A familiar face is returning to the Chicago Bears’ quarterbacks room in 2020, and will presumably be in battle for a gig when camp opens up:
News from ESPN’s Field Yates:
The Bears have re-signed QB Tyler Bray. He's back in the fold as the third QB to try and earn a spot on the roster behind Nick Foles and Mitch Trubisky.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) March 25, 2020
Tyler Bray, who has spent a majority of the last two seasons on the Bears’ practice squad, returns to Chicago as part of the QB3 race.
Bray projects to settle in behind the runner-up of the pending Mitch Trubisky-Nick Foles battle for the top spot for time time being. Because as Yates tweets, Bray will “try and earn a spot on the roster.” Hardly the type of phrasing that would make me think Bray is firmly entrenched as QB3. And to take it a step forward, Bray’s re-signing shouldn’t preclude the Bears from selecting a quarterback at any point in the upcoming NFL Draft. Much like signing Mike Glennon and Mark Sanchez as free agents in 2017 didn’t stop GM Ryan Pace from going all-in on drafting Trubisky.
Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts continues to pop up as an ideal fit for what Nagy wants to do with his offense. While FIU’s James Morgan keeps showing up as someone the Bears have showed an interest in since the post-season college football all-star prospect showcase circuit began in January. We’ll keep our eyes out for other intriguing options, as I imagine there will be others connected to the Bears this offseason.
As for the Bray signing, Chicago could have done worse than bringing back someone who already knows the offense, has a history with Head Coach Matt Nagy, and a familiarity with both Mitch Trubisky and Nick Foles as teammates. At minimum, it is a bit comforting that Chicago has a Chase Daniel type without having to pay the premium of re-signing Chase Daniel.