With training camp less than two months away the Bears aren't done shoring up their roster.
The Bears announced on Thursday they have signed running back Daniel Thomas and safety Sherrod Martin to one-year contracts. Both players were with the Bears on a tryout basis during this week's minicamp.
Thomas, 27, was originally selected by the Miami Dolphins in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Kansas State. In 52 games with the Dolphins from 2011-2014 Thomas registered 1,480 rushing yards with 10 touchdowns and hauled in 55 receptions for three receiving touchdowns. Thomas notched 289 total yards and two touchdowns in 12 games with Miami last season.
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Martin, 30, appeared in 72 games over six seasons with the Carolina Panthers (2009-13) and Jacksonville Jaguars (2014). He recorded 195 tackles, eight interceptions, 22 passes defended and 19 special teams tackles. In 13 games with the Jaguars in 2014 Martin had 14 tackles, one interception and two special teams tackles. Martin was selected in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft out of Troy.
To make room for Thomas and Martin on the 90-man roster, the Bears waived quarterback Pat Devlin, tight end Jacob Maxwell and kicker Jeremiah Detmer.
The great Ricky Bobby once said, “If you ain’t first, you’re last.” Talladega Nights hit a little too close to home for the Bears in Week 7.
They came into Sunday at 3-2 at the top of the NFC North. After a 38-31 loss to the New England Patriots, they dropped to the bottom of the division.
The Detroit Lions defeated the Miami Dolphins 32-21 to improve to 3-3, leaving them tied with the Bears in the cellar.
The Minnesota Vikings’ 37-17 victory over the New York Jets jumped them to 4-2-1 overall and first place in the division over the 3-2-1 Green Bay Packers, who were off for their bye week.
The NFC North remains the most tightly contested division in the NFL, the only one with no teams under .500 through seven weeks of the season.
The final standings may not be decided until Week 17, and the Bears have already blown the early season cushion they built for themselves while the Vikings and Packers were struggling.
The divisional action will pick up in November, and Chicago only has a pair of games left to put it all together before back-to-back-to-back games against the Lions, Vikings and Lions again.
Matt Forte, Lance Briggs and Alex Brown join Laurence Holmes to break down the Bears 38-31 loss to the Patriots. What happened to the Bears defense over their bye week, and how did the special teams struggle so bad against New England? Plus – the guys debate Mitchell Trubisky’s decision making in the red zone and Matt weighs in on how the Bears should play his former team – the New York Jets – next week.
0:35– Special teams to blame for loss?
4:12– Where did the Bears pass rush go?
5:27– Bad tackling followed Bears from Miami
7:25– Are the coaches to blame for the defense after the bye?
10:10– Evaluating Mitchell Trubisky’s game
11:55– Agree with Matt Nagy on Mitch’s “mental” game?
13:30– Trubisky’s red zone decision making
17:10– Are the Bears giving away games so Mitch can learn?
18:00– Bears need to run the ball more
21:04– Matt Forte scouts his former team, the New York Jets
Listen to the full podcast here or in the embedded player below.