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Nick Foles. Seriously? We refresh our screens 27,234 times over the last two days and they give us... Nick Foles?

Wild Card Round - Philadelphia Eagles v Chicago Bears
Khalil Mack of the Chicago Bears hits Nick Foles of the Philadelphia Eagles
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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

This week we are all-about free agency with videos of people who were stars in a band, but took the free agency route and started their own band or joined another one.

BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Nick Foles or Mitch Trubisky? Bears’ Ryan Pace-Matt Nagy alliance could be tested - Chicago Sun-Times - Nagy has been a staunch Trubisky supporter and has some of his own reputation at stake with his development. But the reality is that Nagy inherited Trubisky; Pace drafted him. There is a difference.

Nick Foles trade leaves Bears with two 2020 NFL Draft picks in top 150 - Chicago Sun-Times - They’re down to two second-round picks and little else.

Bears obtain Nick Foles to compete with Mitch Trubisky, not replace him - Chicago Sun-Times - The door is open for another year of Mitch, and that’s really all you need to know about the trade Wednesday.

Bears GM Ryan Pace looking to free-agent veterans to save him - Chicago Sun-Times - Pace’s young guys, the ones he drafted, have turned out to be duds at an alarming, uh, pace.

Chicago Bears acquire Nick Foles from Jacksonville Jaguars - Chicago Tribune - The Bears didn’t get the first pick of quarterbacks this offseason, but in trading for the Jaguars' Nick Foles, they did get the guy their coaches have the most experience with.

What is impact on Mitch Trubisky of Chicago Bears' trade for Nick Foles? - Chicago Tribune - With the acquisition of Nick Foles, the Bears now have two quarterbacks coming off rocky seasons, continued uncertainty about how this offseason will play out at the position and a new dynamic to navigate. How will Ryan Pace frame the addition?

NFL, NBA offering free streaming access - Chicago Tribune - The NFL has opened its 2009-19 library, giving complimentary U.S. access to NFL Game Pass streams through May 31. The NBA is offering free streams of 2019-20 games until April 22.

Column: Nick Foles' steady hand may be what Chicago Bears needed - Chicago Tribune - Remember Nick Foles' improbable Super Bowl MVP journey? Remember the game-winning playoff drive he led to break the Bears' hearts? Might he be exactly what the Bears needed in their current quarterback predicament?

Ep. 125: Free Agency Frenzy!! - Bear Down Girl Podcast - So much free agency news to discuss! I breakdown all of the moves the Bears have made thus far and also discuss some rumors surrounding the Bears.

Mid-Free Agency Mailbag: How Does Nick Foles Impact Mitch Trubisky? - Chicago Audible Podcast - Listen as Nicholas Moreano answers your Chicago Bears questions.

NFL offers fans free access to NFL Game Pass - NFL.com - Starting today, the NFL will offer complimentary access to NFL Game Pass, providing fans the opportunity to relive incredible NFL games and moments from seasons past.

Inside the Robert Quinn deal - ProFootballTalk - One of the various Cowboys who left the team this week was pass rusher Robert Quinn. And Quinn will cash in with his new deal from the Bears.

Bears acquiring Nick Foles from Jaguars for pick - NFL.com - Nick Foles is being sent to the Bears from the Jaguars in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick with a restructured contract to make it happen, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported.

With offseason practice threatened, familiarity favors Bears QB Nick Foles - Chicago Sun-Times - Whenever the team is allowed to gather again — in the best of situations, it would likely be for a truncated period in May or June — Foles won’t be starting from scratch, like other available quarterbacks.

Bears send fans mixed messages about deadline for season-ticket payments - Chicago Sun-Times - In the wake of all the financial uncertainty caused by the coronavirus outbreak, the Bears told some fans this week that the deadline to pay for season tickets Friday has been delayed — for two weeks — even though a team spokesperson later denied that was the case.

Who won the Nick Foles trade? Bears QB Mitch Trubisky - Chicago Sun-Times - With the Bears missing out on heavy hitters, Trubisky can exhale. There were far more daunting scenarios being floated this week.

Halas Intrigue Episode 87: The Nick Foles Show - Chicago Sun-Times - Nick Foles vs. Mitch Trubisky: Who ya got?

2020 NFC North Free Agency Tracker - Chicago Audible Blog - The NFC North has been busy since the legal tampering period began on Monday. Here are the transactions from each team as they approach free agency.

Leonard Floyd Joins Rams and Former Bears Revenge Club - SI.com - They're starting to line up already for the usual revenge game against the Chicago Bears.

Bears Made the Safe Call in Trading for Nick Foles - SI.com - Bear Digest is a Sports Illustrated channel featuring Gene Chamberlain to bring you the latest News, Highlights, Analysis, Draft, Free Agency surrounding the Chicago Bears.

Nick Foles trade the latest result in troubling line of Bears' poor drafting - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears already had to spend to replace Kevin White and Leonard Floyd. Nick Foles, then, is just another in a disappointing line of moves Ryan Pace had to make to cover for draft mistakes.

What should the Bears do with Mitch Trubisky after trading for Nick Foles? - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears' message to Mitch Trubisky has been clear: You need to know our offense better. They just traded for a guy who might know it better than Matt Nagy.

How the Nick Foles trade will affect the Bears' NFL Draft plans - NBC Sports Chicago - The moves Ryan Pace has made so far don't exactly scream longterm stability.

Nick Foles trade to Bears makes it clear Mitch Trubisky has competition - NBC Sports Chicago - Trubisky's still QB1 ... but for how long?

Why the timing of the Nick Foles makes total sense for the Bears - NBC Sports Chicago - Matt Nagy knows and trusts Nick Foles, which counts for something as the COVID-19 pandemic means there won't be an offseason program at Halas Hall this year.

Detailing how Bears got Nick Foles' contract restructured - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears are taking on the final three years of Nick Foles' contract, but with a smaller cap hit.

Report: Bears acquire QB Nick Foles in trade - ChicagoBears.com - 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.

Report: Bears were concerned about Cam Newton’s health - BearsWire - The Bears were reportedly interested in trading for QB Cam Newton, but it sounds like concerns about his health halted things.

Bears getting QB Nick Foles with restructured contract - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears traded a 4th-round draft pick to the Jaguars for QB Nick Foles. But Foles' contract comes restructured.

Haugh: Trading For Nick Foles A Good Step For Bears - 670 The Score - On the hot seat, Bears general manager Ryan Pace finally addressed his biggest need in acquiring quarterback Nick Foles from the Jaguars on Wednesday. It's only a matter of time before Foles supplants Mitchell Trubisky as the team's starting quarterback.

Bernstein: A Bears QB Competition? That's On Brand - 670 The Score - In difficult times, we human beings ​seek comfort in the familiar. We find solace and warmth in the nostalgia, often therapeutically so. And that's exactly what the Bears' quarterback competition between Nick Foles and Mitchell Trubisky gives us.

Emma: Foles' Arrival To Bears Puts Trubisky On Notice - 670 The Score - When Bears general manager Ryan Pace offered his support for quarterback Mitchell Trubisky time and again, it was always wise remember that he should be judged by his actions and not his words. Those actions are now clear, as the Bears have agreed to acquire quarterback Nick Foles from the Jaguars

Report: Bears land pass-rusher Robert Quinn - ChicagoBears.com - NFL Network has reported that the Bears have agreed to terms with linebacker Robert Quinn, a two-time Pro Bowl edge rusher who led the Cowboys with 11.5 sacks last season.

Cordarrelle Patterson recruiting Lions CB Darius Slay to Chicago - Bears Wire - Bears KR Cordarrelle Patterson continued his recruiting spree Wednesday night with Lions CB Darius Slay.

Report: Bears add tight end Jimmy Graham - ChicagoBears.com - According to an NFL Network report, the Bears have agreed to terms with veteran tight end Jimmy Graham, a five-time Pro Bowler who ranks fourth in NFL history among tight ends with 74 touchdown receptions.

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Schmitz: Instant Reaction to the Chicago Bears’ Trade for Nick Foles (with Michael Kist!) - Windy City Gridiron
The Chicago Bears finally made a move at quarterback, but was Nick Foles the right choice? Robert S. brings on Bleeding Green Nation’s Michael Kist to talk through the trade from an Eagles fan’s perspective on this episode of Bear With Me!

Infante: Bears acquire Nick Foles from Jaguars for fourth-round pick - Windy City Gridiron
The 2013 Pro Bowler will push Mitchell Trubisky for the starting quarterback job.

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