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Bears sign QB Gutierrez

1/18/2011

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears announced Tuesday they signed quarterback Matt Gutierrez to a reserve/future contract.

Gutierrez spent 12 days with the club during the preseason, serving as somewhat of training-camp arm because of a shoulder injury to reserve Caleb Hanie in the exhibition opener. Apparently, Gutierrez showed enough in his brief stint to pique the team’s interest in taking a longer look in the future.

The last time the club brought in receivers for workouts at Halas Hall, it also used Gutierrez to throw passes to those prospects.

The transaction secures Gutierrez’s services for next season. Only players who were not on an NFL team’s active roster at the end of the regular season are eligible for reserve/future contracts.

The Bears originally signed Gutierrez on Aug. 18, before waiving him on Aug. 30. Two months prior, Gutierrez was waived by the Kansas City Chiefs, who claimed him off waivers from the New England Patriots in 2009.

Gutierrez entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with New England in 2007, and played briefly in five games for the Patriots as a rookie, completing his lone pass for 15 yards. Gutierrez started the next season on the practice squad, but was on the team’s active roster for the final 16 games.