Bears Cut Ties With $4 Million Quarterback: Report

Prior to the start of the regular season, the Chicago Bears faced some difficult decisions in the quarterback room. They made a big one on Sunday.

On August 27, CBS Sports' Jonathan Jones reported via X, the social networking website formerly known as Twitter, that the Bears had released quarterback P.J. Walker.

"According to a source, the Bears have released quarterback PJ Walker," Jones reported on Sunday.

Walker, a former Carolina Panthers quarterback, was signed to a two-year, $4.15 million deal by general manager Ryan Poles to back up third-year starter Justin Fields. 

 Walker's release will cost the Bears $2.01 million, which was the guaranteed amount on his deal.

Walker's departure leaves the Bears just two players behind Fields on the roster: undrafted rookie Tyson Bagent and veteran Nathan Peterman.

Bagent appears to be a name Bears fans should be familiar with, as he appears to be the frontrunner to win the backup job in Chicago.

Bagent signed as an undrafted free agent with the Bears out of Shepherd University in West Virginia, where he served as the team's fourth-string quarterback. 

 Despite attending a Division II school, Bagent has the physique of an NFL quarterback. He boasts a 6'3" 213-pound build and has shown a proclivity for both running and passing this summer.

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