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Bears sign Justin Perillo: Former Packers TE stays in Chicago

A former Green Bay player is sticking around in Chicago after spending the end of last season there.

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A running joke over the past decade or so has been that the Minnesota Vikings are quick to snatch up former Green Bay Packers players. However, today it is a different NFC North rival who is signing someone who played in Green Bay recently.

This time, the team is the Chicago Bears, and the player is tight end Justin Perillo. The report comes initially from ESPN’s Field Yates before the Bears confirmed the move.

Perillo bounced around from the Packers’ practice squad to the active roster over the past three seasons, playing in 19 games. He caught a total of 15 passes over that span 137 yards and a touchdown. However, he was released when Jared Cook returned from an injury in November, and ten days later he landed on the Bears’ practice squad.

He then spent the rest of the season with Chicago, but was not immediately re-signed to a futures contract following week 17. Now he will be coming back to Chicago to spend the offseason on the active roster.

Perillo joins guard Josh Sitton as recent Packers who have signed in Chicago.