The addition of Kordell Stewart to replace Jim Miller as the starter doesn't eliminate the need for a young quarterback to groom for the future. No. 2 Chris Chandler will probably be canned shortly, and last year's No. 3, Henry Burris, is a long shot to return, although he should be in camp after a season in NFL Europe. RFA Cory Sauter, last year's No. 4, received the lowest qualifying offer of $605,000, and he could have a future in Chicago.
With the release of James "Big Cat" Williams, Marc Colombo and Mike Gandy are the tentative starters. Colombo made progress as a rookie last season, but he suffered a season-ending knee injury and may not be the answer on the left side. Gandy played there after Colombo was hurt, but he had always been a guard prior to last season.
FRANCHISE PLAYER: None.
TRANSITION PLAYER: None.
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: OL Kevin Dogins (journeyman backup whose role will be played by younger players with more upside); DT Christian Peter (only chance to return is if Keith Traylor and/or Bryan Robinson are trimmed for cap reasons); S Larry Whigham (only real role was on special teams; won't be back).
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (not tendered offers): CB Reggie Austin (not tendered as RFA; coming off torn ACL).
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: S Mike Green (tendered at $605,000 with 7th-round pick as compensation; led all NFL defensive backs in tackles last season, but that was partly because he didn't make many plays on the ball. Started all 16 games); CB Todd McMillon (tendered at $605,000 with no compensation); WR Dez White (tendered at $605,000 with 3rd-round pick as compensation; has made some progress, but it's been in fits and starts).
EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS: None.
PLAYERS RE-SIGNED: TE John Davis (UFA; $555,000/1 yr, $25,000 SB; 2003 cap: $475,000); PK Paul Edinger (RFA; matched Vikings offer $7M/5 yrs, $600,000 SB/$1M RB; 2003 cap: $1.57M); LB Bobbie Howard (ERFA; $375,000/1 yr); FB Stanley Pritchett (UFA; $680,000/1 yr, $25,000 SB; 2003 cap: $475,000); QB Cory Sauter (RFA; terms unknown); DE Joe Tafoya (potential ERFA; $375,000/1 yr)
PLAYERS ACQUIRED: TE Desmond Clark (UFA Dolphins; $9M/6 yrs, $1M SB/$1M RB; 2003 cap: $1.7M); QB Kordell Stewart (FA Steelers; $5M/2 yrs, $1.75M SB; 2003 cap: $2.375M).
PLAYERS LOST: LB Rosevelt Colvin (UFA Patriots; $25.9M/6 yrs, $6M SB); RB/KR Leon Johnson (UFA Rams; $530,000/1 yr, SB unknown); QB Jim Miller (cut/Signed with Buccaneers; incentive laden/1yr, SB unknown); WR Willie Spencer (cut); OT James Williams (cut).
MEDICAL WATCH: No updates.