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The Bears are considering moving RG Kyle Long to tackle.

Jordan Mills was a turnstile at right tackle last season, allowing six sacks and 31 hurries in 839 snaps. Long has excelled at right guard through his first two years in the league, but he would be more valuable to the team at right tackle. Free agent C Stefen Wisniewski is reportedly on the Bears radar, and could be a good stop-gap option at right guard if Long is moved.
Mar 28 - 10:23 AM

Coach John Fox confirmed Jay Cutler will open OTAs as the Bears' starter.

"I would say logically if you are looking at the depth chart and asking me two weeks before we can get anything going, I'd say [Cutler would be] first on the depth chart," Fox said. The Bears' starting job is Cutler's to lose, and he faces little in the way of competition. Jimmy Clausen projects as Cutler's backup.
Mar 27 - 6:35 PM

Bears signed CB Alan Ball, formerly of the Jaguars, to a one-year contract.

The National Football Post jumped the gun last week when it reported Ball signed with the Panthers. They offered him a deal, but Ball took Chicago's. Ball started 22 games for the Jaguars the previous two seasons, but had his 2014 campaign cut short with a bicep injury. He provides much-needed depth for the Bears behind starters Tim Jennings and Kyle Fuller. It's still a position of need.
Mar 27 - 12:39 PM

Jared Allen is expected to be a sub-package player for the Bears.

After being an every-down player throughout his entire career as a base 4-3 right end, Allen will be playing in a 3-4 defense this season. It's something he's been strongly opposed to in the past, but the Bears aren't going to cut him after paying Allen an $11.5 million roster bonus. Allen is too small to play 3-4 end, and Pernell McPhee and Lamarr Houston are the starting edge rushers.
Mar 27 - 9:30 AM

New coach John Fox singled out Alshon Jeffery as someone his conditioning program will help.

Jeffery has battled some weight issues in his career and dealt with a nagging hamstring injury last year. He's still posted 174 catches, 2,554 yards and 17 touchdowns over the last two seasons, dominating at the catch point with body control. Now that Brandon Marshall is gone and Jeffery is the no-doubt No. 1 option, he better be in tip-top shape. He's going to play the Demaryius Thomas role in Adam Gase's offense.
Mar 26 - 10:44 AM

New Bears coach John Fox suspects Jay Cutler's 2014 performance collapsed due to a lack of confidence.

"To build that back up, it’s going to take time, daily," Fox said. "It takes trust, like any relationship." Fox plans to field a "strong running game" to support Cutler, using the Cowboys as an example. "Football-wise, there are things you can do in coaching to minimize some of the exposure," Fox said. "Playing defense. Playing complementary football is going to be something that helps. I liken it a little bit, not being critical, to Tony Romo. ... I thought he had one of his better seasons a year ago with that same kind of build-up. With success comes confidence."
Mar 25 - 8:01 PM

The Bears will try Shea McClellin at inside linebacker in new DC Vic Fangio's 3-4 defense.

The 19th overall pick in the 2012 draft, McClellin failed as an early-career defensive end, and also failed to impress at strong-side linebacker last year. Simply an overdrafted tweener, the Bears would be lucky to salvage McClellin as a passable starter under Fangio. McClellin will compete for playing time against Mason Foster, Jon Bostic, and probably a draft pick.
Mar 25 - 7:52 PM

Bears agreed to terms with ILB Mason Foster, formerly of the Bucs, on a one-year contract.

It's a deal that's been nearly two weeks in the making. Foster was a four-year starter for the Bucs, but can kindly be described as a two-down compiler. Foster is severely limited in pass coverage, and is coming off an injury-marred 2014. Switching to a 3-4 defense and waving goodbye to Lance Briggs, the Bears are remaking their linebacker corps.
Mar 24 - 6:05 PM

Bears agreed to terms with DE Ray McDonald, formerly of the 49ers.

McDonald has been accused of violence against women twice in the past seven months, but escaped charges both times. The second incident cost him his 49ers roster spot, but McDonald is now suing the woman who accused him of sexual assault. Going on 31, McDonald will be reuniting with ex-49ers DC Vic Fangio in Chicago. McDonald remained one of the league's better 3-4 ends last season, but it's surprising he's found a new team so quickly considering his off-the-field issues. He'll be on a short leash in Chicago, but will have the inside track on a starting job if he stays out of trouble. McDonald turns 31 in September.
Mar 24 - 1:57 PM

Bears signed DE Jarvis Jenkins, formerly of the Redskins, to a one-year contract.

It's not a surprise Jenkins didn't draw much interest in free agency. A 26-year-old who offers nothing as a pass rusher, Jenkins finished 45th out of 47 qualified 3-4 defensive ends in Pro Football Focus' 2014 rankings. He's serviceable against the run, but still received a negative grade in that area over 552 snaps last season. Chicago's cellar-dwelling defense didn't improve with this minimum-salary signing.
Mar 24 - 10:52 AM

The Sacramento Bee reports the 49ers are "looking at" free agent ILB Mason Foster.

Foster's market has been nonexistent since it was erroneously reported he was close to a three-year deal with the Bears. It's unknown if he has a visit scheduled with the 49ers, who badly need to restock the cupboard at inside linebacker.
Mar 23 - 2:00 PM

Updating a previous item, free agent CB Alan Ball left his Panthers visit without signing a deal.

The National Football Post erroneously reported Ball had signed a one-year, $2 million contract with Carolina. Instead, Ball will continue to shop his wares. The Panthers maintain interest and Ball could still end up with them.
Mar 20 - 3:25 PM

Bears re-signed TE Dante Rosario to a one-year contract.

A run blocker who can catch passes in a pinch, Rosario has spent the past two seasons in Chicago. He played for new coach John Fox in both Denver and Carolina. His spot on the 53-man roster should be secure.
Mar 19 - 4:11 PM

Panthers agreed to terms with CB Alan Ball, formerly of the Jaguars, to a one-year, $2 million contract.

Ball had a fine 2013, though 2014 didn't go as smoothly. His season was cut short by a bicep injury in October. He'll look to recapture his 2013 form in Carolina where he should currently be penciled in as the outside corner opposite Josh Norman, allowing second-year CB Bene Benwikere to focus on slot duties.
Mar 19 - 10:58 AM

Bears signed LS Thomas Gafford to a one-year contract.

Gafford has spent the past seven seasons long snapping for the Chiefs.
Mar 17 - 3:21 PM

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