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Bears to work out JaMarcus Russell, Trent Edwards, Jordan Palmer

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By all accounts, the Bears are pleased with what they've seen from quarterbacks Jay Cutler, Josh McCown and Matt Blanchard throughout their offseason training.

But that won't stop them from doing their due diligence.

A source confirmed that the Bears are planning to work out quarterbacks JaMarcus Russell, Trent Edwards and Jordan Palmer this week.

Russell is the most interesting of the three since he's a former first overall pick. He had three very disappointing seasons with the Oakland Raiders after they took him out of LSU in 2007. Russell last played in the NFL in 2009.

Russell's work ethic came into question in Oakland as he gained weight and became out of shape. Russell also had off-the-field problems. He was arrested in 2010 on drug charges.

Edward, a third-round pick in 2007, is the most experienced of the three. He started 33 games over four seasons with the Buffalo Bills. He also spent time with Jacksonville Jaguars and Philadelphia Eagles.

Palmer's older brother is Carson Palmer, the former first overall pick from USC who is currently with the Arizona Cardinals. Jordan Palmer actually backed up his brother for three seasons with Cincinnati Bengals.

The Bears are very content with Cutler, McCown and Blanchard and are likely just doing their homework on free agents. Cutler is unlikely to be unseated as the No. 1 quarterback. Teams typically work out free agents with the purpose of having an idea of the market in the event of an injury.

Besides the Bears could still add depth to other positions.

A league source said the Bears were planning to look at veteran defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis this past Tuesday at Halas Hall.

"We're interested in any player that's available who can help us," general manager Phil Emery said. "We'll always look to see if there's a role he can fill on our squad whether that's a starter, backup or whatever that is. Players that are still available we're still looking at to see if they can help us win football games."

But again, Emery is happy with his QBs, especially Cutler

"Jay is doing a real good job with the ball and leading the offense," Emery said.

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