Jordan Lynch thought his dream of playing for the team for which he grew up rooting was dashed when the Bears drafted San Jose State quarterback David Fales in the sixth round of the NFL draft Saturday.
Then, in the middle of the seventh round, his phone rang. It was Bears coach Marc Trestman.
"He said, 'Look man, I want you here,'" agent Cliff Brady said. "Trestman told him, 'I have 10 different things I can do with you, come with us. Come here and we'll make it work."
Soon after, the former Northern Illinois quarterback and Heisman Trophy finalist committed to signing a free agent contract with the Bears, Brady confirmed.
Lynch celebrated on Twitter by posting: "BEARDOWN!!!!"
It culminated a draft process during which interest in the 6-foot, 217-pounder did not correlate with his collegiate accomplishments.
But Lynch wowed Emery on Nov. 26, when Emery scouted live in DeKalb and Lynch broke his own FBS single-game record for rushing yards by a quarterback.
"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."
That indicates the Bears prefer to play Lynch as a running back, but his position should come into focus Friday with the start of a three-day rookie minicamp. The Packers did offer him a chance to sign as a quarterback.
The Mount Carmel, Ill., product said the Bears were the only team he worked out for individually.
"Whatever I can do to help a team out, I'm willing to do," he told the Tribune. "I'll run down the field on special teams."
Chicago Tribune reporters Teddy Greenstein and Shannon Ryan contributed.
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