Earlier on Tuesday it was reported that the Chicago Bears would be bringing in free agent quarterback JaMarcus Russell for a workout on Friday. Chicago Tribune reporter Dan Pompei also revealed that a few other names would be joining him in his trip to Bears camp as Trent Edwards and Jordan Palmer will also be trying out for the Bears this Friday.
Before Bears fans start getting ideas, the workouts seem to be, as ESPN Chicago’s Michael C. Wright put it, “due diligence”. Pompei reinforced this notion by saying he doesn’t believe that any of the three quarterbacks currently on the Bears roster are in jeopardy of losing their jobs to the three men coming in on Friday, rather this is an exercise of the Bears “doing their homework”.
From all indications, the Bears are very pleased with backups Josh McCown and Matt Blanchard, and are not looking to add a fourth. Rather, they are likely evaluating players who are available in the event that an emergency backup will be needed at some point down the road.
Edwards has bounced around from the Buffalo Bills to short stints with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Philadelphia Eagles. There was some promise surrounding him coming out of college but he was never able to fully adapt in the NFL and couldn’t find a system that he worked in. Palmer is the brother of Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer, and has been struggling his entire career to find a gig anywhere in the NFL.
This seems to be the Bears just feeling things out so that if something happens during the regular season like it did last year where Jay Cutler goes down and the right guy cant’ step up, they’ll have sufficient tape of guys available so time won’t be wasted finding an extra body to throw on the quarterback depth chart.