Chicago Bears Sign DE Aston Whiteside From Abilene Christian University

The Chicago Bears signed defensive end Aston Whiteside to a deal on Saturday, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, which continues their recent trend of taking interest in prospects from Abilene Christian University. Former Bears safety Danieal Manning and current wide receiver Johnny Knox -- two Abilene Christian products previously drafted by Chicago -- have both turned into very solid professional players, so now the Bears are hoping they've landed another contributor by picking him up after the Dallas Cowboys dropped the undrafted free agent DE earlier in training camp.

The National Football Post had a quick write-up on Whiteside for the NFL Draft, and here is what that report had to say:

The 6-2, 265-pounder is able to create a burst off the edge, counter off his speed rush and keep his pad level down while changing directions. He also displayed some violence when asked to shed with his hands and was a tough block one-on-one.

Lovie Smith is always looking for another speed rusher to line up at DE in his Tampa-2 scheme that relies on pressure from the front four, so now it's up to Whiteside to prove he belongs on the roster heading into the regular season.

Stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago for more information, and for in-depth analysis on the Chicago Bears, be sure to visit Windy City Gridiron. And drop by SB Nation's NFL news hub for more updates and commentary from around the league.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Chicago

You must be a member of SB Nation Chicago to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Chicago. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Chicago

You must be a member of SB Nation Chicago to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Chicago. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.