4. Chicago Bears
Even though quarterback Mitch Trubisky had a string of solid performances in the second half of the 2020 season, it seems like the Bears are ready to pull the plug on the North Carolina product after making him the second overall selection in 2017’s draft.
In fact, Chicago is one of those teams that have been linked to Carson Wentz this offseason. The Bears tried to make things work with Trubisky, but they are ready to move on after four years. Even if they lose the Wentz sweepstakes, they will still look for an upgrade at the quarterback position, which could prompt them to pursue Gardner Minshew.
Chicago recently promoted John DeFillipo to pass game coordinator/quarterback coach. He was the Jaguars offensive coordinator in 2019, Minshew’s rookie season. He knows the Washington State product well and would certainly vouch for him.
Under Fillipo, Minshew went from a scrappy backup to an overnight success story in his rookie year. In 2019, he went 285-of-470 for 3,271 yards, with 21 touchdowns and just six interceptions. You could make the case the quarterback regressed in 2020 without Fillipo’s tutelage, and a reunion could be the best thing that could happen to Minshew.