Bears sign TE Lachlan Pitts, Niles North product LB Barrington Wade

Wade’s arrival is particularly interesting as the Bears deal with injuries at linebacker.

SHARE Bears sign TE Lachlan Pitts, Niles North product LB Barrington Wade
The Bears signed tight end Lachlan Pitts on Tuesday.

The Bears signed tight end Lachlan Pitts on Tuesday.

AP

These moves likely are meant merely to have enough players at certain positions for practice, but the Bears signed linebacker Barrington Wade and tight end Lachlan Pitts on Tuesday. Both players are expected to practice immediately.

Amid their injuries, especially on defense, the Bears signed two players: linebacker Barrington Wade and tight end Lachlan Pitts.

Wade, 25, starred at Niles North High School before going to Iowa. As an undrafted free agent, he bounced among the Ravens, Broncos and CFL. With no clear path in the NFL, he recently had an XFL tryout.

Then his hometown team called.

“It’s like a dream come true, something I’ve been thinking about since I was a little kid,” he told the Sun-Times. “It’s crazy.”

Pitts went undrafted out of William & Mary this year. He had 28 catches for 543 yards and five touchdowns as a senior.

The Bears waived tight end Jake Tonges with an injury designation and waived kicker Andre Szmyt to make room for the additions.

The Latest
‘‘That was a rough one,” said Flexen, who had posted a 3.00 ERA over his last three starts. “I thought my stuff was terrible. Terrible execution, especially in big moments. That’s one I’ll try to flush.”
“You get an MVP one night and an All-Star the next night,” Mystics coach Eric Thibault said. “Especially at the position that Angel and Aliyah are playing, you don’t get many breaks.”
The Sky’s three-game losing streak, a symptom of another bad start, begs the question: is a change to the starting lineup needed?
‘‘It means the world,’’ said Kuhl, who nearly a year ago was designated for assignment by the Nationals after a rough outing.