Chicago Bears quarterback Caleb Hanie has attempted just 14 regular season passes and has a career passer rating of 39.6. But after a gritty performance in relief of an injured Jay Cutler in the 2010 NFC Championship Game boosted Hanie’s stock, the former undrafted free agent from Colorado State wouldn’t mind exploring options elsewhere.
“If I didn’t have any better options, I would love to stay (in Chicago),” Hanie said Thursday according to the Chicago Sun-Times. “I love Chicago, and the organization has been good to me. But if an opportunity comes up, I wouldn’t shy away from that.”
Hanie has three accrued seasons, and likely will not be eligible for unrestricted free agency this off-season. Hanie has no chance to start in Chicago, but the Bears will likely value him enough as a back-up to Cutler to tender Hanie at a first ($2.611M) or second-round ($1.835M) level.
The Bears, who haven’t picked in the first two rounds of an NFL Draft since 2008, would certainly listen to offers on Hanie.