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Bears waive LB Khaseem Greene, add QB Pat Devlin

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Bears waive LB Khaseem Greene, add QB Pat Devlin

Linebacker Khaseem Greene, the Bears’ fourth-round pick in the 2013 draft, has been waived as part of roster moves that give the Bears another young quarterback going into phase two of the team’s offseason program.

The Bears signed tryout quarterback Pat Devlin from Delaware to a one-year contract, and defensive tackle Terry Williams and linebacker Kyle Woestmann to three-year deals. Devlin, Williams and Woestmann all made the current roster, now at 89 players, with performances as tryouts at last week’s rookie minicamp.

The Greene move follows the trade of wide receiver Brandon Marshall as the incoming staff adjusts the roster left over from the Phil Emery era. Veteran center Roberto Garza and safety Anthony Walters were released previously.

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Greene appeared in 25 games with six starts over two seasons (2013-14), collecting 60.5 tackles, one interception and one forced fumble to go along with seven special-teams stops. But he was unable to demonstrate impact ability in his few starts and did not show enough on special teams or in the voluntary veterans minicamp last month.

Devlin, 6-3, 220 pounds, spent four years with the Dolphins (2011-13) and Vikings (2014). He spent a majority of his 2011 rookie season on the Dolphins practice squad and was on Miami’s 53-man roster for all of 2012 and 2013 but was inactive each game. He also spent the final eight weeks of the 2014 regular season on the Vikings practice squad after being released by Miami in August.

He demonstrated both arm strength and touch on deep throws during the minicamp, capped off by a 30-yard hookup with rookie wideout Kevin White. Devlin played at Penn State from 2006-08, then transferred to Delaware a year after Joe Flacco left for the NFL.

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Williams, at 6 feet, 329 pounds, will work at nose tackle after three standout seasons at the position for East Carolina, where he was a teammate of undrafted free agent quarterback Shane Carden.

Woestmann appeared in 49 games with 24 starts in four seasons (2011-14) at Vanderbilt, putting together 100 tackles, 13 sacks, 20.5 tackles for losses, five forced fumbles and three pass break-ups. Woestmann was a team-captain as a senior, starting 11 contests and recording 30 tackles, one sack, 5.5 TFLs and a forced fumble. 

Devin Hester one of six specialists to make the NFL 100 All-Time Team

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Devin Hester one of six specialists to make the NFL 100 All-Time Team

The NFL 100 All-Time Team just got a serious influx of speed and athleticism. Former Bears' legend and arguably the greatest special teams player of all time, Devin Hester, was named to the squad on Friday.

Hester played with the Bears from 2006 to 2013, racking up an incredible 31 return touchdowns (18 on kick returns, 13 on punt returns). Over his 11 season career, Hester collected a total of 11,028 return yards between kick and punt returns. Hester made four Pro Bowls and three All-Pro teams over his career. 

The 2006 No. 57 overall pick out of Miami (FL) dazzled from the start of his NFL career, collecting 1,128 combined punt/kick return yards and 5 touchdowns. 

But just as impressive as his overall effectiveness, was his penchant for rising to the moment. Hester's clutch moments included an 80+ yard punt return for a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals in the infamous, "They are who we thought they were game".

And, of course, all NFL fans remember how Hester became the first player in NFL history to take the opening kickoff of a Super Bowl back to the house for a touchdown. 

Hester was a shoo-in to make the NFL 100 All-Time Team, as he is the NFL's all-time leader in kick and punt return touchdowns but even, so his game was about so much more than just the numbers. 

Devin Hester's unparalleled combination of speed and creativity in the open field delighted NFL fans in a way that perhaps no other player in history did or ever will. 

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Sports Talk Live Podcast: Bears win again as they trounce the Cowboys

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Sports Talk Live Podcast: Bears win again as they trounce the Cowboys

Sam Panayotovick and Seth Gruen join Kap on the show.

0:00 - The Bears win again as they trounce the Cowboys. So did Mitch Trubisky save his job or was it just one good game?

12:00 - The Bulls look for their third straight win with the Warriors in town. Plus, Sam gives out his best bets for the weekend as the guys preview the college football conference title games.

17:00 - Comedian Steve Rannazzisi joins Kap to talk about the dumpster fire that is his Knicks. Plus Kap thanks his Giants for helping turn the Bears season around.

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