3 Most Likely Starting Quarterbacks for the Bears in 2021

Jason Schandl
The most likely starting quarterbacks for the Chicago Bears in the 2021 NFL season.
The most likely starting quarterbacks for the Chicago Bears in the 2021 NFL season. / Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images
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The Chicago Bears' 2020 season has been a rollercoaster ride. From starting the year hot to a dramatic fall from grace to a Mitchell Trubisky-led bounce-back, it's been a stressful year for fans in Chicago.

Matt Nagy is getting plenty of blame for the team's struggles, but it's also clear that this team simply doesn't have the talent at the QB position needed to contend. That means change could be coming in the offseason.

With that in mind, here are the three most likely starting QBs for the Bears in 2021.

3. Jameis Winston

Jameis Winston could be a top free agent target for the Bears.
Jameis Winston could be a top free agent target for the Bears. / Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images

Chicago Bears fans may be worried about adding another free agent QB already, but Jameis Winston isn't likely to carry too much risk. His one-year sojourn in New Orleans isn't giving him any opportunities to showcase growth, meaning his market this offseason won't be any better than it was last year (especially given how deep the QB draft class is). Just one season removed from leading the NFL in passing yards, Winston could be a low-risk, high-reward signing.

2. Nick Foles

Nick Foles' contract makes him a likely starter for the Bears in 2021.
Nick Foles' contract makes him a likely starter for the Bears in 2021. / Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Sorry, Bears fans. Despite throwing 8 picks to go with just 10 touchdowns across eight games this year, Nick Foles' ridiculous contract means there's a good chance he gets another shot in 2021 — especially if the franchise believes it's Nagy, not Foles, holding this team back. The front office may not want to admit that they've blown 10's of millions on a should-be backup quarterback, and there's no easy out in Foles' contract until after the 2021 season, when his dead cap number would fall from over $14 million to just $7.7 million. If the Bears choose to draft a QB or even trade for someone like Sam Darnold, Foles could spend one more year as a stop-gap starter.

1. Trey Lance

The Bears could draft North Dakota State's Trey Lance as their QB of the future.
The Bears could draft North Dakota State's Trey Lance as their QB of the future. / Sam Wasson/Getty Images

Likely picking in the mid-teens in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Bears obviously won't have a shot at Trevor Lawrence. They also won't have a shot at Justin Fields, or even likely at Zach Wilson. North Dakota State's Trey Lance is the next QB on most draft boards, and he'd be an interesting fit in Chicago. Hearing "North Dakota State QB" may scare people with thoughts of Carson Wentz, but Lance seems to be a more exciting prospect. Wentz averaged 8.8 adjusted yards per pass attempt (AY/A), with 45 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in his collegiate career. Lance threw a staggering 28 touchdowns with no interceptions and averaged 11.7 AY/A in his only full season as a starter. He's also a legitimate threat on the ground, putting up 1,100 rushing yards and 14 TDs on 169 carries in 2019. His upside could be hard to pass up.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. 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 his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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