Chicago Bears’ cheap free agency quarterback target: C.J. Beathard
Back in 2017, C.J. Beathard was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the third round to backup Jimmy Garoppolo. He eventually lost that job to undrafted free agent Nick Mullens but got his chance once again this season when both Garoppolo and Mullens got injured and Mullens was playing bad.
Beathard only got to start two games last season but saw decent action in four. He finished the season completing 63.5 percent of his passes for 787 yards and six touchdowns. He did not throw an interception and posted an impressive 105.7 passer rating. Given it was a small sample size, it isn’t anything to go crazy about. He did though have good games against good competition like the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals.
It’s hard to tell how well Beathard would do outside of an offense that is run by arguably one of the best offensive-scheming coaches in the NFL, but it would be worth a shot to bring him in on a cheap deal to compete with Foles. At the very least he is a cheap and capable backup to Foles in the likely case that Foles gets hurt.