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Quarterbacks the Bears Should Target Instead of Carson Wentz

Max Staley
Carson Wentz would be a bad fit with the Chicago Bears, who should target these 3 QBs instead.
Carson Wentz would be a bad fit with the Chicago Bears, who should target these 3 QBs instead. / Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

Acquiring Carson Wentz is not inherently a bad idea. But the Chicago Bears making a blockbuster trade for Wentz is. The Philadelphia Eagles' signal-caller is one of the most up-and-down passers in the league. He's looked good when surrounded by decent weapons and a competent offensive line, but awful when those two things fall apart.

To be fair, that's true of a lot of quarterbacks. But Wentz's swings are much more dramatic than most.

The Bears are not built to maximize Wentz. In fact, he'd be surrounded by worse talent than he was in Philly. Almost certainly losing Allen Robinson in free agency, Chicago is set to have one of the worst skill-position groups in the league. Meanwhile, the offensive line had a bottom-eight pass-blocking grade from ProFootballFocus in 2020.

Things would only get worse if they acquired Wentz, as the Eagles' lofty asking price ensures the Bears wouldn't have the assets needed to properly improve the rest of the roster – both in terms of cap space and draft capital. All that said, Chicago still clearly needs to find a new QB, it's just that Wentz isn't the right solution. Here are three QBs the Bears should target instead of Wentz.

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3. Tyrod Taylor, Los Angeles Chargers

Tyrod Taylor is a competent NFL QB. Competent would be a welcome upgrade for the Bears. He's not likely to cost as much in free agency as some of the other big-name passers in this class, but he'd be an excellent stopgap option. In his three seasons as the Buffalo Bills starter, Taylor averaged a stellar 7.4 adjusted yards per attempt, which was the same figure Matt Ryan had in 2020. Taylor also brings the same athleticism to the table that Mitchell Trubisky does without the boneheaded interceptions, as he's never thrown more than 6 single-season INTs in his NFL career. Signing Taylor improves the Bears in 2021 without exposing them to massive risk.

2. Jameis Winston, New Orleans Saints

The thought process behind signing Jameis Winston is the the same as trading for Carson Wentz. Both are supremely gifted passers who have had some very public successes and failures at the NFL level. You'd trade for Wentz hoping you can revitalize the former No. 2 overall pick's career, just like you'd sign Winston hoping to finally maximize the former No. 1 overall pick. While Winston brings similar upside, he would cost a fraction of the price, as he's set to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason. Sure, Wentz probably has a better chance to actually turn things around than Winston, but neither is a sure thing. And Ryan Pace wouldn't need to gut the team in order to bring in Winston like he would with Wentz.

1. Trey Lance, North Dakota State

Trey Lance likely won't be available for the Bears when they're on the clock at No. 20. But trading up to his draft range shouldn't cost nearly as much as a Wentz deal would. That's especially true if Lance begins to slip. Plus, the cap-strapped Bears would loved to get a talented QB on a rookie deal instead of absorbing Wentz's $34 million cap hit. Wentz is attractive to Chicago because of his physical tools and untapped potential, which are also Lance's biggest selling points as a prospect. Trading up for Lance is a high-risk, high-reward move, but it's much less risky than a Wentz deal, while having an equal (if not higher) ceiling.

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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.