Monday, September 9, 2013
Bears bring back Scott, Johnson
By Michael C. Wright
LAKE FOREST, Ill -- The Chicago Bears signed offensive tackle Jonathan Scott to a one-year contract on Monday, and added quarterback Jerrod Johnson to the practice squad.
The club waived tight end Kyle Adams in a corresponding roster move, in addition to terminating the practice squad contract of guard Derek Dennis.
The team’s decision to bring back Scott wasn’t a surprise. As a vested veteran, Scott’s full $715,000 base salary would have been guaranteed had he been on the club’s Week 1 roster. Fully vested veterans had their contracts guaranteed for the season if they remained on rosters at 3 p.m. CST on Saturday.
The Bears terminated Scott’s contract last Tuesday before bringing him back Monday, a day after the team’s 24-21 season-opening victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.
Scott played in 12 games for the Bears last season with seven starts, but missed a significant portion of training camp and the preseason after undergoing a minor knee procedure. Scott returned to the practice field last week, and expected to be healthy enough to play against the Bengals. But the club released Scott prior to the game.
Scott has started in 35 games over his career. Adams, meanwhile, has played in 24 games with the Bears over three seasons, including Sunday’s game.
The club signed Johnson to the practice squad as a developmental quarterback on Sept. 1, only to terminate his contract on Sept. 4, when it added Dennis to the practice squad.