Mark Sanchez will be visiting the Halas Hall to see if there is a potential fit with the Chicago Bears.
Nope, this isn’t some cruel joke. This is the reality of the Chicago Bears. Reports surfaced Tuesday night that Ryan Pace isn’t quite settled with his quarterback position yet and is looking to add a little competition to the position.
Mark Sanchez will be at Halas Hall meeting with Bears’ brass and could walk away with a contract depending on how the meeting goes. Most Bears fans rolled their eyes and smacked their collective hands on their foreheads the instant they heard this news. On the surface, it seems like a terrible idea. But former Bears QB and current Bears analyst Jim Miller has a different take:
While Mills has a more optimistic view on the idea, not all NFL analysts agree:
Gannon’s view is definitely more of the mainstream view. Sanchez has shown the knack for turning the ball over on a regular basis (86 career TDs, 86 career INTs) and hasn’t been even a remotely impactful player the last few years.
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This does show you one interesting nugget into the views of one Ryan Pace: The Bears definitely aren’t looking at a quarterback with the third overall pick and may not even be looking at a quarterback in this draft at all.
With Mike Glennon and Conor Shaw already signed, the idea of bringing in Sanchez and drafting a quarterback would put four quarterbacks on the roster, none of which could end up on the practice squad. Shaw would be the only possible option, but there is a solid chance a team would give him a contract if the Bears choose to waive him, something they must do before they can add him to the practice squad.
With Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen part of the 2018 quarterback prospect class, perhaps Pace is going to stick with Glennon this year and take a run at drafting a first round quarterback next season. Either way, Mark Sanchez has a lot of Bears thinking one way:
Just remember: it’s only a visit. Nothing is guaranteed at this point. Keep your fingers crossed, Bear Nation, and try not to weep into your pillow.