Need No. 15--Quarterback
Players on roster
QB Jay Cutler (signed through 2011)
QB Brett Basanez (2010)
QB Caleb Hanie (2010)
The Bears have worked for years to solve the backup quarterback position, bringing in the likes of Chris Chandler, Brian Griese and Jeff Blake in recent years. That hasn't been a problem. It's been finding the starter that has been an issue and general manager Jerry Angelo finally did that by dealing for Cutler. Hanie has impressed many in the organization since his arrival nearly a year ago and Basanez was intriguing enough for the Bears to make a move for him in February. They'll be able to proceed with what they have if they are comfortable. There really are not many interesting veteran options still available. Once again, the Bears could consider going with two quarterbacks on the 53-man roster. It's something they nearly did last year before deciding to keep a spot for Hanie. But that's a decision for this summer.
Who the Bears have been looking at
The Bears have shown some interest in Ohio State's Todd Boeckman, who could be a late-round pick of an undrafted free agent. They may have some interest in Alabama's John Parker Wilson. Angelo talked for years about the idea of drafting a quarterback once a year in the quest to consistently be developing one. It's what Ron Wolf had great success with in Green Bay where the Packers turned out Mark Brunell, Matt Hasselbeck and Aaron Brooks. The Packers consistently drafted quarterbacks in the late rounds and basically waited to see what stuck. Considering the Bears' needs, and their shortage of picks after the Cutler deal, they could be content to work to develop Hanie this year.
Coming Monday: Tight ends.