Coward was originally signed by the Bears as an undrafted free agent in 2017 after playing defensive line at Old Dominion. Most of his rookie season was spent on the practice squad, but he did get into one game that year. The following season he was moved to offensive line and he spent all of 2018 on the practice squad working on his new craft.
In 2019 and 2020 he appeared in 29 games with 15 starts along the o-line at both tackle and guard.
As a restricted free agent the Bears would have had to tender him an offer which would have given them the right of first refusal if he signed an offer sheet with another team. The lowest tender would have potentially cost the Bears $2.33 million, so by not making an offer Coward will become a free agent.
The Bears have one other RFA on the roster, kicker Eddy Pineiro, and at that price tag I would assume they allow him to become a free agent too.
It’s possible that the Bears bring Coward back on a free agent deal (in the league minimum territory), but the RFA tender ship has sailed.