in 2022 behind Prescott.
Cooper Rush was a great backup and led the Cowboys to victory over the Vikings 20-16. Rush threw 325 yards and two touchdowns, while completing 60% his passes during the win. Although Rush’s success was limited, the Cowboys would love to have another veteran quarterback on their roster.
While Foles’s results as a starter have been mixed, the Cowboys already have Prescott as their quarterback. Foles’ best season as a free agent quarterback was when he played in Carson Wentz’s place and led the Eagles to the Super Bowl title in 2017. Foles was only in one game in 2021 when the Bears handed the offense to Justin Fields. The signal-caller threw for 1,852 yard, 10 touchdowns, and eight interceptions while completing 64.7%.
The Cowboys will face stiff competition if they want to participate in the Foles sweepstakes. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler says that the Colts Broncos, Jaguars, and Jaguars are all strong contenders for Foles.
Fowler explained that the Chicago Bears made a deal with Nick Foles. Instead of trying to hold onto a weak trade market and hoping for a sixth- or seventh-round pick, they decided to let Foles pick his destination. Justin Schulman, Foles’ agent, told me that he was happy with the decision as it allows them to go out and find the right match. That conversation should begin with the Indianapolis Colts. Frank Reich and Foles have had a great relationship. According to me, Foles is very interested in Indy playing in recent years. Maybe they can make it work.
“The Denver Broncos are a team that should be on the market for a backup quarterback behind Russell Wilson. They want to strengthen that room after losing Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater this offseason. And then you have the Jacksonville Jaguars, they don’t necessarily need a backup quarterback behind Trevor Lawrence, but maybe [new head coach] Doug Pederson wants to rekindle some of that Super Bowl magic.”
Prescott’s injury history makes it a good idea for the Cowboys to consider signing Foles, if the price is right. Foles was born in Austin, Texas and has repeatedly stated that he is not a Cowboys fan.
Foles stated in December 2013 that he grew up in Austin. The University of Texas is the only team in Austin. It was the University of Texas, my pro team. Major Applewhite was my favorite quarterback at the time, followed by Vince Young later. After going to Arizona, I am now an Arizona Wildcat. Growing up in Austin, I was always passionate about the University of Texas.