Denver Inks QB Caleb Hanie to Backup Peyton Manning

The Broncos last week shipped out QB Tim Tebow, but appeared to have found a new backup QB for Peyton Manning.

The team has come to terms with former Bears QB Caleb Hanie. The Broncos inked Hanie to a two-year contract, to which the terms were not not disclosed.

Hanie was with Chicago the last four seasons, and completed 59-of-116 pass attempts for 679 yards with three touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 10 appearances.

His moment of fame was the 2010 NFC Title game at home vs Green Bay when he took over for an injured Jay Cutler, and he went 13-for-20 with a TD and 153 yards with two picks in the 21-14 loss.

Hanie struggled in four starts for an injured Cutler during the 2011 season, completing 51-of-102 pass attempts for 613 yards with three touchdowns and nine interceptions for a passer rating of 41.8.

The Bears lost all four starts and Hanie was replaced by Josh McCown, who was re-signed to a one-year contract. Chicago also signed Jason Campbell to a one-year contract, essentially ruling out a return to the Bears for Hanie.


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