Bears sign Sherrod Martin and Daniel Thomas, waive Pat Devlin

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Apparently the Bears saw enough in the tryouts to make it worth clearing a couple of spots on the 90-man roster.

The team announced today that they had signed safety Sherrod Martin and running back Daniel Thomas to one-year contracts, after working them out this week at minicamp.

Martin played for coach John Fox in Carolina, and was in Jacksonville last year. Like Thomas, the former Miami back, he’s a former second-rounder who never quite lived up to expectations in his first stop.

To make room for them on the roster, they waived kicker Jeremiah Detmer, quarterback Pat Devlin and tight end Jacob Maxwell.

Devlin was brought in recently, but they apparently feel good enough about either rookie Shane Carden or last year’s sixth-rounder David Fales as their third quarterback.

12 responses to “Bears sign Sherrod Martin and Daniel Thomas, waive Pat Devlin

  1. Like the Daniel Thomas signing a lot. I’m a little surprised Devlin didn’t stick. Neither Carden nor Fales have much upside at all.

  2. I wouldn’t say Fales has no upside. We haven’t got the opportunity to tell yet. And his old college conference foe Carr isn’t doing too bad, so to say Fales has no upside is premature.

  3. Bassplucker, you won’t like that signing at the end of the year. He was pretty bad in Miami. Maybe he will be better with chance of being the main back but I doubt it.

  4. Bears actually put Sherrod Martin through a private workout when he was coming out in the draft, and some of those same scouts are with the organization now. My guess is the pro scouting group has been following him for a while. Maybe we can finally get rid of 5’8″ Tim Jennings and go with full grown corners on the team. Jennings has been decent, but the style Donatell and Fangio want to play makes him not fit any more. They play a lot in trail position, which means they have to be long and tall, and Jennings can’t learn to be taller. Martin can also play safety, so now they have Fuller, Vereen, Amos, and Martin that all have played some safety, and can move all over the secondary if they need to. That’s a lot of flexibility.

    Daniel Thomas might have a chance to earn a spot as a short-yardage back. That’s all he’s going to be able to do for the Bears. Forte is the lead guy (barring a trade), and Rodgers, Langford, Carey, Senorise Perry, and now Thomas are fighting for his table scraps. I would still see if Jerrah Jones would give up a high pick for Forte (might be able to coax a 1st rounder out of him, but probably a second and a day 3 pick). Bears aren’t contending for the division this year, and Forte isn’t coming back next year at the rate the Bears will want to pay him.

  5. Camp bodies, thats all. Nothing to get overly hyped about.

    I also think the Bears will have the most surprised turn around for a team… calling it

  6. Miami fans and their hopes and dreams fostered into Pat Devlin, while having the nerve to bash Thomas. It’s why I call them the Fin Fairweather Faux fans. Well one reason anyways.
    As for Thomas, he has ability, but with one of the worst offensive lines in football, he wasn’t able to produce consistently. Maybe running behind the likes of Forte, will be a blessing in disguise.

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