The Bears on Thursday claimed tight end Rysen John off waivers from the Giants and waived tight end Jesper Horsted with a failed physical designation.
John, a native of Canada, has spent the last two seasons with the Giants but has yet to make his NFL debut.
He joined the Giants in 2020 as an undrafted free agent out of Simon Fraser University, located in Vancouver, despite being selected in the third round of the 2020 CFL Draft. After being waived with an injury settlement in September due to a hamstring issue, John joined New York's practice squad in October. He was placed on injured reserve in August 2021 and was waived by the Giants on Tuesday.
John possesses an intriguing combination of size and speed. The 24-year-old stands at 6-foot-7, weighs 237 pounds and posted a 4.60 40-yard dash time at the 2020 NFL Combine.
Horsted played in 13 games with one start during his three seasons with the Bears, including seven games in 2021. In those seven contests, he caught two passes, both for touchdowns.