Bears Still Want Veteran Backup QB

One of the worst-kept secrets of the off-season is that the Chicago Bears desire to add a veteran backup to quarterback Jay Cutler.

"Everybody feels that way," Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz said on Sunday. "A veteran backup who has played and played at a high level is always good. You don't know how good a youngster is going to be."

Free agent quarterback Marc Bulger would make the most sense, as his days as #1 quarterback are likely over and he knows Martz's system. If Cutler were injured, Bulger could step in and minimize the loss of the team's franchise quarterback.

Mike Mulligan of the Chicago Tribune reports that that the Bears have contacted another former St. Louis Rams quarterback about entering Halas Hall.

Trent Green, who retired last year due to repeated concussions and now works as an analyst for FOX, was approached by the Bears three-to-four weeks ago, but for now, has opted to remain retired.

Green, who was slated to be the Rams' starting quarterback entering the 1999 season before a knee injury opened the door for Kurt Warner, appeared in 8 games in a Mike Martz-directed offense during the 2000 season, completing 60.4% of his pass attempts for 2,063 yards, with 16 touchdowns and 5 interceptions for a passer rating of 101.8, the highest of his 11-year career, regardless of the number of pass attempts. Unfortunately, that was 10 seasons and many injuries, most notably concussions, ago.

Mulligan adds that free agent quarterback Josh McCown may also be on the Bears' radar screen.

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