Fearing they’ll be unable to find a suitable backup for Jay Cutler and Josh McCown, the Bears invited eight more quarterback candidates to work out for the team. That brings the total to 10, including Jordan Palmer and Trent Edwards, who came to camp earlier this week.
“When it comes to backup quarterbacks, I always think about a line in an old Rolling Stones song,” Trestman told the team’s website. “‘You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you might find, you get what you need.'”
“With the collection of stiffs we have on the offensive line, you know it’s just a matter of time before Cutler ends up in the orthopedic wing at Northwestern Hospital.”
Among those trying out are former Jets and Dolphins signal caller Chad Pennington, 350 lb. ex-New York Giants’ Jared Lorenzen; failed Lions QB Joey Harrington and Daunte Culpepper, who played last year for the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the United Football League.
Rounding out the list of eight is Cleo Lemon, Brock Berlin, J.P. Losman and Brooks Bollinger.
“Let’s call it what it is,” quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh said, “A Who’s Who of second- and third-stringers who collectively made millions of dollars sitting on their dead asses for years.”
In an effort to fill backup roles for other positions, running backs Tatum Bell and Edgerrin James, kicker Martin Gramatica and cornerback Dre’ Bly came to camp.
Sources report that David Terrell was asked to participate. However, the wide receiver’s agent said Terrell isn’t likely to be available until June 2021, give or take a few months.