Running back Senorise Perry and safety Marcus Trice made enough of an impression on the staff during tryouts at last weekend’s three-day rookie minicamp that the Chicago Bears signed both players, while waiving punter Drew Butler and running back Willie Carter in corresponding roster moves.
Perry played in 46 games over four years at Louisville, rushing for 1,409 yards and 18 touchdowns. Perry also contributed heavily on special teams in college with a blocked punt and 513 yards on 22 kickoff returns.
Trice (5-foot-8, 193 pounds) started 25 games over the past two seasons at North Texas, producing 153 tackles, seven interceptions, 10 pass breakups, 11 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles, three recoveries and a sack to go with a pair of blocked kicks. Trice earned All-Conference USA first-team honors as a senior after intercepting a team-high five passes in addition to forcing two fumbles and contributing on special teams with a blocked punt and a blocked field goal.
Trice spent his first two college seasons at Oklahoma.
Butler, meanwhile, was informed of his release on Sunday, with the team making it official the following day. Butler is the son of former Chicago kicker Kevin Butler and had spent time with the Pittsburgh Steelers prior to signing in December with the Bears.
Carter joined the Bears at the end of the 2013 regular season.