Bears release LB Khaseem Greene

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Continuing to erase the memories of former General Manager Phil Emery’s draft classes, the Chicago Bears released LB Khaseem Greene. He was a fourth-round choice out of Rutgers in 2013.

Greene was an undersized backer who earned a reputation in college as a turnover machine, forcing 15 fumbles, an NCAA record while alternating between safety and outside linebacker. However, he never transitioned at the pro level, spending most of his time on special teams. In limited duty, Greene failed to display the instincts to play on a regular basis, and his lack of bulk made him an easy target when opponents attacked on the ground.

Greene appeared in 25 games with six starts over two seasons (2013-14) for Chicago, collecting 60.5 tackles, one interception and one forced fumble to go along with seven special teams stops.

The release of Greene is another poor reflection of  the Bears previous regime. Too often, Emery tried to outsmart everyone with unconventional decisions (hiring former CFL coach Marc Trestman, drafting Shea McClellin and Brandon Hardin, a safety who missed his last two years in college due to injury and subsequently spent his rookie year on the Bears injured reserve list).

In unrelated moves, the Bears terminated the contract of veteran defensive end Austen Lane and signed three tryout players following last weekend’s rookie minicamp. The club signed QB Pat Devlin to a one-year contract and DT Terry Williams and LB Kyle Woestmann to three-year contract.

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Lane has seen action in 30 contests with 17 starts over his NFL career with Jacksonville (2010-12), Detroit (2013) and Chicago (2014), recording 64 tackles, three sacks and one fumble recovery.

Devlin has spent four years with the Dolphins (2011-13) and Vikings (2014). He spent a majority of his 2011 rookie season on the Dolphins practice squad and was on Miami’s 53-man roster for all of 2012 and 2013 but was inactive each contest. He also spent the final eight weeks of the 2014 regular season on the Vikings practice squad after being released by Miami in August. Devlin spent his final two collegiate seasons at Delaware (2009-10), completing 506-of-776 for 5,696 yards, 37 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Spent 2006-08 seasons at Penn State, completing 25-of-48 passes for 459 yards and 4 TDs with 0 INTs while also rushing for 2 TDs.

Williams was a three-year starter at nose tackle for East Carolina, earning First-Team All-American Conference honors as a senior. Williams played in 37 career games at ECU w

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ith 19 starts, producing 126 tackles, 17 tackles for losses, three sacks, forced five fumbles and five pass break-ups.  He also blocked a pair of punts on special teams. As a senior, Williams appeared in 10 contests with eight starts, recording 34 tackles, 7.5 TFLs and 1.5 sacks.

Woestmann appeared in 49 games with 24 starts in four seasons (2011-14) at Vanderbilt, putting together 100 tackles, 13 sacks, 20.5 tackles for losses, five forced fumbles and three pass break-ups. Woestmann was a team-captain as a senior, starting 11 contests and recording 30 tackles, one sack, 5.5 TFLs and a forced fumble.

The Bears roster stands at 89 players, one shy of the 90-man limit.

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