A source close to the situation said that veteran quarterback Brian Griese has yet to hear from the Bears following the contract agreements with Rex Grossman and Kyle Orton.
It is expected that Griese, who has three years remaining on his contract, will be released before a $300,000 roster bonus is due Tuesday.
Griese would likely want not part of a situation where he is the No. 3 with no opportunity to compete for the starting job. That is exactly how it is shaking out as general manager Jerry Angelo said the battle for the top spot will be between Grossman and Orton.
There should be a suitable market for the veteran, and he could wind up returning to Tampa Bay, where the Buccaneers had to release him because of salary-cap issues following the 2005 season.
To be most fair to Griese, the Bears need to release him before free agency opens in 25 hours.