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Which free agent QBs could fit Bears needs?

Posted on: November 21, 2011 11:42 am
Cutler, Martz

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Now that Bears coach Lovie Smith has officially confirmed the news that Jay Cutler broke his thumb* while trying to make a tackle after an interception during Chicago’s win against the Chargers on Sunday, we wonder where the Bears offense goes from here.

*You can see video of the play here.

The Bears QB Future
The quick reaction from across the league has been definitive: the Bears are screwed. And it’s hard not to disagree, especially when you consider Caleb Hanie is the new starting quarterback and fifth-round pick Nathan Enderle (if you haven’t heard of him, that’s OK -- he played his college ball at Idaho) is his backup. That could be a recipe for disaster.

Hanie has played a total of seven games in his three-year career, and in the regular season, he’s completed 8 of 14 passes for 66 yards. But his real moment to shine occurred during last year’s NFC championship game (you might remember it because Cutler injured his knee, couldn’t return to the game and got toasted for it by his colleagues on Twitter) when he completed 13 of 20 passes for 153 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions in Chicago’s 21-14 loss.

The Bears most likely will have to sign a third quarterback for the roster (or a fourth, assuming they don’t place Cutler on IR, and for now, the Bears don’t have a timetable for his return), and they’ll have to troll the free agent market to do so. Chances are, they won’t get somebody more prepared to play in this offense than Hanie, but an experienced quarterback could add depth and keep Enderle from having to come into the game.

Here is a list of five potential free agents the Bears could target.

BulgerMarc Bulger: This one seems the most obvious, because Bulger worked under Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz when Martz was the head coach in St. Louis. In order for an incoming free agent to have any chance of playing this season for the Bears, he most likely would need to have knowledge of Martz’s style of play. Bulger has that. But Bulger has made it clear he’s not interested in returning to football. He told the Ravens at the beginning of season to give him a call if Joe Flacco suffered an injury, but since then, Bulger has told at least one team that he’s not interested in playing football anymore. Unless Bulger was guaranteed that he would be a backup, the Bears probably should move on.

Chances of this happening: 10 percent

Trent Edwards: After he didn’t make the Raiders squad out of training camp, Edwards actually had a chance to sign with the Dolphins once they lost Chad Henne. But Edwards took one look at that franchise and said thanks, but no thanks (Matt Moore, by the way, is forever grateful). Edwards actually had a decent year as the Bills starter in 2008, but he eventually lost that job to Ryan Fitzpatrick. The problem with Edwards, though, is that he’s not been especially good for the past three years. I mean, if Kyle Boller beats you out of a backup job, that’s not a very good sign.

Chances of this happening: 8 percent
T. Collins struggled in last year's NFC championship game (US Presswire).
Todd Collins: Just because Collins is 40 years old (!) and got yanked for Hanie after Collins briefly replaced Cutler in the NFC championship game last year (as seen in the picture at left) doesn’t mean the Bears shouldn’t look at him anyway. Collins spent a season with Martz, so he should know the offense relatively well. The problem is that Collins has never been anything more than an NFL backup, and if you had to pick between Collins and Enderle, you might be better suited to go with the rookie. But for some reason, I think there’s a chance Chicago could turn back to Collins if things get desperate.

Chances of this happening: 20 percent

Jake Delhomme: If the Bears were looking for a Collins alternative who is four years younger with infinitely more NFL success, they could do worse than Delhomme. That said, Delhomme was a disaster last year in Cleveland and eventually gave way to Colt McCoy. Though there reportedly was interest in him by the Browns and the Dolphins this year, Delhomme isn’t doing much of anything these days (except for sending John Fox congratulatory text messages). Fortunately, the Bears coaching staff would have the ability to watch film from Delhomme’s stay in Cleveland last year. And that should be enough to force the coaches to toss Delhomme’s number in the trash.

Chances of this happening: 5 percent

Brett Favre: Stop it. Just … stop it.

Chances of this happening: 0.5 percent

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Since: Apr 14, 2008
Posted on: November 21, 2011 11:22 pm

Which free agent QBs could fit Bears needs?

No David Garrard talk????

Since: Jan 23, 2011
Posted on: November 21, 2011 10:49 pm

Which free agent QBs could fit Bears needs?

If there was a situation for a player to come out of retirement and play again, this is ideal. A playoff contending team with super bowl potential. 

Since: May 15, 2010
Posted on: November 21, 2011 10:49 pm

Which free agent QBs could fit Bears needs?

I'd go with Peter Tom Willis. Or maybe Moses Moreno.

Since: Jan 22, 2008
Posted on: November 21, 2011 9:45 pm

Which free agent QBs could fit Bears needs?

What no Jeff George? You listed every other 40+ broken down has been in this tired article.

Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: November 21, 2011 8:52 pm

Which free agent QBs could fit Bears needs?

Troy Smith all the way

Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: November 21, 2011 8:38 pm

Which free agent QBs could fit Bears needs?

Well they are in a tough spot! Being a Raider fan I know it is hard to lose ur quarterback during a good season! One good thing for me is that it happened right before the Oakland game! I hope they can move on with Hanie cause bringing in another QB sux's. As far as the packer fans go they got bragging rights for right know til Oakland puts Rogers on the sideline in 3 weeks and they can see how it feels! ONE NATION RAIDER NATION!!

Since: Nov 12, 2011
Posted on: November 21, 2011 8:32 pm

Which free agent QBs could fit Bears needs?

Classic -

Since: Nov 26, 2008
Posted on: November 21, 2011 8:10 pm

Which free agent QBs could fit Bears needs?

OOOOPPPS !!! Typo it's Warner but you all knew that !!!!!!

Since: Nov 26, 2008
Posted on: November 21, 2011 8:09 pm

Which free agent QBs could fit Bears needs?

Hey ??? Someone got Kurt Karners phone number ?????????

Since: Sep 29, 2008
Posted on: November 21, 2011 8:05 pm

Which free agent QBs could fit Bears needs?

JC was having a good year, especially what he had to work with...

To all the packers fan, quit talking crap, you know that if Rodgers goes down your team will also fail.

Remeber Karma is a B!@#H....

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