The Chicago Bears today signed former Indianapolis Colts center Khaled Holmes to their 90-man roster.
The move for the Bears is yet another one aimed at improving their offensive line and the depth there, and the signing of Holmes was even accompanied by another offensive lineman signing and the release of two others.
The Colts originally drafted Holmes in the fourth round of the disastrous 2013 NFL Draft, and he started twelve games (including playoffs) for the Colts during his tenure with the team. He struggled with injuries and also with performance with the Colts, and shortly after the NFL draft - with the Colts selecting centers Ryan Kelly and Austin Blythe - Holmes was waived to make room for rookies on the roster. Perhaps the most notable part of this signing when it comes to Holmes is the fact that, even though the Colts waived him at the beginning of May, this is his first shot this year. That means that even with rosters at 90 players, 32 teams passed over Holmes for three and a half months, meaning that Khaled Holmes couldn’t grab one of the 2,880 roster spots around the league. Now he’s finally got another chance with the Bears, who recently lost starting center Hroniss Grasu for the year due to a torn ACL.