What's available?

With <!--Default NodeId For Jim Miller is 292233,2002--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:292233]>Jim Miller</A>'s health in constant doubt the <!--Default NodeId For Chicago is 115,2005--><A HREF=http://bears.TheInsiders.com>Bears</A> are seeking an upgrade and their top free agent priority is quarterback. The team is in the market to go after at least one quarterback free agent this offseason.

The top name available at this point is Jake Plummer, who has spent the first six years of his career with the Arizona Cardinals. Plummer has not lived up to expectations, throwing more career interceptions (94) than touchdowns (72).

However, the talent level on the Cardinals has been sub par. David Boston, when healthy, is one of the best receivers in the game, but Plummer has never had a ground game of any substance.

The gamble is that Plummer can come to a team that has some offensive weapons and blossom into a playoff caliber quarterback.

There will be several other teams contending for Plummer's services including the Denver Broncos, which at some point will likely release Brian Grease.

Grease has had several off the field problems and a lack of production has head coach Mike Shanahan ready to release the former Pro Bowler.

After problems with Bryan Robinson the Bears will be hesitant to bring in another high priced player that's had a propensity to get in trouble.

Two other quarterbacks could be available because of salary cap purposes, in Trent Green of Kansas City and Kordell Stewart of Pittsburgh.

Green has put together back-to-back solid seasons after being traded from the Rams. However, Green is due a roster bonus of $8 million at the end of February and would either need to restructure his contract or go on the open market.

Stewart, who is due $7.9 million in 20003, lost his starting job to Tommy Maddux and it looks like nothing will change that heading into next season. There is no way the Steelers will pay Stewart that kind of money to be a backup, so he'll likely be released.

How much any of these quarterbacks would command on the open market is in doubt as starter money could range from $4-7 million.

The Bears hesitated to pay Drew Bledsoe $5 million last year, but that would have also included giving up draft picks in a trade.

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