Bears Playing the Waiting Game

Despite the fact that another quarterback is close to signing with a division rival, the Bears don't appear to be worried because GM Jerry Angelo seems to have properly gauged the free agent market.

The Bears lost out on Kurt Warner and Jay Fiedler because the team made it clear that Rex Grossman is the starter unless something drastic happens.

Some question the decision to hand Grossman the starting job without a competition. The Bears honesty with veteran quarterbacks has cost them the chance to add depth at the position.

However, Jeff Garcia is close to finalizing a deal with the Detroit Lions, which leaves one less destination for Brad Johnson.

While Johnson appears to be down to the Bears and Dolphins as his remaining options, Miami prefers to reunite Gus Frerotte with his former offensive coordinator Scott Linehan.

Johnson could have to settle for coming to training camp as the third quarterback behind starter Rex Grossman and current No. 2 Chad Hutchinson.

Another option came onto the market on Friday. The Chargers decided to release 42-year old Doug Flutie, who had spent the last four seasons in San Diego.

After 12 seasons in the league there is a chance Flutie may walk away from the game, but at this point he's still willing to listen to offers.

"It opens up other doors of opportunity for me if I want," Flutie said of being let go by San Diego. "Rather than retiring outright, I wanted to be released so that I could pursue other things if they arise."

With Drew Brees set to return on a one-year deal, the Chargers want to move last year's fourth overall pick Phillip Rivers up the depth chart and Flutie stood in the way.

Although Flutie still has the ability to play, he knows a starting job is not waiting for him at this point in his career. He could push Hutchinson for a backup spot and provide veteran leadership at quarterback.

Flutie played in a handful of games for the Bears in 1986 before being traded the following season. His time in Chicago will be remembered for the divisional playoff loss to the Washington Redskins after the Bears tied for the best record in the NFL at 14-2.

With Jim McMahon battling shoulder problems that came to a head when Charles Martin slammed him to the Soldier turf late in the season, Flutie got the starting nod over Mike Tomczak.

Mike Ditka's decision didn't payoff, as Flutie completed 11-of-31 passes with two interceptions and the Redskins upset the Bears 27-13.


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