Bears Cut Krenzel

Bears Cut Krenzel

While the Bears have an abundance of young quarterbacks with little NFL experience, there is one less in the mix after the team cut Craig Krenzel on Tuesday.

As a fifth round pick in 2004, Krenzel was supposed to do little more than hold a clipboard during his rookie season. However, an injury to Rex Grossman and the ineffectiveness of Jonathan Quinn forced Krenzel to start five games out of desperation. He went 3-2 during the stretch, but that had more to do with the defense than anything he did as a quarterback.

Krenzel connected on 59-of-127 passes for 718 yards with three touchdowns and six interceptions. He also fumbled six times. An ankle injury at Dallas on Thanksgiving ended his season and was placed on injured reserve Dec. 7th.

The Bears are satisfied with Grossman as the starter and Chad Hutchinson as his No. 2. Ultimately, the selection of Kyle Orton in the fourth round of April's draft made Krenzel expendable.

The Ohio State product didn't do himself any favors when he turned down an opportunity to play in NFL Europe, opting instead to spend the off-season at Halas Hall.

Kurt Kittner and Ryan Dinwiddie went abroad to gain experience and both remain on the roster.

Hitting the market now could allow Krenzel to catch on with another team before the start of training camp. If he's unable to stick on a roster, the molecular genetics major will likely head back to school to pursue a medical degree.

The Bears still have five quarterbacks on the roster and are likely to trim that number by one before reporting to Bourbonnais on July 23rd.

"You don't want to get to have a whole lot more than that, obviously. There's only so many reps you can get," said offensive coordinator Ron Turner.

Dinwiddie would seem to be the odd man out. Kittner has a strong hold of Turner's offense after the two worked together for five years at the University of Illinois. He also finished his NFL Europe season in strong fashion, as he was named the World Bowl MVP after a two-touchdown performance.

After cutting Krenzel, the Bears have 94 players on the roster with 11 exemptions from NFL Europe. The team will need to trim the squad to 80 players aside from any exemptions before the start of training camp.

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