Bears leave open possibility for veteran QB

The best veteran quarterback the Chicago Bears realistically could have lured into a reserve clipboard holding role behind Jay Cutler was snapped up off the market on Wednesday when the Baltimore Ravens signed Marc Bulger to a one-year contract.

Bulger played for Mike Martz previously in St. Louis, but he received a lucrative offer from the Ravens and it’s not believed the Bears ever seriously pursued Bulger. It’s a catch-22 for the Bears because general manager Jerry Angelo has liked Caleb Hanie, the No. 2 behind Cutler last season, and the team just drafted Dan LeFevour after he went through a freefall to the sixth round.

The presence of Hanie and LeFevour have made some observers believe that it would be difficult for offensive coordinator Mike Martz to get the veteran he’s lobbied for in the last few months. Josh McCown, drafted by the Hartford Colonials in the UFL, is the only remaining player with experience under Martz besides, you know, Kurt Warner.

But coach Lovie Smith, speaking at the end of OTA’s, still didn’t rule out the possibility.

"We can't say that it's never going to happen,'' Smith told Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune.

The Bears even went to the distance of talking to retired quarterback Trent Green, whose knee injury in St. Louis more than a decade ago spawned the career of Warner under Martz.

“Why talk to Trent Green? Because he was available,'' Smith said. “You talk to anybody you think may be a decent fit for you. We've kept all of our options open with everyone.”

They can continue to keep their options open, but signs point to Hanie serving as the No. 2 again this season. Whether or not the Bears carve open space for LeFevour as a No. 3 – they only carried two quarterbacks on the 53-man roster a year ago – remains to be seen.

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