The Bears signed Josh Bullocks to a one-year contract last week, but they remain shorthanded at safety and are bringing in help for minicamp.
Veteran safeties Glenn Earl and Curome Cox and linebacker Tim McGarigle will participate in the three-day minicamp on a tryout basis, multiple league sources said.
Earl and Cox both have experience playing for new secondary coach Jon Hoke in Houston. Earl, who is a Naperville North product and played at Notre Dame, is considered a strong safety. He was cut at the end of preseason last year by the Texans. Earl was knocked out of the 2007 season with a torn Lisfranc ligament suffered in preseason against the Bears so he has not been on the field in a regular-season game since 2006.
Cox is a versatile player who has bounced around from Atlanta, Denver, New Orleans and Houston. He can play both safety positions and may be able to contribute as a nickel back but is best known as a special teams player who is a good athlete.
McGarigle, the St. Patrick product, was a seventh-round pick by the St. Louis Rams in 2007 from Northwestern. He was released at the end of last summer.
The free agents have to sign waivers that absolve the Bears of any responsibility should they be injured. It's a good chance for the club to evaluate the players next to their own.
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