With two consecutive losses since Jay Cutler injured his thumb, the Bears appear to be a team in need of a quality quarterback. There just happens to be a former All Pro signalcaller who may be interested in helping them out.
A source told Michael C. Wright of ESPN Chicago that Brett Favre would listen to the Bears about their quarterback job if contacted. The team has yet to reach out to Favre, who retired from the NFL after the 2010 season, according to Wright.
Bears head coach Lovie Smith said on Monday at his weekly press conference that the team's current depth chart of quarterbacks — Caleb Hanie, Nathan Enderle and Josh McCown — will not change this week. The Bears look to snap their losing streak in Week 14 against the surging Broncos.
"That's our group," Smith said Monday of the three quarterbacks on the Bears' roster. "We're going to make improvements with our group. We're not looking on the outside. We won't have a quarterback tryout or anything like that."
Favre is the second QB in recent days to be connected to the Bears. Last week, rumors circulated that Donovan McNabb, a Chicago native, would be claimed by the team after he was released by the Vikings.
The way we see it
Favre may be interested in coming to the Bears, but it is highly unlikely the feeling is mutual by the team. With only four games remaining in the regular season, the Bears are not going to bring in a player who has been out of football for a year and wasn't even productive last season when he was on a roster. Cutler is hopeful to be back for the playoffs, and it looks like Smith and the Bears are going to rely on Hanie to get them there.