The Chicago Bears re-signed running back Kahlil Bell to a one-year contract on Saturday and waived safety Jeremy Jones. Bell had been on the free agent market ever since the Bears waived him after he refused to accept a pay cut.
The team was expected to pursue Bell after starting running back Matt Forte sprained his ankle against the Green Bay Packers last Thursday night. While Forte’s status remains uncertain, having Bell boosts the Bears’ depth in the interim.
In 20 games (three starts) played over three seasons (2009-11) with the Bears, Bell has 557 rushing yards on 119 attempts (4.7 ypc). Also add in 137 receiving yards and one touchdown on 20 receptions (6.9 ypr).
The Bears also signed TE Gabe Miller to the practice squad on Monday.
The 6-3, 257-pound Miller was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the fifth round (140th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Oregon State. He spent the 2011 season on the Chiefs active roster but did not appear in a game.
There was no corresponding move as the Bears had a spot open on the practice squad after TE Dedrick Epps was signed to the New York Jets active roster.