Bears end up claiming Shaw after Saints share their intentions

AP

The Chicago Bears have claimed quarterback Connor Shaw via waivers.

It was just a simple Friday transaction — except that the Saints put in a claim on Shaw, too, and apparently thought they had added him. Per Peter Schrager of FOX Sports, the Saints jumped the gun on thinking they’d claimed Shaw and let that info leak.

The Bears, who were a spot ahead of the Saints in the waiver order, got Shaw. In what Schrager called “a clerical error,” the Saints had sent an email about claiming Shaw to the entire league instead of just the NFL personnel department.

As proof that someone told something prematurely, ESPN’s Field Yates reported that the Saints had waived tight end Jack Tabb to make room on the roster for Shaw. He later clarified that the Bears actually claimed Shaw.

Well, now Tabb knows he’s the 90th man on the Saints’ offseason roster.

Shaw was waived by the Browns on Thursday. The Browns went through the spring with five quarterbacks, and the new administration chose to move on from the former undrafted free agent brought in by the previous regime.

Shaw played in one game during his time with the Browns, the 2014 season finale. He performed well given the circumstances; he’d spent the first 16 weeks of his rookie season on the practice squad as the Brian Hoyer-Johnny Manziel saga drug on. Now Shaw is reunited with Hoyer in the Bears’ quarterbacks room.

A preseason thumb injury forced Shaw to spend all of last season on injured-reserve.