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Martellus Bennett has skipped the first two weeks of the Bears' offseason program.

The reasons for Bennett's absence aren't yet known. Coming off a career high 90/1,038/6 line, Bennett is under contract for $9.98 million the next two seasons.
Apr 25 - 4:40 PM

Bears signed TE Bear Pascoe to a one-year contract.

Pascoe has lasted six years in the league as a strict blocking specialist, catching just 40 passes in 82 games.
Apr 23 - 12:33 PM

ESPN Bears reporter Jeff Dickerson believes second-year LB Christian Jones is a candidate to start at inside linebacker.

A failed drug test at last year's Combine torpedoed Jones' draft stock, but he flashed enough talent over 443 snaps as a rookie to at least be in the conversation for a starting role this season. An athletic player with decent coverage skills, Jones would fit well as the weakside inside linebacker in the Bears' 3-4 scheme. He will compete with Jon Bostic and Mason Foster in camp.
Apr 18 - 9:53 AM

Matt Forte suggested on Twitter that he's not planning a long contract dispute.

Forte, in search of a new contract, did not show up as the Bears opened their voluntary workouts Monday. It's not a great look with the team ushering in a new regime, but it's not a huge deal either. Forte, owed roughly $8.2 million in the final year of his deal, has no leverage anyway. "Relax everybody... It's called voluntary W/O for a reason. I've always been there especially when it counts!" he tweeted Monday night.
Apr 14 - 7:44 AM

Matt Forte was not present as the Bears opened their voluntary workouts Monday.

The new John Fox/Ryan Pace regime already has a sticky situation on their hands. The highly productive Forte is entering the final year of his contract and wants a new deal. The problem is he'll be 30 before the 2015 season is over and is already owed a healthy $8.2 million in total 2015 compensation. Handing out lucrative extensions to running backs at this age is bad business and Pace knows it. The good news for Pace is that he holds all the leverage -- Forte wouldn't dare sit out the season and lose out on that $8.2 million. All he can do is let his displeasure be known by skipping these strength and conditioning sessions. If Forte chooses to skip the mandatory minicamp in June, he'll be subject to fines.
Apr 13 - 7:25 PM

Bears LG Matt Slauson (pectoral) is expected to be a full participant in the team's offseason program.

Slauson went down last Week 8. He was in the midst of a mediocre season. Now 29, Slauson is currently in line to return as a starter.
Apr 7 - 1:35 PM

Bears signed C Will Montgomery to a one-year contract.

By swapping Roberto Garza for Montgomery, the Bears get a little younger and the new regime gains familiarity. Montgomery played for John Fox and Adam Gase in Denver last season, starting eight games at center. He has the upside to be a difference-maker in the run game, a role he excelled in as an every-game starter for the Redskins from 2011-13.
Apr 2 - 10:17 AM

Jacquizz Rodgers plans to play 8-10 pounds lighter this season.

"I'm focused on cutting weight, becoming more quicker, working on my speed," Rodgers said Wednesday, one day after signing with the Bears. It's a good idea, as Quizz has shown very little burst during his career despite standing at 5-foot-6. He'll fight with Ka'Deem Carey for a role behind Matt Forte.
Apr 2 - 9:59 AM

Bears re-signed CB Sherrick McManis to a one-year contract.

McManis, 27, will return as a core special teamer. He was limited to 46 defensive snaps last year, and projects for similar usage under new coach John Fox.
Apr 1 - 4:35 PM
Sam Acho - LB - Bears

Bears signed OLB Sam Acho, formerly of the Cardinals, to a one-year contract.

Acho, a 2012 fourth-round pick, has been a highly-ineffective pass rusher across four seasons, generating just two sacks the past two seasons, but he did receive positive marks from PFF for his run defense in 2014. The Bears are transitioning to the 3-4 defense and need capable bodies to bring to camp.
Apr 1 - 2:05 PM

Bears signed RB Jacquizz Rodgers, formerly of the Falcons, to a one-year contract.

A four-year veteran, Rodgers owns a lousy 3.65 YPC for his career, but has caught 155 passes in 63 games. He also holds his own as a blocker despite standing in at just 5-foot-6, 196 pounds. Rodgers will start out as the No. 3 back behind Matt Forte and Ka'Deem Carey, but could carve out a role in the Bears' passing game. He's unlikely to hold any value in PPR leagues.
Mar 31 - 5:04 PM

Free agent RB Jacquizz Rodgers is visiting the Bears.

Rodgers can't provide much as a runner (career 3.65 YPC on 305 carries), but can protect and catch the ball out of the backfield. The Bears are looking for some depth behind Matt Forte and Ka'Deem Carey.
Mar 31 - 11:10 AM

New Bears ILB Mason Foster's one-year deal is worth just $825,000.

It can scarcely even be considered a "prove-it" deal. It's just flier money for the Bears after Foster struggled mightily in 2014. He'll try to earn a role as a two-down run stopper in the preseason.
Mar 30 - 1:22 PM

Bears DE/OLB Jared Allen says he was diagnosed with a herniated disc in his back following the season.

Allen also attributes his diminished 2014 production to an early-season bout with pneumonia that cost him 15 pounds, and affected his play for two months. Allen has resumed training vigorously, as he does every offseason. Now 33 years old, it's entirely unclear what's left in Allen's tank. A 4-3 end for his entire career, Allen will soon begin learning 3-4 outside linebacker at Bears OTAs.
Mar 29 - 4:00 PM

Bears CB Alan Ball (torn biceps) said he's "ready to roll."

He tore his biceps in October but according to Ball, that's no longer an issue. In Pro Football Focus' 2014 rankings, Ball graded out better against the run than he did versus the pass. In Chicago, he'll be used as a reserve behind starters Tim Jennings and Kyle Fuller.
Mar 29 - 12:15 PM

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