Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Ex-Jag Iwuh to workout for Bears
By Michael Wright
Apparently the Bears aren’t limiting their talent search to perceived positions of need.
The club will bring in former Jaguars linebacker Brian Iwuh on Friday to work out on a tryout basis for its veteran minicamp.
“I’ll be in there just for minicamp on a tryout,” Iwuh told ESPNChicago.com. “So we’ll see what happens.”
A four-year veteran, Iwuh played in 58 games for the Jaguars, starting in three, before the club released him in April. Iwuh made his mark in Jacksonville primarily on special teams. But he also proved to be a valuable reserve. In two starts last season, Iwuh tallied 17 tackles, including a game-high 12 during an Oct. 11 start at Seattle.
Iwuh has posted 64 career tackles from his linebacker spot, in addition to another 61 on special teams -- which ranks third in Jacksonville franchise history. He is coming off a career-high 38-tackle season (including two for lost yardage) with the Jaguars.
A former undrafted free agent from Colorado, Iwuh served on the Jaguars roster at the same time as Chicago linebacker Tim Shaw, who the Bears appear to be high on heading into the season. Interestingly, Iwuh was ranked higher on Jacksonville’s depth chart than Shaw.
It’s difficult to gauge whether Iwuh will be offered a contract at the conclusion of veteran minicamp. Based on his athleticism and body work over four seasons, Iwuh appears to have a good shot, provided he shows up to minicamp in good shape.