Chicago Bears Add 7, Waive 3

By Chris Wickersham

As I previously stated, the Chicago Bears held rookie tryouts over the weekend. The Bears welcomed 33 players over the weekend. The tryouts came and went with the Bears signing 7 players to 3-year contracts. Here are the 7 players the Bears signed:

1) Wisconsin-Whitewater quarterback Matt Blanchard
2) Texas Southern receiver Joseph Anderson
3) Illinois State tight end Brandon Venson,
4) Concordia tackle Tyler Hendrickson,
5) Central Florida guard Nick Pieschel,
6) Boston College punter Ryan Quigley
7) Connecticut kicker David Teggart

Out of the players the Bears signed from the weekend, I can only see Hendrickson and Piechel making the 53-man roster. As the Bears still need help on the offensive line. However, Venson made a big splash in rookie tryouts and watch for his name come training camp/preseason. But tight end is full and may have a hard time making the roster. The other players I can’t see making the team as their position is full and are likely practice squad additions if no team picks them up.

With the signing of the 7 players, the Bears had to waive 3 players to get under the 90-player limit. The Bears waived tackle Levi Horn, tight end Andre Smith and guard Reggie Stephens.

Horn had so much promise as an undrafted free agent, but that did not go to plan at all. As the Bears finally cutted ties with him. I didn’t even know Reggie Stephens was on the roster, but he was as a practice squad body. So, his release is really no surprise. Finally, the release of Andre Smith is not surprising at all either. He’s a tight end and the Bears have way too much. Especially since the Bears signed a tight end from tryouts.

Other notes:
**Brandon Marshall’s case is expected to be resolved by the end of the week and Marshall’s name should be cleared. The cops are having trouble finding evidence against him. That’s good news for the Bears and Marshall.

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