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Old 01-12-2009, 12:38 AM   #1
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As much as I'd like to keep him as a backup I wouldn't mind him being a Bear. The man can be a starter

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Leftwich on Bears: 'Tell them to look me up'

January 12, 2009
BY BRAD BIGGS bbiggs@suntimes.com

PITTSBURGH -- Byron Leftwich thought he was headed to the Bears in 2003, when he was coming out of Marshall and they held the fourth pick in the draft.

Now he's a candidate to be on the Bears' radar as they search for a free-agent quarterback after general manager Jerry Angelo identified the position as his No. 1 offseason priority. After proving with the Pittsburgh Steelers this season that he is over ankle injuries that limited him to nine games the previous two years, Leftwich is among a handful of available passers from which the Bears could pick, a group that also includes David Carr, Jeff Garcia, J.P. Losman and Chris Simms.

Leftwich, who turns 29 Wednesday and was a four-year starter in Jacksonville, has a strong arm, as he displayed Sunday on a perfectly thrown deep ball that Limas Sweed dropped. He was 7-for-10 for 129 yards and a touchdown in a Nov. 3 victory at Washington after a right shoulder injury knocked out Ben Roethlisberger, and he finished the season 21-for-36 for 303 yards and two touchdowns.

''We are in the playoff run right now, so I don't even want to go there, but tell them to look me up,'' Leftwich said. ''I'm a fan of Lovie Smith, I'll just say that. I thought that was where I was going to go in the beginning. I remember hoping that I would go there. I just wanted to be a part of the tradition, the history of the Bears. You're growing up, watching games at Soldier Field on TV, I wanted to be a part of that coming out. I thought there was a chance I would go there.

''I want a chance to go somewhere and play. I guess everybody wanted to see if I am healthy, and now they can see it. I'm ready to play again.''

NOTE: The Chargers' loss ensures the Bears will pick 18th in the first round of the draft.
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If only sweed had caught that ball
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If only sweed had caught that ball
OK..... So what if....



What if we franchise him... and demand a first and a third for him. ANyone thing we would get it?
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What if we franchise him... and demand a first and a third for him. ANyone thing we would get it?
nope....
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he's as good as gone.. and rightfully so.. he's better than a good number of quarterbacks who started this year. i sure would like to send him off with a ring though.
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nope....
But but but....

The Browns were talking first and third for D.A. last year. Why not?
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selfish bastard.....
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OK...

On a more SERIOUS note, I would like to see us resign him, then field offers for him. However, with all the FA's that we will have to resign this offseason, I doubt we would have room to play games like that.
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selfish bastard.....
Yeah....And his one year here, there's a chance he may get a ring too.
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On a more SERIOUS note, I would like to see us resign him, then field offers for him. However, with all the FA's that we will have to resign this offseason, I doubt we would have room to play games like that.
nah....the guy wants to play, not be a backup for the rest of his carrear...gotta respect him for that....you know he's not just playing for a paycheck...
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nah....the guy wants to play, not be a backup for the rest of his carrear...gotta respect him for that....you know he's not just playing for a paycheck...
Too true. Though I would LOVE to keep him as a backup you know?
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