Bears To Re-Sign QB Nathan Peterman

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.

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