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Bears announce their undrafted free agents signings

NCAA Football: Senior Bowl Practice John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Bears have announced their undrafted free agent signings in advance of this weekend’s rookie mini-camp. There are a few changes from what was reported and shared in our free agent tracker, so here are the official additions.


Alex Bars, OL, Notre Dame

Sam Mustipher, OL, Notre Dame

Marquez Tucker, OL, Southern Utah

Blake Blackmar, OL, Baylor

Joe Lowery, OL, Ohio

Dax Raymond, TE, Utah State

Ian Bunting, TE, California

Ellis Richardson, TE, Georgia Southern

Emanuel Hall, WR, Missouri

Thomas Ives, WR, Colgate

The headliners of this group are Bars, Hall, and Raymond. All three had draftable grades by most draft pundits, and all three have a good chance to make Chicago’s 2019 53-man roster.


Daryle Banfield, DL, Brown

Jonathan Harris, DL, Lindenwood

Lawrence Marshall, DE, Michigan

Matt Betts, OLB, Laval

Chuck Harris, OLB, Buffalo

Jomon Dotson, DB, Nevada

Clifton Duck, DB, Appalachian State

Doyin Jibowu, DB, Fort Hays State

Adarius Pickett, DB, UCLA

Josh Simmons, DB, Limestone

The most intriguing prospect among the defenders is Betts, who was just the third overall pick in the Canadian Football League draft. His highlights have a Waterboy feel to it at times.

Special teams

John Baron II, K, San Diego State

John Wirtel, LS, Kansas

Baron will be one of eight rookie kickers at Halas Hall this weekend. Four are signed and four are trying out.

The Bears announced those 22 UDFA players, but there are several others at Halas Hall this weekend on a try-out basis, along with some other try-out veterans, and some veteran players already signed to their 90-man offseason roster. Here’s the full list of rookie mini-camp participants.

The Bears also made a few roster moves to get to the mandated 90-man limit. They released offensive linemen Dejon Allen and Willie Beavers, and wide receiver Cyril Grayson.