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Bears ink Reynaud; cut Way, Rempel

Posted Aug 18, 2014

The Bears on Monday signed return specialist Darius Reynaud and cornerback Peyton Thompson to one-year contracts and waived punter Tress Way and long-snapper Chad Rempel.

The Bears on Monday signed return specialist Darius Reynaud and cornerback Peyton Thompson to one-year contracts and waived punter Tress Way and long-snapper Chad Rempel.

Return specialist Darius Reynaud appeared in seven games with the Titans and two with the Jets last season.
Reynaud has appeared in 48 NFL games over five seasons with the Vikings (2008-09), Giants (2010), Titans (2012-13) and Jets (2013). He has averaged 9.7 yards with two touchdowns on 102 punt returns and 22.6 yards with one TD on 104 kickoff returns.

In 2012, Reynaud led the NFL with 1,650 combined kick return yards and tied for the league lead with three kick return touchdowns. Both of his punt return TDs (of 69 and 81 yards) came in the Titans’ 38-20 win over the Jaguars on Dec. 30, 2012.

Thompson entered the NFL in 2012 with the Falcons as an undrafted free agent from San Jose State. The 5-10, 180-pounder has spent time on the practice squads of the Falcons and Redskins, but has not appeared in a regular-season game.

Way averaged 41.0 yards on five punts in the first two preseason games. The first-year pro, who also spent the 2013 preseason with the Bears, was competing with sixth-round pick Pat O’Donnell.

Rempel signed with the Bears April 7 after spending the last 10 seasons in the Canadian Football League. He was competing for the long-snapper position with first-year pro Brandon Hartson.

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