Chicago Bears: Transactions

The Chicago Bears made a flurry of roster moves Tuesday, releasing nickel corner Isaiah Frey in addition to elevating Al Louis-Jean to the 53-man roster from the practice squad.

The club also signed linebackers DeDe Lattimore and Terrell Manning to the practice squad, while waiving defensive end David Bass and terminating the practice squad contracts of defensive end Roy Philon and receiver Rashad Ross.

Interestingly, Frey started at nickel corner for the Bears in their 31-24 loss Sunday to the Carolina Panthers, and contributed six tackles while playing a role in the club storming to a 21-7 second quarter lead on the strength of three takeaways. Frey stripped Panthers rookie receiver Kelvin Benjamin after an 18-yard catch, and recovered the fumble with the Bears trailing 7-0.

The score set up Jay Cutler's 10-yard touchdown pass to Matt Forte.

A three-year veteran, Frey played in 19 games with seven starts with the Bears, posting 73 tackles and two pass breakups to go with his forced fumble and recovery against the Panthers.

In Frey’s absence, look for the Bears to move Sherrick McManis into the slot corner role. McManis has missed the last three games due to a quadriceps injury. Demontre Hurst is also an option at that position.

Louis-Jean, meanwhile, is an undrafted rookie free agent out of Boston College, where he played in 21 games over three seasons, contributing 36 tackles, an interception, four pass breakups and a pair of forced fumbles.

Bass played in 13 games with one start over the past two seasons with the Bears.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears signed cornerback Teddy Williams to the active roster off the Arizona Cardinals’ practice squad on Wednesday and waived linebacker Terrell Manning.

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Williams (6-foot-1, 207 pounds) played in 10 games over two seasons with Indianapolis (2012) and Arizona (2013), contributing on offense at receiver, on defense at cornerback and on special teams.

Williams came into the league with the Dallas Cowboys in 2010 and spent the majority of that season and 2011 on the team’s practice squad.

Williams broke his ankle as a senior at Tyler (Texas) John Tyler High School and decided to pursue track at the University of Texas-San Antonio, finishing his career as the school’s only four-time all-America selection.

Williams won nine conference titles (five indoor championships and four outdoors) and was named the Southland Conference’s Indoor Athlete of the Year (2009-10) and Outdoor Outstanding Track Performer (2008-10). He set school records in the 55-meter dash, 60-meter dash, 100 (9.90 seconds), 200 (20.60) and 400-meter relay.

Manning played in two games for the Bears, primarily on special teams.
The Chicago Bears elevated receiver Chris Williams from the practice squad to the 53-man roster on Tuesday and waived receiver Rashad Ross in a corresponding roster move.

Williams debuted in Week 2 at San Francisco, but has spent the last two weeks on the club’s practice squad.

Ross played in Chicago’s last two games, returning five kickoffs for 106 yards.

The club’s decision to move up Williams likely means he’ll take on the role of the club’s primary kick returner. Entering the season, the Bears expected Williams to seize that job in a competition that included Eric Weems, Micheal Spurlock and Michael Ford. But Williams suffered a hamstring injury during the preseason catching a 73-yard touchdown pass against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Bears originally brought Williams into the fold last December off the practice squad of the New Orleans Saints.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears signed linebacker Darryl Sharpton to a one-year contract on Thursday, and they terminated the contract of vested veteran fullback Tony Fiammetta with an injury settlement.

Terms of Sharpton’s deal weren’t immediately disclosed.

A fifth-year veteran, Sharpton played in 42 games for the Houston Texans (2010-13), posting 144 tackles, including six for lost yardage, a sack, an interception, a forced fumble and fumble recovery. The Texans selected Sharpton in the fourth round of the 2010 draft out of Miami.

Fiammetta, meanwhile, played in just one game with the Bears as he’d been hobbled with a hamstring injury since the start of the regular season.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The roster shuffling continued at Halas Hall on Tuesday, with the Chicago Bears elevating cornerback Isaiah Frey and receiver Rashad Ross off the practice squad to the 53-man roster while waiving running back Shaun Draughn and receiver Chris Williams, in addition to terminating the contract of vested veteran tight end Matthew Mulligan.

The moves come in response to the Bears placing cornerback Charles Tillman on the season-ending injured reserve, as well as to the club’s struggles on special teams during its win Sunday over the San Francisco 49ers.

The Bears also added defensive tackle Roy Philon to the practice squad.

A third-year veteran, Frey spent all of the 2013 season as the team’s primary nickel corner. But he struggled throughout the season due to a broken bone in his hand and failed to force a single turnover. Frey started six games, producing 62 tackles and two pass breakups, in addition to generating five quarterback pressures.

Frey spent his rookie season (2012) and the first two weeks of this season on the practice squad. It’s unknown whether the Bears plan to make Frey the starter at nickel for Monday night’s matchup against the New York Jets, and it’s likely the club is continuing to explore options at the position.

Because of Tillman’s injury, the Bears will move rookie Kyle Fuller into the starting lineup to play opposite Tim Jennings. Still, the club seeks a proven player to take snaps from the slot corner position, as the Bears spend approximately 50 percent of the time executing out of substitution packages.

Ross, meanwhile, spent the bulk of last season on the practice squads of the Tennessee Titans and Kansas City Chiefs after the former signed him as an undrafted free agent out of Arizona State.

Ross played in 26 games at Arizona State with 14 starts, and he caught 55 passes for 864 yards and seven touchdowns while also contributing as a return man (779 yards and two touchdowns).
The Chicago Bears finalized their 53-man roster on Sunday by making a flurry of moves to reach the NFL limit, which included terminating vested veterans Eben Britton, Kelvin Hayden and Austen Lane.

The Bears also waived safety M.D. Jennings with an injury settlement, in addition to waiving 13 more players.

The Bears waived receivers Josh Bellamy, Chris Williams and Dale Moss, center Taylor Boggs, defensive tackles Brandon Dunn, Tracy Robertson and Lee Pegues, linebackers Jerry Franklin and DeDe Lattimore, along with guard Ryan Groy, cornerbacks C.J. Wilson and Al Louis-Jean, and safety Marcus Trice.

It’s expected that some of the players released on Saturday will be signed to the expanded 10-man practice squad, provided they aren’t claimed off waivers by other teams.

Bears waive RB Jordan Lynch

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The Chicago Bears announced they waived running back Jordan Lynch on Friday, in addition to terminating vested veterans Armanti Edwards, Jeron Mastrud, Dennis Roland and Robert Turner.

A Heisman Trophy finalist as a quarterback at Northern Illinois, Lynch converted to a running back with the Bears, which signed him as an undrafted free agent. The club's decision to waive Lynch doesn't come as a surprise, as he wasn't given repetitions at running back until the fourth quarter Thursday night of the team's loss to Cleveland in the exhibition finale.

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AP Photo/Tony DejakJordan Lynch rushed for 18 yards on six carries against the Browns on Thursday.
Lynch rushed for 18 yards on six attempts in his first action since the preseason opener against the Philadelphia Eagles, and played special teams for the first time with the Bears. Lynch dressed for the third preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks, but did not play.

A standout at Mount Carmel, Lynch can still be added to the Bears practice squad, which has been expanded from eight to 10 players starting this season, provided he makes it through waivers unclaimed by another team. Earlier in the week Lynch said he'd be open to joining Chicago's practice squad.

"It's a night and day difference, I didn't really know. I thought I knew what I was getting into, but I really didn't. The physical condition you have to be in to play running back and special teams is night and day. But it's fun to go out there, and the more reps I get the better I get," Lynch said. "Sky's the limit. I feel like being on a practice squad like that, there's so many things I can do. I can play quarterback. I can play running back. I can kind of split out and play receiver, and just give the Bears any chance to get a better look for that week."

NFL rosters must be reduced to 53 players by 3 p.m. CT Saturday, and after Friday's moves the roster stands at 70.

Headed into the matchup against Cleveland, offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer expected Lynch to receive an opportunity to showcase his skills.

"He’s got natural skill to run the football whether he’s at quarterback or halfback," Kromer said. "So this will give him an opportunity to do something, and show it on tape and in a game, and we look forward to it.”

In two seasons as the starting quarterback at NIU, Lynch compiled a record of 24-4 with three victories over BCS teams, and ranks as the No. 3 all-time rusher in the school's history (4,344 yards on 662 attempts and 48 touchdowns).

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears signed 11 players to reserve/future contracts on Monday. Here’s the list:
  • LS Brandon Hartson, Houston
  • CB Demontre Hurst, Oklahoma
  • CB C.J. Wilson, North Carolina State
  • TE Fendi Onobun, Houston
  • QB Jerrod Johnson, Texas A&M
  • LB Lawrence Wilson, Connecticut
  • OT Rogers Gaines, Tennessee State
  • S Sean Cattouse, California
  • WR Terrence Toliver, LSU
  • DT Tracy Robertson, Baylor
  • TE Zach Miller, Nebraska-Omaha

Bears acquire TE Rosario, waive Adams

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LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago acquired tight end Dante Rosario on Monday from the Dallas Cowboys for a conditional seventh-round pick, according to ESPN.com’s Todd Archer, and in a corresponding roster move the Bears waived Kyle Adams.

The Bears confirmed the moves, but didn’t divulge the compensation given to the Cowboys to acquire Rosario.

A six-year veteran, Rosario has played in 91 games with 26 starts for Carolina (2007-10), Miami (2011), Denver (2011) and San Diego (2012) after coming into the league as a fifth-round pick of the Panthers.

Rosari0 (6-3, 242 pounds) has tallied 99 career receptions for 1,106 yards and eight touchdowns, in addition to contributing 23 tackles and three fumble recoveries as a special teamer.

Rosario provides versatility for the Bears on offense because of his pass-catching skills, and ability to contribute as either an H-back or a tight end. Over his last two seasons in Carolina (2009-10), Rosario caught 58 passes for 577 yards and two touchdowns.

Rosario played 13 games for the Chargers last season with two starts, and caught 10 passes for 93 yards and three touchdowns.

Rosario appears to be an upgrade over the younger Adams, who has played 23 games for the Bears over the past two seasons. Adams caught four passes for 40 yards during his tenure with the Bears, in addition to posting one tackle on special teams.

Bears early cuts done as courtesy

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CHICAGO -- The Bears released veteran safety Tom Zbikowski on Sunday, and the team also parted ways with veteran defensive end Kyle Moore.

In all, the club cut 14 players which moves the roster to 76. The moves came two days before Tuesday’s 4 p.m. ET NFL deadline for teams to trim their rosters to 75 players, and as often is the case around the league, done as a courtesy for players to give them the best possible chance to find work with another team as soon as possible.

Other cuts included receiver Devin Aromashodu, running back Curtis Brinkley, defensive tackles Brent Russell and Eric Foster, offensive tackle A.J. Lindeman, center P.J. Lonergan, safety Derrick Martin, tight ends Gabe Miller and Leonard Pope, linebackers Patrick Trahan and Lawrence Wilson, and punter Tress Way.

With one cut remaining, the Bears could wind up releasing another player today or in the next couple of days in advance of Tuesday’s deadline. Teams aren’t required to release players early, but this is done every season as a courtesy for veterans so they can find new work as soon as possible.

Zbikowski came into the league in 2008 as a third-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens, where he played four seasons as a standout on special teams. Zbikowski played in the second half of Chicago’s exhibition win over the Oakland Raiders on Friday, and contributed three tackles. As of early Saturday, at least one general manager had expressed interest in acquiring Zbikowski. The Steelers expressed an interest in free agency, but Zbikowski chose the Bears.

As for Moore, a fourth-round pick of the Buccaneers in 2009, high numbers at defensive end might have contributed to the Bears making the decision to part ways. Moore posted a sack against the Raiders for an 11-yard loss, but he was fighting an uphill battle to win a spot at a position already stocked with players such as Julius Peppers, Corey Wootton, and Shea McClellin. Moore was competing with rookie sixth-round pick Cornelius Washington and veteran Cheta Ozougwu for one of the final spots at the position.

Moore signed for the veteran minimum in April ($715,000) with no signing bonus. The club had already invested $103,788 in a signing bonus for Washington. It’s important to remember that when a team invests money in a player, it will always give him more opportunity to make the roster than a player it didn’t spend to acquire.

In addition to the sack tallied Friday night against the Raiders, Moore had contributed three tackles in three preseason outings, meaning he’s compiled plenty of film for teams to study if they’re interested in acquiring the defensive end.

Bears sign QB Trent Edwards

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The Chicago Bears added their second quarterback in two days Sunday, signing veteran Trent Edwards to a one year deal while waiving receiver Jerrell Jackson in a corresponding roster move.

A seventh-year veteran, Edwards has started in 33 of 38 games with Buffalo (2007-10), Jacksonville (2010), Oakland, (2011) and Philadelphia, completing 60.6 percent of his passes for 26 touchdowns, 30 interceptions and a passer rating of 75.5.

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Source: Bears to sign QB Palmer

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The Chicago Bears will sign quarterback Jordan Palmer, pending a physical, according to a league source.

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Bears sign Martin, waive Quarles

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BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears signed safety Derrick Martin on Monday to a one-year deal, and waived safety Cyhl Quarles.

Martin (5-10, 198 pounds) has played in 66 games with four starts over seven seasons playing for Baltimore (2006-08), Green Bay (2009-10), the New York Giants (2011) and New England (2012), contributing 37 tackles, three interceptions, eight pass breakups, one sack and one fumble recovery.

Martin originally was a sixth-round pick of the Ravens in 2006.

Sources: No long-term deal for Melton

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Defensive tackle Henry Melton won't reach agreement on a long-term deal with the Chicago Bears by Monday's 4 p.m. ET deadline and will play under his one-year, $8.45 million tender, which he had previously signed, sources told ESPN NFL Insider Ed Werder.

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Bears, DT Ellis agree to deal

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The Chicago Bears reached agreement on a one-year deal with former New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis on Tuesday.

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