Battle for number two

<!--Default NodeId For Chris Chandler is 292192,2002--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:292192]>Chris Chandler</A> is still in the Bears' quarterback plans, although the injury-prone, 37-year-old's employment could be tentative depending on how the draft goes.

"Chris is certainly going to be the backup," general manager Jerry Angelo said recently, but it wasn't a ringing endorsement. "We've got some other options in front of us that we hope to pursue and try to bring a young quarterback into the mix. That's something that we've all talked about over the last couple of months, and we'll just see where that goes. We're fine where we're at, presently speaking; we'd still like to pursue some things. We'll just have to see what the future holds for us in that area."

Restricted free agent Cory Sauter has re-signed and Henry Burris is playing in Europe.

Burris will be battling for a roster spot in training camp. Trying to gain more experience the quarterback decided to go to NFL Europe. In the season opener for the Berlin Thunder Burris put up decent numbers. He threw for 149 yards on 12-16 passing to go with one touchdown and interception. He also ran he a score.

At this point Burris and Sauter are unlikely to be with the Bears next year. However, Burris can use his opportunity in Europe to latch on somewhere else.

Kordell Stewart is the Bears starter regardless, but unless the team adds another quarterback via free agency Chandler is the backup. Chicago will draft a quarterback and whoever that is will be the team's third quarterback.

"I think it's a good class of quarterbacks when you can go as deep as eight," Angelo said of the upcoming draft. "I think any one of them could have an opportunity to start in this league."

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