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Bears WR Eric Weems has agreed to a pay cut.

Weems will reduce his 2014 base salary from $1 million to $730,000, which is the six-year veteran minimum. A pure special teams player, Weems is a candidate to replace Devin Hester on kick returns.
Apr 11 - 6:36 PM

Bears agreed to terms with TE Matthew Mulligan, formerly of the Patriots, on a one-year contract.

Mulligan spent 2013 blocking for the Patriots. He has 16 catches through 65 career games. He'll block and play special teams for the Bears.
Apr 8 - 8:18 PM

Bears claimed WR Josh Bellamy off waivers from the Redskins.

A 2012 undrafted free agent, Bellamy appeared in five games for the Redskins last season as a special teamer. He'll compete for one of the final spots on the Bears' 53-man roster.
Apr 8 - 5:03 PM

The "plan" is for Ryan Mundy to be the Bears' starting strong safety.

Chicago's current safety duo of Mundy and FS Chris Conte is cause for concern. (Major Wright signed with the Bucs.) Mundy, 29, started ten games for the Giants last season but is best in a third safety role. The Bears at No. 14 overall are a popular mock-draft destination for safeties Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Calvin Pryor.
Apr 8 - 10:03 AM

The Chicago Tribune doesn't expect the Bears to sign Brandon Marshall to a contract extension prior to the start of the season.

Marshall, 30, is entering his walk year and is set to earn $9.1 million. He's expressed zero concern over his contract situation and has previously said his play will "force them to sign me" after the season. Coming off a year that saw him catch 100 balls for 1,295 yards and a career-high 12 touchdowns, Marshall is expecting improvement. He remains locked in as an elite WR1.
Apr 8 - 9:37 AM

Bears signed LS Chad Rempel, formerly of the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL, to a three-year deal.

Rempel reunites with former coach Marc Trestman in Chicago. His signing could signal veteran LS Patrick Mannelly will not be back with the Bears in 2014. Mannelly has played 16 straight seasons in Chicago.
Apr 7 - 7:42 PM

Free agents Matthew Mulligan and Adam Weber worked out for the Bears on Monday.

CBS' Jason La Canfora reported Weber's visit. A blocker, Mulligan appeared in 15 games for the Patriots last season. A former undrafted free agent, Weber was waived by the Bucs last August.
Apr 7 - 5:31 PM

Roberto Garza is expected to retain the starting center job despite the signing of Brian De La Puente.

Garza is a team captain, offensive line signal caller and 16-game starter for the Bears in seven of the last eight seasons. De La Puente was signed as quality insurance in case the 35-year-old breaks down. Both Garza and De La Puente are operating on one-year deals.
Apr 7 - 12:33 PM

Bears signed C Brian De La Puente to a one-year contract.

The deal contains $165,000 guaranteed. It'll be a seamless transition for De La Puente, whose old position coach in New Orleans -- Aaron Kromer -- is now the offensive coordinator in Chicago. De La Puente, 29 in May, was Drew Brees' starting center the past three seasons, and graded out 12th, second, and 16th in Pro Football Focus' center ratings in each of those years. Incumbent C Roberto Garza, 35, is expected to keep his job, but could be on an increasingly short leash. So late in free agency, this was an excellent value add by GM Phil Emery.
Apr 6 - 5:33 PM

ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett believes free agent C Brian De La Puente is definitely still in play for the Saints.

De La Puente's market has been ice cold to this point. He should be relatively cheap to retain. He's started the past 32 games for the Saints and remains easily the top free-agent center on the market not named Alex Mack. Tim Lelito is currently penciled in as the Saints' starting center.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 6 - 1:00 PM

Bears RT Jordan Mills (foot) is on track to participate in OTAs.

Mills underwent foot surgery in January, but isn't expected to miss a significant portion of the offseason program. A fifth-round pick last year, Mills started all 16 games as a rookie and will return as a starter when healthy.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 5 - 6:05 PM

Bears S Chris Conte has undergone shoulder surgery, and will be sidelined 4-5 months.

The timeline leaves Conte highly questionable for training camp. He'll likely start out on the active/PUP list. It's a major setback for a player who's supposedly "in the mix" to start despite a rough 2013. Going into the final year of his rookie contract, Conte's injury has probably sewn up a spot on the bench.
Apr 3 - 4:39 PM

Bears re-signed G/T Eben Britton to a one-year contract.

Britton returns to the Bears to serve in a backup guard and tackle role, a spot he filled for 239 snaps last season. The 26-year-old former second-round pick of the Jaguars got other known nibbles on the open market.
Apr 3 - 12:52 PM

New Bears RE Jared Allen says he never seriously considered retirement, but wanted to play for a winning team.

"(Retirement) was never my intent, but my point was that (I wasn't) going to throw my cleats and pads on for a team that had no chance," Allen said. "It was never, ‘Oh, if I don’t get X amount of dollars, I’m walking away.'" It's why Allen reportedly turned down more money from the Raiders to sign with Chicago. Allen's "four-year, $32 million" deal includes $15.5 million guaranteed over the first two seasons.
Mar 31 - 4:27 PM

Jared Allen will serve as the Bears' right end in 2014.

It's Julius Peppers' old position, and the same spot Allen manned in Minnesota. He will be lining up opposite Lamarr Houston. Allen is not the pass-rushing force he was five years ago, but has notched at least 11 sacks every season since 2007.
Mar 31 - 3:44 PM


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