The Bears intend to keep three quarterbacks on the roster again in 2019, as they announced Wednesday that QB3 Tyler Bray is returning on a one-year deal. Chicago also made official the return of P Pat O'Donnell on a two-year contract, which was first reported Monday.
Bray, 27, followed Coach of the Year Matt Nagy from Kansas City to Chicago last offseason after spending his first five years — all under Nagy — with the Chiefs. He bounced back and forth between the 53 and the practice squad, never appearing in a game last season.
The 6-foot-6, 215-pound Bray has only appeared in one NFL game in his first six seasons, the Chiefs' 2017 regular-season finale, when he backed up then-rookie (and current reigning league MVP) Patrick Mahomes.
The former Tennessee Vol was new Bears WR Cordarrelle Patterson's collegiate quarterback, compiling 7,444 yards and 69 touchdowns from 2010-12.
Though Bray is only under contract through 2019, GM Ryan Pace stated at the scouting combine last month that the Bears expect to have QB2 Chase Daniel "for a long time," and Mitch Trubisky remains locked in on a team-friendly contract for at least two more seasons.
The impetus for bringing back Bray, in addition to his rapport with Nagy, could be the Bears' lack of draft capital next month. With three quarterbacks under contract, there's no room, much less a need, to spend one of their five selections at the position.