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It’s signing day, the 2019 NFL year begins at 2:00 PM Central today. Will the Bears ink any big new names?

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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Source: Bears to get WR Patterson on 2-year deal - ESPN - Former Pats receiver Cordarrelle Patterson intends to sign a two-year deal with the Bears worth $5 million per season, a source told ESPN.

Bernstein: Bears Steady Amid Craziness, For Now - 670 The Score - Do Ryan Pace and the Bears have a high-profile addition up their sleeve in free agency?

Report: Bears To Sign WR Cordarrelle Patterson - 670 The Score - The Bears are set to sign receiver/returner Cordarrelle Patterson to a two-year deal.

Medina: Getting to Know New Bears Cornerback Buster Skrine - Career Stats, Fit, History, More - Bleacher Nation - Buster Skrine has a great football name, fitting of a cornerback who will play the slot in Chicago.

Medina: Getting to Know New Bears Running Back Mike Davis - Career Stats, Fit, History, More - Bleacher Nation - If you take into consideration how liberally Matt Nagy uses his reserve backs, then Mike Davis will make sense.

Wood: Thinking About Compensatory Picks for the First Time in a Generation - Da Bears Blog - Bears fans are in unfamiliar territory. For the first time in a long time, they are in position to lose more than they gain in free agency. And it’ll be that way the next few years. This is a good thing, as it means the Bears have finally been drafting well and now have enough talent that they can’t afford to keep everybody.

Kane: 5 things to know about new Bears kicker Chris Blewitt, including a kiss before a big FG and Jimmy Kimmel's joke - Chicago Tribune - With a name like Chris Blewitt, the newest piece of the Bears’ kicking competition didn’t need to do much to capture the attention of pun-happy fans in Chicago.

2019 NFL free agency: Packers are among the early winners, while the Lions are early losers - Chicago Tribune - There has been plenty of activity and the free agent market hasn't even officially opened.

Ingalls: Chicago Bears 2019 Comprehensive Free Agency Preview - Chicago Audible Blog - From the sure bets to the long shot, here is everything you need to know before free agency officially opens up on Wednesday.

Biggs: The calculating Bears hope increased cap flexibility gives them an edge in free agency - Chicago Tribune - The Bears restructured Khalil Mack's contract to create more salary cap flexibility and now they're prepared for the start of free agency Wednesday afternoon with their moves looking calculated to this point.

Ellis: Bears sign free agent wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson to two-year, $10 million deal - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears' offense gets more versatile.

Stankevitz: After Adrian Amos heads to Packers, what options do the Bears have left at safety? - NBC Sports Chicago - With Adrian Amos off to Green Bay on a reported four-year, $37 million deal, where can the Bears turn to find a safety to start next to Eddie Jackson?

Under Center Podcast: Are the Bears going after a big name free agent? - NBC Sports Chicago - JJ Stankevitz, Cam Ellis and Paul Aspan wonder what the Bears will do with the cap space freed up by re-working Khalil Mack’s contract and more.

Ellis: Adrian Amos stays in the NFC North, signs 4-year, $37 million contract with the Green Bay Packers - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears-Packers rivalry just got a little spicier.

Hoge: Thoughts On The Bears’ Early Moves In Free Agency - WGN Radio - 720 AM - The first day of NFL free agency negotiations came and went without a blockbuster signing for the Chicago Bears, but general manager Ryan Pace still made a couple key decisions that will have a big impact on the 2019 season.

Mayer: NFL free agency facts and figures - ChicagoBears.com - With the negotiating window for NFL free agency having opened Monday, ChicagoBears.com takes a look at some frequently-asked questions and answers regarding the free-agency process.

Medina: Bears to Sign Multi-Purpose Offensive Threat Cordarrelle Patterson (UPDATE: Two-Years/$10M) - Bleacher Nation - He seems like a great fit for Nagy's offense.

Tracking moves on Day 2 of 2019 NFL free agency - NFL.com - DeVante Parker is close to signing a new two-year contract to stay with the Miami Dolphins, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported, adding it's worth up to $13 million with incentives.

Gordon: Cordarrelle Patterson set to leave Pats, sign with Bears - NFL.com - Versatile threat Cordarrelle Patterson is expected to leave the Patriots and sign with the Chicago Bears on a two-year, $10 million deal, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported.

Potash: Buster Skrine? Bears' solid drafting finally puts free agency in supporting role - Sun Times - But for the first time in several years, the chances of the Bears improving from within is greater than their need to do it through free agency.

Finley: Bears to sign return star Cordarrelle Patterson - Sun Times - Most importantly, he brings the Bears a specific trait Nagy and general manager Ryan Pace have been trying to collect: speed.

NFL free agency 2019: Safety Adrian Amos leaves Bears for Packers - Sun Times - The Bears will have a new strong safety next year.

Finley: After Day 1, a look at the Bears' remaining free-agent needs - Sun Times - The Bears still have work to do. Here are their biggest areas of need.

NFL free agency: Analyzing the Bears' moves in free agency - Sun Times - The Bears can’t officially welcome new players to “Club Dub” until Wednesday.

Campbell: Bears' reported agreement with Cordarelle Patterson would be a meaningful addition for offense and special teams - Chicago Tribune - The Bears reportedly agreed to sign Cordarrelle Patterson, a move that helps the NFL's worst-ranked kickoff return unit and injects some speed and flexibility into their offense.

Campbell: The Bears restructured Khalil Mack’s contract to create 2019 salary-cap space. Here’s how it works and what it means. - Chicago Tribune - Bears have restructured multiple contracts to create salary cap space for 2019. ESPN reported new deals for defensive tackle Eddie Goldman and outside linebacker Khalil Mack on Monday and Tuesday. How does restructuring contracts work and what does it mean?

Biggs' Bears Q&A: What would a splash move be in free agency? Would Justin Houston fit the Bears? Will the safety position be resolved quickly? - Chicago Tribune - Brad Biggs answers your Bears questions weekly. Now that Justin Houston is available, could he be in play? More Robbie Gould questions after the 49ers signed another kicker. What would be a surprise move?

POLISH SAUSAGE

Giants paid OBJ $21.459 million for one year – ProFootballTalk - The Giants claimed repeatedly that they didn’t sign Odell Beckham to trade him. And they’ve now traded him. After paying him $21.459 million for one year.

KNOW THY ENEMY

T.J. Lang talks about being released from Lions, retirement thoughts - Pride Of Detroit - Lang has no ill will towards the Lions following his release last week.

Detroit Lions re-signing RB Zach Zenner to 1-year deal - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions’ backup running back will be coming back for another season.

2019 Detroit Lions free agency: Contract details for Trey Flowers - Pride Of Detroit - A look at the some of the details for Trey Flowers’ new contract.

NFL Free Agency: Anthony Barr (apparently) staying in Minnesota after all - Daily Norseman - I’M SO CONFUSED!

NFL Free Agency: Latavius Murray to sign with New Orleans Saints - Daily Norseman - Weird spot for someone that wanted to be the lead guy

Vikings Free Agency: Sheldon Richardson to sign with the Browns - Daily Norseman - A few minutes ago the fever dream that the Vikings could somehow manage to keep DT Sheldon RIchardson was broken with this tweet from Adam Schefter:

New Packer Adrian Amos serves as ideal chess piece for needy Mike Pettine defense - Acme Packing Company - The versatile ex-Bears safety can play all over the field, making him the perfect addition to a safety group with limited abilities.

Packers Free Agency 2019: OLB Za’Darius Smith will sign in Green Bay, per report - Acme Packing Company - The Packers are landing one of the top EDGEs on the free agent market.

Packers free agency 2019: Preston Smith signing with Green Bay - Acme Packing Company - The Packers have agreed to terms with former Washington outside linebacker Preston Smith, the second major pass rusher the team has added during the early contract negotiation window.

NFL free agency: Detroit Lions signing G Oday Aboushi - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions are adding some depth along the offensive line.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Infante: Bears to sign utility man Cordarrelle Patterson to two-year deal - Windy City Gridiron - Patterson adds another wrinkle to a versatile Chicago offense, and he gives them the standout kick returner they lacked in 2018.

Wiltfong: Adrian Amos signs with Insert Team, moves on from Chicago Bears - Windy City Gridiron - The hard-hitting Amos is on his way to Green Bay as the Bears look elsewhere at strong safety.

Berckes & Householder: Chicago Bears Create $11 Million in Cap Space with Khalil Mack Contract Restructure - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears have freed up significant cap space by converting some of Khalil Mack’s base salary and roster bonuses into a signing bonus. The conversion of $13 million spread over the life of...

Bear With Me: NFL 2019 Free Agency Frenzy, Chicago Bears Twitter Mailbag - Windy City Gridiron - Robert recaps the first day of the NFL’s early negotiation period by discussing both the new players signed by the Bears and the now-former Bears leaving the team. After that, he dives into his Twitter Mailbag to answer fans’ questions ranging from trade scenarios to time-loops and much, much more!

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