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NFL Draft Rumors: Chicago Bears open to drafting a quarterback

The NFL Draft is just around the corner and teams everywhere are looking at potential late round strategies that they may end up rolling with when that time comes around. One of those teams are the Chicago Bears, who don’t need to draft a quarterback this May but it’s on their list of potential late round strategies.

According to Adam L. Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times, the Bears are open o the idea of drafting a quarterback that head coach Marc Trestman could then mold into either a backup or a valuable trade chip later down the line.

It’s no secret that the Bears wanted backup Josh McCown back but he bolted for a starting job in Tampa Bay with former head coach Lovie Smith. There’s also nothing wrong with Jordan Palmer, the Bears current backup, as he’s a guy Trestman has molded into a knowledgable backup to Jay Cutler.

But we’ve seen teams take quarterbacks higher than they otherwise might has in order to either have a viable backup option or a valuable trade chip. Just last year both the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Giants took quarterbacks much higher than projected with Mike Glennon eventually becoming the Bucs starter and Ryan Nassib now a trade chip just one year later.

That seems to be what the Bears are looking for this year and they could surprise some people by taking a quarterback like Aaron Murray or Jimmy Grapoppolo when they’re not necessarily projected to.

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