The Chicago Bears announced their big-five free agent signings on Thursday. But before that they announced the return of Sam Acho and Prince Amukamara, and they also officially released Mike Glennon, Markus Wheaton and Marcus Cooper.
The main event of Thursday was the press conference featuring general manager Ryan Pace and his brand new Bears. It was exciting to hear how excited Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel, Trey Burton, Chase Daniel and Cody Parkey were talking about what’s going on with head coach Matt Nagy and the Bears.
The buzz surrounding this franchise is clearly growing.
Thursday night brought two more Bears’ additions, when outside linebacker Aaron Lynch was added on a one-year deal. Another one-year deal was handed out to bring punter Patrick O’Donnell back.
Bears cap space - Around $32 million according to The Bear Report’s Aaron Leming. (Note: This is not confirmed by the NFL. Also, Spotrac was so far off with their number as they are waiting for official contract terms.)
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
For definitions on these types of free agents you can click here.
Bears rumors and roster moves so far (Updated)
March 20 - John Timu is back according to the Sun Times.
March 16th - The Bears met with linebacker Kevin Pierre-Lewis according to Field Yates.
March 16th - The Bears match the Packers offer sheet for Kyle Fuller, so he stays in Chicago long term.
March 16th - Long snapper Andrew DePaola is signed away by the Raiders. He is now the highest paid long snapper in the NFL.
March 16th - Bears to bring back Daniel Brown.
March 16th - The Bears have signed former KC QB Tyler Bray - our article here.
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 FOX Sports. Our story here.
Click here to recap all the other Bears’ cuts, roster moves and rumors from prior to March 16th 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.