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Chicago Bears sign former USFL linebacker DeMarquis Gates

Jul 3, 2022; Canton, OH, USA; Birmingham Stallions outside linebacker DeMarquis Gates (47) celebrates an interception and touchdown against the Philadelphia Stars during the fourth quarter at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Bears signed DeMarquis Gates on Saturday and waived fellow linebacker Christian Albright with an injury designation.

Gates, 26, has played professionally in the USFL, CFL, XFL and AAF since going undrafted out of Ole Miss in 2018.

He recorded 68 tackles, 6.5 sacks and one interception in nine games with the USFL’s Birmingham Stallions in 2022.

Albright was an undrafted rookie free agent from Ball State.

Also Saturday, offensive tackle Teven Jenkins returned to practice after missing more than a week because of an undisclosed injury.

The 2021 second-round pick missed most of his rookie season with a back injury. He returned in December and played in the final six games with two starts.

–Field Level Media