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Bears re-sign long snapper, backup quarterback

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The Bears announced Saturday that they have signed quarterback Connor Shaw and long snapper Patrick Scales to new one-year contracts.

Scales signed with the Bears during the 2015 season and handled the long snapping duties in all 16 games last season. He’s appeared in 23 career games since breaking into the NFL in 2013.

Shaw was claimed via waivers last summer and then was hurt in the preseason. He broke into the league with the Browns in 2014 and made his only career start and appearance for the Browns in the 2014 season finale. The Bears are expected to move on from starting quarterback Jay Cutler, and Shaw will likely be given a chance to compete for the team’s backup job.

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12 Responses to “Bears re-sign long snapper, backup quarterback”
  1. The Almighty Cabbage says: Mar 4, 2017 5:09 PM

    Re-signing Shaw was a smart move. He knows the offense and should be a very capable backup. Heck, he might even be able to start. Not likely, I don’t think, but one never knows.

  2. dabears62 says: Mar 4, 2017 5:24 PM

    DO NOT re sign Barkley or Hoyer.
    Better off sticking with Cutler for one more year while a rookie QB is groomed.

  3. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 4, 2017 5:33 PM

    Uh oh it’s a long snapper…. back up quarterback, back up!

  4. bassplucker says: Mar 4, 2017 5:44 PM

    I hope they have some cap left after those deals.

    But in all seriousness… all the best to Shaw who is one of the true good guys in the league. I realize it was only a preseason game but while he was under center the Bears showed fire and focus I never saw with Cutler, Hoyer or Barkley at the helm. I would be beyond shocked if he won the starting job but I think if given the chance and he stays healthy he is a very viable candidate for the backup position in 2017.

  5. MichaelEdits says: Mar 4, 2017 5:49 PM

    I’m glad they kept the best QB they had on the roster. I’m not a Bears fan, but the league is a better place when they don’t suck.

  6. pshark5 says: Mar 4, 2017 6:04 PM

    That’s all they needed to do! Super Bowl bound.

  7. kevinlawrencecantor says: Mar 4, 2017 6:11 PM

    Brian Hoyer deserves a shot. Find your rookie and if he is not ready let Hoyer start until he is ready. Shaw is a capable third stringer.

  8. ariani1985 says: Mar 4, 2017 6:23 PM

    I just hope fake booth doesn’t come with 20 Packer excuses! Good luck to the young man.

  9. firejerry says: Mar 4, 2017 7:09 PM

    Who need a great QB when there is nobody to throw to……and no defense????

  10. glmore says: Mar 4, 2017 7:32 PM

    When Shaw was at South Carolina he was the heart of the team. The Bears may find someone with better talent, but they will never find someone with the heart of Connor Shaw!

  11. terryleather says: Mar 4, 2017 9:26 PM

    Don’t get your hopes up with Shaw. He can’t appear in more than two games in a row before getting hurt and being put on IR.

  12. fordmandalay says: Mar 4, 2017 11:54 PM


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