The arrival of journeyman quarterback Josh McCown spelled the end of Nathan Enderle’s time as part of the Chicago Bears football team.
When the Bears’ minicamp came to a close, the Bears bid farewell to Enderle, sending him to the waiver wire after drafting him in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Although initially considering a promising project at quarterback, Enderle didn’t do enough to stick around in the Windy City. He even failed to see the field during the 2011 regular season despite shaky Bears quarterbacking.
Despite this most-recent setback for Enderle and his NFL dreams, there’s a chance that he won’t be moving far to continue his football career. He might even end up staying in the NFC North.
Prior to the 2011 NFL Draft, the Minnesota Vikings had seen Enderle as a backup plan had they failed to find their future quarterback in the first round. They invited Enderle in for private workouts and invested a hearty amount of resources in recruiting him. And then they drafted Christian Ponder and that option went out the window.
With Enderle now available after being waived, there’s a possibility that the Vikings could put in a claim for the former Idaho gunslinger.
Even with their depth chart already set at quarterback with the talents of Ponder, Joe Webb, Sage Rosenfels and McLeod Bethel-Thompson, another addition during training camp couldn’t hurt. Especially if the Vikings really did see something special in Enderle, giving him a quick look as part of the 90-man roster isn’t out of the question.
It’ll be interesting to see whether or not the Vikings put in a waiver claim for Enderle. It wouldn’t be a ground-breaking move, but it’s worth taking note of.