After initially declining to offer inside linebacker John Timu a tender as a restricted free agent, it seemed his time with the Chicago Bears was over. But according to the Chicago Sun Times, the former undrafted free agent was re-signed and he’ll be back competing for a job in training camp.
In his three year Bears’ career, Timu has appeared in twenty-nine games with nine starts. Last year he played in 135 snaps on defense (12.8%), and another 195 on special teams (46.3%). He had thirteen tackles on D (2 TFL, 1 PD), and another three tackles on special teams.
With Timu in the fold the Bears now have four inside linebackers on the roster, Danny Trevathan, Nick Kwiatkoski, and Jonathan Anderson. Jerrell Freeman is still technically on the roster according to their website, but it was widely reported that he was released.
It’s possible the Bears still look to add competition in free agency, and they have been linked to the inside linebacker position in some mock drafts of late.