Chicago Bears in the Market for Challenger to Caleb Hanie

Michael Gibbons@DachicagofanCorrespondent IIMay 20, 2010

SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 27:  Quarterback Caleb Hanie #12 of the Chicago Bears warms up on the field before the game against the Seattle Seahawks on September 27, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington. The Bears defeated the Seahawks 25-19.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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With the Bears releasing third string QB Brett Basanez on Wednesday, it has become official that the Bears are in the market for a veteran QB to compete with Hanie and rookie sixth round pick Dan LeFevour.

Some of the names we have been hearing for months since Lovie and Jerry finally decided to hire Mike Martz as the OC:

Marc Bulger

Old, banged up, everything they were saying about Kurt Warner when he left St. Louis. And just like Warner, no one is really offering him the starting job he is holding out for. Marc is probably waiting to see what Favre does with the Vikings, if he decided to retire Bulger might be the best fit for the Vikes.

If Bulger decided to come to Chicago, I would suspect they might try to trade Haine, because my guess LeFevour would not clear waivers and make it to the practice squad.

Josh McCown

Josh spent some time with Martz during his Lions days. McCown might be a good fit just to push the young backup duo while probably enusring they both make the team. He would give all the QBs a little insight into Martz's offense but he was a backup and probably just a training camp QB.

JaMarcus Russell

I have no idea where this is coming from. Russell could end up coming to the Bears but I would think he is a better fit to fill the hole at LG rather then the No. 2 QB spot. JaMarcus, who has been a huge bust after being drafted No. 1 overall a few years ago, has no ties to Martz except McCown being traded from the Lions to the Raiders.

Da Bears normally don't try projects like this and with no one safe why would the coaching staff waste their time on this one. By the way, if you doubt he would play left guard, he measures at 6'6" and rumor has it he has ballooned up to 300 lbs.

I don't think the Bearsย will sign anyone except if there is an injury and McCown or Bulger are available during training camp, but it could be just as likely that Basanez could be re-signed at that point.

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