The Chicago Bears signed local product QB Brett Basanez Tuesday, ending his three-year run with the Panthers.
Granted, the fact Carolina had already signed everybody from the practice squad but Basanez pretty much made clear their intentions.
He's a great kid and a smart quarterback, and he'll have a much better chance to make a roster there than here.
He was blocked by Matt Moore on the young-project scale, and Moore was just a more talented player. But I've got a hunch Basanez sticks there, for no other reason than his willingness to do anything.
He and I had a running joke the last year, where I called him Tom Waddle, after the old Bears possession receiver. Basanez was the king of the scout team wideouts in practice, and he got tired of people going the Wes Welker route when they were looking for comparisons. So Tom Waddle's name came up and it stuck.
Now he can petition them to see if he can wear 87.
(Update: 8:55 p.m.) Just got a voice mail and a text from Basanez, who was flying back here to collect some things before returning to Chicago. Said it was "just time to move on," and laughed in reference to Waddle's 87: "They should retire that number."
Seriously, Basanez has a great chance of contributing there. They're going to bring in another QB to push Kyle Orton, but Rex Grossman is a free agent and the only other one on the roster is undrafted rookie Caleb Hanie.