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NFL Free Agency 2021: Chicago Bears News and Rumor Tracker

You guys fired up with all the news and rumors surrounding the Chicago Bears?

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The NFL officially opens the 2021 season for business at 3:00 p.m. CT today, but there’s already been a frenzy of news and rumors that hit on Monday and Tuesday during the early negotiating period for free agency. The “big” news for us Chicago Bears’ fans is the team signing quarterback Andy Dalton to a 1-year, $10 million deal that could earn him $3 million more in incentives.

We’ll be keeping tabs on all the other great moves sure to come from general manager Ryan Pace in today’s tracker, but we’ll also keep our eyes and ears open for any rumors that pop up.

News and Rumor Tracker

Our Thursday Tracker will go live at 8:00 a.m. right here.

  • The Bears have signed defensive lineman Angelo Blackson. (link)
  • Brad Biggs is reporting that Akiem Hicks could be on the trade block. (link)
  • The Denver Broncos and the San Francisco 49ers were also pursuing quarterback Andy Dalton. (link)
  • Andy Dalton’s 1-year deal could have a void year or two — or more — added to keep this year’s cap hit lower. (link)
  • Former Bears o-lineman Kyle Long is signing with the Kansas City Chiefs. (link)
  • Bears mentioned as a team that could be interested in trading for Gardner Minshew. (link)
  • Deon Bush will re-sign in Chicago. (link)
  • Andy Dalton is officially a Bear. (wtf)
  • The Bears make the Buster Skrine release official. (link)
  • Brad Biggs reporting there’s buzz around the league that the Bears may release corner Kyle Fuller. (link)
  • The Bears offered three first-round picks, a third-rounder and two starters for Russell Wilson. (link)
  • Adam Hoge believes that Germain Ifedi, whom was re-signed for $5M, is the likely starter at right tackle for the Bears. (link)
  • The Bears wished free agent WR/RB/KR Cordarrelle Patterson a happy birthday on Twitter, which could mean nothing, but if I remember correctly, in the past they haven’t done this with players that were out of contract. (link)
  • Running back Lamar Miller, who spent some time on the Bears in 2020, is signing with Washington. (link)
  • Per multiple reports now, the Bears made a big offer and were in pursuit of Russell Wilson up until yesterday, but the Seattle Seahawks just wouldn’t deal him at this time. (link) (link)

Brand New Bears

Andy Dalton, QB (details if you want them)

Angelo Blackson, DL (signed to a 2-year deal)

Bears 2021 Free Agents

Allen Robinson, WR - Franchise tagged (link)

Germain Ifedi, OL - Re-signed (details here)

Mario Edwards Jr., DL - Re-signed (link)

Cairo Santos, K - Re-signed (link)

Patrick O’Donnell, P - Re-signed (link)

Deon Bush, S - Re-signed (Our story here)

Mitchell Trubisky, QB

Cordarrelle Patterson, WR

Dwayne Harris, WR

DeAndre Carter, WR

Demetrius Harris, TE

Jason Spriggs, T

Rashaad Coward, OL - It was reported the Bears were not bringing Coward back.

Brent Urban, DL

Daniel McCullers, DL

John Jenkins, NT

Sherrick McManis, DB

Tashaun Gipson, S

Artie Burns, CB

DeAndre Houston-Carson, S

Michael Joseph, CB

Barkevious Mingo, OLB

Eddy Pineiro, K

Patrick Scales, LS

Former Bears

Roy Robertson-Harris, DL - Signing with the Jags (our story here)