The Chicago Bears appear to be set at quarterback with Mitch Trubisky, but that shouldn’t stop the team from doing its due diligence at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.
Eric Edholm of Pro Football Weekly reports Lamar Jackson met with the Bears, along with the Bills, Steelers, Giants, Dolphins, and Eagles.
It’s an interesting grouping of teams that cleared time to interview the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner at the Combine. The Giants and Steelers are teams with Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks who are aging and could be looking for long-term solutions with a player like Jackson. The Dolphins own the 11th pick and could conceivably choose Jackson as Ryan Tannehill’s backup with the potential of growing into more. The Bills have two first-round picks and could use them to move up in the draft to select Jackson or hope he falls down the draft board.
And then there are the Bears, a team that has put its eggs in Trubisky’s basket and doubled down by hiring a quarterback-friendly head coach and staff. The next step in building around Trubisky should be to add a handful of pass-catching targets and bolstering the offensive line. But considering what we saw transpire in the postseason, having a talented backup waiting in the wings is a good thing to have. And Chicago does have a need to fill QB2 on the roster, though Jackson is probably better than that.
Beyond his meeting with the Bears, Friday was an interesting one for Jackson. Peter Schrager of NFL Network reported that teams had requested Jackson to work out at wide receiver. HOWEVER, Jackson told reporters he had not been asked to work out as a receiver.
“I’m strictly a quarterback,” Jackson said. “I thought I did a good job at quarterback.”
Hopefully, that will end the rumblings of Jackson’s possible position switch.