The Bears inquired about the possibility of signing Trent Green, but the veteran quarterback will remain retired, his agent Jim Steiner told the Sun-Times.
"We had some conversations about it, but Trent's been engrossed in broadcasting," Steiner said. "It just didn't work out."
Green, who retired in 2009, does broadcasting work for the NFL Network and Westwood One Radio.
The decision was a tough one for the 40-year-old Green, Steiner said.
"His heart says yes, and his emotions say yes," Steiner said. "But it's time to stay right where he is."
The Bears are looking to add a quarterback with backup Caleb Hanie nursing a shoulder injury.
A two-time Pro Bowl selection, Green made a lot of sense for the Bears. He knows Mike Martz's offense, so he could offer some insight to starter Jay Cutler but not be a threatening presence.
There are certainly options out there. But, the veterans like Daunte Culpepper, Jeff Garcia and Josh McCown are under contract to UFL teams, which have started or are about to start training camps.
Todd Collins is currently an unrestricted free agent.
UPDATE: The Bears also reached out to Collins and Damon Huard, according to a league source. Huard spent a few months with the San Francisco 49ers last season. Collins, 38, could be appealing to the Bears because he previously played in a system similar to the one Martz runs.