With rumors swirling that the Bears are actively shopping Jay Cutler, it’s become pretty clear that the Bears will be targeting new quarterback talent for the 2017 season.
It’s sounding more likely that the Chicago Bears will move on from Jay Cutler, the quarterback that has started every opening week game for the team since 2009. It’s the end of a controversial and ultimately disappointing era in Chicago.
With Jay Cutler all but certain to be off the Bears roster by the start of the 2017 season and every other quarterback from the 2016 roster free agents this offseason (Matt Barkley, Brian Hoyer, David Fales, Connor Shaw), the Bears need to add at least one new quarterback.
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Whether it’s through free agency, a trade, or the draft, the Bears may have a completely new quarterback group in 2017. There is a chance they bring Hoyer or Barkley back as a bridge to a young quarterback, but I’d be surprised if they didn’t add at least one rookie QB. GM Ryan Pace has said that ideally, the Bears would add one through the draft every year but has yet to do it.
Even if they sign a starting-caliber quarterback through free agency (Cousins, Glennon) or trade (Garoppolo, Romo), it would make sense to add a developmental option through the draft. It’s not an exceptionally strong draft at the position, but there is some talent that could develop if given enough time and coaching.
I covered the potential day three quarterback targets in the draft already and today I’m breaking down some day two options for the Bears. The usual disclaimer applies, that much could change between now and the draft, but I’ve used their current projected round and listed them in order of preference.