The Sun-Times has learned that Southern Illinois quarterback Nick Hill has agreed to terms on a free-agent contract with the Bears.
Hill chose the Bears over five other offers.
The Bears have also agreed to terms on a free-agent deal with Western Kentucky wide receiver Curtis Hamilton.
Both players made free-agent visits to the Bears. Hill will be only the third quarterback on the roster.
Coach Lovie Smith on not drafting a quarterback:
“There were some good quarterbacks in the draft, but as we started getting farther along in the draft, we felt good about some of the players we could get a little bit later. As far as drafting guys, we didn’t meet those needs. But once we let it all sort out as far as free agency is concerned, we feel good about a few of the guys we might possible be able to sign.”
Smith didn't comment specifically on Hill because he has yet to put his name to the contract. The fax machines will be fired up though and the Bears should release a list of free-agent signings Monday.