"If you don’t (feel competition), you feel content, then you play content," Nagy said. "You don’t feel that chip."
As the Bears are aiming to become championship contenders, they're set to pursue veteran quarterback competition, sources said. Which quarterback the Bears covet isn't clear at this time, though there are plenty of options available through free agency and the trade market.
The NFL's legal tampering period begins Monday, allowing open negotiations between teams and player representatives. On Wednesday at 3 p.m. CT, the new league year arrives and allows free-agent signings and trades to become official.
Let's take a look at the Bears' options for their quarterback situation.
It became clear in 2019 that Trubisky didn't fit Nagy's offense. If the Bears prefer to build around Nagy's scheme, Mariota may be the right fit. Though he's represented by the same agency as Trubisky, a source indicated that's just a hindrance rather than a non-starter. The No. 2 overall pick in 2015, Mariota should be willing to embrace a competition after losing his job in Tennessee.
Winston landed in NFL infamy by throwing for 33 touchdowns and 30 interceptions last season, becoming the league's first 30-30 player. The No. 1 overall pick in 2015, Winston is set to become a free agent and hoping for another chance as a starter. It would take a great leap of faith for the Bears to add Winston, but he fits the mold in this sense -- he's a quarterback willing to enter an open competition with Trubisky.
There are more intriguing names on the open market than Keenum, but he could also fit the bill if the Bears are seeking a quarterback who has starter upside to enter a competition with Trubisky. The 32-year-old Keenum has started 62 games in his eight-year NFL career and proved he's capable of leading an offense. He threw for 1,707 yards, 11 touchdowns and five interceptions while posting a 91.3 quarterback rating in 10 games for Washington this past season.
It's possible the Bears could re-sign Daniel to a new contract and deem him a competitor to Trubisky instead of a caddie. He knows Nagy's offense well.
The Northwestern product Siemian has started 25 games during his five-year NFL career. He's coming off a gruesome ankle injury last season but should be ready to contend for a starting job this offseason.
When Chiefs star quarterback Patrick Mahomes suffered a dislocated kneecap last October, Kansas City turned to the veteran backup Moore for two starts. He filled in well, with his knowledge of coach Andy Reid's offense clear. He figures to be down the list of options, but Moore may be appealing for Nagy and the Bears.
Barring a major surprise, the Bengals will draft LSU quarterback Joe Burrow with the No. 1 overall pick in April. With that in mind, Cincinnati will be motivated to trade nine-year starter Dalton instead of releasing him. Dalton is due $17.5 million in 2020, the final year of his contract, and the Bears could acquire him for a minimal return. Chicago could deal a mid-to-late draft pick or perhaps a player like linebacker Leonard Floyd, whose production has disappointed and who would offset much of Dalton's price tag.
Will the Raiders move Carr next week? That could depend on whether Las Vegas is a landing spot for a marquee veteran quarterback like Tom Brady or Philip Rivers. If coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock do choose to change quarterbacks, Carr would be an ideal option for the Bears. He's 28 and will make a little less than $20 million in each of the next three seasons.
The Jaguars are prepared to commit to Gardner Minshew as their quarterback, which means the veteran Foles will be available in trade. He has a backloaded contract that comes with a hefty cap hit of more than $22 million next season and which reaches $27 million in 2022, the final year of his deal. Jacksonville has little leverage and would need to sweeten the pot for Chicago.
Oh, wouldn't it be something seeing the future Hall of Fame quarterback Brady leading the Bears? He still plays at a high level and could legitimize Chicago as a Super Bowl contender. But it's not a likely option, with Brady expected to command a contract in the neighborhood of $30 million -- nearly five million more than the Bears' current salary cap space.
Like Brady, it would be highly entertaining watching the eight-time Pro Bowl quarterback Rivers leading the Bears. While Rivers won't land a contract like Brady's on the open market, his price is expected to also exceed the Bears' potential offering.
Prescott would represent a long-term fix for a team like the Bears, but the Cowboys are reportedly preparing to tender the franchise tag if they're unable to reach a long-term deal.
If Bridgewater were to join the Bears, it would be as the starting quarterback, not to compete with Trubisky. Bridgewater may land close to $100 million on his new contract, so the Bears would have to make some major maneuvers to their books if they hoped even bid for him.
The Titans benched Mariota, a former No. 2 overall pick, and turned to Tannehill last season. He then led them to the AFC Championship game in a strong run as the team's starter. Could the Bears also bench their second overall pick for Tannehill? To do so, they would have to commit to Tannehill as their starter for the next several seasons.
Never say never. Just kidding.