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UPDATED: Chicago Bears free agency rumors and news

Happy New Year everybody! The NFL's league year begins later this afternoon (3pm Central) so use this Open Thread to talk about your desires for the 2015 Chicago Bears.

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We've been updating our Free Agency Rumor Tracker since the weekend, but now that we upon the actual start of free agency, we wanted to give you a new playground to dive into. That thread is still live, just in case you wanted to go check it out, but at 550 comments, it's a bit hectic.

We'll update this article throughout the day with any rumors and news items that are pertinent to Chicago Bears fans, and if anything big breaks we'll be sure to get an article up ASAP.

In case you missed it, Bears reportedly set to ink OLB Pernell McPhee and Jay Cutler isn't going anywhere.

Here are a few rumors that have been floating around the last few days.

Denver Broncos DT Terrence Knighton is still deciding on a future home for his services. It seemed he was set to join his former defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio in Oakland, but now he's thinking about joining John Fox, his former head coach, in Chicago.

ESPN's Josina Anderson reports the Bears, Oakland Raiders, Washington Redskins and Indianapolis Colts are among the clubs showing "serious interest" in Knighton.
EDIT:

EDIT: 425pmCST

From Josina Anderson;

Just spoke with free agent DT Terrance Knighton: "The #Raiders made me an offer but it's not close to what I was looking for. So as of right now the #Raiders and #Broncos are out of the race. A lot of people had me going to the Raiders because of Jack Del Rio, but I'm now focusing on a few other teams right now."

The Houston Texans' outside linebacker Brooks Reed, who is well versed in the 3-4 defense, was leaning towards the Atlanta Falcons, but now he's wavering. Chicago is one of his options. EDIT: Reed is going to Atlanta

Tampa Bay inside linebacker Mason Foster would be a good run plugger for the Bears.

Green Bay Packers corner Davon House is in the mix with the Bears. EDIT: Not anymore - He's going to Jacksonville.

Safety Antrel Rolle, formerly of the New York Giants, appears to be a target of the Bears as does Buffalo safety Da'Norris Searcy.

EDIT:

While Searcy looks unlikely, Rolle remains a viable option for the Bears, but he wants to let the free agent process play out. Rolle appears to to be a Bear.

Since new Chicago O.C. Adam Gase hasn't used fullbacks in the past, the Bears need a 2nd (solid) tight end, and they appear to be in on former Bronco Virgil Green. He's someone Sam spotlighted here a few weeks ago. Not any more...

EDIT:

Wide out Brian Hartline decided to join the Cleveland Browns.

Here are some of the top free agents available, at position's the Bears have been rumored to be targeting, according to Rotoworld.

Tight Ends

1. Julius Thomas (Agreed to multi-year deal with JAX)
2. Jordan Cameron
3. Charles Clay (Transition Tagged)
4. Jermaine Gresham
5. Niles Paul (Re-signed 3-year, $6M deal with WAS)
6. Virgil Green (Re-signed 3-year deal with DEN)
7. Rob Housler
8. Owen Daniels (Signed 3-year deal with DEN)
9. Lance Kendricks
10. Zach Miller
11. James Casey
12. Tony Moeaki
13. Lee Smith (Signed 3-year, $9M deal with OAK)
14. Anthony Fasano
15. Matt Spaeth (Re-signed 2-year, $2.2M deal with PIT)
16. Dante Rosario
17. Jacob Tamme
18. Daniel Fells
19. Ed Dickson (Re-signed 3-year deal with CAR)
20. David Ausberry
21. Luke Stocker (Re-signed undisclosed deal with TB)

Inside Linebackers

1. Brandon Spikes
2. David Harris (Re-signed 3-year, $21.5M deal with NYJ)
3. Mason Foster
4. Rolando McClain
5. Nate Irving
6. Rey Maualuga (Re-signed 3-year, $15M deal with CIN)
7. Curtis Lofton
8. A.J. Hawk
9. Arthur Moats (Re-signed 3-year, $7.5M deal with PIT)
10. Jamari Lattimore
11. Joe Mays
12. Steven Johnson (Re-signed 1-year, $785K deal with DEN)
13. Colin McCarthy
14. Brad Jones (Signed 2-year, $2.9M deal with PHI)
15. Dane Fletcher
16. Darryl Sharpton
17. Kelvin Sheppard (Agreed to undisclosed deal with MIA)
18. Desmond Bishop
19. Mark Herzlich

Cornerbacks

1. Darrelle Revis
2. Byron Maxwell (Agreed to 6-year, $63M deal with PHI)
3. Brandon Flowers (Re-signed 4-year, $36M deal with SD)
4. Tramon Williams
5. Antonio Cromartie
6. Buster Skrine (Signed 4-year, $25M contract with NYJ)
7. Kareem Jackson (Re-signed 4-year, $34M deal with HOU)
8. Davon House (Agreed to multi-year deal with JAX)
9. Chris Culliver
10. Perrish Cox
11. Patrick Robinson
12. Cary Williams (Signed 3-year, $18M deal with SEA)
13. Jimmy Wilson
14. Rashean Mathis
15. Brandon Browner

Safeties

1. Devin McCourty (Re-signed 5-year, $47.5M deal with NE)
2. Rahim Moore
3. Tyvon Branch (Signed 1-year, $2M deal with KC)
4. Antrel Rolle
5. Louis Delmas
6. Marcus Gilchrist
7. Stevie Brown
8. Dawan Landry
9. Nate Allen
10. Da'Norris Searcy (Agreed to 4-year, $24M deal with TEN)
11. Mike Adams (Re-signed 2-year deal with IND)
12. LaRon Landry
13. Darian Stewart
14. Ron Parker

Interior Defensive Linemen

1. Ndamukong Suh (Agreed to 6-year, $114M deal with MIA)
2. Nick Fairley
3. Terrance Knighton
4. Dan Williams
5. Jared Odrick (Agreed to multi-year deal with JAX)
6. Stephen Paea (Agreed to four-year deal with WAS)
7. C.J. Mosley
8. Henry Melton
9. Vince Wilfork
10. Darnell Dockett (Signed 2-year, $7.5M deal with SF)
11. Cory Redding
12. Barry Cofield
13. Letroy Guion
14. Corey Peters (Agreed to 3-year, $10.5M deal with ARZ)
15. B.J. Raji

Wide Receivers

1. Dez Bryant (Franchise Tagged)
2. Demaryius Thomas (Franchise Tagged)
3. Randall Cobb (Re-signed 4-year, $40M deal with GB)
4. Jeremy Maclin (Agreed to multi-year deal with KC)
5. Torrey Smith (Agreed to 5-year, $40M deal with SF)
6. Andre Johnson
7. Percy Harvin
8. Michael Crabtree
9. Stevie Johnson
10. Kenny Britt
11. Cecil Shorts
12. Brian Hartline (Signed 2-year, $6M deal with CLE)
13. Eddie Royal
14. Nate Washington
15. Hakeem Nicks
16. Mike Williams
17. Reggie Wayne
18. Denarius Moore
19. Leonard Hankerson
20. Dwayne Harris (Signed 5-year, $17.5M deal with NYG)
21. Ted Ginn (Signed 2-year, $4.2M deal with CAR)
22. Jacoby Jones (Signed 2-year, $5.5M deal with SD)
23. Harry Douglas (Signed 3-year deal with TEN)
24. Vincent Brown
25. Brandon Gibson
26. Miles Austin
27. Jerrel Jernigan
28. Donnie Avery
29. Marcus Easley
30. Derek Hagan
31. Robert Meachem
32. Lance Moore

Keep in mind this is an Open Thread (Rated WCG-MA), so a naughty word or two may be typed out at some point.

EDIT:

Also, the Chicago Bears have informed linebacker D.J. Williams that he is not in their 2015 plans.

EDIT:

NT Dan Williams is still an option for the Bears, but he's in the mix with the Raiders and Giants too. EDIT: Bears were informed that Williams will sign elsewhere.

One player is close to coming off the market...

... but, Searcy is still listening to other teams according to reports.