Bears end up claiming Shaw after Saints share their intentions


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.

10 responses to “Bears end up claiming Shaw after Saints share their intentions

  1. Typical for The Saints. They drafted a QB 2 years ago and have Luke McCown too. Good thing the mistake has minor consequences. This mistake may have been intentional as part of a larger strategy.

  2. This guy will take over when Cutler’s time is done…….and do VERY well. Mark it.

  3. Good Luck to you Conner Shaw!
    You’ve proved you are an asset to any team. Whether you’re capable to lead or not you’ve shown commitment and integrity to the game.

  4. Didn’t the Bears have their sights on the Saints’ TE earlier this offseason and the Saints pulled the rug out on those plans at the last minute?

    Smells like a bit of payback to me even if the player in question is far less likely to be in uniform come opening day.

  5. mixdmeta4 says:
    Jul 1, 2016 6:13 PM
    The Cleveland Saints, pride of the NFC South.

    Okay little brothers ( Atlanta/Carolina) win a super bowl then you can put on your big boy pants and talk with the grown ups.

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