A report by NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport is confirming that the Chicago Bears will host Jameis Winston for a pre-draft visit this week.
It’s not going to be one of those generic meet and greet sessions. Winston is expected to spend Wednesday and Thursday in the Windy City.
This is surely a case of due diligence on the Bears part. It would take some tricky maneuvering from the team, who possesses the seventh-overall draft pick, to edge ahead of other quarterback-needy teams who have higher draft priority. With it nearly a given that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will choose Winston with the first pick, they would have to be willing to trade with the Bears in a deal that would have to include the ultra-enigmatic and supremely expensive Jay Cutler.
Even if the Bucs pass on Winston, the idea that he’d slip past the Titans at two is a bit absurd.
Chicago’s willingness to look for an eventual replacement for Cutler comes just a little over a year after former Bears’ general manager Phil Emery signed the veteran to a monstrous seven-year, $126.7 million contract with $54 million guaranteed.
Now that Ryan Pace has taken over for Emery, it’s highly likely that he wants to find his own quarterback moving forward. However, acquiring Winston is seemingly out of the question right now.
News of the Winston visit comes after confirmation by Pace just a few weeks ago that the Bears have decided to stick with Cutler as their quarterback—confirmation we must take with a grain of salt.
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