The Bears moved to add depth at perhaps their most troubling position, signing NFL veteran and Wheaton-Warrenville South alum Tony Moeaki after the conclusion of mandatory minicamp Thursday.
Moeaki was one of four players to try out for the team during this week’s camp. Another — defensive lineman Malik Jackson, the twin brother of former Broncos star and Jaguars signee Malik — also signed with the team.
To make room, the Bears waived defensive lineman Kenton Adeyemi and linebacker Don Cherry. The roster stands at 89, one short of the maximum.
“We’re always looking,” Fox said after practice Thursday but before the signings. “I think right now, number-wise, we have some flexibility.”
Moeaki had only three receptions for 58 yards with the Falcons last year and is four years removed from his last dominant season. He caught 33 passes for 453 yards and a touchdown in 2012 and had 47 catches for 556 and three scores in 2010. Both were with the Chiefs.
The Bears have only one proven tight end on their roster, Zach Miller, who was a revelation last season but has a history of injury. Veteran Rob Housler and second-year Khari Lee are considered candidates for the Bears’ second spot, while undrafted rookies Ben Braunecker and Joe Sommers could compete.