Griese Lands in Chicago

The Bears finally made their first major free agent addition on Tuesday evening by inking quarterback Brian Griese to a five-year contract.

The deal is reportedly worth $14 million with $6 million guaranteed. Griese has been the team's top choice to backup starter Rex Grossman since Tampa Bay released him instead of paying a $2.6 million bonus.

Griese opened last season 5-1 as the Buccaneers starter, but suffered a torn ACL and MCL on Oct. 16 that landed him on injured reserve. The six-foot-3, 214-pounder is expected to be ready by training camp.

Griese has started 72 games over the course of his eight-year career and is clearly the most accomplished quarterback on the roster. He's completed 63.1 percent of his passes for 16,344 yards with 103 touchdowns and 78 interceptions and an 84.8 passer rating.

Chicago will be his fourth NFL team after spending time with the Denver Broncos (1998-2002), Miami Dolphins (2003) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2004-05).

Griese, who turned 31 on Saturday, will push Kyle Orton to third on the depth chart. Before making his decision, Griese met with the Bengals but felt comfortable enough to sign with the Bears after visiting Halas hall on Sunday and then having a face-to face conversation with offensive coordinator Ron Turner on Monday.


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