LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The first member of the Chicago Bears 2011 draft class has been released after the club waived second-year quarterback Nate Enderle on Thursday following the conclusion of the team's mandatory three-day minicamp.
The Bears used a fifth-round pick on Enderle after former offensive coordinator Mike Martz traveled to the University of Idaho campus to put the quarterback through a private workout during the predraft scouting process. Enderle made 45 career starts for the Vandals and earned a spot on the Bears 53-man roster as the No. 3 quarterback behind Jay Cutler and Caleb Hanie.
However, Enderle was inactive for 12 of the Bears' 16 regular season games and failed to see time in any of the four games he dressed for. After Hanie departed in free agency, the Bears signed Jason Campbell to serve as the second string quarterback but also re-signed veteran Josh McCown.
Even before the Bears cut ties with Enderle, head coach Lovie Smith reaffirmed on Thursday that McCown was the unquestioned No. 3 quarterback on the team's depth chart.