Bears safety Chris Conte underwent shoulder surgery in late March and faces a recovery period of 4-5 months, meaning that he will be sidelined until training camp.

Selected by the Bears in the third round of the 2011 draft out of California, Conte has appeared in 45 games with 40 starts in three seasons. The 6-2, 203-pounder has recorded 228 tackles, six interceptions, 13 pass breakups, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

The Bears have signed four safeties since the start of free agency March 11, re-upping with Craig Steltz and inking three from other NFL teams: Ryan Mundy (Giants), M.D. Jennings (Packers) and Danny McCray (Cowboys).

"I know I'm going to have to compete for my position on this team," Conte said. "I am prepared to do that and felt having this surgery was the best way to be 100 percent healthy and be the best player I can possibly be."