Safety Chris Prosinski and linebacker LaRoy Reynolds have been signed to round out a defense that probably has more changes to come as the new regime tries to set the Bears on a better path. Listed at 6-2, 208-pounds, the Buffalo, Wyoming native was originally a fourth round selection (121st overall) of the Jaguars in the 2011 NFL Draft out of the University of Wyoming.
Reynolds saw action in 30 games and started three in three seasons with the Jaguars.
Vereen played in the first three games this season primarily on special teams, though he did get beat by tight end Jimmy Graham for a 30-yard touchdown reception Sunday in Seattle.
As for Vereen, he was cut after starting out the offseason as a first string safety for the Bears.
Replacing Vereen on the roster is Prosinski, who appeared in 56 games with nine starts over four seasons with Jacksonville (2011-14) and Philadelphia (2014). He will be expected to bolster the Bears’ special teams, having 27 career tackles in that role. Giving up on a young player that you’ve hardly seen is not generally advised, and jettisoning Vereen so quickly is bound to be a move Chicago will regret down the road.
Vereen was a four-year starter with the Gophers from 2010 to 2013. He played in all 16 games last season and finished with 39 tackles, a forced fumble and an interception.