A day after trading linebacker Jonathan Bostic to New England, the Bears have jettisoned another Phil Emery draft pick by waiving safety Brock Vereen, who had begun training camp as the starting free safety and for whom the Bears had traded up in the 2014 draft.
In moves expected to upgrade their troubled special teams, the Bears signed linebacker Chris Prosinski and linebacker LaRoy Reynolds.
Vereen’s decline was precipitous, culminating with him being beaten badly by Seattle Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham for a 30-yard touchdown. Vereen, the Bears’ second fourth-round pick in the 2014 draft, played just three regular-down snaps in the Seattle game, with the Graham catch the low point.
Vereen also was in on 17 special-teams snaps in a game that included a 105-yard kickoff return and 64-yard punt return. Vereen was not involved in any tackles vs. the Seahawks and was credited with just one assisted tackle for the season.
Vereen becomes the third Emery draft choice let go by the Bears this year, beginning with linebacker Khaseem Greene in May and continuing with Bostic on Monday.
In Vereen’s place the Bears signed safety Chris Prosinski, who has appeared in 56 games with nine starts over four seasons with Jacksonville (2011-14) and Philadelphia (2014), collecting 73 tackles, one TFL, one interception and six pass break-ups.
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On special teams Prosinski has recorded 27 tackles and one fumble recovery. Listed at 6-2, 208-pounds, the Wyoming native was originally a fourth-round selection (121st overall) of the Jaguars in the 2011 draft out of Wyoming.
Also looking to beef up special teams, the Bears added linebacker LaRoy Reynolds, a veteran of 30 games with three starts over three seasons in Jacksonville (2013-15), producing 22 tackles, one TFL and a pass break-up.
On special teams Reynolds was credited with 18 tackles and a fumble recovery. Listed at 6-1, 240-pounds the Norfolk, Virginia native entered the NFL in 2013 as an undrafted free agent out of Virginia.