Another Injury Prone QB?

The Bears visited with quarterback Brian Griese on Sunday and obviously have serious interest in his services. However, for those who think Griese should be the starter there's something they should know.

Considering Rex Grossman has only started seven games since coming into the league in 2002, there's good reason to add a veteran backup. Two separate injuries have cost him most of the last two seasons.

Although Kyle Orton has more than twice the starting experience of Grossman, the team is looking for an experienced No. 2 quarterback.

Griese appears to be the team's top choice. He's started 72 games over the course of his eight-year career. Last year he opened the season 5-1 as the Buccaneers starter, but a torn ACL and MCL landed him on injured reserve.

Tampa Bay settled on Chris Simms as their quarterback and released Griese instead of paying him a $2.6 million bonus.

Griese has missed time throughout his career with various injuries. Aside from the knee, he sat for six regular season games as well as the Broncos playoff game with a shoulder injury in 2000. The same shoulder sidelined him for two contests in 1999.

There were periods where Griese was relegated to backup duty or the total could be higher. While he turned 31 on Saturday, he still has plenty in his right arm.

Undoubtedly Griese is an upgrade over Jeff Blake, Orton and possibly even Grossman. However, it's ironic the Bears are getting insurance for an injury prone quarterback from someone who has been dubbed with the same label.

It's not a lock that Griese will end up with the Bears. He visited with the Bengals before coming to Chicago. The Raiders and Ravens are also said to have interest.

The quarterback market is shrinking, with the top available candidates aside from Griese being Kerry Collins, Aaron Brooks, Anthony Wright, Tommy Maddox, Jamie Martin and Jay Fiedler.

Collins is seeking a starting opportunity with starter's money the Bears aren't willing to pay. There could be interest in Aaron Brooks.

According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the Bills could release one of their top two quarterbacks, J.P. Losman or Kelly Holcomb, after signing former Green Bay Packer Craig Nall.

The Bears had passing interesting in Holcomb before he signed with Buffalo last off-season. He started eight games in his only season with the Bills.

A long shot addition is Lions quarterback Joey Harrington, who is expected to be traded or released after Detroit signed Josh McCown and Jon Kitna to compete for the starting job.

With cap room to spare, the Bears are focused on addressing the quarterback situation in free agency. For the short-term, if Griese remains healthy he would help stabilize the position. For those who bash Grossman for being fragile, the flipside of adding Griese is that he seems just as delicate.

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