The Chicago Bears have announced the hiring of Ben Wilkerson as assistant offensive line coach. While at LSU, Wilkerson won the 2004 Rimington Trophy as the best college football center in the nation. He will work under current o-line coach Dave Magazu, who was brought over from the Broncos by current Bears head coach John Fox.
With Magazu and Wilkerson in the fold, the Bears announced that former o-line coach Pat Meyer will not return to the team. Also relieved of his duties was defensive quality control coach Chris Harris.
Wilkerson played in the NFL from 2005-2008 with the Cincinnati Bengals and the Atlanta Falcons, he played with the UFL's Florida Tuskers in 2009 and he began his coaching career in 2011. He has 4 years coaching experience in the collegiate and high school ranks.
Yesterday the Bears revealed their mini camp schedule. Since they have a new coaching staff in place they are allowed to have an extra voluntary veteran mini camp which will take place from April 28-30.
May 8-10 is the mandatory rookie mini camp and June 16-18 is the mandatory team mini camp.