I’ve heard the names of Chris Simms, Byron Leftwich, Jeff Garcia and even Kurt Warner as possibilities for the Bears to consider at quarterback. Instead, the Chicago Bears have signed former Northwestern University and Carolina Panthers quarterback Brett Basanez to a 2-year deal. When asked if he had any problem playing in the cold after being in Carolina the last few years, Basanez said:
“I said if they need to test me I’ll come out there in February and wear nothing but my skivvies out there if they want. I don’t care.”
No need to do that Brett; you’ll have plenty of opportunities to do so on the Bears QB merry-go-round over the next 2 years. Welcome home.
Considering Jerry Angelo claimed addressing the quarterback situation as a top priority this offseason, I was holding out hope that the Bears might actually be serious. I’m sure Basanez is a nice kid and the Arlington Heights native is certainly excited about the opportunity to return home, but hopefully this is nothing more than competition for Caleb Hanie’s as the designated clipboard holder, right? This can’t be the only move the Beloved make for a quarterback, can it? Here’s to hoping that the Bears have a something more up their sleeve.