QB Enderle signs with Bears

July, 27, 2011
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CHICAGO -- Chicago Bears rookie quarterback Nate Enderle signed a four-year contract with the club on Wednesday.

Enderle passed for 8,181 yards and 62 touchdowns as a four-year starter for the University of Idaho. The quarterback led the 2009 Idaho squad to a victory over Bowling Green in the Humanitarian Bowl -- the Vandals' first postseason appearance in 11 years.

The Bears were determined to draft a developmental quarterback in 2011 after a 2010 training camp injury to Caleb Hanie ultimately forced the team to cut former sixth-round choice Dan LeFevour prior to the start of the last season.

After the injury to Hanie, the Bears acquired veteran quarterback Todd Collins and waived LeFevour with the intent of bringing him back on the practice squad. But the Cincinnati Bengals swooped in and signed LeFevour to their 53-man roster, leaving the Bears without a young quarterback for Martz to develop in his system.

Enderle is expected to open training camp as the Bears' No. 3 quarterback behind incumbent starter Jay Cutler and Hanie.

Jeff Dickerson | email

Chicago Bears beat reporter
Dickerson has been the Bears beat reporter for ESPN Chicago since 2004. He also hosts weeknight radio shows on ESPN 1000.

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