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.
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.