Posted Sat Mar 24th by Jon Heath
The Denver Broncos have agreed to terms with former Chicago Bears quarterback Caleb Hanie, according to ESPN Chicago. Per the ESPN report, Hanie signed a two-year deal with the team.
The Broncos are expected to add another quarterback — either through free agency or the draft — and bring four QB’s to training camp this summer. Depending on who else the team brings in, Hanie has a good shot of earning the No. 2 QB job behind starter Peyton Manning.
We assume that Denver will have their quarterbacks listed on #1, #2 and #3 on the depth chart this season, unless history repeats itself. Last season, the Broncos’ second and third-string quarterbacks were listed as “Co-No. 2 QB’s” on Denver’s depth chart, on two different occasions.
When Hanie’s signing becomes official, Manning, Hanie and second-year player Adam Weber will be the three quarterbacks on Denver’s roster. Last season, Weber spent most of the year on the practice squad — Hanie started in four games when Jay Cutler went down with an injury in Chicago.
In his career (10 games, 4 starts), Hanie has gone 59-of-116 for 679 yards and three touchdowns against ten interceptions (nine of them coming last season). Against the Broncos in Week 14 of last season, Hanie went 12-of-19 for 115 yards, zero touchdowns and zero interceptions and was sacked four times.
Hanie was signed by the Bears in 2008 after going undrafted. At 6-2, 222 pounds, Hanie is entering his fifth season in the league.
The Broncos couldn’t have been overly impressed by Hanie when they played against him last season, so this signing comes across as a bit peculiar at first glance. Perhaps the team is planning on him being the third-quarterback this season? Time will tell.