Former UGA star Aaron Murray appeared to be done with his quest to be an NFL quarterback when he accepted a broadcasting role with CBS Sports. But it appears as though he’ll take one more run in an attempt to impress NFL scouts and coaches.
Murray, 27, will join former Texas A&M quarterback Trevor Knight as tryout players during the Chicago Bears’ three-day rookie minicamp that runs through the weekend, according to a report from Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Murray and Knight will be two of a reported 43 tryout players who will join the Bears’ draft picks and undrafted rookie free agents through the workout period. Organized team activities, which include the core of the Bears’ projected 53-man roster, are slated to begin Tuesday.
While it is likely that the organization simply needs some able and experienced arms to throw to receivers and run simulated offensive sets during workouts, that doesn’t mean the former SEC stars couldn’t catch someone’s eye in the process.
Murray, who threw for 13,166 yards at Georgia from 2010-13, was a fifth-round pick of the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2014 NFL Draft. He stayed with the organization for two seasons, but did not see action. He was released prior to the 2016 season, which he spent trying to latch on with the Arizona Cardinals and Philadelphia Eagles. He last worked out with the Los Angeles Rams during the 2017 offseason.
Knight, on the other hand, went undrafted after playing the 2016 season as the Texas A&M starting quarterback. The former Oklahoma transfer has not been able to successfully kick-start a professional career. He worked out with the Cardinals and Atlanta Falcons in 2017.
Mitchell Trubisky, who was selected No. 2 overall from North Carolina in the 2017 NFL Draft, is slated to be the starting quarterback for the Bears this season.
Murray still lists his job as a CBS Sports Network analyst on his social media profiles, suggesting that this workout has not changed his career status. Yet.