The meeting occurred in Chicago in the beginning of April, according to a tweet by ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Chicago definitely needs an edge rusher and some help in the interior of the defensive line; safety help and another wide receiver also are needed. Would new coach John Fox and the Bears pass on all those positions of need to grab Mariota? And could they stay at No. 7 to get him, or would they have to move up?
The Mariota-to-the-Bears talk is interesting, but it's also hard to connect the dots to the point where it would make sense.