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Chris Conte | Defensive Back

Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Age / DOB:  (26) / 2/23/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 203
College: California
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Bucs signed S Chris Conte, formerly of the Bears.
The 26-year-old gives Tampa Bay some stability at safety after four players started at least five games at that position last season. He's likely to start at free safety following Dashon Goldson's departure. Conte played his first two seasons under coach Lovie Smith in Chicago. Although he has battled numerous injuries -- particularly to his shoulder -- Conte is a capable starter when healthy. He played cornerback in college. Mar 12 - 10:47 AM

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Free agent S Chris Conte has a visit lined up with the Jets if his deal with the Buccaneers falls through.

This has to have the Bucs at least a little concerned. If Conte's preference is to win games, it's more likely that will happen in New York as the Jets have vastly improved themselves this offseason. There are still plenty of reasons for Conte to sign with Tampa Bay, including his close ties to head coach Lovie Smith. Dashon Goldson's release should create urgency for Tampa Bay to sign Conte.
Mar 12 - 8:55 AM

The Bucs are expected to sign free agent S Chris Conte.

Conte will reunite with former coach Lovie Smith. He should start opposite Bradley McDougald in Smith's Tampa-2 scheme, but is never a good bet to stay healthy. Conte's signing allows the Bucs to move on from FS Dashon Goldson.
Mar 11 - 6:21 PM

Free agent S Chris Conte will visit the Bucs this week.

Conte was linked to the Bucs prior to the start of free agency. He has a history with coach Lovie Smith, who selected him in the third round of the 2011 draft. The Bucs are expected to cut FS Dashon Goldson at some point.
Mar 11 - 9:15 AM

The Buccaneers are expected to be "in play" for free agent S Chris Conte.

Conte was drafted by Lovie Smith's Bears in 2011. Although he has been incredibly injury prone, Conte is a league-average starter and offers some versatility as a former college cornerback. He turned 26 last month.
Mar 6 - 2:03 PM

Bears FS Chris Conte was forced from Chicago's Week 14 loss to the Cowboys with a back injury.

Conte's status is uncertain, but he has 10 days to heal up for Week 15.
Thu, Dec 4, 2014 11:40:00 PM

Bears FS Chris Conte was forced from Chicago's Week 13 game against the Lions with an eye injury, and will not return.

Conte was originally believed to have a concussion, which would have been his third of the season.
Thu, Nov 27, 2014 03:17:00 PM

Bears FS Chris Conte left Sunday's Week 6 win at Atlanta with a shoulder injury and did not return.

Conte tried to tackle Julio Jones in the third quarter and got the worst of it. It's the fourth time in six games this year he's left early. Conte was replaced by rookie Brock Vereen.
Mon, Oct 13, 2014 09:56:00 AM

Bears FS Chris Conte has now suffered two concussions since Aug. 22.

Conte's latest concussion, sustained against the Panthers Sunday, threatens to keep him out a while. Matt Ryan and the Falcons should have a field day against this Bears secondary Sunday.
Tue, Oct 7, 2014 08:56:00 AM

Bears FS Chris Conte Sunday's game against the Panthers with a concussion.

He has been ruled out for the rest of the game. Danny McCray and Brock Vereen will fill in.
Sun, Oct 5, 2014 01:43:00 PM

Bears FS Chris Conte exited Monday night's game against the Jets with a shoulder injury and will not return.

Conte hurt his shoulder last Sunday night and underwent extensive surgery on the injured wing in the offseason. He's been a playmaker so far this season, so his loss will be felt. Danny McCray and Brock Vereen will fill in.
Mon, Sep 22, 2014 10:46:00 PM

Bears FS Chris Conte was forced from Sunday night's game in the second quarter with a shoulder injury.

He's done for the night. Conte had two tackles and an interception before exiting. Danny McCray has replaced him in base sets.
Sun, Sep 14, 2014 09:53:00 PM

Chris Conte is expected to be the Bears' starting free safety.

Conte suffered a concussion nine days ago and still needs to be cleared. But he's going to get the first crack at the job after rookie Brock Vereen failed to overtake him. Ryan Mundy is the strong safety, while Danny McCray will concentrate on special teams. Chicago's safety spots remain question marks.
Mon, Sep 1, 2014 08:21:00 PM

Bears S Chris Conte suffered a concussion in Friday night's preseason game.

It's a bad break for Conte, whose roster chances may be slipping way. He just recently returned to practice after major offseason shoulder surgery.
Sat, Aug 23, 2014 12:34:00 AM

Bears FS Chris Conte (shoulder) is expected to play in Chicago's third preseason game against Seattle next Friday.

"We want to get him in there and we certainly want to give him a chance to compete," coach Marc Trestman said. Conte's injury caused him to fall behind both Danny McCray and rookie Brock Vereen, but there is still time for him to regain his starting spot. Ryan Mundy is locked in as the Bears' starting strong safety.
Sat, Aug 16, 2014 08:54:00 AM