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Jerrell Freeman | Linebacker | #50

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (32) / 5/1/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 235
College: Mary Hardin-Baylor
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Former Colts and Bears ILB Jerrell Freeman was facing a two-year suspension when he decided to retire earlier this month.
Already suspended twice for PED use, Freeman reportedly failed another test. The suspension does not really matter considering Freeman has retired, but it will prevent the 32-year-old from returning if he has a change of heart. Freeman played six seasons for the Colts and Bears, recording 647 tackles, 12 sacks, and four interceptions in 70 games. May 15 - 10:40 AM

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Free agent ILB Jerrell Freeman has retired from the NFL.

Freeman missed most of last season due to suspensions. He was effective when on the field, finishing with 598 tackles and 12 sacks over his six-year career. A three-down linebacker, Freeman started every game he appeared in. Freeman's 2017 concussion forced him into early retirement.
May 2 - 5:55 PM

Bears released ILB Jerrell Freeman.

This fully expected move will save Chicago $3.5 million against the cap. Freeman played well his first season with the Bears, but he missed four games because of a PED suspension and picked up another 10-game ban last year, the final two games of which he will have to serve in 2018. He is also set to turn 32 in May and is coming off a torn pectoral. Even so, Freeman is good enough to get a look from teams in need of linebacker help.
Feb 20 - 12:05 PM

The Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs thinks "it would be a stunner" if the Bears retained ILB Jerrell Freeman.

Freeman played well in 2016, his first season in Chicago, but he missed four games because of a PED ban that year before being limited to one by a torn pectoral last season. Freeman also picked up another PED ban which will keep him out the first two games of 2018, his age-32 season. Chicago can save $3.5 million against the cap by cutting Freeman.
Feb 19 - 11:01 AM

NFL suspended Bears ILB Jerrell Freeman 10 games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

It's Freeman's second PED ban in as many years as a Bear. The first was handed down last November. Fortuitously for Freeman, he's already on injured reserve with a torn pectoral. He'll "serve" the first eight games of the suspension this year, and then be sidelined for Weeks 1 and 2 next year. Freeman is under contract for $3.5 million in 2018, but it's hard to believe the oft-banned linebacker will be back at that price. Freeman turns 32 next May.
Mon, Oct 30, 2017 02:49:00 PM

Bears placed ILB Jerrell Freeman on injured reserve with a pectoral injury.

Freeman also has a concussion. Signed to a three-year, $12 million contract in March 2016, Freeman was an every-down player last season, though he did miss time with a PED suspension. He was slated for the same duties this year. The Chicago Tribune expects 2016 fourth-rounder Nick Kwiatkoski to see the biggest uptick in playing time. Freeman's loss thins what could be an underrated defense in 2017.
Tue, Sep 12, 2017 03:26:00 PM

Bears ILB Jerrell Freeman has a pectoral injury in addition to his concussion.

You could consider him questionable for Week 2. Font of information John Fox wasn't forthcoming on Monday. Freeman plays all three downs, and would be a big loss against a Bucs team opening its season at home.
Mon, Sep 11, 2017 02:39:00 PM

Bears ILB Jerrell Freeman suffered a concussion in Week 1.

His status for Week 2 against the Bucs is uncertain. A true three-down inside linebacker, Freeman's presence is critical in both run defense and coverage.
Sun, Sep 10, 2017 05:05:00 PM

Bears activated ILB Jerrell Freeman from the reserve/suspended list.

Freeman should immediately slide back in as an every-down player. In the first season of a three-year contract, Freeman has been a solid signing for a rebuilding team. He should be back at his $3.5 million salary in 2017 unless his suspension has soured the Bears.
Mon, Dec 19, 2016 02:45:00 PM

NFL suspended Bears ILB Jerrell Freeman four games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

He's the second Bear in as many weeks to earn a PED ban. We'll see if Freeman trots out the usual "Adderall" excuse. Signed to a three-year, $12 million deal in March, Freeman has been an excellent addition, standing up to the run and holding his own in coverage. It further thins what is becoming a comically-decimated team. The Bears are going to be a Triple-A squad down the stretch. Fourth-rounder Nick Kwiatkoski is expected to take Freeman's starting spot.
Mon, Nov 21, 2016 02:36:00 PM

Bears signed ILB Jerrell Freeman to a three-year, $12 million contract with $6 million guaranteed.

He can earn another $2 million via incentives. The Bears placed a major emphasis on upgrading at inside linebacker, landing both of the top free agent ILBs available with Danny Trevathan also joining Chicago on a four-year, $24.5 million deal. A career overachiever out of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Freeman spent three years in the CFL before being signed by the Colts in 2012, and immediately become one of Indy's best defensive players. Freeman and Trevathan were PFF's Nos. 2 (Freeman) and 6 (Trevathan) inside linebackers out of 60 qualifiers last season. Bears 2015 ILBs Christian Jones, Jonathan Anderson, and Shea McClellin ranked 31st, 32nd, and 44th.
Sat, Mar 12, 2016 02:42:00 PM

Free agent ILB Jerrell Freeman will visit the Bears on Friday.

Freeman was getting nowhere in contract talks with Indy and now he'll head to Chicago for his first visit. Colts beat writer Chris Hagan said the Giants and Falcons are also "in the mix." The Bears didn't get much help from inside linebackers Shea McClellin and Christian Jones last year. Pairing Freeman with newly signed ILB Danny Trevathan would be a big upgrade.
Fri, Mar 11, 2016 09:57:00 AM

FOX 59 Indy's Chris Hagan reports talks between the Colts and free agent ILB Jerrell Freeman "are not going well."

Freeman is not expected to give the Colts a hometown discount, and Indy does not appear willing to move off their current offer. As it stands, it seems likely Freeman is playing elsewhere come September. The Chiefs were reportedly "poking around" Freeman earlier in the week, but they ended up re-signing Derrick Johnson. Freeman is Rotoworld's No. 1 available inside linebacker.
Thu, Mar 10, 2016 07:43:00 PM

Yahoo! Sports' Charles Robinson reports the Chiefs are "poking around" free agent ILB Jerrell Freeman.

According to Robinson, it doesn't sound like the Chiefs' talks with free agent ILB Derrick Johnson are going well, and they may be turning their attention to Freeman. Freeman is younger than Johnson, less injury-prone, and graded out as PFF's No. 2 inside linebacker last season. He'd be a nice get.
Tue, Mar 8, 2016 07:05:00 PM

Free agent ILB Jerrell Freeman isn't expected to give the Colts any "hometown discount."

"You gotta kinda do what’s best for you," Freeman said. "I've been playing for the league minimum for three years and ended up signing the [RFA] tender [last season], which was best for the team. Went ahead and signed it, and now I'm in free agency and guess I’ll have to do what’s best for me." Freeman, 30 in May, seems all but certain to chase the fattest pay check with this likely being his lone bite at the free-agency apple after spending his early years in the CFL.
Wed, Mar 2, 2016 09:18:00 AM

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