The Chicago Bears added an insurance policy at safety with the signing of Troy Nolan. Nolan was a 2010 seventh-round draft choice by the Houston Texans out of Arizona State. In addition to his time with the Texans, he spent time earlier this season with the Miami Dolphins. He did return and start one game for the Texans this season as well. With Craig Steltz going on IR and Chris Conte injuring a hamstring, the Bears were thin at the safety position. Nolan gives the Bears another safety on the roster with experience.
With Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions being do-or-die (and even still maybe die) for the Bears, they needed an insurance policy in the secondary. On Monday, the Bears released wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher (who was claimed by the Cincinnati Bengals) anticipating the need for more help at safety. Even if Conte is able to play, he isn’t exactly immune to injuries. His counterpart Major Wright also seems to have issues with injuries as well. Until the addition of Nolan, the only other safety on the roster was Anthony Walters.
In his career, Nolan has 93 tackles, 1 1/2 sacks, nine passes defended and three interceptions. During his college days, he was know as a bit of a play-maker scoring five defensive touchdowns in two seasons. It’s good for the Bears to know there’s depth if they need it.
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