Depth Perception

The Bears lost depth at already thin position when reserve linebacker Greg Jones signed a three-year, $5 million deal with the expansion Houston Texans.

Jones departure leaves Chicago with two linebackers under contract Brian Urlacher and reserve Bobbie Howard. However, the team has right of first refusal for restricted free agents Rosevelt Colvin and Warrick Holdman.

Linebackers Tim Johnson and Devon Lemons were on the Bears' practice squad last year.

The Texans will mark the third different team in three years for the former Colorado standout. Jones, 27, played the first four seasons of his career with the Washington Redskins before he signed with the Bears last April as an unrestricted free agent. He was a second-round choice of the Redskins in the 1997 draft after an excellent college career where he primarily lined up as a defensive end, particularly in his final two seasons.

The 6-feet-4, 248 pound Jones is a versatile defender who could play inside or outside for the Texans, which will make him a valuable asset as the Texans plan to use a 3-4 defense. He is solid versus the run and has some pass rush skills, despite have few opportunities to attack the pocket during his first five seasons.

He played in all 16 games for the Bears in 2001, but didn't start a game and was used primarily on special teams. Jones had three tackles.

Jones' best season was in 1999, when he started 15 games at strongside linebacker and finished with 46 tackles. For his career, he has 79 appearances and 27 starts, and recorded 98 tackles, six sacks, one interception and three passes defensed.

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