Per the Chicago Bears:
LAKE FOREST, IL – The Chicago Bears have signed LB Nick Roach to the 53-man roster, placed CB Ade Jimoh on injured reserve and signed S Brandon Sharp to the practice squad today.
Roach entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent out of Northwestern in 2007 with the San Diego Chargers. Roach was with San Diego throughout the preseason and on the Chargers practice squad for the first 11 weeks of the regular season before signing with Chicago. At Northwestern, the Milwaukee native was an Academic All-Big Ten choice and team co-MVP as a senior. Roach finished his collegiate career with 241 tackles, nine sacks, 16 tackles for loss and two interceptions.
Jimoh collected three special-teams tackles in six games this season for the Bears and has 68 stops in five seasons with Washington and Chicago.
Sharp entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent out of Louisville in 2007 with the Tennessee Titans. The Jacksonville, FL native appeared in 46 games for Louisville with 25 starts. He recorded 120 tackles, seven tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, two interceptions and 14 passes defensed in four seasons with the Cardinals.
JC’s Take: Jimoh broke his collarbone Sunday in Seattle, so Roach represented the best opportunity for the Bears to find another player who could contribute on special teams right away. But with young linebackers like Jamar Williams, Michael Okwo, and Rod Wilson on the roster already, Roach may have a tough time sticking around Chicago after this season. Sharp was the No. 27 safety in the country heading into the 2007 NFL Draft according to Scout.com, known for strong change-of-direction footwork but weak recovery ability.
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