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Bears create more cap space by converting Goldman’s bonus, re-sign Braunecker

The Bears are making moves in advance of NFL free agency...

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The Chicago Bears are reported to have made two moves in the last 24 hours in advance of the legal negotiating window for NFL free agency that starts today at 11:00 am (Central).

First, it was reported last night by John “Moon” Mullin NBC Sports Chicago, that they have re-signed tight end Ben Braunecker to a two year deal. Braunecker was set to become a restricted free agent, but the two year deal will likely come in under the RFA original round tender amount and also could be incentive laden.

Braunecker played in a career high 15 games (358 total snaps) in 2018 with 2 starts. He can back up at both of Chicago’s tight end positions, the U and the Y, and he’s a core special teamer.

EDIT: Contract details for Braunecker.

The second move came early this morning, when it was reported by ESPN’s Field Yates that the Bears have converted the $3 million roster bonus that was due to Eddie Goldman this Friday into a signing bonus, thus creating $2.25 million in cap space.

While the Bears aren’t about to spend as freely as they did a year ago in free agency, they are preparing to make a few moves.

One of those moves appeared to have making a push for safety Eric Weddle, who ended up going to the Los Angeles Rams.

Keep it locked right here at WCG for all your Bears’ free agency news and rumors.