Bears coach Lovie Smith didn't mince words.
Asked if the No. 2 quarterback spot is open, Smith said, "Every job is open to competition."
The job appeared to firmly be in the grasp of Caleb Hanie, who had a solid performance in the preseason opener against the San Diego Chargers. But, Hanie suffered a shoulder injury, and he's expected to be sidelined for at least another week.
The Bears today signed veteran Todd Collins, and they guaranteed him about $150,000 of a seven-figure base salary for the 2010 season. Collins won't get that money until he makes the opening day roster, but he was able to secure a portion of it, to make it worth his while to be here for the next two weeks.
"Got his feet wet a little bit today," Smith said of Collins. "Don't know if he'll play this week. As far as where he is on the depth chart and all those things, they'll work itself out, in time.
"Good to have him on the team."
Smith said Collins brings a lot of experience to the position, noting that he played in several offensive systems.
"Played in a system similar to our's, when he was in Kansas City and Washington, so it's a natural fit for him to come here," Smith said.
Meanwhile, Hanie said the team's decision to sign Collins was out of his hands.
"It's always good to have competition, to keep you on your toes," Hanie said. "I'm just going to keep on doing the same thing I'm doing.
"I can't really control what their thoughts are. They have their reason for doing things; they try to do what's best for the team. So, I just got to worry about what I can control, and try to get better."
Hanie, though, acknowledged that he needed to return quickly.
To make room for Collins, the Bears waived former Northwestern receiver Eric Peterman.