Heading into free agency, the Chicago Bears needed to do something at quarterback. Less than 48 hours later, Ryan Pace’s options are looking bleak.
The Chicago Bears have come out and stated that they want to bring in competition to push Mitchell Trubisky. The team has been rumored around basically every quarterback remotely available. This includes trades for the likes of Andy Dalton, Derek Carr and Nick Foles. It feels like the team has been linked to every free agent quarterback available too.
After about 48 hours, Ryan Pace is seeing his options to change the quarterback room dwindling. First off the board was Ryan Tannehill who got paid big time to stay with the Tennessee Titans. Although very unlikely of an option, the second quarterback taken off the board was Dak Prescott who was franchise tagged by the Dallas Cowboys.
As you can see, names were starting to come off the list. Rumors started floating around yesterday how the team was in talks with Teddy Bridgewater. Those rumors died down rather quickly though. As of today, Bridgewater is now signing with the Carolina Panthers.
Yesterday, Case Keenum was announced to have signed with the Cleveland Browns. Keenum was a free agent target I thought was realistic for Ryan Pace, but obviously Keenum had other ideas. Philip Rivers was hardly an option for Ryan Pace, but he was still a free agent quarterback nonetheless. Rivers agreed to a one-year deal with the Colts.
Another name that was mentioned over and over again as an option for the Chicago Bears was Marcus Mariota. Mariota signed with the Las Vegas Raiders. Did he take the position knowing he would be a backup to a very established Derek Carr? It seems odd to sign in that situation over the Bears situation with Mitchell Trubisky, but maybe Pace never even considered Mariota here.
With these guys off the board, who is left for Ryan Pace to target?