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Reports: Bears retain Houston-Carson, Urban


According to media reports, the Bears have agreed to terms with two of their own free agents, safety DeAndre Houston-Carson and defensive end Brent Urban.

Houston-Carson, 26, was selected by the Bears in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft out of William & Mary. He has appeared in 48 games the past four seasons, all as a reserve, and played predominantly on special teams.

Last season Houston-Carson appeared in all 16 games for the first time in his career and tied for third on the Bears with six special-teams tackles.

Urban, 28, originally signed with the Bears last Oct. 21, two days after he had been released by the Titans. The 6-7, 300-pounder appeared in the final nine games of the season, all as a reserve, and registered 16 tackles.

Before joining the Bears, Urban had played in 41 games with 19 starts in five seasons with the Ravens (2014-18) and Titans (2019) and compiled 52 tackles, 3.5 sacks and seven tackles-for-loss.

NFL teams are prohibited from officially announcing that they have signed a free agent until 1) the parties have agreed to terms; and 2) the written contract has been sent to the player and his agent.

Due to concerns about the coronavirus, NFL teams are not allowed to meet with players at their facilities or other locations. On Monday, it was announced that no physicals will be conducted on free agents or draft prospects until the COVID-19 pandemic has passed.