The Bears are expected to turn the starting quarterback position over to Caleb Hanie. But, with rookie Nate Enderle behind him, the Bears may have to bring in a veteran for depth purposes.
Surely, former quarterbacks who played under Mike Martz will be highlighted, players like Kurt Warner, Trent Green and Marc Bulger. Assuming the Bears couldn't coax one of those players out of retirement, the remaining list of players isn't all that impressive.
On his official Twitter account, Warner wrote: "I am bummed [for Cutler]. Been there [too] many times, and he was playing great [football]! Yes, I know and love offense. But, NO I am NOT unretiring!"
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David Garrard is listed as the top available veteran, but he's expected to be out a few more weeks, after undergoing surgery.
One player that isn't mentioned on the list is former Minnesota Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper. He started 10 games for the Lions in 2008 and 2009.
During an appearance Monday morning with WBBM-AM, Bears coach Lovie Smith said his expectation of Hanie is high.
"Caleb has played a lot for us around here," Smith said. "We feel comfortable with him being our quarterback. It's always next guy up. We've had injuries at other positions, and that's what it will be.
"We're a good football team, and we still plan on winning."