Chicago Bears connected to free agent quarterback Ryan Tannehill

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Chicago Bears, Ryan Tannehill
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This offseason has been all about the quarterback for the Chicago Bears.

No, there's not an echo in the room. This is just another Bears offseason. Of course it's all about the quarterback position. When you're a team that hasn't developed a franchise passer in its 100-plus-year history, every offseason hinges on the position.

But this year, things will be different -- no, seriously.

The Bears are less than a month away from calling Caleb Williams and selecting him no. 1 overall in the 2024 NFL Draft. The Bears will be able to get their hands on the best quarterback prospect they've ever had the privilege to draft.

But, behind Williams, are the Bears sold on Tyson Bagent to back up the rookie? One particular expert seems to think free agent and former Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill makes more sense in this scenario.

Would the Bears make sense for Ryan Tannehill?

Bleacher Report's Gary Davenport listed the Bears, Broncos and Raiders as potential fits for Tannehill in a piece he published recently.

"The Chicago Bears have the first overall pick in 2024—a pick that will all but certainly be used on USC quarterback Caleb Williams," Davenport wrote. "But there is precious little experience behind Williams in the Windy City. Tannehill's experience over 11 pro seasons could come in handy as Williams learns the NFL ropes."

I understand the sentiment from Davenport, here, but truthfully I believe the Bears will stick with Tyson Bagent as their backup quarterback. As an undrafted rookie last year, Bagent did about as well as he could have possibly done in his situation, having to get into some game action while Justin Fields healed up.

Tannehill's experience is a valuable trait to have, especially for a team that will (hopefully) be as improved as the Bears in 2024. But, unless the Bears plan to carry three quarterbacks on a weekly basis, I don't see the need to add Tannehill.

Continuing to develop Bagent as the team's primary backup would be the wise move, here. He already knows a good chunk of that locker room and has developed chemistry with many of the guys. He's on a ridiculously inexpensive contract. There isn't really a reason Bagent shouldn't be the backup in Chicago.

Let Tannehill find work elsewhere.