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Bears add linebacker depth, signing Xavier Adibi and K.C. Asiodu

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The Bears on Saturday signed three defensive players, including a former fourth-round pick.

With Brian Urlacher out for a week and Dom DeCicco sidelined, the Bears are thin at linebacker.

The Bears added linebackers Xavier Adibi and K.C. Asiodu, as well as defensive end Aston Whiteside. To make room for those players, the Bears waived defensive tackle Ronnie Cameron and cornerback Jeremy Ware and placed defensive end Alex Brown on the reserve/ retired list.

Adibi was a fourth round pick of the Houston Texans in the 2008 NFL Draft. He's appeared in 38 games with eight starts. Last season, he was with the Minnesota Vikings. He has 55 career tackles, forced two fumbles and also has a fumble recovery. He's also had 13 special teams tackles.

Asiodu has appeared in 11 NFL games with the St. Louis Rams and New Orleans Saints, racking up nine special teams tackles. He spent the 2011 preseason with the Green Bay Packers but was released before the regular season started.

Whiteside, who played at Abilene Christian University, was an undrafted free agent recently released by the Dallas Cowboys.

The Bears practice at 2 p.m. today.

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I would also be concerned if I was Blake Castanzo. He looked completely lost on defense, but that wasn't really what he was brought in here to do.

The Bears historically have taken roster spots for guys who can only contribute in one phase of the game, so our roster depth has been deceiving. We keep guys specifically for their special teams prowess, which is why our special teams have been so good year in and year out. But every team suffers injuries, and they need guys on the roster to step up and take their place. We have been relying on a very thin pool of players who can back up the starters, and the rest can't really be counted on to play on offense or defense. Castanzo is just the latest experiment. Garrett Wolfe, Rod Wilson, Rashied Davis, Eric Weems, Darrell McClover, Cameron Worrell, Brandon McGowan al were players who we put or kept on the roster specifically for their special teams play.

Sooner or later, we have to start making this roster deep enough to survive multiple injuries. As much as I hate it, the Packers managed to win the Super Bowl with something like 15 guys on IR, 6 of them linebackers. Dom DeCicco, Castanzo, and the pot-head (Thomas) are not a depth chart that can weather any extended injury from Urlacher and Briggs. Hayes looks like he can play, and Roach is decent. But that's 4 guys who can play, and 2-3 who can't...Thomas, assuming he doesn't get suspended for his off-field indiscretions, could be a decent backup, but that's pretty well it.

Emery has committed to improving the overall roster. That means not letting Lovie keep his pets around if they can't contribute when called upon. So far, he has done pretty well. Linebacker is a signficant weak spot when it comes to depth. The Bears haven't drafted one since Briggs that was any good, and the depth chart today is all UDFAs or UFAs with the exception of Thomas, who didn't play as a rookie.

That group should look a lot different by the start of next season, but hopefully will see some change before the start of this season. Adibi is nothing special, but at least he has started on defense before.

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