Mike Martz gets another quarterback for training camp
Mike Martz campaigned for a fourth quarterback to join the Bears and he’s gotten his way.
It’s not the veteran Chicago’s new offensive coordinator likely had in mind when he talked publicly about adding a passer to the mix back in the spring. The Bears have agreed to terms with former Rutgers quarterback Mike Teel and are expected to sign him today.
Teel joins Caleb Hanie and Dan LeFevour behind starter Jay Cutler. The trio of backup candidates has combined for seven NFL passes – all by Hanie. The Bears were comfortable with Hanie in a No. 2 role last season when the team kept only two quarterbacks on the 53-man roster. LeFevour, a sixth-round draft pick this year from Central Michigan, is expected to make the roster but there will be competition.
It could be that the Bears want to get a look at Teel and have a camp arm. The team’s new personnel director Tim Ruskell was the general manager in Seattle when the Seahawks chose Teel in the sixth round of the 2009 draft. He spent all last season on the Seahawks’ roster but didn’t play. The new regime released Teel May 21 after J.P. Losman was signed. Teel was claimed off waivers by the New England Patriots, who cut him three weeks ago.
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