After a couple extra days of waiting, former Montana quarterback Brady Gustafson has apparently landed a rookie mini camp invitation from the Chicago Bears.
STATS FCS reported Wednesday that the Bears will bring in Gustafson on a tryout basis later this month. The invitation is not yet official, Gustafson told the Missoulian, and the Griz QB is still awaiting details from Chicago.
The Bears will hold their three-day rookie camp beginning May 11, the second weekend that NFL teams are allowed to bring in rookies for team activities. Gustafson's fellow former Grizzlies Caleb Kidder (Vikings), JR Nelson (Chiefs) and Yamen Sanders (Raiders) will all be in camps this coming weekend.
Kidder and Nelson were signed as priority free agents following the end of the NFL draft on Saturday while Sanders earned a rookie invite on Sunday. No Grizzlies were selected in this year's draft.
Gustafson, Montana's two-year starting quarterback out of Billings, ranked near the top of the FCS in several passing categories in 2016. The 6-foot-6 quarterback who weighs in at 235 pounds ended the year with 309.4 passing yards per game, the sixth most in the nation.
The Billings West graduate finished with 2,785 total passing yards and 25 touchdowns 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.
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.