Carden Signs On With Bears
Within an hour of going undrafted, Shane Carden was on the phone with five different NFL teams who expressed their interest in signing the former record-setting East Carolina quarterback as a free agent on Saturday night. Presented with options, Carden agreed to sign with the Chicago Bears. “They had the most interest,” Carden told InsideECUSports.com. “The coaches got me fired up about what they are doing and it just seemed like some great people. I’m really excited to get up there and play for a franchise like the Bears.” During his career at ECU, Carden set school records for completions (1,052), touchdowns (86) and passing yards (11,991). The Houston, T.X., native was named the American Athletic Conference’s offensive player of the year in 2014 after passing for an ECU single-season record 4,736 yards, while completing 63.5 percent of his passes and accounting for 30 touchdowns. Shortly after his collegiate career ended in January, Carden particpated in both the Senior Bowl and the NFL Scouting Combine; working with the IMG Passing Acadmey and specifically, Heisman trophy winners Chris Weinke and Vinny Testaverde to prepare for draft day. Although opinions were mixed on whether or not he would be drafted, Carden was optimistic — and admitted watching the final four rounds on Saturday resulted in a long, disappointing day for him, personally. “It was pretty stressful day,” said Carden. “All indications thought I’d get drafted, but only seven quarterbacks get drafted, though. It was just a small class this year.” Carden is scheduled to report to the Bears' rookie camp next Thursday.
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