Patriots Gift Bears New Potential Caleb Williams Backup

The Chicago Bears should continue remaking their QB rotation ahead of next season.
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The Chicago Bears finally have their star quarterback for the future. If things go the way they hope, Caleb Williams should be the signal-caller in Chicago for the next decade. One thing they still need to figure out, however, is who the backup behind him will be.

Tyson Bagent and Brett Rypien are currently the two quarterbacks on the roster and it looks like the QB2 spot will be one of theirs for taking. However, neither player gives Bears fans and head coach Matt Eberflus peace of mind when thinking about the offense for next season. Both players are lacking in experience and a training camp competition might be the best way to decide who the primary backup will be.

Fortunately for the Bears, there are a few quarterbacks still available on the market if they want to go the free agency route. The New England Patriots just put another intriguing QB on the market by releasing Nathan Rourke on Monday morning.

Bears Should Consider Signing QB Nathan Rourke

Rourke was signed by the Patriots late last season. The former CFL star was the backup to Bailey Zappe to finish out the 2023 campaign.

However, the Patriots added Jacoby Brissett in free agency and drafted Drake Maye and Joe Milton this offseason, making Rourke superfluous.

Rourke hasn't proven himself in the NFL as he has yet to make an appearance. However, he is still only 25 years old and has shown promise previously in his career. He was one of the best players in Canada before making the move to the NFL by signing with the Jaguars in 2023.

Taking as many flyers as possible in the QB position is a smart strategy. The Bears should consider bringing him in and creating healthy competition ahead of the season.

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