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Bears officially announce several roster moves

The Chicago Bears have signed veteran tight end Stephen Carlson, and UDFAs defensive back Bralen Trahan, offensive lineman Josh Lugg, and defensive lineman D’Anthony Jones.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 20 Louisiana at Liberty Photo by Lee Coleman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Update: The Chicago Bears have now officially announced these four additions, with the corresponding roster moves being UDFAs Nick Amoah (OL) from Cal-Davis, Oklahoma’s Justin Broiles (S), and Stony Brook tight end Damien Caffrey all being waived.

Besides their draft picks, undrafted free agents, and a handful of contracted veterans, the Chicago Bears also had a number of rookies and vets at their rookie minicamp this weekend on a tryout basis. At the conclusion of the two-day camp, they signed veteran tight end Stephen Carlson according to the NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.

The 26-year-old Carlson (6’4”, 240) was originally an undrafted free agent from the Cleveland Browns in 2019 out of Princeton. He started seven of the 25 games he appeared in from 2019 to 2020 but missed all of 2021 with an ACL tear. During his two years in Cleveland, he caught six passes for 62 yards and a touchdown, and he played in nearly 450 special teams snaps.

Carlson joins fellow tight ends Cole Kmet, Robert Tonyan, Jake Tonges, and Chase Allen on the offseason roster.

Twitter personality Daniel Greenberg Tweeted that the Bears were signing Louisianna’s Bralen Trahan (6’, 201), an undrafted safety trying out at Halas Hall this weekend at minicamp.

Also signed after his two-day tryout was UDFA offensive lineman Josh Lugg (6’6”, 306) from Notre Dame, this is according to his agency team, Shark Sports Management. Lugg had 33 starts during his collegiate career, which included 13 in 2022 at right guard, and 12 in 2021 at right tackle.

Update: On Sunday, Aaron Wison from Houstn’s KPRC reported that the Bears signed UDFA defensive lineman D’Anthony Jones. He played off the edge in college, but his size (6’, 276) and athletic testing numbers from his pro day may indicate a move to the interior in Chicago. The Bears do list him as an edge rusher in their announcement.

Kevin Fielder, from our sister site Underdog Dynasty, had Jones on his YouTube channel to break down some of his own film.