Thursday, May 27, 2010
Quarterback Green plans to stay retired
By Michael C. Wright
Trent Green isn't coming out of retirement to join the Chicago Bears, or anyone else.
Green made that perfectly clear Thursday during an interview on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000.
"That's not a possibility," Green said when asked if he'd consider coming out of retirement.
Green was contacted recently by Chicago as a potential backup for starter Jay Cutler, but Green said the sides never reached the point of mapping out a specific role for him. Green said the Bears reached out to gauge his interest in coming out of retirement to be "in the mix" for consideration, along with other quarterbacks such as Marc Bulger and Josh McCown, who have history with offensive coordinator Mike Martz.
"I chewed on it for a couple of weeks," Green said. "I sat down with my family to decide where we wanted to live. We ended up coming to Kansas City.
"You get to a certain point where you just have to make a decision one way or the other. For me, I needed to move on to the next phase, and that was to continue my TV career. I told them thanks for considering me in the mix, but I'm gonna continue to pursue the TV thing."
Green officially announced his retirement less than a year ago, and he serves as an analyst on NFL Network. Because of Green's history of working with Martz, the Bears decided to reach out to him about possibly joining the club.
Bears head coach Lovie Smith and Martz haven't closed the door on adding a veteran quarterback. In fact, it seems the coaches are pushing for such a move. The Bears played with just two quarterbacks on the roster last season in Cutler and Caleb Hanie.
The club currently has Cutler, Hanie and rookie Dan LeFevour on the roster, but would like to add a veteran who is well-versed in Martz's system.
Michael C. Wright covers the Bears for ESPNChicago.com.