Bears add Hutchinson to the Mix

LAKE FOREST — With only two healthy quarterbacks on the roster GM Jerry Angelo signed a signal caller he's been interested for three years.

The Bears agreed to terms with quarterback Chad Hutchinson on a two-year contract early Monday evening.

Despite having the most NFL starts of any quarterback on the roster, the plan is leave Hutchinson as the third string QB.

Craig Krenzel will move up the depth chart to backup Jonathan Quinn, who will start his third career game against the Eagles.

There is a chance that Hutchinson will supplant Krenzel as the second quarterback, but he will need to learn the playbook before that happens.

"It's just the language sometimes that slows one quarterback down," said offensive coordinator Terry Shea. "That's probably not as difficult as it may seem to be."

Angelo examined the possibility of signing Hutchinson during the 2001 campaign. The Bears were looking for a quarterback of the future and after four years playing professional baseball in the St. Louis Cardinals organization Hutchinson decided to return to football.

However Hutchinson signed a seven-year contract with the Cowboys shortly after the '01 season.

Hutchinson played in 10 games over the 2002-03 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys before being waived during the off-season.

The 6-5, 237-pounder started the final nine games of the 2002 season and finished as Dallas' leading passer, throwing for 1,555 yards while completing 127-of-250 passes with seven touchdowns and eight interceptions.

Hutchinson appeared in only one game in a reserve role in 2003, but was allocated by the Cowboys to Rhein Fire for the 2004 NFL Europe season. The Cowboys decided to go with Vinny Testaverde and Drew Henson into the season, which made Hutchinson expendable.


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