The Bears brought in some competition for special teams by adding a familiar face today.
Linebacker Darrell McClover was signed and he will be able to contribute immediately for Dave Toub's special teams unit after spending the last three seasons with the club.
McClover was the sixth linebacker the team kept on the roster to begin the season last year. He appeared in 10 games but was placed on injured reserve in late November with a pulled hamstring. He produced 14 tackles on special teams and added a blocked punt. McClover made 36 special teams tackles in 28 games for the Bears from 2006 to 2008. He's been out of work since his contract expired after last season.
The team made two other moves as tight end Fontel Mines ad guard Tyler Reed were waived/injured. They will revert back to the club's injured reserve list if they clear through waivers. The Bears now have 79 players on their roster, including cornerback Charles Tillman, who remains on the physically unable to perform list. They will need to cut down to 75 players by Sept. 1 and then the final cut to 53 is on Sept. 5. Defensive tackle Dusty Dvoracek is expected to miss the season, so he will likely clear one roster spot.