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Jacksonville Jaguars Trade Nick Foles to the Chicago Bears for Fourth-Round Pick

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Around this time last year, the Jacksonville Jaguars were finalizing a four-year, $88 million contract with Nick Foles to become their franchise quarterback.

Twelve months later, the Jaguars basically just said never mind.

Due to the emergence of rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew, Jacksonville appears set for the future, so they are trading Foles to the Chicago Bears for a fourth-round pick.

Foles will now look to battle it out with incumbent quarterback Mitch Trubsiky in training camp to see who will earn the starting job. Quarterback controversies are not foreign to Foles, as it seems his career has been a revolving door of them.

With the Philadelphia Eagles, Foles was the clear backup to Carson Wentz until the later got hurt in 2017. Foles would go on to led the Eagles to a victory in Super Bowl LII against the New England Patriots, where he was named the MVP of the game.

Due to that incredible performance, the Jaguars thought Foles could be their long-term answer at quarterback. Unfortunately for Foles, a broken collarbone in his first game played in Jacksonville ultimately doomed his Jaguars tenure.

Now after being traded to the Bears, Foles gets the chance to play for head coach Matt Nagy, someone he is very familiar with.

Nagy first coached Foles during his initial stint with the Philadelphia Eagles from 2012 through 2014. He later coached him again as the Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator back in 2016, when Foles served as Alex Smith’s backup.

Now Nagy will look to build an offense around Foles in Chicago, which will hopefully be able to compete in the NFC North. The Bears defense has been incredible for the last two years, but hasn’t been able to capitalize and make a real run.

In fact, Foles eliminated the Bears himself two years ago in the playoffs when he was playing for the Eagles. Now Foles will join them for the next three years, unless he decides to opt-out of the deal sooner.

On the other side, the Jacksonville Jaguars have to swallow a lot of dead cap by making this move, but are going all in on Minshew Mania.

Jaguars fans loved the young quarterback last year, as he put together arguably the best passing season of any of the rookie quarterbacks in his class.

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Robby Anderson Signs Two-Year, $20 Million Deal with the Carolina Panthers

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For the first time in his NFL career, Robby Anderson won’t be playing football for the New York Jets. The 26-year-old signed with Jets as an undrafted free agent back in 2016 and turned himself into a very quality wide receiver.

Anderson’s breakout season came in his second year back in 2017, when he made 63 catches for 941 yards and seven touchdowns. Over the past two seasons, Anderson has amassed 1,531 yards combined.

Now Anderson will be leaving the Jets to sign with the Carolina Panthers on a two-year, $20 million deal.

Anderson’s decision to go to Carolina should not be too surprising, as he is reuniting with his former college coach Matt Rhule.

Rhule coached him at Temple University, where Anderson finished his collegiate career with the second-most receiving yards and catches in school history.

Now Anderson gets the chance to play on a short-term deal with the Panthers in an offense he is comfortable in. He can then test free agency one last time before he turns 30 years old.

Anderson should provide Teddy Bridgewater with the type of deep threat that may have been lacking in their offense prior to his signing.

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Clippers Owner Steve Ballmer Set to Purchase The Forum for $400 Million

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The site for the Los Angeles Clippers new home is finally set in place, as they have long looked to leave Staples Center to get their own building.

Now Clippers owner Steve Ballmer is putting the pieces in motion to build their own arena, as he has purchased The Forum from James Dolan for $400 million in cash.

Ballmer has long been in a legal battle with Dolan and the city of Inglewood to make it the new home of the Los Angeles Clippers. Ballmer was struggling to get clearance to build a new arena with The Forum still in operations.

Now Ballmer simply buys The Forum himself and can use the site to build a new arena for the Clippers and music fans alike.

The Clippers desperately needed to have their own building, as they will always play second fiddle the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center.

When those two teams play against one another, the crowd is always more filled with Lakers fans, regardless of if it is a designated Clippers’ home game.

Now the Clippers can create an identity and fandom of their own, with an impending new arena set to built in the coming years.

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Carolina Panthers Release Former MVP Cam Newton

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This offseason, the Carolina Panthers made it abundantly clear that they were planning for life without Cam Newton.

First they signed Teddy Bridgewater to a lucrative three-year, $63 million deal, clearly establishing him as their new starting quarterback. They later signed XFL star P.J. Walker to be his backup, while exploring all options to trade Newton.

After failing to find a taker on the trade market, the Panthers were forced to release the former 2015 NFL MVP.

After only missing five games across his first eight seasons with the Panthers, injuries derailed Newton’s career last season. A fractured foot limited him to just two games played.

If Carolina tried to trade Newton prior to that injury, there is a good chance that they would find some suitors for his services.

Unfortunately for the Panthers, teams are unsure if he will return to the field healthy and were unwilling to trade for Newton. Especially since Carolina was clearly going to be forced to release him with the addition of Bridgewater.

One of the more difficult aspects of acquiring Newton is that teams are unable to put him through a physical during this uncertain time due to the coronavirus. If they were to trade for him, teams would have had to pay his near $19 million salary.

Now that he has been released, teams will be able to sign Newton for far less money and also won’t have to give up any other assets to acquire him. This should make it more likely that someone takes a flier on the three-time Pro Bowler.

Newton is still just 30 years old, and is one-year removed from completing a career-high 67.5 percent of his passes for 3,395 yards. Across his career, few dual-threat quarterbacks have been more successful than Newton.

While his tenure with the Panthers didn’t end how he would have liked, hopefully Newton can once again return to the field healthy and be a big contributor for a new team next season.

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