Ever in the market for an edge pass rusher, the Bears signed rookie defensive end David Bass after his release this weekend by the Oakland Raiders, CSNBayArea.com confirms.
The move leaves the Bears heavy at defensive end, six players total, with either Cheta Ozougwu or rookie Cornelius Washington expected to go to make room for Bass, 6-4, 256 pounds. The Bears could sign the odd man out to the practice squad, although they already have defensive end/tackle Aston Whiteside on that unit.
Bass had one sack in preseason and was credited with three solo tackles in the Raiders’ game against the Bears. Bass played a total of 138 preseason snaps, more than any other Oakland defensive lineman, and registered three quarterback hurries and eight tackles, according to ProFootballFocus.com.
The release of Bass was a bit of a surprise, based on Bay Area fan reaction. The Raiders kept four quarterbacks and two punters, then released one of the quarterbacks anyway but could not get Bass back.
Which may help explain why the Raiders have not had a winning season and only two years with more than five wins since 2002.