Notes package from Bears camp on Tuesday, July 31
Darwin Walker just became a Chicago Bear on Sunday. Now, he could be one for a long time.
The eight-year veteran defensive tackle was signed to a five-year contract Tuesday.
"It didn’t take us long to see he was someone that we wanted to be around here for a while," head coach Lovie Smith said. "We’re excited about that.
This was his first day to get a lot of action, and I thought he did a good job."
Walker was all smiles after the evening practice at Olivet Nazarene University, even if he did jump offsides during a full-team drill.
"All I can say now is it feels great," said the former Arizona Cardinal, Philadelphia Eagle and briefly Buffalo Bill. "I’m excited to be a Bear and look forward to getting to the Super Bowl.
"It’s been ongoing for eight months (trying to get traded from Philadelphia). I’m happy the team (the Bears) felt that way it did about me. We just took the one-year deal to come out here and do what we needed to do."
Two in, one out
Clinton Solomon, who has been in camps with St. Louis and Tennessee and played at Iowa, was signed as a free agent wide receiver. He will wear No. 17. His night session was cut short after being poked in the eye.
A roster spot opened when punter Filip Filipovic was cut, but tight end Brett Pierce (Dallas) was signed. Pierce, who will wear No. 48, caught two passes in 18 games over three seasons with the Cowboys.
Safety Mike Brown did the Florida State tomahawk chop complete with sound after Chris Harris picked off former Florida quarterback Chris Leak in Tuesday’s morning practice.
"I did the same thing to Rex (Grossman) once," said Brown. Grossman is also from Florida.
Brown went to the University of Nebraska, but just likes to have fun anyway he can.
‘Moose’ improves speed
Muhsin Muhammad was "complimented" by the media for looking faster at Tuesday morning’s practice. That was because the speedier Bernard Berrian was wearing his No. 87 jersey. "We try to fool the defense a little bit," Muhammad said. "Throw little decoys out there, a little trickery here and there. We’ve got to keep them off-balance."
Sitting out with injuries Tuesday were linebacker Dan Bazuin (left calf), running back Garrett Wolfe (hamstring), defensive tackle Antonio Garay (hamstring) and fullback Jon Goldsberry. ... Safety Mike Brown returned to action after a veteran day off Monday. ... Hunter Hillenmeyer just missed two interceptions on consecutive plays in the morning. The first glanced off his hands into receiver Mark Bradley’s hand for a completion. ... Danieal Manning’s interception of Brian Griese meant Griese has been picked each day. ... Mike Brown made a diving effort for an interception of Rex Grossman, who also hooked up on a bomb to Bernard Berrian. ... Kyle Orton threw a perfect deep pass to Mark Bradley.
Staff writer Reed Schreck can be reached at 815-987-1381 or firstname.lastname@example.org.