November 22nd, 2011
by bearsbacker

Is Troy Smith heading to the Windy City to backup inexperienced Caleb Hanie?

The former Heisman Trophy winner at Ohio State could be a nice option off the bench for the Bears.

Last season, the team opted to sign veteran Todd Collins and everyone saw what a big mistake that was.

With limited options available currently, Smith might be the best quarterback on the market.

Smith is only 27 and he played in the UFL this season, so he is in game shape.

In four seasons in the NFL, the former fifth-round pick has appeared in 20 games, making eight starts.

In those 20 games, he posted a QB rating of 78.5, 1734 yards, eight touchdowns and five interceptions.

He started six games last season for the 49ers, where he posted a QB rating of 77.8 and threw five touchdowns and four interceptions.

Would the Bears decide to bring a veteran like Smith in this week for a workout. I think it’s a real possibility for him to come in as the backup.

With rookie Nathan Enderle currently listed as the backup behind Caleb Hanie, the Bears need a veteran on the bench and Smith could fill that role.

The Bears will likely start bringing quarterbacks in to Halas Hall today or tomorrow.

Other options

Yesterday the Houston Texans worked out a couple veteran quarterbacks.

With Matt Schaub injured, Matt Leinart had to take to over the reigns, so they need a veteran as well.

QB’s Jeff Garcia, Trent Edwards, Brodie Croyle and Kellen Clemens all worked out for the Texans yesterday.

Other options are out there as mentioned yesterday.

Jake Delhomme, Chris Simms and J.T. O’Sullivan could be looked at this week.

Jake Perper is the owner and head writer for He is also the Chicago Bears writer for Follow him on Twitter, @Bearsbacker and on Facebook for up to the minute news about the Bears.

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