Bears sign journeyman veteran QB to a one-year deal

Justin Fields and Tyson Bagent remain on the Bears' roster, and the draft will likely bring in a starter. Bears gain another seasoned arm.

Rypien signed a one-year deal with the Bears on Wednesday. Rypien met new Bears OC Shane Waldron in Seattle last season. This will be Rypien's fourth team in six months.

Former Broncos backup Rypien joined the Rams following the draft for the first half. Rypien was released before Carson Wentz joined the Rams after a difficult start in Green Bay. 

Before the Jets' late-season heist, the Seahawks added the veteran to their practice squad. The middle stint suits Rypien's latest move best.

Rypien spent about a month on the Seahawks' P-squad while Waldron was OC last season. Waldron seemed to enjoy Rypien's form despite the brief NFL cameo. 

Rypien, a four-year Denver backup before the three-city 2023 trip, may be the Bears' second- or third-string quarterback in the summer.

Chicago will likely choose Caleb Williams first overall. The 2022 Heisman winner should not be kept as a development project like other Round 1 QBs. The Bears will likely trade Fields for Williams, who will play QB1. 

Though the organization hoped, the three-year Chicago starter's market has not taken off. A brief Raiders connection failed, and Las Vegas' Gardner Minshew payment (two years, $25M, $15M guaranteed) may affect Fields' trade value as Luke Getsy coached him for two seasons.

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