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Bears Sign RB Lawrence, Release Oshinowo, Jones

Bears released defensive tackle Babatunde Oshinowo and guard Mike Jones yesterday. Oshinowo was elevated to the Bears’ active roster for the final three games of last season and played in one contest. He signed with Chicago in Week Two of last season. Oshinowo has recorded two tackles in two career games since being selected in the sixth round of the 2006 draft by Cleveland. Jones spent the final seven weeks of the 2007 campaign on the Bears’ practice squad after coming into the league as an undrafted free agent with San Diego.

The team also agreed to terms on a contract with running back Matt Lawrence, who participated in rookie minicamp this past weekend as a non-roster invitee. The former Massachusetts Minuteman had 318 carries for 1,680 yards and 16 TDs last season, averaging 5.0 yards per carry and 121.9 yards per game. However, he was not much of a factor in the passing attack, catching just 17 passes for only 69 yards.  With the news that Cedric Benson could be in trouble with the long arm of the Texas law, Lawrence (6-1, 210) has a chance to land on the practice squad for a year.

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