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3 Quarterbacks the Bears Could Trade For This Offseason

Max Staley
Matt Nagy and the Bears could be looking for a new QB this offseason.
Matt Nagy and the Bears could be looking for a new QB this offseason. / Quinn Harris/Getty Images

There have been some rumblings indicating that the Chicago Bears are looking to hop on the quarterback carousel this offseason. It's not hard to see why. Mitchell Trubisky hasn't exactly established himself as the team's starter, to put it lightly, and he isn't under contract for 2021.

Nick Foles was arguably even worse than Trubisky in 2019. He's a lock to be on the team given his contract situation, but it's natural to want to upgrade on a QB whose 5.9 yards per attempt was the worst such mark in the NFL. With that in mind, here are three quarterbacks the Bears could be looking to trade for in 2021.

3. Gardner Minshew, Jacksonville Jaguars

Gardner Minshew would make sense for the Chicago Bears.
Gardner Minshew would make sense for the Chicago Bears. / James Gilbert/Getty Images

Gardner Minshew rose to prominence because of his unique personality and hard-to-miss mustache, but he's a much better passer than he's been given credit for. He's one of only four QBs in NFL history who attempted at least 450 passes as a rookie and posted an adjusted yards per attempt mark (AY/A) above 7.20. The other three are all no-doubt franchise QBs: Dak Prescott, Justin Herbert and Baker Mayfield. Yes, his numbers took a hit in year two, but he was playing at a much higher level before shattering his thumb (and playing through it) in Week 5. For a Chicago team that's strapped for cash, Minshew's sub-$1 million cap hit would be a great way to upgrade at QB position without breaking the bank. And Jacksonville would likely be happy to recoup some draft capital for a former sixth-round pick that's about to lose his job to Trevor Lawrence.

2. Jordan Love, Green Bay Packers

Jordan Love could be on the move this offseason.
Jordan Love could be on the move this offseason. / Dylan Buell/Getty Images

The Green Bay Packers took Jordan Love in the first round last year, but don't be surprised to see the organization trade him before he plays his first NFL snap. Aaron Rodgers' happiness with the team appears to be becoming an issue. Rather than risk angering Rodgers further, Green Bay could opt to trade Love and re-affirm its commitment to the presumptive league MVP. If that happens, Chicago should get on the phone. Love has all the tools a QB could ever need. In terms of raw potential, the Utah State product might be the most-talented passer the Bears can add this offseason. Their pick (No. 20) likely takes them out of the running for the highly-touted QB prospects, and their cap space situation ($-10.5 million, per Spotrac) could prove equally as prohibitive for adding a veteran. Trading Love to a division-rival might not sit well with the Packers' brass, but it's a whole lot easier to stomach than losing Rodgers.

1. Sam Darnold

Sam Darnold could be on the move this offseason.
Sam Darnold could be on the move this offseason. / Al Pereira/Getty Images

As with the Jags and Minshew, you have to think the New York Jets are picking a quarterback at No. 2 in the NFL Draft, making Sam Darnold expendable. A former No. 3 overall pick whose still just 23 years old, Darnold would be a really interesting flyer for teams this offseason. He's been stuck in New York surrounded by a terrible offensive line, one of the league's worst skill-position groups and a head coach in Adam Gase whose claim to fame is the success players have had once they've escaped his clutches. In all likelihood, Darnold probably wouldn't come in and solve Chicago's QB issues right away. But he's played his way into not costing much, and he's still got plenty of time to turn his career around. Look at Ryan Tannehill, who earned a $100 million contract after escaping Gase as a 30-year-old.

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