They haven’t made an NFL roster yet and may not ever scale that peak. But four tryout players from the Bears’ rookie minicamp last weekend have cleared one hurdle and kept the NFL dream alive, agreeing to contracts with the team that gave them one more shot.
Wide receiver Demetrius Fields, defensive tackles Corvey Irvin and Christian Tupou and cornerback Maurice Jones came to terms with the Bears, who also released linebacker Dom Decicco and cornerback LeQuan Lewis to make roster space.
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Fiels, 6-feet, 210 pounds, is a rookie out of Northwestern who caught 114 passes for 1,203 yards and seven touchdowns in 52 career games with 36 starts over four seasons (2009-12) for the Wildcats.
Irvin, who worked extensively last weekend against rookie guard Kyle Long, appeared in 18 games over three seasons with the Carolina Panthers (2010), Jacksonville Jaguars (2011) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2012) after being selected by Carolina in the third round (93rd overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft. The 6-foot-2, 295-pounder recorded 11 tackles during that time.
The 6-foot-2, 290-pound Tupou is a first-year player out of USC who went undrafted and unsigned in 2012. He appeared in 41 games with 32 starts over five seasons (2007-11) for the Trojans, recording 53 tackles and seven tackles for losses.
Jones, 5-foot-9, 193 pounds, Jones is a rookie out of Temple, appearing in 46 games with 12 starts over four seasons (2009-12) with the Owls, recording 105 tackles (83 solo), six tackles for losses, one interception and six pass break-ups.