BEARS Acquire QB Pearce in Deal with CHIEFS The Chicago Bears made an off-season splash today by acquiring 2nd-year QB Bob Pearce from the Chiefs in exchange for a 3rd round draft pick. It is clear now that after drafting QB Brent Laughner in the 4th round last season, and trading to pick up Pearce today, the Bears are preparing for life without veteran Jay Cutler - who's contract expires at the end of the 2016 season. Pearce appears to be the front runner for the job in the future - and, according to rumors swirling in Chicago, he may even start during Cutler's final year under contract. The 22-year old was in a backup role as a rookie after being drafted by Kansas City. Tyler Bray took over the starting QB role and cemented himself as the Chiefs' guy long-term, so Pearce became expendable. Pearce is known to possess above-average arm strength and accuracy, but his size is what has held him back in college, and from being selected highly in the NFL draft. At only 5'11'', most scouts didn't think his talent would translate at the upper levels of the NCAA, let alone the NFL. Pearce had historic seasons at Stony Brook before being drafted by KC. Pearce attended Stony Brook, a very small football program, as they were the only university interested in giving him a scholarship. He went on to excel at Stony Brook, breaking nearly every school passing record in the process. He was invited to the NFL combine and impressed scouts enough there to warrant a middle-round draft selection. There are still question marks with Pearce as there are noted issues with his game, including problems throwing a consistent tight spiral and an accurate deep ball. Also, at 224 pounds, his weight seems to be a bit high for his stature - his conditioning has been questioned in the past. But at only 22 years old and with a chip on his shoulder, the Bears seem to have gotten a bargain for only a 3rd round pick. Time will tell if this underdog will continue to prove doubters wrong in his new NFL home.