Bears Add Kittner to the Mix

Ron Turner was able to turn Kurt Kittner into the winningest quarterback at the University of Illinois. The two will be reunited with the Bears after the team signed Kittner to a one-year deal over the weekend.

Kittner will be sent to NFL Europe with a chance to come to training camp to compete for the third quarterback spot, which has had to start each of the past two seasons.

Turner and Kittner shared success at Illinois where the team earned a BCS bid against LSU in the Sugar Bowl.

Kittner has not found the same success on the next level since being a fifth-round pick of Atlanta in 2002. He started four games with the Falcons in '03 with two touchdowns and six interceptions, but has been with five teams over the past year. After cut by the Falcons last year he spent stints with the Cincinnati Bengals, New York Giants, New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers.

He currently joins Rex Grossman, Chad Hutchinson, Craig Krenzel, Jeff George, Jonathan Quinn and Ryan Dinwiddie as quarterbacks currently on the roster. Dinwiddie is also headed to NFL Europe with tryouts slated for early March. There is a chance Krenzel will also play abroad, but at this point that remains in question.

The move won't stop the GM Jerry Angelo from adding a veteran quarterback in free agency to push or backup Grossman.


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