Today is the most day of the regime of Ryan Pace and John Fox because they are finalizing their plans at the quarterback position.
Forget the 40 times and other underwear Olympic events. The Bears needed to sit down and have face-to-faces with the likes of DeShone Kizer, DeShaun Watson and Mitchell Trubisky. They learned what makes these guys tick; got a feeling of thee young quarterbacks’ general football knowledge.
Forget all the rumors you have heard. The Bears could not have determined how much they wanted to spend on a free agent quarterback — or how much to give up in a trade — until they knew what the draft was offering them. Today the Bears are as ready as they’ll ever be to determine the direction of the franchise.
While they can’t sign anybody until Thursday, the free agency negotiating period begins Tuesday. Today the Bears are deciding what their best course of action is. They’ll decide if the draft has someone they love or if they should offer more in an attempt to trade for Jimmy Garoppolo. They could also decide there isn’t a franchise quarterback available to them and sign a veteran with the hopes he’d allow them to kick the can down the road one more year.
Personally, I think they have some good options with at least four potential franchise quarterbacks available. After all the work I’ve done evaluating available QBs in 2017 here’s how I would rank the options:
1. Deshaun Watson
2. Jimmy Garoppolo
3. Mitchell Trubisky
4. Deshone Kizer
5. Tyrod Taylor
6. Tony Romo
7. Jay Cutler
8. Patrick Mahomes
9. Brian Hoyer
10. Colin Kaepernick