It’s believed Mariota’s visit to Halas Hall occurred early last week at the tail end of March.
One of the two best quarterbacks in the 2015 NFL draft class, Mariota has been linked to multiple teams throughout the pre-draft process, including the Tennessee Titans (No. 2), Washington Redskins (No. 5) and New York Jets (No. 6).
Former Bears coach Lovie Smith and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, owners of the draft’s No. 1 overall selection, recently put Mariota through a highly-publicized, pre-draft private workout but the Bucs ultimately may take Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston at the top of the draft.
New Bears general manager Ryan Pace said multiple times since taking the job that he is a proponent of Hall of Fame NFL executive Ron Wolf’s philosophy of bringing in young quarterbacks every year. The Bears have spent much of the offseason preparing to move forward with Jay Cutler in 2015, but the NFL is a fluid business.
The 2014 Heisman Trophy winner, Mariota makes sense for the Bears on multiple levels, however the organization may be unwilling to trade up from the 7th overall selection to grab him.