Yes, Brian Griese's first preference would have been to become a free agent last week.
That didn't happen.
But of the 31 outposts the Bears could have traded him to, he's probably most happy to be returning to Tampa Bay where the head coach Jon Gruden is a fan of his, and he already knows the playbook.
Griese returns to the Bucs, who will send the Bears a draft pick in 2009. The pick is believed to be a decent one and there are not believed to be conditions attached to it.
Had the Bears not been able to move him, they would have released him before 3 p.m. to avoid owing him a $300,000 roster bonus Tuesday.
``Brian obviously likes Tampa,'' said his agent Ralph Cindrich. ``And you know going back to when he came to Chicago, the first efforts were to re-sign with [Tampa] then. He has a very good relationship with the organization and the coach, and given all things, it's something that worked out well for him.''