Updated: The Bears officially announced the moves for wide receiver Isaiah Ford and linebacker Buddy Johnson, while waiving linebacker Sterling Weatherford and punter Ryan Anderson.
On the eve of veterans reporting to training camp, the Chicago Bears are working out some players at Halas Hall today per a report from Aaron Wilson.
#Bears worked out former #Rams #Lions #Titans #Falcons and @VandyFootball tight end Jared Pinkney in addition to former #Rams tight end Roger Carter Jr. and former #Dolphins wide receiver Isaiah Ford, per league sources @KPRC2 https://t.co/zM5IOZX0lc— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) July 24, 2023
The Bears are a bit thin behind tight ends Cole Kmet and Robert Tonyan, and tight ends Jared Pinkney (6’4”, 257) and Roger Carter Jr. (6’2”, 250) are both decent blockers.
Wide receiver Isaiah Ford (6’2”, 201) has 63 receptions in his career, but he hasn’t appeared in an NFL game since 2021, and he only has six total special teams snaps.
Update: The Bears are reported to have signed Isaiah Ford after this tryout per Jordan Schultz. The 27-year-old Ford was originally a seventh-round pick of the Dolphins in 2017, and he spent some of last offseason with the Colts.
Update 2: Here’s the full list of workout players that were in Lake Forest today.
#Bears worked out B.J. Bello, Victor Bolden, Roger Carter Jr., Isaiah Ford (being signed, per a league source), Buddy Johnson, Jared Pinkney, Lachlan Pitts, Trey Quinn, Khalan Tholson, Isaiah Zuber— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) July 24, 2023
Update 3: On Monday night, Wilson reported that the Bears signed linebacker Buddy Johnson, who is a former fourth-round pick of the Steelers in 2021. He spent 2022 on the practice squads of the 49ers and Texans.
Chicago’s offseason roster is currently at the max of 90 players, so when these moves are made, they’ll need to make a corresponding transaction.