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Caleb Hanie remains valued in Chicago

At long last, we have a temporary backup quarterback in Chicago. The Bears signed free agent Matt Gutierrez on Wednesday, according to Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com, after at least three other veterans turned down their overtures.

We've already discussed the decisions of Trent Green and Todd Collins. A third candidate, veteran Josh McCown, told the New Britain Herald that he also rejected the Bears' interest and will instead play for the UFL's Hartford Colonials.

This isn't so much about the Bears as it is about the very limited opportunity they were offering. With no guaranteed money involved in the contract offers, the Bears were obviously looking for a player to help with training camp drills and simply hold the place for injured No. 2 Caleb Hanie.

If anything, we learned during this episode that the Bears are both committed to Hanie as Jay Cutler's backup and that his sprained right shoulder is not a long-term injury.