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Why the Kyle Allen trade makes the Bears-Nick Foles trade look better

Why the Kyle Allen trade makes the Bears-Nick Foles trade look better

Bears general manager Ryan Pace is struggling to win in the court of public opinion right now, but a quarterback trade that went down Monday afternoon might help his case a little bit.

Among the criticism getting thrown at Pace is the compensation he gave up for Nick Foles, trading the Bears’ compensatory fourth round pick to Jacksonville.

Well, that might not seem so bad now.

Monday, Washington sent a fifth round pick to Carolina for former undrafted free agent quarterback Kyle Allen, who was unspectacular in 12 starts for the Panthers in 2019. A game-manager at best, Allen completed 62 percent of his passes last season while throwing 17 touchdowns and 16 interceptions for a passer rating of 80.0.

Even with the Panthers ready to move on from Cam Newton, new head coach Matt Rhule didn’t seem too interested in giving Allen a shot at the permanent job. Instead, Carolina gave Teddy Bridgewater a 3-year, $63 million contract and traded Allen away.

There’s no question that Foles has struggled to hold onto starting jobs, but he’s certainly a more accomplished quarterback than Allen – one that comes with a playoff pedigree and a Super Bowl MVP. Any forecasted quarterback trade market this offseason would have had Foles commanding a bigger return.

And yet, the compensation in these trades aren’t very different.

For Foles, Jacksonville received the No. 140 overall pick.

For Allen, Carolina received the No. 148 overall pick.

That difference so late in the draft is minimal, and yet, would you rather have Foles competing with Mitchell Trubisky or Kyle Allen?

Washington isn’t in the same win-now mode as the Bears, so they likely view Allen, 24, as someone who can potentially provide more long-term value as a backup while maybe pushing Dwayne Haskins as the starter. But the Bears got the best backup quarterback in the league, and one that is a proven playoff starter.

The chatter all offseason was that if Jacksonville was going to part with Foles, it would likely take at least a fourth round pick. In the end, it took a late fourth-rounder, which seemed like fair compensation. Now, it looks more than fair considering Washington gave up almost as much for Allen.

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Cornelius Lucas heads to Washington leaving Bears thin at tackle

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Cornelius Lucas heads to Washington leaving Bears thin at tackle

The Bears will most likely have to look outside the organization for depth at tackle for 2020. Ian Rapoport reports that Cornelius Lucas — who filled in at right tackle when Bobby Massie got hurt last season
— is headed to Washington.



While starters Massie and Charles Leno Jr. are still under contract, Lucas' departure leaves only Alex Bars (12 career snaps, and they were at guard) and Dino Boyd (0 career snaps) as reserve tackles.

While we can't really tell how Ryan Pace plans to address the position, one option is to add a rookie through the draft. With the Bears addressing tight end and quarterback by signing Jimmy Graham and trading for Nick Foles, they may use one of their second round picks to shore up the offensive line.

There are certainly intriguing free agent options still on the board, too, and it may make sense to add another veteran to the room.

While we don't know who the Bears will end up with yet, it does seem likely that they'll bring in another tackle to compete with Bars and Boyd.
 

Bears’ free agent linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis to sign with Washington

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Bears’ free agent linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis to sign with Washington

The Bears 2020 situation at linebacker is becoming clearer. With Ryan Pace signing Danny Trevathan to a three-year contract extension and Nick Kwiatkoski reportedly to sign with the Las Vegas Raiders (for a whopping estimated $21 million over three years, with $13.5 million guaranteed), the last free agent linebacker on the Bears roster still up in the air was Kevin Pierre-Louis. 

Not anymore. It was reported Pierre-Louis will sign with Washington. According to Ian Rapoport, it's a one-year deal that could be worth as much as $3.45 million.


Pierre-Louis was drafted in 2014 by the Seattle Seahawks and has played with the New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs. He came to Chicago in 2019 from New York and had three starts and 37 combined tackles this season. 

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