Chicago Bears hold tryouts for a big name free agent and three others

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Could the Chicago Bears be bringing back Devante Bond?

Another familiar face the Chicago Bears brought back in for a tryout is Devante Bond. Bond spent time with the Bears in 2019. He did not see any defensive snaps but played in three games on special teams. He saw 35 snaps in those games or eight percent of the special teams snaps for the season. He did not record any stats.

Bond is 27 years old and entering his fourth year in the NFL. He was drafted in 2016 in the sixth round out of Oklahoma by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Boyd played in 32 games for the Bucs before being waived in 2019. He started six games for the Bucs — two his rookie season and four in 2017. He has a career total of 39 tackles (31 solos and eight assists).

Most of Bond’s time has been played on special teams. He saw 60 percent of the Bucs special teams snaps in 2017 and 48 percent in 2018. Just like Napoleon Maxwell, the Bears cut Boyd this summer (July) and are likely bringing him back in to keep him familiar with what’s going on if they need another special teams player this season. He is not going to crack the starting lineup even if Roquan Smith or Danny Trevathan are severely injured.