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Bears agreed to terms with first-round rookie LB Roquan Smith.

Following a lengthy holdout, the Bears finally came to terms with the No. 8 overall pick on a four-year deal. It includes the allotted $18 million guaranteed by the CBA and $11 million in additional bonuses. Smith, the last of the first-rounders to sign for this upcoming season, had been holding out over contract language regarding revocation of guaranteed money if he were suspended for an on-field rules violation. An explosive off-ball linebacker who plays with more power than his size suggests, Smith missed just one tackle in all of 2017 and has immense value on passing downs. His presence alone immediately elevates the Bears' defense.
Aug 13 - 4:35 PM

Bears re-signed restricted free agent CB Bryce Callahan to a one-year, $1.9 million contract.

He was tendered at the original-pick level. Callahan was the Bears' slot corner last season, playing a career-high 512 snaps. The Vikings had shown interest in him during free agency, but Callahan will settle in with Kyle Fuller and Prince Amukamara as Chicago's primary corners this season.
Apr 17 - 6:21 PM

DE Ryan Delaire is participating in Bears minicamp.

He's with the team on a tryout basis. Delaire visited the Cowboys earlier this month but left town without a contract. The 26-year-old spent last year out of the league while recovering from a torn ACL.
Apr 17 - 4:46 PM

Free agent CB Tharold Simon will try out for the Bears this week.

He has been out of the league since making nine appearances with the Cardinals in 2016. Simon brings size and length, but he has struggled to stick on a roster since being selected in the fifth round of the 2013 draft by the Seahawks.
Apr 17 - 10:22 AM

Saints signed WR Cameron Meredith to a two-year, $9.6 million contract.

The deal contains $5.4 million guaranteed. The Saints inked Meredith to this offer sheet last week, and the Bears had five days to match with Meredith being a restricted free agent. Chicago passed, reportedly for "medical reasons" with Meredith coming off a 2017 torn ACL and MCL. It's ironic because the Bears signed Allen Robinson to a rich deal in March with him also coming off a torn ACL that happened later than Meredith's. Meredith will join Michael Thomas and Ted Ginn in New Orleans, and it's fair to wonder if the Saints will rescind their qualifying offer to Willie Snead, a fellow restricted free agent. Meredith is the clear favorite over Snead in three-wide sets. On Chicago's side, the Bears are now in the market for an early-round receiver in this month's draft.
Apr 11 - 3:08 PM

Vikings signed WR Kendall Wright, formerly of the Bears, to a one-year contract.

The Vikings needed a pass-catcher to replace Jarius Wright, who recently signed with Carolina. Wright has perennially been one of the more under-appreciated slot receivers in the game and gives Minnesota depth behind primary targets Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. The 28-year-old led the Bears in both catches (59) and receiving yards (614) in 2017.
Mar 30 - 3:12 PM

Free agent WR Brice Butler has visits lined up with the Bears, Seahawks, Jaguars, and Cardinals over the next two weeks.

Butler's market has been nonexistent to this point despite averaging 21.1 yards per catch last season. The problem was he caught just 15 balls in a minuscule role with the Cowboys, who for some reason refused to play him significant snaps. Butler is long on talent. We'd love to see him in a more prominent offensive role with an aggressive coach and quarterback.
Mar 26 - 6:45 PM

Vikings signed OL Tom Compton, formerly of the Bears.

Compton started five games at guard last season for the Bears, and he has also made starts at tackle in his career. He should compete for a swing role in Minnesota.
Mar 22 - 11:44 AM

Free agent WR Dontrelle Inman will visit the Cowboys.

Dallas is also meeting with free agent WR Justin Hunter as they search for better options opposite Dez Bryant. Inman caught 23 passes for 334 yards and a touchdown after joining the Bears via an in-season trade last year.
Mar 19 - 12:18 PM

Raiders signed LS Andrew DePaola, formerly of the Bears, to a four-year, $4.27 million contract.

The deal includes $875,000 guaranteed, and makes DePaola the league's highest-paid player who snaps the ball a longer distance than it is usually snapped. Rarely, if ever, do you see a team signing away a long snapper. The deal comes on the heels of the Raiders' blockbuster signing of FB Keith Smith, a converted linebacker. To date, new coach Jon Gruden seems to be pursuing a decidedly old school approach.
Mar 16 - 1:40 PM

Dolphins signed OG Josh Sitton, formerly of the Bears, to a two-year contract.

Miami opened a massive hole on the interior of their line by cutting C Mike Pouncey on Thursday, but bringing Sitton in should help to plug the gap. Sitton will turn 32 in June, but he remained a quality option last season in Chicago. Even with Sitton on board, Miami has work to do on their offensive line.
Mar 15 - 12:48 PM

Bears released WR Markus Wheaton.

The move creates $5 million in cap space. After a lost 2016 in Pittsburgh, Wheaton had an equally disastrous 2017 in Chicago. The former third-rounder could not get healthy and caught just three passes across 11 appearances. Wheaton was dealing with bottom-barrel quarterback play, but he was hardly blameless in his struggles. Headed into his age-27 season, Wheaton will struggle for guaranteed money on the open market.
Mar 14 - 6:35 PM

Bears released CB Marcus Cooper.

The Bears also cut Mike Glennon and Markus Wheaton. Cooper lasted just one season in Chicago after inking a three-year deal last offseason. He opened 2017 as a starter but quickly lost his spot to Prince Amukamara and barely played down the stretch. The 28-year-old will now hunt for backup work elsewhere.
Mar 14 - 6:34 PM

Bucs signed DE Mitch Unrein, formerly of the Bears, to a three-year, $10.5 million contract.

The deal includes $4 million guaranteed. Going on 31, Unrein is a career part-timer. He was effective on 389 snaps for the Bears last season, tallying 2.5 sacks, though he did miss four games with injury. Unrein will be a rotational player in Tampa.
Mar 14 - 6:22 PM

Cardinals signed QB Mike Glennon, formerly of the Bears, to a two-year, $8 million contract.

Glennon has still yet to officially be released by the Bears, but that will happen Wednesday, and he'll then put pen to paper for Arizona. The Cardinals entered Tuesday with no quarterbacks on the roster and have since added Sam Bradford and Glennon. Bradford is the unquestioned starter, but his significant injury history absolutely gives Glennon a chance to make starts in 2018.
Mar 13 - 8:50 PM

Lions signed ILB Christian Jones, formerly of the Bears, to a two-year, $7.75 million contract.

The deal comes with a $2.8 million signing bonus. Jones drew 11 starts last year while earning PFF's No. 45 inside linebacker grade out of 52 qualifiers. The Lions have worked quickly to replace free agents Tahir Whitehead and Paul Worrilow, signing Jones and ex-Giant Devon Kennard in a matter of hours.
Mar 13 - 12:19 PM

The Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs reports free agent Cody Parkey is the Bears' "top target" at kicker.

The Bears cycled through multiple kickers last season, including Mike Nugent, Connor Barth, and Cairo Santos. They'd like to stabilize the position with Parkey. Parkey went 21-of-23 on field goals for Miami last season.
Mar 12 - 11:22 PM

The Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs reports free agent Sammy Watkins is the Bears' "top target."

Biggs reports the Bears are also interested in Allen Robinson, but the team views Watkins a safer bet since he's 100 percent healthy and not coming off a serious injury. Both receivers were linked to multiple teams on Monday, including Watkins with the Bears, Packers, Chiefs, and Jaguars. The Rams are also said to want to keep Watkins, but his market could get out of hand.
Mar 12 - 11:16 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Packers, Chiefs and Bears are interested in free agent Sammy Watkins.

Rapsheet has also linked the Bears and Pack to Allen Robinson. CBS' Jason La Canfora reported Sunday that the Rams were "working actively" to re-sign Watkins but it's quite possible the market quickly gets away from them. The Bears have the cap space and dire need to make a huge offer.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 12 - 1:55 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Bears and Packers could be suitors for free agent Allen Robinson.

Robinson has now been linked to the 49ers and Browns in addition to the Packers and Bears. New Pack GM Brian Gutekunst could be eyeing 24-year-old Robinson as the team's heir apparent to Jordy Nelson, who appeared to have lost a step in 2017.
Mar 12 - 1:49 PM


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