Burris still has a job

Henry Burris doesn't let much get him down. That's why he's avoiding this latest issue like a blitzing linebacker.

Burris, the Bears' third-string quarterback, found out the news just about as fast as the media did -- the team was in the works late Tuesday night with the Washington Redskins on a trade for the Redskins' first-round draft pick, quarterback Patrick Ramsey from Tulane.

"That's the way this game is sometimes. The same thing happened in Green Bay (last year)," Burris said. "It's not going to bother me, I'm going to come out here and work hard regardless."

Ramsey, the last pick of the first round in April's draft, was at a standstill in negotiations with the Redskins, who were also intrigued by Bears reserve guard Mike Gandy and wanted to work out a trade.

Gandy, from Notre Dame, was drafted in the third round in 2001, but was injured during training camp last year and was inactive for all 16 games. The Bears offered Gandy and a second-round pick in 2003 for Ramsey, but the Redskins pushed for a first-round pick instead. Bears general manager Jerry Angelo balked and the trade fell through.

"We worked on it (Tuesday night) until midnight," Angelo said. "It just didn't happen. We liked (Ramsey) a lot. We had until (Tuesday) at midnight to make it happen and it didn't happen.

"We're comfortable with the hand that we have."

Burris, who backed up Brett Favre in Green Bay last season, spent four seasons in the Canadian Football League, including two years as a backup to San Francisco's Jeff Garcia with the Calgary Stampeders.

He's currently behind starter Jim Miller and backup Chris Chandler.

"Patrick Ramsey is a good quarterback. He did a lot of good things at Tulane, but he's a guy younger than me," Burris said. "I'm just going to continue to work hard toward my future, whether it's here or wherever it's going to be. But I'm going to continue to work hard. Right now I'm a Chicago Bear, and I'm going to work hard to hopefully be the starting quarterback of the Chicago Bears one day."

Ramsey signed a five-year contract worth $5.7 million with Washington on Wednesday.

"We're always looking into football players that we think are quality players," Bears coach Dick Jauron said of the situation. "We liked this kid in the draft, and if we could have gotten him or something we thought was good, we certainly would have done it.

"We're really happy with Jimmy Miller, we're really happy with Chris Chandler and we're really happy with Henry. But if we could have got a quality younger quarterback that could have developed in our system, and maybe see where it goes, then I think we really would have been negligent not to pursue it."

* WAKE-UP CALL: Rookie Eric McCoo, a free agent running back from Penn State, got laid out by Bears safety Larry Whigham on a short pass during an 11-on-11 session at the morning practice. Players aren't supposed to tackle -- just wrap up -- but Whigham, a nine-year veteran, gave the rookie quite a welcoming hit.

* TUNE IN: Even though it's not a sellout, the Bears sold enough tickets for Saturday's 7:05 p.m. exhibition in Champaign against the Denver Broncos (WBBM-TV, Ch. 2) for it to be televised.

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