Bears waive safety Venable

The Chicago Bears waived reserve safety Winston Venable, who made the roster last year as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Boise State.

Venable appeared in 12 games in 2011 and finished tied for fifth on the club with 10 special teams tackles.

Venable was likely deemed expendable after the Bears spent a considerable chunk of the offseason strengthening their special teams via free agency and the draft. They also used a third-round pick to select Brandon Hardin out of Oregon State, a collegiate cornerback who the Bears plan to convert to a strong safety.