The Bears’ practice squad now consists of:
- OL Brandon Greene
- DL Rashaad Coward
- LB Isaiah Irving
- OL Cameron Lee
- TE Ben Braunecker (Exception)
- WR Mario Alford
- WR Tanner Gentry
- DB Doran Grant
- LB Jason Thompson
- OLB Howard Jones
Jones, 27, originally signed on with the Steelers as an undrafted free agent out of Shepherd back in 2014. He lasted just over a year in Pittsburgh before he was waived at the start of the 2015 season and later signed to the Buccaneers’ practice squad.
Tampa Bay declined to tender him a contract an exclusive rights offer this past February which allowed him to test the open market as an unrestricted free agent.
In 2016, Jones appeared in eight games for the Buccaneers and recorded three tackles and fumble a recovery.