Bears Sign Surprising Veteran QB on Free Agency Day 3

The Chicago Bears bolstered their quarterback room to open up the new league year.

Aug 26, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA;  Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields (1) looks on from the
Aug 26, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields (1) looks on from the / Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports
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The quarterback position has been a hot-button discussion in the Windy City over the last few months as Bears fans have gone back and forth on Caleb Wiliams and Justin Fields. 

Chicago still hasn’t traded Fields yet, which may or may not throw a wrench in the Bears’ draft plans. However, the Bears made a move at the quarterback position at the start of the new league year on Wednesday, which might raise some eyebrows.

Kevin Fishbain of The Athletic reported that the Bears signed veteran quarterback Brett Rypien to a one-year deal. The 27-year-old Rypien spent some time last season with the Los Angeles Rams, New York Jets, and Seattle Seahawks.

However, Rypien only took regular-season snaps with Los Angeles. The former Boise State quarterback completed 47.4 percent of his passes for 172 yards and an interception. The vet quarterback struggled in his lone start this season against the Green Bay Packers in Week 9 (13/28 for 130 yards and an interception).

It’s also important to note that he has connections with Shane Waldron and Kerry Joseph, which will help with Bears installing a new offense.

Nonetheless, Chicago hopes they won’t have to play Rypien next season as they have Tyson Bagent on the roster and potentially a new starting quarterback with the No. 1 pick.

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