Bears sign 6 tryout players from 2022 rookie minicamp

Image of De'Montre Tuggle

The Chicago Bears signed six players who attended their 2022 rookie minicamp on a tryout basis, according to the Chicago Tribune’s Brad Biggs.

To make room for the new signings, General Manager Ryan Poles waived six players who were under contract, including linebacker Ledarius Mack and running back Master Teague.

Teague is a surprising cut. He was one of the bigger names signed by the Bears as an undrafted free agent and was expected to compete for the No. 3 running back job in training camp. Instead, Ohio University’s De’Montre Tuggle will be that guy.

Tuggle carried the ball 138 times for 804 yards and seven touchdowns in 2021. He measured 5-foot-8 and 206 pounds at his pro day and ran a 4.59 40-yard dash. He has more lateral agility than Teague, who’s generally regarded as a straight-line athlete with high-end speed.

The Bears are expected to continue tweaking the roster over the coming weeks. They will hold nine OTA practices on May 16, 17, 19, 23, 24, 26 and June 6, 7 and 9, and with several quality veterans remaining unsigned in free agency, Poles is likely to add another player or two before the next full-team minicamp on June 14-16.

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