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2013 NFL Free Agency, Day 2: Chicago Bears news and updates (Open Thread)

Tuesday was a big day as we marked the start of the Free Agency for 2013. The Bears picked up two players, who have already made it official. An awful lot of linemen got deals, suggesting that teams consider blocking to be an important part of football. What could Wednesday possibly have in store?

Phil Emery got it done in day 1. Now onto the rest of the team.
Phil Emery got it done in day 1. Now onto the rest of the team.
Jonathan Daniel

The Bears signed Martellus Bennett and Jermon Bushrod yesterday. Two big moves that should shore up positions of need for the team, as well as allow for an impressive amount of flexibility in the draft.

More on the Bennett signing HERE.

More on the Bushrod signing HERE.

We saw a lot of action for players around the league, but no one seems to be sniffing around the Bears free agents that much. Is it an indication of the perceived quality of Bears players, or simply teams waiting for the market to be set?

The biggest question on the mind of a lot of Bears fans: What about free agent Brian Urlacher? After watching his long career in Chicago, it feels genuinely odd to type those exact words. With reports that the Bears did not submit a counteroffer after Urlacher's agent dropped off their initial pitch, it seems that they would be comfortable with letting him walk. With no real replacement on the roster (or linebacker depth in general), they seem confident in the fact that he may not find many suitors in the NFL. It is impressive the effect a garbage-time injury in 2011 is having on the final years of #54's career.

On that note, stick around today, as we will update the big board as necessary, and bring you any moves that the Bears. See something out there that we aren't posting? Throw it in the comments, and we'l see it accordingly.

Live NFL Free Agency tracker:

Pos Player Prev Team New Team Notes
TE Martellus Bennett Giants Bears 4 years / $21m
T Jermon Bushrod Saints Bears 5 years / $35.9m / $17.7m gtd (2013 cap: $3.01m)
G Andy Levitre Bills Titans 4 years / $46.8m / $10.5m signing bonus
T Phil Loadholt Vikings Vikings 4 years / $25m / $7m signing bonus
G Louis Vasquez Chargers Broncos 4 years / $26.5m / $13m gtd
T Gosder Cherilus Lions Colts 5 years / $34m / $10m signing bonus
WR Mike Wallace Steelers Dolphins 5 years / $60m / $30m gtd
TE Anthony Fasano Dolphins Chiefs 4 years / $16m / $4.5m signing bonus
TE Jared Cook Titans Rams 5 years / $35m / $19m gtd
LB Dannell Ellerbe Ravens Dolphins 5 years / $34.75m / 14m gtd
DT Desmond Bryant Raiders Browns 5 years / $34m / $15m gtd
RB Reggie Bush Dolphins Lions source | 4 years
T Jake Long Dolphins

T Andre Smith Bengals

T Sebastian Vollmer Patriots

T Eric Winston Chiefs

G Brandon Moore Jets

T Sam Baker Falcons
G Kevin Boothe Giants
WR Wes Welker Patriots

WR Greg Jennings Packers

TE Dustin Keller Jets
CB Antoine Winfield Vikings
DE Osi Umenyiora Giants
DE Cliff Avril Lions

WR Brandon Gibson Rams
WR Danny Amendola Rams
DT Henry Melton Bears Bears FRANCHISE TAG
LB Geno Hayes Bears Jaguars terms undisclosed
RB Kahlil Bell Bears - -
RB Armando Allen Bears - -
QB Jason Campbell Bears - -
QB Josh McCown Bears - -
OL Jonathan Scott Bears - -
OL Chris Spencer Bears - -
OL Chilo Rachal Bears - -
OL Lance Louis Bears - -
DE Israel Idonije Bears - -
DT Amobi Okoye Bears - -
CB Zack Bowman Bears - -
CB Kelvin Hayden Bears - -
S Troy Nolan Bears - -
LB Brian Urlacher Bears - -
LB Nick Roach Bears - -
K Olindo Mare Bears - -
DT Nate Collins Bears - -
CB DJ Moore Bears - Released
TE Kellen Davis Bears - Released
DT Matt Toeaina Bears - Released
TE Matt Spaeth Bears - Released