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Chicago Bears sign OL Matt McCants, John Franklin III, three others

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Ex-Oakland Raiders interim head coach Tony Sparano (L) bumps fists with former Raiders tackle Matt McCants (73) during warmups to play the Arizona Cardinals on October 19, 2014 at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, California. File photo by Terry Schmitt/UPI
Ex-Oakland Raiders interim head coach Tony Sparano (L) bumps fists with former Raiders tackle Matt McCants (73) during warmups to play the Arizona Cardinals on October 19, 2014 at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, California. File photo by Terry Schmitt/UPI | License Photo

The Chicago Bears announced Monday they signed five players, including offensive lineman Matt McCants, and also placed four players on waivers.

McCants has played 28 NFL games, including three starts, while with the Oakland Raiders, Cleveland Browns and Bears. He has not started a game since 2013.

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The Bears also signed wide receiver Matt Fleming, defensive back John Franklin III, offensive lineman Jeremi Hall and defensive back Tyrin Holloway.

The team waived offensive lineman Travis Averill, linebacker Howard Jones, offensive lineman Cameron Lee and linebacker Nyles Morgan.

Franklin played quarterback and receiver during his college career, which included stops at Florida State, Auburn and Florida Atlantic. He also starred in Netflix's "Last Chance U" documentary series.

Holloway transferred to Western Illinois after three years at Liberty.

Hall started 25 games at left guard for South Florida the past two years.

Fleming bypassed his final season at Benedictine University, a Division III school, where he also was a track and field star.

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