Jay Cutler is the current quarterback for the Chicago Bears, but could the Bears make a run at the kid from Arlington Heights?
Jimmy Garoppolo, the former Eastern Illinois quarterback, is a free agent after the 2017 season; which makes the idea of Chicago going all in on him intriguing.
Over his four-year career with the Panthers, Garoppolo accumulated over 13,000 passing yards with 118 touchdowns and 51 interceptions; not to mention an overall quarterback rating of 146.3. It’s safe to say that he had an excellent college career at Eastern Illinois.
Garoppolo was selected in the second-round of the 2014 draft by the New England Patriots. While he’s seen little to no playing time, the quarterback has had the luxury of learning and watching one of the best… Tom Brady.
Now that doesn’t always translate, look at Brian Hoyer for example. However, Garoppolo has shown potential so far this preseason. He played well against the Bears on Thursday, completing 16 of his 21 passes for 181 yards and a touchdown. With Brady sidelined to a four game suspension, Garoppolo now gets the opportunity to prove his worth.
After the 2017 season couldn’t be a better time for the Bears, as they will be more than likely looking for replacements for Cutler; seeing that their replacement currently isn’t on the roster. It’s nothing against Cutler, as he is the best quarterback to ever play in a Bears uniform, but around the 2017-18 season is when both sides will be looking to separate, if they don’t earlier.
There’s definitely interest between Chicago and Garoppolo. General Manager Ryan Pace was also a football player at Eastern Illinois, so the connection is there. The two were seen talking during the joint practices between Chicago and New England. Not to mention Garoppolo grew up as a Bears fan.
Unfortunately the Patriots will also be looking for Brady’s replacement, which could be Garoppolo. Good quarterbacks usually don’t hit the free agent market.
It’s all speculation as of right now, but it’s safe to say the Bears would be interested if the opportunity is there.