Semi-important news from Brad Biggs at the Sun-Times:
Seven days before the Bears are to report for training camp, the club decided they needed help at running back and signed veteran Kevin Jones. The former first-round draft pick of the Detroit Lions checked out medically Tuesday morning and signed a one-year contract worth $605,000.
This is especially good news for Earnest Graham and his owners. Another threat has passed. Recently, Jones had seemed like a possibility in Tampa.
Don't downgrade Bears rookie Matt Forte just yet. We'll remind you of something we discussed last month:
Chicago appears committed to making unproven players earn their starting jobs this year. Or they've at least committed to the illusion of competition. Don't be at all surprised if some veteran running back is added to provide token pressure.
That's Jones. He tore his ACL in December, and suffered a significant Lisfranc injury in 2006. There are plenty of question marks here, but there's little obvious risk for the Bears. As Biggs writes, Jones "provides some depth to a position the team still expects rookie Matt Forte to anchor."
- Kevin Jones