Let the countdown begin.
The NFL shopping season, otherwise known as free agency, begins in 50 days. It will kick off on Feb. 27 at midnight EST, so for the Bears the action will start at 11 p.m. on the 26th.
It's a little premature to start serious speculation about what interests the Bears will or will not have, but we might as well start with the quarterback position. Remember, that is Jerry Angelo's No. 1 offseason priority. Speculation that 37-year-old Kurt Warner could come to town seems farfetched.
For starters, the Arizona coaching staff has no desire to turn over the keys to the Cardinals' offense to former first-round pick Matt Leinart. Warner has a talented group of wide receivers in Arizona, something he will not find here, and the Bears passed on chances to get him when he left St. Louis and again when he left the New York Giants. In the end, Arizona and Warner should come to the realization that they're best for one another.
So, if you rule Warner out of the equation, what's left? Not a lot to make Kyle Orton threatened. The Bears could make a play for Chris Simms, who they probably would have brought in had Tampa Bay cut him loose before the end of the preseason. David Carr, Byron Leftwich and J.P. Losman are former first-round picks who will be looking for homes. The Bears could make another run at J.T. O'Sullivan. Jeff Garcia wanted to come to the Bears when he left Philadelphia. He'll be on the market.
Here's the list of available quarterbacks. Have at it.
Unrestricted free agents
Charlie Batch, Pittsburgh Steelers
Kyle Boller, Baltimore Ravens
Brooks Bollinger, Dallas Cowboys
Todd Bouman, Baltimore Ravens
David Carr, New York Giants
Matt Cassel, New England Patriots
Kerry Collins, Tennessee Titans
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Cincinnati Bengals
Charlie Frye, Seattle Seahawks
Jeff Garcia, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Rex Grossman, Bears
Gibran Hamdan, Buffalo Bills
Joey Harrington, New Orleans Saints
Byron Leftwich, Pittsburgh Steelers
J.P. Losman, Buffalo Bills
Jamie Martin, San Francisco 49ers
Luke McCown, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Dan Orlovsky, Detroit Lions
J.T. O'Sullivan, San Francisco 49ers
Patrick Ramsey, Denver Broncos
Chris Simms, Tennessee Titans
Brian St. Pierre, Arizona Cardinals
Marques Tuaisosopo, Oakland Raiders
Kurt Warner, Arizona Cardinals
Anthony Wright, New York Giants
Restricted free agent
Jeff Otis, Oakland Raiders