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Bears Not Expected to Tender Daniel Brown, John Timu

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A pair of familiar depth names from the past few seasons aren’t expected to return to the Windy City.

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Just as free agency is an exciting time to gain players, it is also a time when tough decisions are made on the opposite side of the spectrum. Brad Bigg of the Chicago Tribune is reporting that the Bears are not expected to tender either linebacker John Timu or tight end Daniel Brown with protected offers. Both players have been with the team since 2016.

Timu made nine starts with the Bears since being signed as an undrafted free agent in 2015, recording a total of 49 tackles and one pass defensed. Meanwhile, Daniel Brown registered five starts for the Bears after being claimed off waivers in 2016 from the Baltimore Ravens. He recorded 253 receiving yards and a touchdown on 29 receptions while with the Bears.

Where it is unknown about the Bears’ interest is in the linebacker market. Timu joins Jerrell Freeman as free agents. Meanwhile, it has been reported the Bears are interested in tight ends Jimmy Graham and Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Both positions could look dramatically different on opening day this upcoming season.

The Bears' plan for this free agency is slowly unwinding.