The relaunched XFL has brought to light some new quarterback talent
The quarterback position is a question mark for the Chicago Bears heading into 2020. It's hard to project how Mitchell Trubisky will play after his regression in 2019, and the depth behind him is a concern. It's no secret that the Bears are going to address the quarterback position this offseason. The question is how many quarterbacks will be added to the mix and by which route will they arrive?
The draft is one way, free agency is another, but one avenue that isn't explored too often is bringing in a player from another league. The Bears have already shown that they're willing to do that as evidenced by the recent signing of CFL cornerback Tre Roberson. But are they willing to go this route with the quarterback position?
Although the relaunched XFL is just four weeks old, we've seen some solid quarterback play from Vince McMahon's league. The NFL might already be looking at some of these players, but here are some XFL signal-callers that the Bears should consider bringing into the fold.
P.J. Walker, Houston Roughnecks
The former Temple standout went from sitting on the Indianapolis Colts' practice squad to leading the XFL's only undefeated team. And he's done it with a strong arm, accuracy, quick thinking, mobility, and a host of highlight-reel plays. Walker leads the XFL in passing yards (987), touchdown passes (12), and completions (92). His dual-threat abilities would add a much-needed dimension to the Bears' offense. And from the XFL options, Walker would probably stand the best chance of competing with Mitchell Trubisky for the starting job.
Jordan Ta'amu, St. Louis BattleHawks
Ta'amu is the face of pro football's rebirth in St. Louis and for good reason. His toughness, efficiency, and effectiveness are a major reason why the BattleHawks lead the XFL East (3-1). The former Ole Miss signal-caller only trails Walker in passing yards (876), is fourth in TD passes (5), leads all QBs in rushing yards (186), and has made some highlight-reel plays himself. Ta'amu could potentially add an interesting new dimension to Matt Nagy's offense, even coming off the bench in a Taysom Hill role.
Josh Johnson, Los Angeles Wildcats
If the Bears want to bring in a more experienced arm, then Johnson is their guy. He previously played in the NFL for 12 seasons, mostly as a backup, and in that time he accumulated 1,632 passing yards and 14 touchdown passes. The issue for Johnson in the league was staying power. But with the Wildcats, Johnson is showing the NFL what he's fully capable of. Johnson leads the XFL in yards per pass attempt (8.1) and passer rating (106.6), he's also third in passing yards (793), and second in touchdown passes (7). Johnson has shown that while he's not exactly an NFL starter, he could possibly be a fit with the Bears as a backup.
Cardale Jones, DC Defenders
Although the Defenders have lost their last two games, Jones is still among the league's top passers. He ranks in the top five in both passing yards (674) and touchdown passes (4), and he's been able to showcase the strong arm and instincts with the Defenders that helped him move up from third-string quarterback to win a national title at Ohio State back in 2014. Jones has proven himself worthy of another NFL opportunity (played for the Bills, Chargers, and Seahawks from 2016-19), and perhaps the Bears could be his ticket back.
— Gabe Salgado is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. He's also written for NBC, Fox, The Sporting News, The Sports Journal, The Undefeated and Complex. He's a co-host of The Rewind Sports: 60. Follow him on Twitter @GabeSalgado82.
(Top photo courtesy of Houston Roughnecks' Facebook page)