The Super Bowl-winning quarterback is now entering May in search of a job.
The Chicago Bears announced on Sunday that they had released veteran quarterback Nick Falls nearly four years after leading the Philadelphia Eagles to a Super Bowl victory over the New England Patriots in February 2018.
Falls, 33, made eight starts in two seasons in Chicago when the team bought him in 2020 for a fourth-round draft pick in a trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He completed 65.1% passes for 2,102 yards with 11 touchdowns and eight interceptions with the Bears.
But the Falls made just one start last season – a 25-24 win over the Seattle Seahawks – after the Bears picked Justin Fields No. 11 in the 2021 NFL Draft. Falls spent much of last season as a third-string quarterback behind Fields and former Cincinnati Bengal Andy Dalton.
The Bears will save about $ 8 million in their pay cap this season with the release of Falls, which has an estimated 4 million basic salary.
A few weeks ago, Ryan Poles, general manager of the Bears, indicated that the team wanted to trade Falls after adding experienced backup quarterback Trevor Simian to the free agency.
“Nothing pops up right now, but we’re working on it,” Poles said via Bears Wire in late March. “Hopefully something will pop up.”
Falls joined the Bears after a season with the Jaguars, a period that began with high expectations and a big deal. However, Falls broke his collarbone in the 2019 season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs, paving the way for Gardner Minshu and Minshu Mania.
In a bizarre turn, Jacksonville traded the Minshula Eagles in 2021 and is still on the Philadelphia roster. Meanwhile, Doug Pederson, who coached the Eagles and Falls to win the Super Bowl, is now with the Jaguars.
Falls started just four games for Jacksonville in the 2019 season, posting a 0-4 record.
Signal-Collar has thrown 14,003 yards, 82 touchdowns and 43 interceptions in his NFL career since the Eagles selected him with 88 picks in the 2012 NFL Draft.
He later spent time with the Rams and Chiefs before making him a Philly sports legend in his second stint with the Eagles in 2017.
After Carson Wentz went down with an injury, the Falls stepped in and gave the Eagles their only Super Bowl victory. Falls won the MVP honor and threw Tom Brady in the big game with 373 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. He also caught the touchdown pass of the famous “Philly Special” play.
Falls is 29-27 in his career and was named in the Pro Bowl in 2013.