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Broncos find backup option for Manning in ex-Bears QB Hanie

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The Denver Broncos have signed former Chicago Bears backup quarterback Caleb Hanie to a two-year deal to back up Peyton Manning, The Denver Post is reporting.

The deal has yet to be 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 2010 NFC Championship Game and nearly rallied the Bears past the Packers. But he went 0-4 in place of Cutler last season, including a 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.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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