Bears Quarterback of the future


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Oct 26, 2014; Foxborough, MA, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) looks on from the sideline during the last seconds of the game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots won 51-23. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Connor Walsh, Co-Sports Editor

     The year that Bears fans have been waiting for has finally arrived.  Starting next season, Jay Cutler will no longer be the starting quarterback.  Cutler has spent eight up and down seasons in Chicago, flashing brilliance in some games and total incompetence in others.  This has led to absolute frustration out of Chicago fans, as they have been trying to run him out of town for years now.  The Bears paid a hefty price to acquire Cutler from the Denver Broncos,  giving up quarterback Kyle Orton and first-round picks in 2009 (18th overall) and 2010, along with a third-round pick (84th overall) in 2009.  Fans immediately had high expectations for Cutler, and he never quite lived up to them.

     The departure opens up a big question for who is going to replace Cutler for this next season.  Finding a quarterback in the NFL is no easy task, as teams spend years trying to find their next “franchise quarterback”, the one who is going to lead them into the promised land.  There are many different routes that the team could take, and nobody is sure which one they will end up going with.  

     One potential course of action for the team is to use their first round pick, the third overall in the draft, on a college quarterback.  Fans are calling for the team to select Deshaun Watson, who just recently led Clemson to a last second victory over Alabama in the College Football title game.  While he might have the best stats out of any other in the draft, experts don’t see him as the best quarterback prospect.  He is currently ranked number four on most experts draft boards, behind DeShone Kizer out of Notre Dame, Mitch Trubisky out of North Carolina, and Pat Mahomes out of Texas Tech.  

     Another route the team could take is to go with a veteran quarterback via free agency.  They would use him as a placeholder until next year’s draft, as many experts agree that this year is a very weak draft class at the quarterback position.  This would leave them to use their first round pick to address other needs for the team.  There are many veterans that they could turn to in order to fill that role, most notably Tony Romo.  Romo is a big stretch as he wants to play for a contender, which leaves the Bears with options like Brian Hoyer, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Mike Glennon.  Not the best options, but ones that could be steady contributors.  

     The team might also be looking for their savior through trade, as the Patriots backup Jimmy Garoppolo will be on the market.  Garoppolo impressed many with his play during Tom Brady’s suspension, and many teas will be lined up and willing to pay the price to get him.  Many consider Garoppolo to be better than any quarterback in the NFL draft class, making him an enticing option.  The price to acquire him however, would be extremely high.  

     Regardless of what route the team decides to go in, they are more than just a quarterback away.  The team as a whole needs a lot of issues to be addressed, and no matter what quarterback they end up with there is not much hope for contention next season.