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Bears kept quarterback draft plans quiet during Mike Glennon courtship

The Chicago Bears did not discuss the prospects of drafting a rookie quarterback with Mike Glennon prior to signing the veteran to a three-year deal in free agency that pays him $16 million in 2017.

“We didn’t know [what we’d do],” Bears general manager Ryan Pace told reporters on Wednesday. “We talked to Glennon about the opportunity here and the excitement about joining the Bears -- the historic franchise -- but we didn’t really get into a lot of details in that regard.”

Given the nature of Glennon’s contract -- fully guaranteed -- for the upcoming season, he all but is assured of the starter’s role (barring injury) in Week 1.

Still, it would be a mild upset if Chicago passes on taking a quarterback at some point beginning on Thursday.

But at No. 3 overall?

The prospects of that happening don’t appear very promising, and that has everything to do with the quarterback class itself. Now, there could be a scenario where either Mitchell Trubisky or Deshaun Watson, or maybe even Patrick Mahomes, is the best player on the Bears’ board when they go on the clock -- and if that’s the case, no matter what you personally think, the Bears have to honor their evaluations -- but more than likely the quarterbacks are probably a little further down the list of their top-three available prospects.

General managers are notorious for twisting the truth at pre-draft press conferences, but Pace’s stated philosophy on not reaching for a player sounded genuine -- or as genuine as anything can sound during draft week.

“I think, I know this sounds generic when I say this, but I think you get yourself into trouble if you’re not sticking with our philosophy of best player available,” Pace said. “When you start trying to manufacture things or create things, that’s when teams get into dangerous water. I think if we just stay with guys we have a consensus on and best player available, we’ll be in good shape.”

So what’s realistic at quarterback?

The Bears may strongly consider Miami’s Brad Kaaya or California’s Davis Webb on Day 2 -- unless Watson or Mahomes plummets. Neither is ready to contribute immediately, but the plan is for Glennon to be the guy in 2017; affording the Bears the luxury of adding a developmental quarterback to the mix.

In reality, the entire class is likely filled with developmental quarterbacks. So why burn a first-round pick on one if you don’t have to? The Bears' need at quarterback is very real, but if the right solution doesn’t exist -- in Round 1 -- the organization isn’t good enough to burn a top-10 choice on a project.