With the report that they’ve re-signed long snapper Patrick Scales, Chicago Bears’ general manager Ryan Pace continues to plug holes on his roster. The Chicago Tribune’s Brad Biggs is reporting that Scales is signing a one-year contract. (EDIT: The Bears have officially announced the deal.)
The Bears elected not to tender him a few weeks ago as an exclusive rights free agent, so he’s likely coming back on a deal closer to the league minimum for a player with his service time.
The 31-year old Scales has been with the Bears since 2015, after a two game stint with the Ravens in 2014. He missed all of the 2017 season with an injury, but he bounced back nicely last year and he snapped in every game.
With Scales back in the fold, he re-joins punter and holder Patrick O’Donnell, leaving only placekicker as a position of mystery for the 2019 Bears. Kickers Redford Jones and Chris Blewitt are both on the roster, but the Bears have been met with all the top collegiate kickers leading up to the draft.