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Chicago Bears sign David Carter and A.J. Cruz, waive Jonathan Brown


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With the Chicago Bears set to report to training camp tomorrow in Bourbonnais, they've decided to do a little shuffling to the bottom of their roster.

As you may have heard yesterday, the Bears were reported to have inked return specialist A.J. Cruz from the Arena League's Arizona Rattlers. Earlier today they made that signing official. They also added defensive lineman David Carter, who last played in 2013 with the Dallas Cowboys. To make room for the extra camp body, the Bears waived linebacker Jonathan Brown.

Cruz (5'9", 195) played corner in college at Brown University, but in the Arena League he was a wide out, a defensive back and an occasional linebacker. This year for the Rattlers he returned 6 kicks for touchdowns. The Bears list him as a receiver, which brings the total for that position up to 12.

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Carter (6'5", 300) was a 6th round pick of the Cardinals in 2011 out of UCLA, and he started 4 game for them in 2012. He has appeared in 35 games in his career. Wikipedia has in interesting nugget about Carter.

David Carter is also an animal rights activist and a vegan. He advocates for animal rights and vegan athletics on his website

Brown would have battled for a reserve inside linebacker spot, but now he's hoping to latch on with another team before camp opens up.

The Bears' roster now stands at the maximum of 90 players.

Any thoughts on the two new players?