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Bears not willing to pay for backup QB

8/17/2010

Any doubts about the Chicago Bears' long-term plans for their No. 2 quarterback position should be erased. Jason La Canfora of NFL.com reports the Bears are not offering guaranteed money to any of the potential backups they are pursuing, a strong indication that they intend for Caleb Hanie to remain the understudy to starter Jay Cutler once his sprained right shoulder heals.

As a result, free agent Todd Collins rejected the Bears' offer Tuesday morning. Veterans Trent Green and Damon Huard have also shunned the Bears' interest.

An offer with no guaranteed money suggests the Bears want a camp arm they can release with no financial obligation when Hanie returns. A player like Collins or Huard, even though they are without a team, want more of an assurance that they have a chance to make the final 53-man roster.

A veteran with experience in offensive coordinator Mike Martz's scheme would be preferable to the alternative, but at this point the Bears aren't willing to pay for that luxury. Stay tuned.