Polarization of ex-Bills QB returns to Bears with new contract
Nathan Peterman’s NFL journey appears to be continuing for another season.
The former Buffalo Bills quarterback spent last season with the Chicago Bears, starting in the practice squad and moving up to the active roster, eventually playing for signal caller Justin Fields after recovering from injury. Peterman will now be back in the Windy City after signing a new contract, NFL Network insider Tom Pelissero reported on March 30.
“Veteran QB Nate Peterman re-signs with the #bearsper source”, Pelissero tweeted. “Peterman is a valued part of the QB room and is now entering his seventh NFL season and second in Chicago.”
Bears bring back Nathan Peterman
Peterman will likely fight for the alternate spot behind Fields next season. As noted by Pro Football Talk’s Myles Simmons, the Bears signed another experienced veteran quarterback to have a steady hand in the event of a starter injury.
“Early on in the offseason, the Bears added PJ Walker through free agency and fired Trevor Siemian to adjust the group behind starter Justin Fields,” Simmons wrote.
Peterman was on the Chicago practice team last season and was placed on the active roster after Fields suffered a dislocated shoulder in a December game against the Atlanta Falcons. He saw action against the Bills in a game on December 24 and came into the final series after Buffalo scored to give a 35-13 lead. Peterman completed three of his first passes and reached the 50-yard line before intercepting an Ave Mary attempt when time was up.
Peterman appeared in three games last season and started one. He completed 14 of 25 passes for 139 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
Before joining the Bears, he spent two seasons with the Las Vegas Raiders but rarely saw the field. Peterman only appeared in two games during his tenure, completing 3 of 5 passes for 25 yards.
Nathan Peterman endured a rocky tenure with bills
Peterman became a polarizing figure among Bill’s fans during his short tenure with the team. He joined the Bills in 2017 as a fifth-round draft pick and got a controversial start when head coach Sean McDermott benched starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor. The decision drew some resistance and then sparked mockery when Peterman put on a historically poor performance against the Los Angeles Chargers.
Peterman threw five interceptions in 14 attempts in the game – all in the first half. He was benched at halftime and Taylor again took the starting job, helping lead the Bills to a 9-7 record that broke the team’s 17-year playoff drought.
The Bills traded Taylor the next offseason and drafted Josh Allen, but it was Peterman who actually won the training camp seed.
His second chance at becoming an NFL starting quarterback lasted only slightly longer than the first. Peterman was drawn when the Bills fell 40-0 to the Baltimore Ravens in their season opener, with Allen taking over and holding the starting job. When the rookie quarterback was injured later in the season, the Bills opted to sign veterans Derek Anderson and Matt Barkley rather than reinstate Peterman.
Peterman was released later that season.
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