Bears land Connor Shaw after Saints reportedly send email to 31 teams in error

The Browns released backup quarterback Connor Shaw on Thursday. This isn't a surprise, necessarily, since the team signed Robert Griffin III this offseason, drafted Cody Kessler in May, and have veteran Josh McCown on the roster.

What is surprising -- or, at the very least, embarrassing -- is that, a day later, the Bears ended up with Shaw after the Saints mistakenly announced to the rest of the league that they intended to claim him off waivers, according to ESPN.com's Adam Caplan.

Specifically, the Saints sent an email to the other 31 NFL teams -- instead of only to the league office to claim Shaw. Presumably, the Bears saw the email and claimed Shaw first.

The Bears had waiver-claim priority by virtue of a worse 2015 record. Of course, maybe Chicago had every intention of claiming Shaw anyway, but we're guessing it didn't help that the Saints announced their intentions via an email blast.

Meanwhile, let's not overlook what this means for the Bears' roster.

So yeah. The Saints, who talked previously about adding a fourth quarterback, currently have Luke McCown and Garrett Grayson behind Drew Brees.

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