The Bears signed former fifth-round draft selection TE Brody Eldridge on Monday and waived RB Kahlil Bell. Bell, who was released by the Bears this offseason, was brought back to the team after starter Matt Forte suffered an ankle injury in Week-3.
Eldridge, 6-5, 265-pounds, started 16 of 27 games for the Indianapolis Colts from 2010-2011, recording 14 receptions for 84 yards. He was waived by the Rams this offseason. The Bears had him up at Halas Hall for a workout last Tuesday during the bye week.
Eldridge is what the Bears need: a blocking specialist. He’s expected to complete as a fill-in this season for rookie TE Evan Rodriguez as the Bears’ leading blocker out of the backfield. Rodriguez is slowly working his way back from a knee injury.