The Chicago Bears’ belief in Mitch Trubisky as the franchise quarterback isn’t going to stop them from their continued efforts to make that position one of significant strength (i.e. quality depth).
ESPN recently traveled around its league of NFL reporters and insiders to extract a bold offseason prediction for each team, and Jeff Dickerson presents a scenario that would raise some eyebrows among Bears fans and observers alike.
Dickerson believes the Bears could draft a quarterback in the upcoming NFL Draft, marking the second consecutive year in which the team has picked a player at the game’s most important position.
It’s not something that happens all too often in Chicago … which is among the many reasons the team has failed time and again to stabilize the position.
To be clear, the Bears aren’t going to draft someone to compete for a starting job with Trubisky. Instead, this quarterback would be drafted to be groomed and developed behind the starter and perhaps to step into the lineup in a pinch if – heaven forbid – Trubisky was sidelined with an injury.
If the Bears were to attack the position via the draft, it would likely come in the later rounds – think fifth round or later. The team met with Washington State’s Luke Falk during the Senior Bowl, where they probably took a good look at someone like Western Kentucky’s Mike White or Richmond’s Kyle Lauletta. The team could also have their eyes on Chase Daniel, a backup Ryan Pace is familiar with from his time in New Orleans and Matt Nagy knows from Kansas City.
Dickerson declares there is “almost no chance” Mike Glennon returns for a second season after losing his starting job to Trubisky four games into a contract that could have paid him up to $45 million over three years. The chances of Mark Sanchez – the team’s other reserve quarterback – returning in his dual role as mentor and backup quarterback are significantly higher, even though Sanchez is a free agency. That puts the Bears in the market for another quarterback (or even two) in what projects to be another busy offseason.