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Despite the Bears locking up Jay Cutler to a long-term deal in January, their backup quarterback situation heading into 2014 is still up in the air.
Last year's backup Josh McCown has reportedly drawn some interest from the New York Jets, according to the New York Daily News' Manish Mehta, so it is conceivable that he could not return in 2014. Third-string quarterback Jordan Palmer is also set to become a free agent, possibly leaving Jerrod Johnson, who signed a reserve/futures contract with the team, as the only backup.
If the team fails to re-sign McCown and/or Palmer, it could be in the market to find a veteran backup but could also to select a quarterback late in the draft.
While finishing third in the Heisman Trophy voting was a major accomplishment for Northern Illinois' Jordan Lynch, his ability to be an NFL-caliber quarterback is questionable. Despite this skepticism, he decided to continue to work out at quarterback at the combine instead of trying his hand at other positions, telling ESPN Chicago's Jeff Dickerson over the weekend:
I’m a quarterback first. I always say I’m a quarterback first and I’ve been proving people wrong ever since I started playing. There is no doubt in my mind I will continue to do that. What I tell teams is that they are going to make a huge mistake if they don’t put me at quarterback.
Revealed later during his interview, Lynch did mention meeting the Bears over the weekend. While players speak with many teams during their time in Indianapolis, maybe the Bears see something in Lynch that others do not. Marc Trestman has a history of working with quarterbacks in the past and maximizing their talents, but Lynch may end up being a tough player to develop.
If he is willing to move on from being a quarterback, then the Bears could possibly try to develop him at another position if they select him late in the draft, but only time will tell.