Former offensive coordinator Mike Martz gushed when he talked about quarterback Nathan Enderle. Martz had personally gone to the University of Idaho to work Enderle out and was a voice for the Bears drafting him last year.
Just as he was for signing tight end Brandon Manumaleuna. Just as he was with being OK with Caleb Hanie as the No. 2 quarterback last season. Just as he was for trading away pass-catching tight end Greg Olsen.
Enderle has gone the way of Manumaleuna and Hanie (and Martz) as the Bears waived the 2011 fifth-round pick as minicamp ended on Thursday.
In a year when rookie quarterbacks at least played and some made impact debuts in the NFL Cam Newton, Andy Dalton, Christian Ponder, Blaine Gabbert Enderle was active for only four games and did not see the field in a time of quarterback freefall for the Bears after Jay Cutlers injury.
Enderles release means that the Bears will go to camp with four quarterbacks Cutler, Jason Campbell, Josh McCown and rookie undrafted free agent Matt Blanchard from Wisconsin-Whitewater.
The Bears also waived reserve guard Mansfield Wrotto, signed earlier this offseason.