Former Montana quarterback Brady Gustafson called his rookie mini camp audition in Chicago a "good experience for sure," but he left the tryout without an NFL contract.
Gustafson confirmed to the Missoulian via text message Monday afternoon that he had not heard anything further from the Bears.
After going undrafted, the Bears invited Gustafson to their three-day rookie camp that got under way last Friday in Illinois. The Grizzlies' two-year starting quarterback had the opportunity to compete for a job alongside more than 30 other first-year players with many, like Gustafson, there on strictly a tryout basis.
As of Monday evening, only one unsigned player in attendance — Alabama defensive back Eddie Jackson — had earned a contract and a chance to continue working toward a roster spot later this summer during further mini camps.
The Bears enter the summer with four quarterbacks already under contract, including first-round draft pick Mitch Trubisky out of North Carolina. Trubisky, who was the draft's No. 2 overall pick, was one of three QBs at the rookie mini camp. The other two both hailed from the Big Sky Conference in Gustafson and Eastern Washington's Jordan West, who was also not among the Bears' signees.
Gustafson, a 6-foot-6 passer from Billings West, threw for 2,785 passing yards and 25 touchdowns last season despite missing two of Montana's final three games of the season. He did that on 260 completions in 396 attempts, good for a 65.7 completion percentage, against just eight interceptions to earn an honorable mention All-Big Sky nod.
Former Montana offensive lineman Williams Poehls was also in attendance at the Bears rookie mini camp. Poehls, who last played for the Griz in 2013, spent parts of the previous three seasons on the Tennessee Titans and Buffalo Bills practice squads before signing a reserve/futures contract with Chicago in January.
Injuries plagued Gustafson's two years as starting QB. He missed six more games in 2015 because of a broken bone in his leg before returning to lead Montana on a playoff charge that reached the second round of the FCS postseason. He had 1,984 yards and 12 TDs as a junior.
His 4,809 career passing yards rank 11th all-time in Griz history and his 37 TD passes are 13th best. He set the school record with 47 completions against Cal Poly this past season, a total that also tied the Big Sky's single-game record.