The Bears have claimed quarterback Connor Shaw off waivers, reports Fox Sports’ Peter Schrager (via Twitter). Previous reports indicated that the Saints had won the former Browns signal-caller. However, Schrager notes that the Bears, who were one spot above the Saints in the waiver order, snuck in to secure the 24-year-old. According to ESPN.com’s Adap Caplan (via Twitter), the Saints accidently sent an email to every NFL team instead of the NFL personnel office, notifying Chicago of the impending move.
The Browns waived Shaw yesterday, with the former undrafted free agent out of South Carolina being squeezed out by Robert Griffin III, Josh McCown, Austin Davis, and rookie Cody Kessler. Shaw has only made one NFL appearance, when he compiled 177 passing yards and a touchdown during the Browns 2014 finale. The quarterback landed on the injured reserve last season with a thumb ailment.
With the move to Chicago, Shaw will join his former quarterback coach, Dowell Loggains, who is now the Bears’ offensive coordinator. Shaw will presumably compete with Brian Hoyer, David Fales, and Matt Blanchard to back up Jay Cutler.