After a slow day one of the free agency negotiating window on Monday, Ryan Pace and the Chicago Bears came out determined to get their guys on day two. A deal with wide out Allen Robinson was agreed on in the wee hours of Tuesday morning. Then tight end Trey Burton was the next weapon they added to Matt Nagy’s offense.
Two seasons of crap in the kicking game was enough for Pace, so he made a move on former Dolphin Cody Parkey and his 91.3 field goal percentage. News of Parkey’s former team plucking wide out Albert Wilson away from the Bears stung, but Pace quickly landed a similar player in speedster Taylor Gabriel.
Wednesday night came word that corner Prince Amukamara was likely returning, but the Lions were reported to have a deal in place with linebacker Christian Jones.
Free agency officially kicks off at 3 P.M. Chicago time today when the 2018 league year opens.
For the full NFL offseason calendar click here.
We’ll update this tracker as the Bears announce more additions, as more rumors are floated, and also as other teams sign away their players.
Bears cap space - $59,312,502 according to Spotrac (Note: This is not confirmed by the NFL) (Another note: The new Bears’ contracts aren’t accounted for yet)
Bears unrestricted free agents - Dontrelle Inman WR, Kendall Wright WR, Zach Miller TE, Tom Compton OL,
Bradley Sowell OL, Benny Cunningham RB, Mark Sanchez QB, Pat O’Donnell P, Andrew DePaola LS, Mike Nugent K, Cairo Santos K, Lamarr Houston OLB, Sam Acho OLB, Christian Jones ILB, Mitch Unrein DE, John Jenkins NT, Prince Amukamara CB, Sherrick McManis CB
Bears restricted free agents -
Josh Bellamy WR, Cameron Meredith WR, John Timu ILB, Bryce Callahan CB
Bears exclusive rights free agents -
Daniel Brown TE, Patrick Scales LS
Bears team needs - OL, DL, OLB, ILB, LS, P,
For definitions on these types of free agents you can click here.
Bears rumors and roster moves so far (Updated)
March 15th - Pat O’Donnell is back on a 1-year deal. More at WCG here.
March 15th - The Bears have signed OLB/DE Aaron Lynch, our story here.
March 14th - Brad Biggs reporting the Bears may be shopping Dion Sims.
March 14th - It’s official. The Bears have five new players!
March 14th - Corner Marcus Cooper has been released.
March 14th - The Mike Glennon release is official.
March 14th - Bears to release Markus Wheaton.
March 14th - The Bears are bringing Sam Acho back, first reported by his brother.
March 14th - Bears will sign QB Chase Daniel per FOS Sports. Our story here.
March 13th - Brad Biggs reporting that Prince Amukamara is likely returning.
March 13th - Bears to sign kicker Cody Parkey, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
March 13th - Bears to sign tight end Trey Burton, according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.
March 13th - Allen Robinson is expected to join the Bears come Wednesday, reports ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Click here to recap all the other Bears’ cuts, roster moves and rumors from prior to March 13th in yesterday’s free agency tracker.
Keep in mind rumors are rumors. Often times it’s speculation from beat reporters that have been around the team for years giving their feel for the situation.