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Connor Shaw claimed by Bears after Browns cut him

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Cleveland's quarterback room is down to four.

The Browns on Thursday cut ties with backup passer Connor Shaw, who made one start over the past two seasons and was a long shot to make the team. The third-year signal-caller out of South Carolina first announced his departure from the team on Twitter:

On Friday, the Chicago Bears claimed him off waivers.

The Browns' move isn't a surprise considering the crowded nature of the quarterback position in Cleveland. Robert Griffin III, Josh McCown, Austin Davis and rookie Cody Kessler remain on the roster to battle it out for the starting position come training camp.

Mary Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer said this week that she believes the "odds are very, very high" that Griffin will open Week 1 as the starter, but coach Hue Jackson has yet to name a starter.

Shaw, 24, spent all of last season on injured reserve with a broken thumb. He showed moxie, though, in a Week 17 start against the Ravens in 2014, displaying mobility and a better understanding of the playbook than Johnny Manziel did as a rookie. It'll be interesting to see if he'll be capable of landing a roster spot in what is a crowded quarterback room in Chicago.

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