There is little doubt that the Bears need to address the quarterback position this off-season. However, there is not a clear-cut solution to finding a quarterback.

Drafting a quarterback seems to be a given, but whoever is picked will not make an immediate impact and will likely sit on the bench for at least two seasons.

Meaning the Bears need to decide if Jim Miller is their man or will they go a different route via free agency or trade.

High profile quarterbacks such as Drew Bledsoe and Mark Brunell are on the trading block, but at what price. Both would take up a substantial amount of the salary cap not to mention having to give up a draft choice and maybe more.

Big money free agent quarterbacks have struggled with their new team. Brad Johnson and Elvis Grbac both made the playoffs with the Bucs and Ravens respectively, but were aided by superior defenses.

Trent Dilfer, who helped the Ravens to a Super Bowl victory a season ago, found himself without a job come training camp. Dilfer signed on with Mike Holmgren and the Seahawks to backup Matt Hasselbeck. Playing sparingly Dilfer went 4-0 as a starter extending his winning streak as a starting quarterback to 16 straight games including the 2000 postseason.

Dilfer is a free agent this off-season, but is he a significant upgrade from Miller. He'll turn 30 in March and in his eight year career has thrown more interceptions (95) then touchdowns (89).

Jeff George is another intriguing possibility. He has thrown for 27,000 yards in his career and has 154 TD passes. George has a great arm and could open the Bears passing game. The former University of Illinois star could come home to play in Memorial Stadium.

However, George does have his drawbacks. After being cut by the Redskins after only one season he sat out the 2001 season and recently turned 34. George still wants to play and he'll likely get an opportunity. The question is if he can fit into a team concept. George has earned a reputation of being player worried about individual numbers rather than being team oriented.

On the other hand Miller concentrated on winning games, while his numbers suffered at times because of it.

"That's just a part of being a teammate," Miller said. "We believe we're a team here and we're going to do whatever it takes to win. I've got no problem doing that. Granted I'm not anyone a fantasy guy's going to take, because you're not going to put up big numbers, but I'm fine with that. If we go to the Super Bowl I'll take that trade off any day of the week, that's for sure."

In the end Miller's unselfish play could cost him money in the free agent market, thus leading him back to the Bears.

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