If last offseason was all about finding the kicker to shore up the Bears' chances at a Super Bowl run, this offseason will be all about the quarterback.
Not only has Mitchell Trubisky not definitively established himself as the unquestioned starter in the eyes of Bears fans, they'll need to add another quarterback with backup Chase Daniel heading to free agency.
With the Bears already announcing Trubisky is the starter heading into the 2020 season, and limited cap space to bring in a top name, what would the team look for on the free agent market?
"I would be shocked if the Bears don’t bring in a real viable backup quarterback, maybe somebody that’s a veteran that has played before," Chris Simms told NBC Sports Chicago. "And if Mitch Trubisky doesn’t play well in the month of September, where they can go okay, we gotta pull the string here, Trubisky is not looking good. Let’s go with our backup."
It worked for the Tennessee Titans, replacing Marcus Mariota with Ryan Tannehill. When the Titans made the swap, the team turned around and eliminated the Patriots in the Wild Card round in New England.
There are intriguing names on the market, including Mariota.
"Maybe it’s a guy like Andy Dalton. Somebody like that, along those terms. A guy who’s been a starter, who might want to go to a new team and know, I can go to this team and if I do get a chance to become a starter I have a chance to be successful," Simms said. "I think that would be the plan of attack that I would have if I was the Bears.
"Find that guy, not only to push Mitchell Trubisky to make him compete and get better at things, but the in-case Plan B, emergency we got to hit the alarm, Mitchell Trubisky is not looking good… we can put this guy in and our offense can execute at a high level.”
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