Bears make pitch to Plummer

The Bears did their best to convince free agent QB <!--Default NodeId For Jake Plummer is 292000,2002--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:292000]>Jake Plummer</A> that <!--Default NodeId For Chicago is 115,2005--><A HREF=>Chicago</A> is where he belongs. Now, it's up to Plummer to decide between the Bears and the <!--Default NodeId For Denver is 103,2005--><A HREF=>Denver</A> Broncos.

"It's a two-horse (race) right now," Plummer told the team's website. "I'm very impressed with what I've seen today."

"Now it's a matter of just if I can find a moment or two to clear my mind a little bit and do some serious deep thinking and weighing some pros and cons, I think hopefully the decision can be made here soon."

Plummer signed a four-year, $29.7 million contract extension late in the 1998 season that included a $15 million signing bonus. The team went to the playoffs that season for the first time since 1982.

However, the Cardinals haven't had a winning season since going 6-10, 3-13, 7-9 and 5-11.

The money the Bears and Broncos offered Plummer is believed to be similar to his previous deal with the Cardinals, but the difference is the signing bonus. Denver wasn't able to offer as much the Bears because of their current salary cap problems. The Broncos are $2 million below the cap compared to $10 million the Bears are working with.

Plummer, 28, protests it won't be entirely about the money.

"It's going to be a comfort level," he said. "It's not going to be the money. I've made some money; I'm due to make more. What I want is to win. I've said that and I truly mean that. Money actually doesn't make you happy, but winning a Super Bowl would make me happy."

Plummer has a career quarterback rating of 69.0 with 90 touchdowns to 114 interceptions. So, chances are Plummer will sign in Denver because of the opportunity to resurrect his career under head coach and quarterback guru Mike Shanahan.

Still, the 6-2, 212-pounder had high praise for the Bears.

"It's a great organization. It's an organization that's really, really serious about winning. And coming from where I come from … I've won some games but not as many as I'd like. So that's a very interesting situation."

The Bears aren't taking anything for granted, as they'll bring in former Steelers quarterback Kordell Stewart Wednesday. There is also talk veteran QB Jeff Blake is an option if neither Plummer nor Stewart sign with the Bears.

Brian Griese could be the most attractive option, but the Bears would have to wait until June 1st for the Broncos to release him. At this point Denver isn't sure trading Griese is possible because of the accelerated cap hit the team would take this year.

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