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Bears GM Emery: No point in drafting late-round quarterbacks


The Chicago Bears have their starter in Jay Cutler. They let proven veteran back up Josh McCown leave in free agency and he eventually signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bears could be looking for quality depth at the position and could look to draft another quarterback in the later rounds, but general manager Phil Emery says it isn’t worth while.

“I just did a little study. It’s very interesting,” Emery said, via ESPN.com. “That developmental theory doesn’t hold a whole lot of water.

“There’s entire classes of quarterbacks, since ’06, I went back and looked at from Jay’s on — when people say developmental quarterbacks, OK, so who has gotten developed? There isn’t a single quarterback after the third round since 2006 that has been a long-term starter. So you’re either developing thirds, and most of them have been wiped out of the league. So to get a quality quarterback, you’ve got to draft them high. That 2012 class is a blip on the radar that’s unusual, highly unusual.”

Currently Jordan Palmer is second on the depth chart behind Cutler.

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