Tue Nov 25 01:22pm EST
Speculation already has begun in Donovan McNabb's hometown about whether the Chicago Bears might be a landing spot in 2009 if the Eagles launch the quarterback Andy Reid benched Sunday-but named his starter for Thursday night's game against Arizona. But as compelling as the conversation might be in Chicago, it's not a possibility the Bears can rule out or consider until after the season according to the Chicago Tribune.
They likely will conclude they don't need a franchise quarterback. Kyle Orton has done little wrong this season except sprain his right ankle. If Orton continues to show growth in the final five games as the Bears contend for the playoffs, the McNabb situation becomes moot. Teams as conservative as the Bears don't create unknowns at positions filled by players they know and like, a prudent way to shape a roster.
Yet if Orton unexpectedly regresses - and the prediction here is he won't - the equation changes. Then considering McNabb, who will be hotly pursued, would make more sense. He is far from done even if Philly concludes that his expected $10 million salary-cap hit isn't worth it for a team with Kevin Kolb in the wings. McNabb has had two bad games, but walk into any South Side bar in Chicago and it wouldn't be hard to find a consensus of folks who still would prefer McNabb over Orton.
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