Let’s not sugar coat it, the Chicago Bears have a quarterback problem.
General Manager Ryan Pace said that he would address the position this offseason. He also went as far to admit that he was open to having a more experienced bridge quarterback start next season.
That player may soon hit the open market.
Tyrod Taylor of the Buffalo Bills has had an eventful career, to say the least. He was benched in the final game of the season because of his contract situation. If Taylor is unable to pass a physical by March the Bills will owe him $30.75 million dollars because of his contract.
However, if healthy, the Bills can release him without paying him that huge sum of money.
The Bears are almost guaranteed to move on from longtime quarterback Jay Cutler this offseason. They are also going to take a young quarterback at some point in this April’s NFL Draft. Still, they will need some kind of veteran at the position.
That’s where Taylor comes in.
What is odd about the whole situation in Buffalo is that they were the ones that decided to reward Taylor last offseason with a five-year, $90 million dollar deal.
In 15 starts this season, Taylor threw for 3,023 yards with 17 touchdowns and six interceptions. He also added 580 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns.
That’s pretty impressive considering the Bills only real weapon in the passing game was Sammy Watkins.
Taylor has proven that he can be successful with a solid running game and limited weapons at the wide receiver position.
The Bears have a strong running game with Jordan Howard. Adding Taylor to the mix could make the Bears very dynamic on offense. The wide receiver position is up in the air at the moment with Alshon Jeffery‘s future with the team uncertain.
Taylor was originally drafted by the Baltimore Ravens. He signed on with Buffalo in 2015. That season, he started 14 games. He threw for 3,035 yards to go along with 20 touchdowns and just six interceptions. He rushed for 568 yards and scored four touchdowns on the ground.
Again, a common theme here is that Taylor doesn’t turn the ball over very much. The Bears loved Brian Hoyer for the same reason. Taylor may turn the ball over more than Hoyer, but his versatility and upside makes him the better option at the position in 2017.
It’s obvious that the Bears have a ton of holes all over the roster, but there is none bigger than the one at the quarterback position.
The 2017 draft class is a weak one in terms of quarterbacks. The Bears will take one. However, that player may not be ready to play right away. That’s why signing Tyrod Taylor makes sense.
The Bills and their new coach may decide to keep Taylor after all. In that case, the Bears will have to look elsewhere. Tony Romo, Jimmy Garoppolo, and even Brian Hoyer will be options the Bears will consider.
There are going to be many changes to the Bears roster by the start of training camp in July. Hopefully, by then, the Bears have one or two decent options at the quarterback position for 2017.