Chicago Bears: Al Louis-Jean

The Chicago Bears announced Wednesday the signing of cornerback Al Louis-Jean to a two-year extension, which takes his deal through the 2016 season.

Undrafted out of Boston College, Louis-Jean played in nine games as a rookie last season, posting 11 tackles in addition to breaking up a pass and contributing one tackle on special teams.

Louis-Jean contributed a career-high six tackles during an Oct. 26 in a loss to the New England Patriots, and he could be poised for more playing time in 2015 in some of the team’s substitution packages.
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.

Bears sign CB Al Louis-Jean

June, 2, 2014
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The Chicago Bears added at cornerback Monday, announcing the signing of undrafted rookie Al Louis-Jean to a three-year contract.

Louis-Jean visited the team's facilities prior to the draft, and took part last month in the club’s rookie minicamp at Halas Hall.

A former standout at Boston College, Louis-Jean played in 23 games over three years for the Eagles (2011-13) and produced 36 tackles, an interception, two forced fumbles and four pass breakups.

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