Marcus Mariota to Bears
How it happens: Raiders trade for Cam Newton, Derek Carr signs with Titans, Teddy Bridgewater signs with Panthers, Jameis Winston signs with Chargers, Marcus Mariota signs with Bears (two-year, $14 million deal).
This scenario has the Titans signing Derek Carr as a backup, which is a topic we touched on in a separate article you can check out here.
Here’s Barnwell’s write-up on Marcus Mariota going to the Bears.
"I was more enthused about the idea of Mariota joining Chicago when former Oregon coach Mark Helfrich was on staff as offensive coordinator, but Mariota’s mobility and ability to avoid takeaways still make him a high-end backup. He’s just good enough to sign without threatening Mitchell Trubisky."
The Bears will be one of the most talked about potential destinations for Mariota this offseason.
While it makes sense on the surface, there is also the notion that Mariota and incumbent Bears starter, Mitchell Trubisky, sharing the same agent could lead to an awkward situation that Mariota’s representation will avoid.
Putting that aside for a moment, the Bears will undoubtedly be looking for a quarterback who can at least push Trubisky in 2020 after he took a step back in 2019. After all the banter about Trubisky’s woes last season, there’s no question that he’s vulnerable in Chicago.
This is a perfect situation for Mariota, who would be an insurance policy in Chicago and could eventually take the starting job from the former No. 3 overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. Not to mention, Chicago has a trio of talented receivers and a pair of running backs to work with.