Bears Release Edwards & Pippens

Lake Forest - In searching the waiver wire, the Bears clamed defensive backs Daven Holly and Chris Thompson, while releasing Steve Edwards and Jerrell Pippens.

Holly was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the sixth round of the 2005 NFL Draft, 215th overall. The five-foot-10, 186-pound corner has 4.37 speed. He converted from wide receiver during his sophomore season at Cincinnati.

A two-year starter for the Bearcats, Holly registered 45 tackles, two interceptions, eight pass breakups and one blocked extra point attempt last season as a senior.

Thompson spent his rookie season with the Jacksonville Jaguars after being selected in the fifth round of the 2004 draft (150th overall) out of Nicholls State.

Edwards spent three years with the Bears, staring 24 of 32 games played. He started 16 games at left guard in 2003, but became a spot starter last year with six games at right guard and two at left.

The team now has eight offensive linemen on the roster with Roberto Garza, Qasim Mitchell and Marc Colombo as the reserves.

Pippens looked to have earned a roster spot before having a poor performance in the preseason finale. On successive plays against the Browns, he was flagged for an illegal use of hands penalty and then beaten deep for a 48-yard completion.

The Bears signed five players that were recently cut to the eight-man practice squad. LB Jeremy Cain, DT Antonio Garay, T Rob Droege, OL Anthony Oakley and FB Keith Belton. Cornerback Roderick Babers and DT Jason Jefferson were also added to the squad.

Babers was a fourth round pick by the New York Giants in 2003, but has bounced around the league over the past three seasons. He spent time with both Tampa Bay and Denver in training camp.

Jefferson is a native of Chicago and went to Leo Catholic High School. He was cut by the New Orleans Saints, who took him the sixth round out of Wisconsin.

The Bears still have one spot open on the practice squad.

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