The Chicago Bears today waived third-year cornerback Isaiah Frey, the club's 2012 sixth-round draft pick, and defensive end Davis Bass, and have elevated cornerback Al-Louis Jean from the practice squad to the 53-man roster.
The club has also signed linebackers DeDe Lattimore and Terrell Manning to the practice squad, while terminating the practice-squad contracts of DE Roy Philon and WR Rashad Ross.
The 6-1 Louis-Jean is an undrafted rookie free agent out of Boston College. Collegiately he played in 21 games over three seasons, collecting 36 tackles, one interception, four pass break-ups and two forced fumbles. He was signed by the Bears as a UDFA this past offseason and spent training camp and the preseason with the club. Louis-Jean is young (20 years old) but showed a lot of promise due to his high level of athleticism, picking up an interception in the club's first preseason contest.
Frey, who was Chicago's nickelback in 2013, took a step backward this year and did not show well the past two games. Louis-Jean has more upside and size (6-1, 187), thus the move.
Waiving Frey is an indication that CB Sherrick McManis, who hasn't played since Week 2 due to a quad injury, will be ready to return to the field this week. The Bears plan to use McManis, who was extremely impressive during training camp and the preseason, out wide on passing downs, with Tim Jennings sliding inside to nickelback.
Bass appeared in 13 games with one start over two seasons with the Bears (2013-14), gathering 20.5 tackles - including one sack and 2.5 TFLs - and one interception which he returned for a touchdown.
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