Andre Hall to sign with Bears
Andre Hall has a second chance at making it in the NFL.
The former USF running back, an undrafted rookie cut by the Bucs on July 21, has agreed to a three-year contract with the Chicago Bears on Wednesday. He'll sign his deal and report to preseason camp this morning, eager to prove he's worthy of a pro contract.
"As a kid, Walter Payton was someone I always liked to watch," said the Dixie Hollins graduate, who led the Big East in rushing last season. "The Bears are my style. Blue-collar, tough guys. I can't wait to get started."
The Bears have three established running backs on roster in Cedric Benson, Thomas Jones and Adrian Peterson, but Jones recently injured his hamstring and, according to an ESPN.com report, could be traded to the Broncos.
"I felt I did all I could in Tampa, but it was a good thing that they let me go early, so I could sign with another team," said Hall, who spoke with Chicago general manager Jerry Angelo on Wednesday. "I'm definitely going to spend a little more time with the playbook and show them what I can do."
If Hall can make the Bears' roster, he'll have a chance to go up against the Bucs when they come to Chicago on Dec. 17.