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Chicago Bears could target Alex Smith during NFL free agency

Chicago Bears: Alex Smith is a starter among the most-winning NFL quarterbacks
Dec 13, 2020; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith (11) walks along the sideline against the San Francisco 49ers during the second half at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Bears have been linked to pretty much every available quarterback this offseason. They missed out on landing Carson Wentz before he was traded from the Philadelphia Eagles to the Indianapolis Colts.

Meanwhile, Chicago is among the teams reportedly in on both Deshaun Watson and Russell Wilson should either one be moved during the offseason.

We now have another name that could hit NFL free agency. It comes in the form of Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith, who might be a target of the Bears once he is ultimately released by Washington.

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Chicago Bears to have interest in Alex Smith during NFL free agency

NFL free agents: Alex Smith
Jan 3, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith (11) warms up before a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

“You want to talk about a potential, potential place he could land? Obviously, you’re going to have teams interested if he wants to play,” NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport noted on Monday. “I would keep an eye on the Chicago Bears, simply because of Matt Nagy, his role there as the head coach and a former coach for Alex Smith in Kansas City. They still need a quarterback, and it would make some sense.”

It was reported earlier on Monday that Washington will soon move on from the 36-year-old Smith. Said move would save the team nearly $15 million against the 2021 NFL salary cap.

As it relates to Smith, he’s interested in continuing playing after returning from a devastating leg injury this past season en route to earning NFL Comeback Player of the Year honors.

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Does Alex Smith make sense for the Chicago Bears?

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Jan 3, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith (11) passes the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Yes and no. Smith enjoyed a tremendous amount of success under current Bears head coach Matt Nagy when the latter was the Chiefs’ offensive coordinator back in 2017. That season saw Smith throw for north of 4,000 yards with 26 touchdowns against five interceptions. He was ultimately traded immediately after the campaign in order for Kansas City to make room for Patrick Mahomes.

The issue here is Smith’s advanced age and the fact that he might not be seen as anything more than a backup-caliber quarterback right now. The former No. 1 pick posted a 5-1 record in six starts for Washington last season. However, he also threw just six touchdowns against eight interceptions during that span.

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Statistically speaking, the Chicago Bears wouldn’t be finding a major upgrade if they were to replace Mitchell Trubisky with Smith. On the other hand, Smith has posted an absurd 80-36-1 record with 148 touchdowns and 56 interceptions over the past decade. Perhaps, Chicago takes a chance that he returns to 2017 form. It would likely be a lost-cost option in terms of the finances.

The larger question here is whether these Bears have other alternatives. Russell Wilson’s agent list them as one of the teams the star quarterback would be willing to be traded to. However, it’s up in the air whether the Seattle Seahawks would even consider that possibility.

Meanwhile, Deshaun Watson remains a priority target of head coach Matt Nagy and general manager Ryan Pace. Both are on the hot seat and likely won’t feel comfortable rolling out Nick Foles as the Chicago Bears starting quarterback in 2021.

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