Backup Quarterback Options:
ESPN Chicago’s Mike Wright takes a look at some of the players that the Chicago Bears may consider signing or drafting during the offseason.
Chicago has had a number of unreliable options at the backup quarterback position. To make matters worse, Jay Cutler has gone down with injuries in each of the last two seasons, forcing Chicago to play Todd Collins, Caleb Hanie and Josh McCown.
“Unlike Orton and Campbell, Garrard likely won’t be expensive, and he won’t enter a new situation looking to win the starting job. Besides that, Tice is familiar with Garrard from their time spent together with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Wright suggests.
On top of that, Garrard is available to be signed right now but Chicago would have to wait until March 13th to sign either Orton or Campbell. Garrard, 34, is able to make plays outside of the pocket but lacks Cutler’s arm strength. The plan isn’t for him to play anyways but just to give them a shot to win a game if something happens to Cutler.
ESPNChicago.com’s Jeff Dickerson mentions that Giants WR Mario Manningham could be a decent free agent acquisition for the Bears.
“While it’s unlikely he would solve all the Bears’ issues at receiver, Manningham would certainly upgrade a group that failed to have a single member crack 40 catches or 750 yards last year,” writes Dickerson.
Manningham, 25, made the play the play of the Super Bowl last night which has helped his free agent stock more than anything else he’s done this season. His role was decreased in favor of Victor Cruz who wound up being one of the years breakout performers.
Chicago needs a legitimate #1 receiver and Manningham isn’t going to be that player. Adding depth to the position is a great idea but not if it’s going to cost them added premium because of his big catch in the Super Bowl. I’d still expect Chicago consider drafting a receiver in the early round of the draft but this years group of free agents is really deep at receiver so anything’s possible depending on how the market plays out.