Would Jahri Evans make sense for the Bears?
The New Orleans Saints on Monday released six-time Pro Bowl guard Jahri Evans, per multiple reports. The move was a cost-cutting procedure to save them from having to pay his upcoming roster bonus.
Evans is 32 years old and heading in the wrong direction, but is still better than what the Bears have on the roster at guard. If Kyle Long stays at tackle — either on the right side or the left — the Bears could use improvement on the inside where Vladimir Ducasse was a bit of a disappointment in 2015.
Bears general manager Ryan Pace is familiar with Evans when he spent time with the Saints organization, and that could help with negotiations if the Bears are even entertaining the idea of bringing the veteran in for a look.
Update: Per ProFootballTalk.com, Evans’ agent, Jerrold Colton told the New Orleans Times-Picayune that this was the second year in a row that the Saints approached he and his client about taking a pay cut, which Evans refused. Evans apparently has no interest in playing at a discount rate, thus might lend a little insight into the kind of contract he’s looking for. It’s clear he wants to be a serious piece to an offensive line, not a stopgap solution.
Veteran backup quarterback Brian Hoyer could end up with the Chicago Bears, at least one source speculates.
CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora tweeted on Wednesday that the former Houston Texans quarterback is slated to visit the Denver Broncos this week, but if he does not sign with Denver, La Canfora expects the Bears to sign him.
In addition to playing for the Texans, Hoyer has spent time with the Cleveland Browns, Arizona Cardinals, Pittsburgh Steelers, and the New England Patriots, who signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2009.
Hoyer, 30, has 26 career starts while compiling 7,163 passing yards, 38 touchdowns and 26 interceptions.
The Bears liked what they saw in Jay Cutler last year in his first season under head coach John Fox, but that doesn’t mean they’re not going to look to bolster the quarterback position in the upcoming NFL draft.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that the Bears will meet with Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook.
Cook is predicted by multiple media outlets to be selected in the second round. Whether or not that’s too early for the Bears to take a shot at Cutler’s replacement will remain a hot debate.
Could the Bears select a wide receiver in the first round of the draft for the second straight year?
The idea doesn’t seem likely given the needs at other positions, but that didn’t stop the Bears from bringing in draft prospect Corey Coleman, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.