The Bears sure fell out of love with Nick Reed in a hurry. The Bears cut the second-year defensive end and signed veteran defensive end Chauncey Davis to a two-year contract Monday.
Davis, a fourth-round draft pick by the Atlanta Falcons out of Florida State in 2005, had 10 sacks, two interceptions, eight fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles in 96 games (25 starts) over six seasons with the Falcons.
Davis, 28, was released prior to the final preseason game in September. He reportedly worked out for the Lions on Friday.
Against the Saints last season at the Georgia Dome, Davis intercepted an ill-advised flip by a harried Drew Brees and returned it 26 yards for a touchdown to give the Falcons a 14-10 lead in the fourth quarter. They lost 17-14.
It was a tough break for Reed. His ''high motor'' and relentless style earned him a surprise spot on the Bears' roster at the beginning of the season. But ever since he was on the field in place of Julius Peppers when Matthew Stafford threw a 73-yard touchdown pass to Calvin Johnson to spark the Lions' 24-13 victory over the Bears at Ford Field in Week 5, the Bears seemed to lose interest in him.
Reed was inactive the following week and played as a reserve in two games after that -- he had two tackles and a quarterback pressure against the Buccaneers in London. But he was inactive again for Sunday's 37-13 victory over the Lions at Soldier Field. He had 11 tackles, two quarterback pressures and one pass break-up in seven games.