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Bears re-sign linebacker Devante Bond

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Earlier today the Chicago Bears announced that they have re-signed linebacker Devante Bond to a one-year contract. Bond (6’1”, 236 pounds) originally signed with the Bears last December when they put Roquan Smith on injured reserve. He appeared in three games with 35 snaps on special teams.

Bond was a sixth-round draft pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2016 and he spent his rookie year on injured reserve. He played the next two and a half years (29 games with 6 starts) with the Bucs before being released in October of 2019.

In Tampa Bay he was a core special teamer and he played strong-side outside linebacker in their 4-3 defense. He has some pass rush skills off the edge, so the Bears may have him compete at outside linebacker.

Contract details aren’t available at this time, but his one year deal is likely to come in near the veteran minimum.

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