CHICAGO – The Bears released veteran quarterback former Pro Bowler Nick Foles hours after the conclusion of the NFL Draft. Two weeks later, they’ve added another veteran signal-caller to their roster in Nathan Peterman.

NFL Network‘s Tom Pelissero was the first to break the news. Per Pelissero, Peterman’s deal is a one-year contract.

The signing is clearly a depth move. Peterman has appeared in 10 games, with four starts, since 2017. During that time, he has thrown three touchdowns to 12 interceptions and has a career completion rate of 52.6% and a career quarterback rating of 34.0.

Peterman will come in and compete with the recently-acquired Trevor Siemian for the backup job behind incumbent starter Justin Fields. The Bears waived UDFA quarterback Ryan Willis in order to make room for Peterman on the 90-man roster.

It’s likely the connection between Peterman and Austin King -the Bears’ assistant offensive line coach- is the reason why the Bears are taking a flyer on the former Bill and Raider. King served as the Raiders’ offensive quality control coach in 2020 before serving as tight ends coach last year. Peterman was with the Raiders from 2020-2021.

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