It’s almost a unanimous decision that Caleb Williams will be the first overall pick of the 2024 NFL Draft. The 2022 Heisman winner is one of the likeliest talents that the Chicago Bears will select with their pick.
However, narratives have recently surfaced that the USC Trojan might be against playing in the Windy City. Since such narratives can hurt a player’s draft stock, his team was quick to snuff any allegations that he is averse to the idea of ushering in a new era of Bears football.
Colin Cowherd backtracks on Caleb Williams not wanting to play for the Chicago Bears
Bears Wire’s Alyssa Barbieri wrote about the most recent episode of The Herd, the sports-focused talk show spearheaded by controversial sports media personality Colin Cowherd.
Cowherd reported on his show that the third-year USC quarterback’s team reached out to him to clarify the anti-Chicago sentiment.
There have already been rumors that Williams doesn’t want to play for the Bears, whether it was Williams liking a tweet saying Chicago shouldn’t draft him or FOX Sports’ Colin Cowherd going on his show, “The Herd,” and saying Williams doesn’t want to play for the Bears.
But Cowherd walked back those comments on Friday when Williams’ camp reached out to him about them being painted as “anti-Chicago.” It was an indication that Cowherd was asserting his opinion as fact.
“I got a call from the Caleb Williams camp, and they went, ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa,” Cowherd said. “Colin, we don’t want to be painted as anti-Chicago, and we don’t want to be painted as anti-Bear.”
It’s still uncertain if the clarification was heartfelt from Williams’ perspective or if it was forced onto him by his representation. However, it’s a good PR move that would make him look like open-minded to transforming a franchise in turmoil into a winning one.
He does have the tools and mentality to thrive. Under the bright lights of USC football, Williams threw for 3633 passing yards and 30 touchdowns. His passing efficiency rating of 170.1 is the highest in his three-year career.
He could easily replace Justin Fields under center if the Bears do decide to select him with the first overall pick. However, nothing’s certain until the NFL Draft gets underway in April.
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