So much for landing a veteran QB. The Bears, who were rejected and otherwise thwarted to bring in a veteran quarterback will bring Matt Gutierrez in to compete for a spot behind Jay Cutler. According to Brad Biggs, passing a physical is all that stands in the way.
Gutierrez, who was with the Kansas City Chiefs last season, was an undrafted free agent from Idaho State. He spent 2007 and 2008 with the New England Patriots. The 26-year-old appeared briefly last season with the Chiefs, throwing one pass in the regular season.
Gutierrez, 26, has good size at 6-4, 230 pounds, and drew solid reviews for a while out of New England, which has done a solid job developing backup quarterbacks.
Gutierrez comes in after Collins, Huard and Green rejected the Bears and apparently Josh McCown couldn’t get out of his UFL contract. The impending signing is telling in a few ways:
- There ain’t much out there. There just aren’t that many quality quarterbacks out on the street. And there are even less who are interested in playing for the Bears.
- The Bears like Caleb Hanie. If they didn’t, they would have ponied up money or a guarantee to get someone a little more seasoned in house.
- The Hanie injury isn’t that serious. The Bears have become experts in the business of misinformation, so you always wonder if they’re being honest about a player’s injury. If they thought this was a season-ender, they would have made a stronger play for a vet.
- Dan LeFevour’s time has not come. I’m not going to go so far as to say he’s a bust (as I’ve seen buzzing around Twitter), but he is still really raw. It wouldn’t surprise me if he gets cut and picked up on the practice squad, especially if Gutierrez shows anything in his limited audition.
You may now return to Favre-watch 2010: The Kidnapping.
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