3 Veteran QBs the Bears Should Sign in Free Agency to Mentor Caleb Williams

It is always great to have a veteran in the room for developing a rookie quarterback.

Mar 1, 2024; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Southern California quarterback Caleb Williams (QB14) talks to
Mar 1, 2024; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Southern California quarterback Caleb Williams (QB14) talks to / Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
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2. Marcus Mariota

The second overall pick in 2015, Marcus Mariota has played in nine seasons, but has bounced around the league a little as of late.

After playing his first five seasons with the Titans, he has been on the Raiders, Falcons, and Eagles since. In his career, he has thrown for 15,820 yards and 93 touchdowns on 62.7% completion. He has battled some injuries in his career which can contribute to him not quite living up to the second overall pick hype.

In fact, Mariota may be able to direct Williams in things to do differently than he did to avoid the same result.

Mariota can truly mentor Caleb Williams as he knows first-hand what it is like to be selected at the top of the draft. Granted, the hype and media are not nearly as big in Tennessee as they are in Chicago, but Mariota can still relate to what Williams will be going through soon.

This alone could be a solid reason to bring in Mariota in that he can show Williams the ropes and best ways to handle himself or relieve some of the pressure that comes with being a top pick. Plus, Mariota started double-digit games as a recently as 2022, so he's also capable of stepping in and making a spot start or two if Williams gets banged up.