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The Bears will wrap up their three-day rookie minicamp this afternoon at Halas Hall after which the Bears might extend contract offers to a few of the 25 tryout players.

It might be tough for any of the three quarterbacks to get one. It's not so much Jay Cutler that is in their way but an inexperienced depth chart behind the new starter. Northwestern's C.J. Bacher, Missouri's Chase Patton and Florida State's Drew Weatherford have been splitting time. Blocking their way are Caleb Hanie and Brett Basanez. Hanie, the undrafted free agent from last season, has yet to appear in an NFL game. Basanez threw 11 passes in 2006. The Bears might be hesitant to add a third inexperienced passer to their depth chart and they only carried three quarterbacks to training camp last summer. When they took a fourth quarterback--Florida's Chris Leak--to Bourbonnais, Ill., in 2007 he pretty much just stood around. There wasn't enough work to go around.

Patton is battling a lack of experience as well trying to become the next Matt Cassel--a career college backup who hits it big. At 6-5, 220 pounds, he has the kind of size the NFL is looking for and the strongest arm of the bunch. But he played behind Heisman Trophy candidate Chase Daniel and threw only 31 passers over the last two seasons.


Northwestern's C.J. Bacher will join two other quarterbacks on a tryout basis at the Bears' rookie minicamp this weekend.

Bacher will be one of three arms for the three days of practices that will involve the team's nine draft picks, undrafted free agents and tryout players. Florida State's Drew Weatherford and Missouri's Chase Patton are the other two quarterbacks.

Bacher passes for 7,319 yards and 43 touchdowns in his career with the Wildcats, culminating in a trip to the Alamo Bowl this past season. He completed more than 60 percent of his passes over the last two seasons but there are concerns about his arm strength at the NFL level.

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