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The Chicago Bears have begun to clarify their 2017 quarterback picture with the re-signing of restricted free agent Connor Shaw.
The Chicago Bears are beginning to take steps in order to address their 2017 quarterback picture.
On Saturday, the Bears re-signed restricted free agent quarterback Connor Shaw.
Shaw announced the news via Twitter on Saturday morning.
At this point, Shaw is on the inside track to being the Bears’ starting quarterback in 2017. With Jay Cutler expected to be traded or released in the near future and the free agent statuses of Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley, Shaw is the only quarterback that is certain to be with the Bears when training camp starts in July.
Shaw signed with the Bears last off-season and impressed the coaching staff during training camp and the pre-season. In fact, there was speculation that Shaw could unseat Hoyer as the Bears’ primary backup quarterback during the 2016 NFL regular season. However, that speculation was halted when Shaw suffered a broken leg during the Bears’ fourth and final pre-season game last Summer.
Early indications are that the Bears are preparing a strong bid for free agent quarterback Mike Glennon. The plan for the Bears appears to be have Glennon be the short-term answer at the quarterback position while they draft a rookie quarterback to develop behind him. Shaw could serve as the immediate backup quarterback Glennon while the drafted rookie quarterback observes everything during his first season.
Shaw’s re-signing also may close the door on a potential return of Hoyer. Re-signing Hoyer is not believed to be a priority for the Bears and there may not be a fit after next week if team signs Glennon.
NFL teams can begin contract negotiations with free agents on Tuesday while no deals can be finalized until Thursday. Stay clicked onto Da Windy City as we provide daily updates on the Chicago Bears’ off-season.