Bears Sign Rookie De Bass; Qb Johnson Joins Practice Squad

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The Bears claimed defensive end David Bass off waivers from the Oakland Raiders and they will have to make a corresponding roster move to clear space for the rookie. Bass was a seventh-round draft pick of the Raiders and made three tackles when the Bears played at Oakland in the third preseason game. General manager Phil Emery kept five defensive ends on the 53-man roster so it is possible that the odd man out will be one of the reserves at the position, sixth-round pick Cornelius Washington or perhaps Cheta Ozougwu. Bass, 6-foot-4, 256 pounds, made one sack in preseason and had 40 1/2 sacks in his career at Division II Missouri Western and 11 1/2 as a senior. He excelled in the East-West Shrine Game and the Raiders were hoping to re-sign him to their practice squad where one source believes they would have offered more than the minimum of $6,000 per week. The Bears put the majority of their practice squad in place too, announcing the additions of seven players, meaning one spot is open. Quarterback Jerrod Johnson, a Texas A&M product who has bounced around the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers and Seattle Seahawks, and also played in the defunct UFL, was signed to develop behind Jay Cutler and Josh McCown. Johnson was one of five quarterbacks the Bears had at Halas Hall for a workout on Tuesday.

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The more comfortable Cutler is in new head coach Marc Trestman’s system, the better the Bears’ offense will look. Look for the offensive line, Cutler and running back Matt Forte to shine at home against the Bengals. The Bears will win behind a surprising offensive explosion 28-14. Here’s a look at two other teams that will shine in their opener. San Francisco 49ers Will Thump the Green Bay Packers Harry How/Getty Images The Niners are on a mission to get back to the Super Bowl. The journey begins in Week 1 at home against the Green Bay Packers. The Niners easily handled the Packers 45-31 in the NFC Divisional Round last season. The Packers had no answer for Colin Kaepernick ‘s dual-threat capabilities. Kaepernick accounted for 444 total yards and four touchdowns in that game. The Packers will definitely be keying on the Niners’ quarterback this time, but Kaepernick’s maturity will show.


The deal leaked out in the morning, but Rosario had to arrive from Dallas and pass a physical before it was made official. Rosario, 28, is a seven-year veteran. He spent last season with the Chargers and caught 10 passes for 95 yards and three touchdowns. Rosario, 6-foot-3, 242 pounds, was with the Broncos in 2011 and spent the first four years of his career with the Panthers. His most productive season as a pass catcher came in 2010 when he caught 32 passes for 264 yards. He is considered a move tight end and fellow backup Steve Maneri is more of a blocker behind starter Martellus Bennett. The Bears are carrying Fendi Onobun on the practice squad. The hope was he would make the 53-man roster but he was too inconsistent in preseason to warrant a spot. Adams made the Bears as an undrafted free agent from Purdue in 2011.

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(Associated Press) – The Chicago Bears have parted ways with offensive lineman J’Marcus Webb, ending a 3-year run in which his performance never measured up to his talent. Webb confirmed Friday on Twitter that he is no longer on the Bears, saying goodbye to Chicago and posting it will “be good to have a fresh start.” A seventh-round draft pick out of West Texas A&M in 2010, the Bears believed Webb had all the physical tools to succeed at 6-foot-7 and 333 pounds. He started 44 games over three seasons – 12 at right tackle as a rookie and 16 each of the past two seasons. But he was inconsistent, missing blocking assignments, and dropped on the depth chart. Quarterback Jordan Palmer also tweeted that he was no longer with the Bears. Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Bears part with OL J’Marcus Webb

(AP) – The Chicago Bears have agreed to terms with the following sevenpractice squad players: JerrodJohnsonQBTexas A&M RicardoLocketteWR Fort Valley State Fendi OnobunTE Houston AstonWhitesideDEAbilene Christian The Chicago Bears have claimed defensive end David Bass off waivers and waived defensive end Cheta Ozougwu on Sunday. A seventh-round draft pick by Oakland last spring, Bass was an All-American at Division II Missouri Western. Ozougwu appeared in two games for the Bears last season, collecting three tackles and one tackle for a loss. Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Follow Us!

Bears get TE Rosario from Cowboys for draft pick

Dallas picked up Rosario during the offseason, and he was among five tight ends on the team’s original 53-man roster. Rosario is entering his seventh season and could be playing for his fourth team since the start of 2011. He has 99 catches for 1,106 yards and eight touchdowns in 91 career games. He has started 26 times. The 28-year-old Rosario was a fifth-round pick by Carolina in 2007 and spent four seasons with the Panthers. He split 2011 between Miami and Denver and was with San Diego last year. To make room for Rosario, the Bears waived tight end Kyle Adams on Monday.

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Not to mention his uncanny ability in short yardage situations. The Bears two point conversion package could be the best in the league. Right now, after bidding adieu to Jordan Palmer, the Bears are left with Cutler and journeyman Josh McCown as their only signal callers. AddingTebowto the mix at little cost is pure gravy. It can only help. You can haveaman with the same amount of playoff wins as Cutler for next to nothing. It’s OK, Bears. We know you’ve bowed to the pressure of the media and the uninformed portion of the fan base before.

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The best way to keep Cutler clean and give the two rookies an edge in pass protection is to keep the Bengals off balance by running Forte at the left side of the defense. Defensively, the Bears approach rarely changes much with the reliance on rush and cover in the cover-2. However, they’ll have to be particularly aware in middle-deep zone against Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert because their own zone coverage has changed without Brian Urlacher in it. MATCHUPS TO WATCH: Bears CB Charles Tillman, who made his second straight Pro Bowl last year, vs. Bengals WR A.J. Green. Green is to the Bengals offense what Marshall is to the Bears.


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