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Tuesday, August 17, 2010
BBAO: Bears hoping to sign Todd Collins

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

We're Black and Blue All Over:

Although backup quarterback Caleb Hanie's right shoulder injury isn't deemed serious, it appears the Chicago Bears aren't taking any chances. According to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, the Bears are attempting to sign veteran free agent Todd Collins as insurance to starter Jay Cutler.

The Bears also reached out to retired veteran Trent Green but were rebuffed. Although Collins has never played for offensive coordinator Mike Martz, he learned a similar scheme while in Kansas City under former coach Dick Vermeil.

I know there was plenty of talk about the Bears signing a veteran backup this offseason, but I'm not sure I would read the Collins situation as a signal that Hanie won't regain his job when healthy. The Bears are in a tough predicament here. Rookie Dan LeFevour hasn't gotten much work with the offense in camp and wouldn't be ready to back up Cutler if needed. The same would be true of a so-called camp arm who had no familiarity with the Martz scheme.

Collins, on the other hand, could step in on a short-term basis with much less preparation. Let's just see how this goes.

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