Per the Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs, the Chicago Bears have informed quarterback Matt Blanchard that he will be released. In a corresponding roster move, the Bears will sign undrafted free agent Dalyn Williams, a quarterback from Dartmouth.
Blanchard was on his second stint with his hometown Bears after originally being an UDFA from Division III University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2012. He is from Lake Zurich, Illinois, a town less than a hour from Chicago. He had brief stops with four other teams after the Bears first released him in 2013.
Williams is 5'11", 205 pounds and he was named All Ivy League 2nd Team by the coaches as a senior in 2015. He completed 64% of his passes last year, for 2,592 yards with 17 touchdown passes and only 5 interceptions. For his career he had 56 TD passes to just 13 picks. He ran a 4.86 forty yard dash at his pro day and during his four year college career he had 1494 rushing yards with a 3.3 average.
Here's a video scouting report on Williams.
EDIT: The Bears have officially announced this move. Here's a little snippet from their press release on Williams.
Williams finished his career as Dartmouth's career record holder in passing yards, completion percentage, pass completions, attempts, passing efficiency and total offense. He attended the Bears 2016 rookie minicamp as a rookie tryout.
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