Since he arrived in 2001, Chicago Bears general manager Jerry Angelo has talked about developing a young quarterback the way the Green Bay Packers used to do under Ron Wolf.
Mark Brunell, Aaron Brooks and Matt Hasselbeck all worked under Brett Favre in Green Bay before getting opportunities elsewhere. Brooks was a fourth-round pick. Brunell was selected in the fifth round and Hasselbeck was a sixth-round selection.
Angelo finally has his own developing quarterback in Caleb Hanie, but the Bears probably aren't ready to explore what he could bring in return via trade. In fact, they need to re-sign Hanie, who is one of two players on the roster set to become a restricted free agent. Because Hanie was undrafted from Colorado State in 2008, the Bears will not get a draft pick in exchange for him if he is signed away by another team unless they place a high tender on him. They do have the right of first refusal.
So, the Bears either will have to gamble that another team will not try to sign Hanie away or accept that they might have to match a contract from another team to keep him.
The alternative would be to place a high tender on him for a second-round draft pick that they would get in the event another team signed him. Who knows what the new collective bargaining agreement will bring with it, but the second-round tender meant a $1.759 million salary in 2010.