Each of the top two members of Chicago’s quarterback depth chart from last season will be in place for 2023. The Bears are re-signing backup QB Nathan Peterman, per Tom Pelissero of NFL Network (Twitter link).
The former Bills fifth-rounder had an unflattering start to his career in Buffalo, but he landed a backup role with the Raiders starting in 2019. He ended up making only two appearances with his second team across his time with them, however, and finished his tenure there on the team’s practice squad.
As a free agent, the 28-year-old moved on for the second time in his career last offseason. Peterman inked a one-year contract with the Bears, giving the team a veteran presence behind starter Justin Fields. The latter took a step forward (at least in terms of rushing production) in 2022, to the point where general manager Ryan Poles repeatedly stated the team’s intention of keeping him as their starting signal-caller. That was confirmed when the Bears traded the No. 1 pick in the upcoming draft to the Panthers earlier this month.
Fields operated as the full-time starter when healthy last season, but Peterman was able to make one start amidst his three total appearances. His numbers in that brief spell (56% completion percentage, 68.6 passer rating and 1:1 touchdown-to-interception ratio) certainly weren’t enough to convince the Bears – or any other team – that anything other than a QB2 role would be in store for Peterman in 2023 and beyond.
With this new deal, he will be able to continue his stay in the Windy City as a familiar face in the Bears’ quarterbacks room. Fellow veteran Tim Boyle, who was brought in late during the 2022 season as insurance and made one appearance in Chicago, remains unsigned. He will likely be headed elsewhere in the near future, with the Bears set under center for 2023.
19 comments on “Bears To Re-Sign QB Nathan Peterman”
how does this man keep finding a job?
Came here to comment the same thing lol
Well, he does have a juicy 152.9 passer rating when using play action…lol.
Has Peterman ever won a game he actually played in the NFL? Couldn’t they just draft anyone to sit on the bench or lose a game at league minimum, if needed? Seems like a big waste of cap space.
So why not find someone who at least plays the same style as their Ohio State running back? Maybe there is a former Air Force/Army/Navy wishbone type out there.
donald hammond, air force.
guess someone has to throw the ball to the Secondary in practice
Don’t worry. If the Bears take a flyer on a late round QB, Peterman will be gone.
Brought him back from the jungles of Myanmar, eh?
He has to have a picture of somebody with farm animals…
Is Cam Newton interested in a backup gig? He should be if he wants to be on a team. He could easily be somebody’s backup if Peterman is still somehow finding his way onto teams.
Whyyyy. They have pj walker
Like last season, Peterman would be 3rd string.
Everything is fine.
A 3 technique we can’t sign, but this we do?
A DT we can’t sign, but this we can?
Kap bitching in 3, 2, 1….
Somebody has to play the worthless minutes in the Pre Season games. Might as well be him. Still think they’ll bring in a young QB from somewhere. Either late in the draft or UDFA. At least if he’s on your practice squad you don’t have to worry about someone claiming him.