Late on Monday, the Bears came to terms with two soon-to-be 30-year-olds who spent time on the roster last season.
Defensive tackle C.J. Wilson who appeared in six games, with one start in 2016 has re-signed, per his agent at SportsTrust Advisors. Safety Chris Prosinski, a guy who has played in 29 games, with six starts over the last two seasons has been signed back as well, per his agent at Reign Sports.
Note: The Bears have now re-signed 11 players this off-season while signing nine new players to give them a total of 20 moves.
Starting with Wilson, the 6’3″, 290-pound defensive tackle turns 30 on March 30. He added 13 tackles and a sack in a brief stint with the time which included a spot start in Week 17 against Minnesota. He’s back again to compete for a rotational job.
Wilson has made 20 starts since joining the league in 2010 bouncing between Green Bay (2010-13), Oakland (2014-15) and Detroit (2015). The East Carolina product has never been a full-time starter, but on multiple occasions made seven starts in a season, Green Bay (2012) and Oakland (2014).
He joins Eddie Goldman, Akiem Hicks, Will Sutton, Ego Ferguson, Mitch Unrein, Jonathan Bullard, John Jenkins and Kapron Lewis-Moore as the ninth defensive lineman under contract. Veteran Ricky Jean-Francois met with the Bears’ brass this weekend but left without a deal.
Don’t rule out Jean-Francois signing with the Bears in the near future. He is a solid defensive end and locker room leader.
The other signing is one that stabilizes the third phase. Prosinski is a reliable special teamer but asking him to do anything more maybe pushing it.
Prosinski turns 30 next month and returns having made 56 tackles, a sack, a pass breakup and a forced fumble in two seasons with the Bears. The 6’1″, 213-pound Wyoming product has made 15 starts since joining the NFL in 2011. He has 156 career tackles and one interception.
He joins Adrian Amos, Deon Bush, Quintin Demps, Harold Jones-Quartey and DeAndre Houston-Carson as the sixth safety under the Bears’ control. This is a position of need in the draft and with a deeper unit, it is hard to see where Prosinski fits in. He’ll have to fight hard to make the team.
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