The Bears needed to make a move with five quarterbacks on the roster. Kordell Stewart signed with Chicago to be the starter and Rex Grossman is being dubbed as the future leader of the offense. Ultimately, the team will choose between Burris, Chris Chandler and Cory Sauter to be the backup to Stewart and the mentor to Grossman.
Chandler will be the eventual choice and the Bears didn’t want to lead Burris on. Sauter will be the obligatory fourth QB in training camp, but that’s as far as it will go. Most teams carry four quarterbacks in training camp incase of injury, so Sauter will be on the roster until the cut down to 65 or 53.
Burris made his NFL debut with the Bears in 2002, playing in six games with one start. The Canadian Football League veteran completed 18 of 51 passes for 207 yards in one season with Chicago after spending a single campaign as a reserve with the Green Bay Packers. Burris signed with the Bears on February 2, 2002.
The Bears allocated Burris to the Berlin Thunder of NFL Europe for the recently completed 2003 season where he started the first six games of the season, connecting on 55 of 99 passes for 589 yards. He missed the final four games of the campaign due to a knee injury.