Chicago Bears sign Heisman finalist Jordan Lynch to play running back

Monday May 12th, 2014

Chicago Bears sign Jordan Lynch, a 2014 NFL draft undrafted free agent, to play RB Quarterback Jordan Lynch rushed for 4,343 yards in four seasons at Northern Illinois. (Scott W. Grau/Icon SMI)

A Chicago native, former Northern Illinois quarterback (and 2013 Heisman finalist) Jordan Lynch was hoping to hear his name called during the 2014 NFL draft. Unfortunately, Lynch, despite an impressive career at NIU, went undrafted.

Lynch, however, received a phone call from his hometown Chicago Bears shortly after the draft, offering the quarterback an opportunity with the team.

"He said, 'Look man, I want you here,'" agent Cliff Brady said of the call Lynch received. "Trestman told him, 'I have 10 different things I can do with you, come with us. Come here and we'll make it work.'"

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But with Jay Cutler under center and the Bears drafting San Jose State quarterback David Fales in the sixth round, there isn't much opportunity for Lynch as a signal-caller in Chicago. So the Bears will try Lynch, who rushed for over 4,000 yards in four years at Northern Illinois, at running back.

"You want as many athletes who can do as many things as possible, and he certainly presents options that way," Emery said Saturday. "But the thing that I was really impressed with [was] just his skill as a runner."

Lynch reportedly wowed Emery in-person when he broke his own FBS single-game record for rushing yards by a quarterback back in November. It's no certainty that he sticks on the roster, but it sounds as if he'll be given every opportunity to do so.

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