Chicago Bears: Predicting how the quarterback carousel shakes out

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The Chicago Bears are one of many teams that are in need of a starting quarterback this offseason. Right now, the only quarterback that will be under contract at the start of the 2021 NFL season is Nick Foles. We saw how that experiment worked last season and I am confident that Foles is not happy with his decision to restructure his contract to head to the Bears. Clearly, he and Matt Nagy did not see eye-to-eye throughout his tenure as the starting quarterback.

This alone makes you wonder how much of the problem is Matt Nagy versus Nick Foles and Mitch Trubisky. Let’s not focus on that right now though. Instead, I want to take a look at what might be the craziest quarterback shake-up we have seen since, well, 2020.

Fans thought it was crazy to see the likes of Cam Newton, Andy Dalton, Jameis Winston and the NFC Champion, hoping to be yet another Super Bowl Champion, Tom Brady on other teams. As it stands, we have already seen longtime Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford traded to the Los Angeles Rams for Jared Goff, two first-round picks and a third-round pick.

Will the Chicago Bears get on the quarterback carousel in 2021?

This might just be the icing on the cake though. Whether it is through free agency or actual trades, plenty of rumors are flying around right now about the possible movement of quarterbacks throughout the NFL. Free agency includes former Chicago Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky, likely to be tagged again Dak Prescott and others like Tyrod Taylor, Ryan Fitzpatrick Jacoby Brissett, Jameis Winston and Andy Dalton, Cam Newton and more.

Other names that have been discussed as trade possibilities include Deshaun Watson, Matt Ryan, Carson Wentz, Dak Prescott, Sam Darnold and even Tua Tagovailoa if included in a trade for Watson. Derek Carr, Jimmy Garoppolo and even Aaron Rodgers have also been mentioned. This is not even including the NFL Draft that involves some top prospects likely to be drafted within the first three rounds.

As the 2021 quarterback carousel gets underway, will the Chicago Bears end up riding a stallion, a broken-down horse, one of those sleighs that don’t move or will they find themselves on the outside waiting for sloppy seconds?