Nathan Enderle signs with Jags

Updated: June 21, 2012, 5:59 PM ET
By Jeff Dickerson | ESPNChicago.com

Almost a week after Nathan Enderle was cut by the Chicago Bears, the second-year quarterback has signed a deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars, and he is expected to compete for a roster spot with fellow quarterbacks Blaine Gabbert, Chad Henne and Jordan Palmer.

The Bears selected Enderle in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL draft with the idea of developing him to be the future backup for starter Jay Cutler. Enderle had impressed former Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz during a private predraft workout, but once the regular season rolled around, Enderle never rose above No. 3 on the club's quarterback depth chart despite all the well-documented problems at the position following Cutler's season-ending injury in late November.

Enderle was active just four times last year and failed to take a single snap in a regular-season game. It did not help matters for Enderle when Martz left the organization at the conclusion of last season, or when the organization signed Jason Campbell to serve as the primary backup to Cutler and re-signed veteran Josh McCown, who started the final few games of 2011 ahead of Enderle.

Enderle went through the entire Bears' offseason program but got released last week following the conclusion of the team's mandatory three-day minicamp. New offensive coordinator Mike Tice and the front office opted to keep undrafted rookie free agent Matt Blanchard as the No. 4 quarterback heading into training camp over Enderle.

Enderle started 45 games at the University of Idaho, where he passed for 10,084 yards and 74 touchdowns.

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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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