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From Twitter™ and other sources
Brad Biggs @BradBiggs #Bears put TE Brody Eldridge thru tryout today. 5th rd pick of #Colts in '10, he was suspended for 1st 4 games of season for PED violation.
2010 NFL Draft
Eldridge was considered the best blocking tight end in the draft and was thought of as a late-round pick. He was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in round 5 with the 162nd pick of the 2010 NFL Draft. He was the second tight end drafted from the University of Oklahoma that year following Jermaine Gresham in the first round.
 Indianapolis Colts
He agreed to a four-year, $1.95 million contract with the Colts.
Eldridge was waived by the Colts on May 17, 2012.
 St. Louis Rams
On May 18, 2012, Eldridge was claimed by the St. Louis Rams. On July 2, 2012, it was reported that he would be suspended for the first four games of 2012 season due to violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances. He will be able to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games, but can't be added to the active roster until after facing the Seattle Seahawks on September 30. 
6'5" - 265lb
Brad Biggs @BradBiggs #Bears also put CB Jerome Murphy, 3rd rd pick of #Rams in '10, thru tryout. He's been bouncing around lately, most recently with #Lions
St. Louis Rams
Murphy was drafted in the third round of the 2010 draft by the St. Louis Rams. He was placed on injured reserve on August 31, 2011.
 New Orleans Saints
Murphy was waived by the Rams on September 1, and claimed by New Orleans Saints the next day. He was waived on September 17.
 Detroit Lions
On September 18, he was claimed off waivers by the Detroit Lions.
6'0" - 200lb
No more Unga? why keep him until now?
Eldridge is an interesting prospect. He has the size of real TE (Rodriguez is not a TE). While I think the oline has not been too bad since the "incident" I still think the Bears could use all the oline help they can get.
A) CWill was utterly mis-managed again. He was never a viable back-up or "push Webb" kind of option at OT. That was stupid and the subsequent acquisition of Scott proved it. He should have been allowed to compete at LG where he's best and either start or backup there. If Rachal continues to pan out and stays healthy then I guess it doesn't matter but he never should have been shoe-horned into the OT position where he's a stopgap option at best.
B) The second screwup was Tyler Clutts. No way he should have been let go. You mentioned why. He was a darned good backfield blocker, a so-so receiver, and valueable on STs and as a backup LS. Why he was discarded and KAdams kept instead baffles me (KA would have been a good PS option in case of injury with TC on the 53 man roster). The combo of Clutts lead blocking for Bush on short yardage/goaline situations would have been lethal and we did fail to convert a 3rd and 1 with Bush in the Dallas game. The guy we got in trade, McMannis, had some good ST reps early but then committed 2 big penalties in the Jax game. Not worth the trade-off at all IMHO.
C) As mentioned above, I don't get the way they have used ERod thus far (and I grant you it was only a few games so too soon to judge).