The search goes on

Despite having <!--Default NodeId For Kordell Stewart is 291804,2002--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:291804]>Kordell Stewart</A> in <!--Default NodeId For Chicago is 115,2005--><A HREF=>Chicago</A> for two days, the Bears didn't make him a contract offer. Opting, to wait a day, while they entertained veteran quarterback <!--Default NodeId For Jeff Blake is 266125,2002--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:266125]>Jeff Blake</A> Thursday.

The Bears could be trying to lower Stewart's price by using Blake as a backup plan. Blake's options are dwindling as it looks like his former team, the Baltimore Ravens, have decided to go in a different direction as the two sides were $2-3 million apart on the first year of the deal. Blake, 32, has thrown 119 touchdown passes and 83 interceptions.

The Arizona Cardinals have reportedly made Stewart an offer, but along with the Bears, Miami and Baltimore could have interest in him.

If the team can't reach an agreement with Stewart then turning to Blake for short-term relief seems to the next step. Signing Blake now would give the Bears a security blanket until they can make a run at Brian Griese after June 1st.

The other option could be to sign Blake and use the team's first round pick in April's draft to select a quarterback. Blake could play a season or two, while a young quarterback is groomed for the job.

The Bears and Green Bay Packers are rivals on the field, but could be competing for the same player in the draft.

Despite reports that Rosevelt Colvin was on the verge of signing with the Detroit Lions, at this point no agreement has been reached. Colvin continues to make the rounds visiting with the Arizona Cardinals on Wednesday and is headed to Jacksonville for a meeting the Jaguars Friday.

Green Bay owns the 29th pick in the first round and they're considering using the choice to select QB Kyle Boller out of Cal. The Bears are considering using their second round choice (35 overall) on Boller, but unless they trade up into the late first round they might have to find another option.

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