Up In The Air

The Bears made an offer to veteran quarterback Chris Chandler over two weeks ago, but 36-year-old veteran has yet to make a decision.

GM Jerry Angelo is seeking an answer this week, so he can workout a trade for Shane Matthews. There have been rumors throughout the off-season that Redskins head coach Steve Spurrier would like to acquire Matthews, who played quarterback for Spurrier while at the University of Florida.

Chandler would then replace Matthews as the backup to Jim Miller. Angelo has gone on record that Miller is the starter and Chandler would be coming to Chicago in a supporting role. With Miller?s propensity to get injured Chandler would provide adequate experience at quarterback and the two were teammates while with the Falcons in 1997.

?He's worked with Jim Miller and they have a good relationship. I'm very sensitive to that,? Angelo said. ?We've made it very clear that Jim is our starter and we've paid Jim accordingly. We're obviously not going to pay our backup as much as our starter in any terms. He has to understand what the role is and what the landscaping is. He understands that and both our coaches Dick Jauron and John Shoop went through it with him. I went through it briefly with him and the agents did. So everybody's on the same page."

In other news: Mike Brown was named Bears Unsung Hero. He, along with one member of each of the other 30 Clubs, was honored at the 29th Annual NFL Fever NFL Players Awards Banquet on Friday, April 5, at the Hilton Washington Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The Unsung Hero award recognizes one player from each team for contributions both on the field and in the community and is voted on by NFL players and fans. In addition to the banquet, attending NFL players participated in a basketball game with Special Olympic athletes and cocktail reception/silent auction. All proceeds from the banquet will be donated to D.C. Special Olympics.

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