Chicago Bears waive former CFL linebacker James Vaughters

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The Chicago Bears have waived former CFL linebacker James Vaughters.

Chicago Tribune reporter Brad Biggs first reported the news: Bears have informed OLB James Vaughters he will be placed on waivers. He’s done a couple stints with the team and could potentially return to the practice squad.

Vaughters was an exclusive rights free agent and re-signed with Chicago in March. Exclusive rights free agents are players who have completed fewer than three accrued NFL seasons and can only negotiate and sign with their current team.

In his second season with the Bears last year, Vaughters compiled 19 tackles, two tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, two quarterback hits and three special teams tackles while playing in 14 games, all as a reserve.

Vaughters originally signed with the Bears in 2019 and appeared in three games as a reserve after spending the previous two seasons with the Calgary Stampeders. He recorded 50 tackles, 11 sacks and eight special teams tackles in 33 games with the Stamps. The six-foot-one, 256-pound linebacker was part of the Grey Cup championship team in 2018.

The 28-year-old Vaughters has earned over $1 million in his NFL career.