Backup Plan

Despite spending over $35 million in signing players this off-season Jerry Angelo is not done yet.

"We're still pursuing some of our own players obviously at a nominal cost, whether they know it or not.

"We're evaluating other positions, plan B positions. The draft is right around the corner as well. So we have a full plate."

Quarterback is still a high priority even with the re-signing of Jim Miller. The Bears will address the position in the draft and with a trade with Washington for Shane Matthews is still a possibility, so the team could be looking for a new backup.

"I told this to our Jim Miller when we signed him. I said Jim we're going to continue to explore the quarterback market," Angelo said. "As you know I've talked with Shane about a possible trade. And so there's some backup plans that we have to have in order if we do something. A lot of this (Bringing in free agents) is exploratory."

Angelo said former Atlanta quarterback Chris Chandler, who was recently cut by the Falcons for salary cap purposes and to make room for former number one pick Michael Vick, will meet with the Bears this week. Atlanta took a $5.1 million hit to release Chandler, 36, who was scheduled to count $8.5 million against their salary cap next year and more than $10 million in each of the following two seasons.

The Bears would likely wait to try to sign Chandler until a trade for Matthews is complete. However, the Bears want more than the Redskins offer of a seventh-round pick for Matthews.

Chandler was a Pro Bowler in 1997 and 1998 with Atlanta, leading the Falcons to the Super Bowl after the 1998 season. He started 14 of 16 games last season, including a victory at Green Bay.

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