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AP Source: Broncos sign Caleb Hanie

By Arnie Stapleton

Associated Press

Published: Saturday, March 24 2012 8:45 p.m. MDT

In this file photo taken Nov. 27, 2011, s Chicago Bears quarterback Caleb Hanie (12) smiles during an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders in Oakland, Calif. The Denver Broncos have signed the former Bears backup quarterback to a two-year deal to back up Peyton Manning, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal hadn't been announced by the team. ESPNChicago.com first reported the deal earlier Saturday, March 24, 2012.

Ben Margot, file, Associated Press

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — A person familiar with the negotiations says the Denver Broncos have signed former Chicago Bears backup quarterback Caleb Hanie to a two-year deal to back up Peyton Manning.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal hadn't been announced by the team. ESPNChicago.com first reported the deal earlier Saturday.

Hanie, 26, who played at Colorado State, spent the last three seasons in Chicago. He replaced an injured Jay Cutler in the NFC championship two years ago and nearly rallied the Bears past the Packers. But he went 0-4 in place of Cutler last season, including at loss at Denver.

The Broncos signed Manning on Monday and then dealt Tim Tebow to the New York Jets. They also considered signing free agent Billy Volek.

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