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Bears add a TE to their roster and finish filling their practice squad


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The Bears finished out their 8 man practice squad by signing undrafted rookie free agent OL Jamaal Johnson-Webbout of Alabama A&M. Johnson-Webb is 6-5 and 313 lb lineman with 45 starts over the last four seasons. He was named All-SWAC first-team honors as a senior while being named to Phil Steele’s FCS second-team All-American squad. He was originally signed by the Arizona Cardinals after the draft but did not survive final cuts.

The greatest team on the planet also continued to tweak their 53 man roster by trading a conditional 7th round pick in 2014 to the Dallas Cowboys for TE Dante Rosario. Rosario is 6-3 and 245 lb. He was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in 2007 where he played for four years before making one year stops in Denver and San Diego over the past two seasons. For his career, Rosario has 99 catches for 1,106 yards and 8 touchdowns with 3 of those touchdowns coming last year with San Diego. His best year came in 2009 when he caught 26 balls for 313 yards and 2 touchdowns. 7 of his receptions went for 20+ yards and he helped move the chains (catch resulting in a 1st down) 19 times. Rosario signed a one year deal with the Cowboys in June.

The signing of another TE means that the Bears may be happy with what they have at the position but are constantly looking for upgrades at positions. Rosario doesn’t have stats that blow you away but he might be able to find a nice role in this offense as a quality 2nd option behind Martellus Bennett.

The move also means the Bears are at 54 players which means another player, possibly fullback Tony Fiammetta or back up lineman and a surprise to make the roster Taylor Boggs, will be released.