The St. Louis Rams acquired backup quarterback Steve Bono on Sunday from the Green Bay Packers for a late-round draft pick in 1999.
The move comes only days after Mark Rypien, the Rams' backup last season, signed a two-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons.Coach Dick Vermeil said Bono would compete with Will Furrer, the third-stringer last year, for the backup job behind Tony Banks.
"Tony is our starting quarterback," Vermeil said. "It's the same thing I was telling Mark Rypien, that the backup job was going to be open for competition."
Bono, 35, signed with the Packers as a free agent last year and has one year left on a two-year, $1.4 million contract. He played in only two games last year behind Brett Favre, completing five of 10 passes for 29 yards.
Bono is 28-12 as an NFL starter and has also played for Minnesota, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Kansas City. In 80 NFL games, Bono has produced seven fourth-quarter comebacks and has five 300-yard passing games.
His best season was with Kansas City in 1995, when he threw for 3,121 yards and 21 touchdowns in leading the Chiefs to a 13-3 record and AFC West title.