Plummer flushes Bears

It didn't take <!--Default NodeId For Jake Plummer is 653611,2003--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:653611]>Jake Plummer</A> long to decide that Denver was a more attractive option than playing for the Bears. The quarterback signed a seven-year deal worth $40 million Wednesday. Leaving the Bears most viable option as <!--Default NodeId For Kordell Stewart is 291804,2002--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:291804]>Kordell Stewart</A>, who was in Chicago when the announcement came.

The Bears reportedly offered more over the first two yeas of the contract, but the deciding factor between the two situations in Denver and Chicago was the coaching staff.

''It was a very difficult decision between Chicago, Arizona and Denver, but at the end of the day, the coaching staff, the history of winning and the offensive scheme really impressed him in Denver," Plummer's agent David Dunn told the Associated Press.

At this point Stewart is now the Bears first choice. Despite leading the Steelers to AFC Title game twice and having a 46-29 record as a starter since 1997 Stewart was reduced to a backup role in Pittsburgh. Then was subsequently released in favor of Tommy Maddux.

Stewart, 30, has his eye on being the starting quarterback.

"That's the only reason I'm coming here,'' Stewart said. "Not to be a backup, not to be a third-string guy, but to be the starter of this football team.''

The Bears will make Stewart an offer Thursday. He other options include the Arizona Cardinals and possibly the Baltimore Ravens.

The team also plans on meeting with Jeff Blake later today.

Another option was plucked off the market Wednesday when the Carolina Panthers signed former New Orleans backup Jake Delhomme.

Delhomme, who agreed to a two-year deal worth $4 million, spent the past five seasons with the Saints. The Bears hadn't scheduled a meeting with Delhomme, but he was considered a bridge quarterback until a potential draft choice is ready to play.

Charlie Batch and Shawn King could also make a visit to Chicago.

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