Bears make roster moves: sign three, release three

Bears make roster moves: sign three, release three
Saints' RB Darren Sproles is forced out of bounds by Texans' LB Xavier Adibi at Reliant Stadium on August 20, 2011.

The Bears signed two linebackers and a defensive end on Saturday, while waiving three others to make room on the offseason roster.

LB Xavier Adibi (pronounced Ah-DEE-bee), LB K.C. Asiodu (pronounced ah-see-OH-due) and DE Aston Whiteside were all signed to one-year deals, terms not disclosed.

In correlation with the additions, the Bears waived DT Ronnie Cameron and CB Jeremy Ware. They placed DE Alex Brown, who signed with the club earlier in the week as part of an agreement allowing him to retire as a Chicago Bear, on the reserve/retired list.

The decision to bring in two linebackers is no doubt a response to the team’s suddenly thin depth chart. With Brian Urlacher’s status up in the air and news about Dom DeCicco suffering a groin injury, the team needed the competition.

Head coach Lovie Smith said DeCicco “pulled [his groin] pretty good” and that the second-year LB would be “out awhile.”

Xavier Adibi has appeared in 38 games with eight starts over four seasons with the Houston Texans (2008-10) and Minnesota Vikings (2011).

The 27 year-old Adibi, at 6-2, 242-pounds, recorded 55 tackles (41 solo), two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and 13 special teams stops after being selected by the Texans in the fourth round (118th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft out of Virginia Tech.

K.C. Asiodu (27 years-old, 6-3, 247-pounds) has appeared in 11 contests over two seasons with the St. Louis Rams (2009) and New Orleans Saints (2010) recording nine special teams tackles. He spent part of the 2011 preseason with the Green Bay Packers but was released before the regular season.

Aston Whiteside (23 years-old, 6-2, 260-pounds) entered the NFL this season as an undrafted free agent with the Dallas Cowboys out of Abilene Christian University.

Whiteside, who had been on the Cowboys’ reserve/left squad list, was released by the team earlier this month. He had been reportedly been trying to convert from DE to LB in Dallas.

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