Minor Bears move today, but with a slow last week (slow compared to the previous couple of weeks, anyway), we'll bring you the news.

ESPN Chicago's Jeff Dickerson is reporting that the Bears have signed free agent safety Tom Nelson to a one-year contract:

Nelson, who just turned 26 in December, is a local product that played high school football at John Hersey High School in Arlington Heights, and college football at Illinois State.

Nelson signed with the Bengals as an undrafted free agent in 2009. When Dickerson broke the news of the signing, I thought to myself, "Tom Nelson? How do I know that name?" And a quick look at Nelson's Wikipedia page gave me the answer:

His attempt to make the Bengals' roster was chronicled on the HBO series Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Cincinnati Bengals.
So there you go: Tom Nelson, Hard Knocks star. Nelson would go on to play in 12 games for the Bengals in that season, starting three. He had 25 tackles, one interception, and two pass deflections.

In 2010, he played eight games for the Bengals, and then played four games for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2011. He was out of the league in 2012, but clearly must still be in pretty good football shape to stand out at a Bears tryout of safeties on Tuesday.

Chris Conte and Major Wright were impressive as starting safeties in 2012, but the depth at the position is certainly a concern. Veteran Craig Steltz is a capable fill-in, but lacks speed in pass coverage which is a big deal considering the Bears face the Packers' and Lions' passing attack twice each every year. 2012 third-round pick Brandon Hardin missed all season due to a neck injury, so he's still an unknown, and Anthony Walters showed some promise but definitely shouldn't be guaranteed of a 2013 roster spot just yet.

Also, you have to keep in mind that with a new coaching staff in place and some potential scheme (even though is Mel Tucker likely to run a very similar defense), philosophical changes, some of the current Bears players may not be valued as much they were in the Lovie Smith era.

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