The New Golden Boy
Cassel's detractors will say that it was New England's system that made him so effective, especially having Randy Moss and Wes Welker out wide, but he did have an 8-to-1 TD-to-INT ratio during a four-game winning streak to end the season.
JC's Take: It's hard to tell if Cassel is just the next Scott Mitchell or not, but it's not going to matter because the Bears can't afford to spend the kind of money it will likely take to secure Matt Leinart's former backup for the long term.
The Reclamation Project
Orton might not feel too threatened by Carr's presence in training camp, but he would be enough of a name to get general manager Jerry Angelo's message across about competition in Bourbonnais.
JC's Take: If the Bears are simply looking for a quality backup because they don't trust youngster Caleb Hanie in that role yet, then they could do a lot worse than Carr.
The Wily Veteran
Garcia has a great deal of experience when it comes to training camp battles, and he's also proven to be a quick learner no matter the offense.
JC's Take: Even though Garcia carries enough of a winner's reputation in this league to make Orton a little nervous, the veteran's skill set probably isn't a good fit for Ron Turner's system because he doesn't have a big arm.
The Second Chance
Leftwich put together a scintillating 104.3 passer rating for the Steelers in five games this season, and his career 54-to-38 TD-to-INT ratio isn't too shabby.
JC's Take: If you want a player that still believes he's good enough to be a starter in this league but won't pout if assigned to be the backup, Leftwich makes sense.
The Change of Scenery
While it would be easy to assume Losman simply can't play well enough to succeed in the NFL, it's worth noting that three of the top four rated quarterback this season – Miami's Chad Pennington, Arizona's Kurt Warner, and New Orleans' Drew Brees – are playing for at least their second team.
JC's Take: Losman's name might not inspire any more confidence in Bears fans than Grossman's does right now, but his arm is every bit as strong as Orton's and his mobility is much better.
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