Bears Sign New Backup QB Behind Justin Fields

Devon Platana
The Chicago Bears have signed a new backup quarterback to play behind Justin Fields.
The Chicago Bears have signed a new backup quarterback to play behind Justin Fields. / Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Bears plan to enter the 2022 NFL season with Justin Fields as their full-time starting quarterback. He showed flashes of brilliance at times last season as he split starts with Andy Dalton and Nick Foles, but it's clear that it's his job under center going forward.

Having said that, teams can never have too much quarterback depth in case of injury. That's why the Bears have gone out and signed QB Trevor Siemian to a two-year contract.

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While the financial terms of the deal haven't been announced, the two-year contract was confirmed by Siemian's agent Mike McCartney on Thursday night.

A former 2015 seventh-round pick, Siemian spent the 2021 NFL season with the New Orleans Saints. He was brought in as the team's No. 3 QB, but wound up starting four games and recording 108 completions, 1,154 passing yards and 11 touchdowns to three interceptions.

Siemian's play last season gained him attention from around the league this offseason due to his reliability as a backup. Even if he never touches the field next season, the Bears will feel confident knowing that they do have a capable backup behind Fields should anything go wrong.

Siemian's signing likely spells the end for Nick Foles' time in Chicago. The 33-year-old signal-caller is signed until the end of 2022 with a $10.6 million cap hit, which is too expensive for a backup. He'll likely garner attention from quarterback-needy teams, especially with him being a former Super Bowl MVP.

Proper depth will help the Bears field a more competitive team next season. They'll still need more help if they want to be viewed as a legitimate threat because, as of March 25, FanDuel Sportsbook is giving them just +8000 odds (T-No. 24) to win Super Bowl LVII.

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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.