Bears sign 5-time Pro Bowl safety Wilson

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Wilson, who turns 35 in October, enters the Bears’ safety competition after the team’s offseason program concluded last week. Incumbent starter Chris Conte missed offseason practices while recovering from shoulder surgery. Coach Marc Trestman when asked last Thursday was not certain about Conte’s availability for the start of training camp in late July.

Fourth-round pick Brock Vereen spent minicamp playing safety with the first-string defense alongside free agent acquisition Ryan Mundy.

Wilson spent last season on injured reserve following Achilles tendon surgery. The 13-year veteran played his first 12 seasons with the Arizona Cardinals. He spent the 2013 preseason with the New England Patriots before he was hurt. The Patriots released him April 4.

Wilson last made the Pro Bowl in 2011. His 54 tackles in 2012 were the third-lowest single-season total of his career and lowest since he had 44 in only nine games in 2007.

The Bears also signed tight end Jeron Mastrud, a four-year veteran who had six catches for 88 yards last season for the Oakland Raiders.

The signings increase the Bears’ roster to the 90-man maximum.

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