Transactions roundup: Bears waive Connor Shaw

30 May

With May about to bleed into June, it’s that time of the NFL offseason calendar when even backup quarterbacks become headlines.

Coming off Memorial Day Weekend, several backup QBs are hitting the free-agent pool.

The Chicago Bears waive quarterback Connor Shaw on Tuesday to make room for Victor Cruz. With Mitchell Trubisky and Mike Glennon requiring as many snaps as possible, the Bears didn’t need a fourth quarterback behind veteran Mark Sanchez.

Shaw missed the entire 2016 season after suffering a broken leg in the third game of the preseason. The 25-year-old South Carolina product made one career start in 2014 as an undrafted rookie with the Cleveland Browns. Shaw has flashed passing acumen and mobility in the pocket during preseason games the past two years. He should catch on as a camp arm. The New Orleans Saints could be a team to watch after they tried to claim him from Cleveland last year, but got bigfooted by the Bears. The Seahawks also reportedly put in a waiver claim for Shaw a season ago.

Here’s the other player news we are tracking on Tuesday:

1. Veteran quarterback Thad Lewis, who tore his ACL in August, has been medically cleared, a source informed of the situation told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. The nomadic quarterback signed with the San Francisco 49ers last year, but tore up his knee in the first preseason game. The 29-year-old gunslinger has started six games in his seven-year career. He’s spent time with the Rams, Browns, Bills, Texans, and Eagles before joining the 49ers last year. Per Rapoport, Lewis will have a market as a veteran addition to a quarterback room.

2. While he’s got a starter’s fame, Colin Kaepernick remains without a job. His best bet for a gig at this stage appears to be as a potential backup to Russell Wilson in Seattle. While Kaepernick met with the Seahawks last week, no deal is imminent, Rapoport reported.

3. The Lions officially announced the signing of former Vikings running back Matt Asiata.

4. The Steelers announced they signed safety Daimion Stafford and long snapper Kameron Canaday.

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