The Chicago Bears announced a slew or roster moves over the weekend, first coming to terms with QB Jordan Palmer and DT Eric Foster, while waiving DE Jamaal Anderson and LB Andrew Starks.
None of the moves came as much of a surprise with third-string QB Blanchard’s future status unknown after suffering a fractured left knuckle in the Bears’ preseason exhibition contest against the San Diego Chargers on Thursday night.
“We lost Matt (Blanchard) with a fracture on his left knuckle,” head coach Marc Trestman said. “I’m not sure about the time he will be out, but we are sitting there with two quarterbacks going into next week and that’s something we are going to have to repair rather quickly — get a third (QB) on the roster.”
Additionally, the Bears now appear more short of useable depth at defensive tackle than either the defensive end or linebacker positions, especially with henry Melton sidelined after suffering a concussion in Week-1 of the preseason, making the move for Foster sensible enough.
QB Jordan Palmer appeared in four contests for Cincinnati during three seasons (2008-2010) with the Bengals, completing 10-of-15 passing attempts for 49 yards and two interceptions. He was originally selected by the Washington Redskins in the sixth round (205th overall) in the 2007 NFL Draft out of UTEP.
The 6-2, 265-pound Foster appeared in 49 games with 19 starts over four seasons (2008-2011) with the Indianapolis Colts after signing with the team as an undrafted free agent out of Rutgers, recording 117 tackles, six sacks, four pass break ups, three fumble recoveries and one forced fumble.
On Sunday, the Bears announced the signing of QB Trent Edwards to a one-year contract, while waiving WR Jerrell Jackson, making it apparent that they want some veteran competition at the third QB position — at least for right now.
Edwards has started 33-of-38 games played over five seasons with Buffalo (2007-2010), Jacksonville (2010), Oakland (2011) and Philadelphia (2012), completing 563-of-929 passing attempts (60.6 percent) for 6,033 yards, 26 touchdowns and 30 interceptions for a 75.5 passer rating.
He has also added 330 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 78 carries (4.2 ypc). Originally a third-round selection (92nd overall) by the Bills in the 2007 NFL Draft out of Stanford, Edwards is 14-19 as an NFL starter.
It’s still likely that the Bears only keep two QBs on the active roster, and it’s still possible that they cut Blanchard while trying to return him to the practice squad for a second season. It's also possible they stash him on IR in order to avoid potentially losing him on a waiver claim.
The addition of two veterans now likely only suggests they want someone who has a little more experience facilitating their offense through the rest of the preseason, as I don’t believe either QB should push McCown for the backup role.
Stranger things have happened, though.
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