The Chicago Bears held workouts for two players: defensive tackle Terrell McClain and safety Eric Frampton. However, both players left the workout with no contract. That doesn’t mean they won’t be signed in the near future, but their time isn’t right now with the Bears.
McClain was released last weekend by the Carolina Panthers in favor of Dwan Edwards. McClain was the 3rd-round pick (pick 65) of last year’s draft by the Panthers. McClain season ended early last year, but he still racked up 19 tackles and one sack. McClain is still only 24 years old and probably still has a lot in him if he can stay healthy.
I’m actually surprised to hear the Bears worked out a defensive lineman because they have a lot of depth. The Bears recently re-signed Amobi Okoye, but they did end up releasing another DL, Brian Price. From the looks of it, the Bears will activate another DL next week. and that will be Nate Collins. If Collins does get activated next week, that will leave the Bears with 10 DL on the 53-man roster.
Frampton was released by the Minnesota Vikings in order for them to get their roster down to 53 players. Frampton was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the 5th round (pick 165) of the 2007 draft. However, Frampton was only on their practice squad and was eventually waived by them. The Detroit Lions claimed him off waivers, but that didn’t last long. The Lions waived Frampton and the Vikings picked him up. He’s been on the Vikings ever since, until his release this off-season.
The Bears working out Frampton is no surprise as safety is a need right now; injuries are always a major concern and the Bears need depth. There aren’t any safeties out there that will make an impact, so Frampton is just another player for depth and a back-up when injuries occur.
We will hear about more players being worked out throughout the season and maybe a signing of McClain/Frampton too.