Source: Bears, Matt Gutierrez visit

Updated: August 17, 2010, 11:06 PM ET
By Jeff Dickerson | ESPNChicago.com

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- Former Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots quarterback Matt Gutierrez is flying to Chicago for a visit, a league source confirmed Tuesday afternoon.

The Chicago Bears are attempting to fill a void at backup quarterback created after Caleb Hanie suffered a right shoulder sprain Saturday night against San Diego. However, sources told ESPNChicago.com that the team will not sign a quarterback on Tuesday.

"Believe it or not, we have given a little thought to that matter," Bears coach Lovie Smith said Tuesday. "You would like to know, wouldn't you? We have a plan in place for our quarterbacks to play this coming week. We keep all options open. When I have something to tell you about the quarterbacks, we'll let you know about it then."

MRI exam results showed Hanie suffered no structural damage to his shoulder, and the third-year quarterback is not expected to miss more than a few weeks.

Still, running a training camp with only two quarterbacks is difficult, and the Bears need somebody capable of playing a few series versus the Raiders this upcoming weekend.

Gutierrez, an undrafted free agent out of Idaho State, has attempted only two passes in three NFL seasons.

Todd Collins and Josh McCown rejected Bears overtures to join the team. Trent Green and Damon Huard also reportedly turned down the Bears.

The Chicago Tribune first reported the Bears' interest in Gutierrez.

Jeff Dickerson covers the Bears for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.

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Dickerson has been the Bears beat reporter for ESPN Chicago since 2004. He also hosts weeknight radio shows on ESPN 1000.

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