The Chicago Bears have signed running back Curtis Brinkley, according to sources close to the deal.
The Bears are set to take on Brinkley’s former teammates the San Diego Chargers on August 15 at 7:00 pm. Brinkley, if all goes as planned, will be on the sidelines and in the game against his former teammates.
The deal is likely to be finalized on Monday, ensuring Brinkley has some time to practice with the Bears offense ahead of Thursday nights game.
Brinkley caught 12 passes in 10 games for the Chargers last season but struggled to get anything done as a ball-carrier.
The running back has averaged just 3.2 yards on his 72 career carries.
According to reports, Brinkley is only getting the call because Armando Allen is week-to-week with a hamstring injury.
Calling guys up because of pre-season injuries doesn’t bode well for the Chicago Bears offensive line. Then again, Bears fans are used to mediocre offense before the season even has a chance to begin.
The official announcement regarding Brinkley’s future was posted by Michael Gehlken on Twitter:
Chargers likely to see familiar face on sideline this week. RB Curtis Brinkley is expected to sign with Bears as early as today, per source.
— Michael Gehlken (@UTgehlken) August 12, 2013
Do you think Curtis Brinkley can help the Bears offense, or will his lack of ball carrying skills ultimately hurt the teams chances at a Super Bowl run?