Options aplenty

The Bears have an off-season plan, but how the team achieves their goals could come in a variety of ways. There's no debating get a quarterback is tops on the wish list. The parading of quarterbacks will begin this week.

For the first time GM Jerry Angelo mentioned the names of potential quarterbacks. Kordell Stewart and Jake Plummer will visit Halas Hall this week.

"We have some visits set up," Angelo said. "We'll probably bring in a couple of guys next week and visit with them. Plummer and Stewart are the two that we've targeted. That will be our first step in going forward at that position."

Last month Angelo said a trade was the least likely way of obtaining a quarterback, but is now considering a move for Denver Broncos signal caller Brian Griese.

"We've had conversations about Griese and we're not doing anything right now," Angelo said. "We haven't made any decisions nor have they-they're still going through the process as well.

"As I said before, we're going to explore every avenue, and that's one of them. It's too premature to project what that's going to turn into."

It looks as if Plummer is leaning toward signing with Denver meaning Griese is expendable. But, Angelo will be reluctant to give a high draft choice for a player that could be released in the coming months.

That wasn't the only rumor Angelo dealt with. There have been reports that the Bears are talking trade with the Washington Redskins.

The Bears would drop down from the fourth slot to the Redskins 13th pick and CB Fred Smoot would also come to Chicago. Steve Spurrier is looking to move up in order to select former Miami receiver Andre Johnson.

"We didn't talk to Washington," Angelo said. "I know Washington's talking to several people. That did not come to my attention. If they call, obviously we'll listen. But there's been nothing from our end."

With the weekend signing of Desmond Clark tight end is set and will not entertain using a draft choice on the position.

"We're comfortable with our stable of tight ends," Angelo said.

Clark, 25, will likely be the starter, but a training camp competition between recently re-signed John Davis, Dustin Lyman and John Gilmore will determine who will get playing time.

"(Signing Clark) doesn't put Dustin Lyman or John Davis on the backburner. We like John Gilmore what little he showed last year. We hope it will be a tough problem in terms of our numbers.

"I know I talked to coach (Dick) Jauron and we said we're going to keep the best football players so we could keep as many as four tight ends on our roster."

Although, Clark only caught two balls in 2002 he has proven in the past he can be a productive offensive weapon.

Clark established career highs with 51 receptions for 566 yards and 6 TDs for Denver in 2001. However, a fractured left forearm in training camp last year lead to him being waived by Denver before the regular season. He was later signed by the Dolphins and played in 11 games with Miami.

"Like they told me, there are just a couple of pieces missing and hopefully I'm one of those pieces that they can plug in and get this thing to where it needs to be," Clark said upon signing with the Bears.


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