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Bears sign running back Knile Davis

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The Bears have brought in an experienced veteran into their backfield.

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Knile Davis joins a crowded Bears backfield in an intriguing late offseason move.
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The Chicago Bears have signed running back Knile Davis, the team announced on Saturday night. As a corresponding move, the team has released offensive lineman Kaleb Johnson.

Davis, 26, has worked with Bears head coach Matt Nagy before, as he spent the first four years of his NFL career with the Kansas City Chiefs. He spent 55 games with the team and rushed for 800 yards and 11 touchdowns on 245 carries. He also served as a valuable special teamer, as he ran two kickoffs back for touchdowns during his tenure with the Chiefs.

Davis was traded to the Green Bay Packers in October of 2016 for a conditional seventh-round pick. He has also had stints with the New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers, as well as a second stint with Chiefs. He was not on an NFL roster during the 2017 regular season, as the Steelers released him before the start of the year.

The six-year veteran joins a crowded Bears backfield and will look to make it to the 53-man roster. He will be competing with the likes of Ryan Nall and Taquan Mizzell to make it onto the team as their fourth running back, if they so choose to carry four running backs on the roster.

Jacob Infante is a Chicago Bears writer at SB Nation’s Windy City Gridiron. He is also an NFL Draft writer at USA Today SMG’s Draft Wire. He can be reached through Twitter @jacobinfante24 or emailed at jacobinfante1208@gmail.com.