The Bears Make More Roster Moves

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The Bears practice was postponed this morning and moved to the afternoon due to stormy weather in the Chicago area.


BOURBONNAIS- Practice got off to a late start today thanks to Mother Nature but the Bears did managed to put some work in as they wrap up their second week of training camp. As the week comes to a close, the Bears decided to make more changes to the current 90-man roster.

Earlier this morning, the Bears released kicker Austin Signor and replaced him with rookie linebacker Andrew Starks. Starks is an undrafted free agent out of Princeton (2009-2012), he is also a Chicago area native as he grew up in southwest suburban Plainfield. He was in attendance at the Bears rookie minicamp in May on a tryout basis.

During his college career, he amassed 298 total tackles, three interceptions and three fumble recoveries. During his final two years at the Ivy League institution, he was named to the All-Ivy team. With D.J. Williams still out with a calf injury, the Bears thought it would be wise to boost their depth at the linebacker position.

According to a press release by the Bears, Starks was signed to a three-year deal. Another move that occurred today effected the tight end position. WSCR-AM is reporting that Brody Eldridge was given his walking papers today and that he will be replaced with eight-year veteran Leonard Pope.

The Chicago Tribune has confirmed that Pope is indeed at Olivet Nazerene University. Outside of Martellus Bennett, the Bears don’t have much experience at the tight end position. Steve Maneri and Fendi Onobun have been getting most of the second team reps but they only combine for six years of total NFL experience.

Kyle Adams is in his third year with the Bears but hasn’t had too many opportunities to break out as a major player. Then there is Gabe Miller who stands to serve a four game suspension at the start of the regular season should he make the 53-man roster. The suspension is due to a violation of the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

Leonard Pope played and started all 16 games for Pittsburgh in 2012.  He has also played for Kansas City and Arizona. He has 105 career receptions for 982 yards and 11 touchdowns. He stands 6-feet 8-inches tall and weighs 265 pounds. Aside from what he brings to the passing game, Pope is also a dependable blocker in the run game.

The Bears had the chance to draft a tight end back in April. Notre Dame’s Tyler Eifert was still available when the Bears picked 20th overall, but instead they went with guard Kyle Long {who has been performing quite well in camp}. Pope would be an excellent compliment to Martellus Bennett.

On the injury front, D.J Williams, Jonathan Scott, Jermon Bushrod, Jamaal Anderson, and Corey Wootton all sat out today. Their status for next week’s preseason opener is uncertain. Tomorrow the Bears will have their annual Family Fest at Solider Field which will include the Bears practicing underneath the lights after 6pm.

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