Veteran quarterback Nathan Peterman signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears on Wednesday.
The signing adds QB depth to starter Justin Fields and backup Trevor Simian.
Another body was needed after the Bears cut ties with Nick Foles last month. But it’s unclear if general manager Ryan Poles wants to bring three quarterbacks into the regular season, or if Peterman will simply help the Bears move forward with organized team events, minicamps, training camps and preseason.
Peterman, who has spent the past three-plus seasons with the Raiders, attempted just five passes in the regular season. He was drafted in the fifth round by the Buffalo Bills in 2017 and has started four times and played in eight games in two seasons.
One of Peterman’s starts came in a tragic performance against the Bears in Week 9 of 2018, where he was fired four times and had three interceptions in a 41-9 loss. With his team trailing by 28 points in the final game of the first half, Peterman chose not to pass the ball from the Bears’ 37-yard line to the end zone, opting instead for a no-show over time. Meaningful 24-yard scramble.
That game marked his last performance in a Bills uniform. He was released more than a week later and signed with the Raiders practice team the following month.
In Peterman’s 10 career NFL games, he completed 52.6 percent of his passes with a passer rating of 34.0. He’s expected to join the Bears next week as the OTA’s threeback.
Among other roster changes, the Bears claimed tight end Rysen Johns waived after being fired by the New York Giants. Johns joined the Giants in 2020 as an undrafted free agent from Simon Fraser University in Canada, but has spent the past two seasons on injury reserve.
The Bears also waived tight end Jesper Horstead with a failed physical designation. Horsted spent three seasons with the organization. He spent the entire 2019 season on the scrims and then combined for 10 receptions, 108 yards and three touchdowns in limited action over the past two years.
The Bears also reached a contract deal with veteran receiver Dante Pettis, a former second-round pick who had 52 of 33 appearances in five seasons with the Giants and the San Francisco 49ers Receiving, 739 yards, 5 touchdowns. Pettis shared the news on Twitter.