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Bears contact USC's Bates

Updated: January 6, 2010, 10:51 AM ET
ESPNChicago.com

The Chicago Bears have contacted Southern California offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates about their vacant offensive coordinator position, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Bates worked with Bears quarterback Jay Cutler in Denver, and they were very close. In fact, when Mike Shanahan was fired, Cutler lobbied for Bates to stay, even saying he would ask for a trade if Bates were let go. Of course, both happened, and Cutler ended up in Chicago.

Bates, ...

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