Actually two things. As a huge Chicago Bears fan:
1. I do not want Derrick Anderson.
2. I do not want Donovan McNabb.
I get a lot of “hey, how you doing, how about those Bears, boy, at least they’ll be better once they go after Anderson/McNabb.”
So, to make my opinion on the subject perfectly clear:
1. Derrick Anderson had a nice breakout season, and Cleveland coach Romeo Crennel has announced that he will listen to trade offers from other teams. If Cleveland tenders the restricted free agent at the highest level, that means any team signing him will need to give first and third round picks to the Browns. Outside of this, the Browns will probably ask for the minimum of a first-round pick, or they’ll have Anderson back for one more season. Anderson’s performance tailed off in December.? He could absolutely still be another Rick Mirer for all anyone knows.? There are too many other holes on the Bears to fill to throw away a first-rounder on Derrick Anderson.
2. Donovan McNabb is under contract with the Eagles, a contract that I believe pays him somewhere around $20 million in two seasons. While Philadelphia may go against what they’re saying and listen to offers, they’re not going to give away the face of their franchise. It was reported that the Eagles were asking for three first-round picks for McNabb prior to this year’s trade deadline. There are too many other holes to fill on the Bears to give those picks and that money up for Donovan McNabb, that’s even if he is made available.
3. In case I wasn’t clear, I do NOT want the Bears to pursue either of these quarterbacks. There are too many other holes to fill.
For all I care, re-sign Rex Grossman to a two-year deal, have him battle with Kyle Orton in 2008, in my opinion neither of them wins the Super Bowl for the Bears. In the meantime, fix the problems with the running game, offensive line and at safety, then figure out the quarterback position.
There, that should be clear.