It was a busy Labor Day weekend for the Chicago Bears, who made a waiver claim, signed eight to the practice squad, and saw former starting tackle J'Marcus Webb land with the rival Minnesota Vikings.
Bears claim Bass
The team worked the waiver wire to claim defensive end David Bass off waivers from the Oakland Raiders.
Chicago waived defensive end Cheta Ozougwu to make room for Bass, who was a seventh round pick by Oakland. Bass set a school record at Missouri Western State with 40.5 sacks, and earned All America honors as a Junior in Division II.
Eight to Practice Squad
Meanwhile, the Bears filled out their practice squad with eight players. One notable practice squad signee is tight end Fendi Onobun, who was one of the final cuts. Onobun reportedly had a strong training camp, but couldn't translate that momentum to exhibition games. He dropped three passes in the team's first three preseason games, but caught four for 45 yards in the finale against the Cleveland Browns. Onobun also had a pass deflected off his hands that turned into a pick six.
However, the team feels Onobun has potential, after playing basketball for four years at Arizona before switching to football in his final season. The 2010 St. Louis Rams draft pick has been in camp with six NFL teams in his short career.
Other returning players to the Bears practice squad after being cut by Chicago are linebacker Jerry Franklin, cornerback Demontre Hurst, running back Harvey Unga and defensive end Aston Whiteside. They'll be joined by quarterback Jerrod Johnson, receiver Ricardo Lockette and undrafted rookie free agent OL Jamaal Johnson-Webb.
Webb lands with Vikings
It turns out J-Webb Nation isn't leaving the NFC North. Former Bears' starting left tackle J'Marcus Webb was claimed by the Vikings off waivers. Webb was moved from left, to right tackle in training camp, but quickly lost his starting job to rookie Jordan Mills. He eventually took a pay cut, but was waived by the team in the final round of cuts this weekend.
The Vikings are set on the offensive line with their starters, who all played in every game last season. But, they only have one reserve tackle, so the addition of Webb would give them depth at that position.
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