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Alabama QB Mac Jones: I had ‘great meeting’ with Bears

The chance that Mac Jones will be available when the Bears draft next month is seemingly dwindling by the day. But the Alabama quarterback said Monday that the Bears have done their homework.

Alabama quarterback Mac Jones passes against Ohio State during the second half of the college football title game in January.
Alabama quarterback Mac Jones passes against Ohio State during the second half of the college football title game in January.
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The odds Mac Jones will be available when the Bears draft next month are seemingly dwindling by the day. But the Alabama quarterback said Monday that the Bears have done their homework, calling his conversation with team officials this offseason “a great meeting” in which “we just talked football for like an hour straight.”

“That’s the best type of meeting for me is just talking ball,” he told reporters during a draft-related press conference Monday. “So hopefully I’ll get a chance to talk to them more — and see where that relationship kind of heads as well.”

A quarterback-needy team interviewing one of the draft’s top five quarterbacks is hardly news. But given that Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson said Bears general manager Ryan Pace didn’t talk to him privately before the 2017 draft, the Jones conversation remains notable.

Drafting No. 20, the Bears will be fortunate to get a crack at one of the top five quarterbacks in the draft next month. The 49ers’ trade for the No. 3 pick on Friday made it all-but-certain that passers will be picked with at least each of the first three selections.