The Chad Pennington era has officially ended with the New York Jets.
They cut ties with him this afternoon after acquiring Brett Favre from the Green Bay Packers. Pennington, 32, is on the street looking for a job and there has been some speculation he will find a home in the NFC North. The Palm Beach Post has reported that the Miami Dolphins have touched base with Pennington's agent, Tom Condon already.
It's unlikely the Bears will kick the tires on Pennington and give him a look and it's for a number of reason.
First, the team is publicly committed to the winner of the Kyle Orton and Rex Grossman competition. Remember, offensive coordinator Ron Turner said the Bears didn't need Favre, that they had two good quarterbacks. If they don't need Favre, they really don't need Pennington. The team's stance is the winner of the QB derby is going to lead them on a successful campaign. The loser will serve as an able and ready backup. What's Pennington in that scenario besides an upgrade over Caleb Hanie?
Second, Pennington is going to be seeking an opportunity to play as soon as possible. The Bears simply are not going to offer that.
Third, he can't be considered a potential quarterback of the future.
Had an interesting chat with a scout about Pennington's game and specifically his arm strength. He's always been considered to have a weak arm. The scout pointed out that doesn't mean he cannot throw the deep ball. Pennington can fire the ball deep down field like any other passer. Where it comes into play is on the short to medium routes where the receiver is crossing the field and there is a small window to deliver the ball. Those are the passes Pennington can be tardy on because he doesn't possess, well, a Favre arm.
Still, Pennington has long been considered a top leader and has a career completion percentage of 65.6. For the sake of comparison, Orton is 52.0 and Grossman is 54.3.
The first Bear out on the field this afternoon was center Olin Kreutz, who visited with a few Chiefs. We'll try to come up with a few updates before kickoff.