In his second offseason with the Chicago Bears, normal supervisor Ryan Poles has loads of salary-cap house to transform a roster that completed 3-14 in 2022.
As the NFL’s new league yr approaches, permitting free brokers to start signing with new groups, the Tribune will monitor the entire Bears’ arrivals and departures and supply perception into what they imply.
The free-agency negotiation window opened throughout the league at 11 a.m. Monday. Unrestricted free brokers can finalize offers when the brand new league yr begins at 3 p.m. Wednesday.
The Bears made 5 free-agent signings and the commerce of the No. 1 decide official.
What it means: The new league yr started at 3 p.m. Wednesday, and the Bears introduced their beforehand reported offers with linebackers Tremaine Edmunds and T.J. Edwards, defensive finish DeMarcus Walker, offensive lineman Nate Davis and working again Travis Homer, pending physicals. Edmunds agreed to a four-year deal, whereas Edwards, Walker and Davis are on three-year offers and Homer on a two-year deal.
The Bears additionally introduced the commerce of the 2023 No. 1 draft decide to the Carolina Panthers. The Bears acquired a 2023 first-round decide (No. 9), a 2023 second-round decide (No. 61), a 2024 first-round decide, a 2025 second-round decide and broad receiver D.J. Moore.
“Having the No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft gave us a tremendous opportunity to take steps forward this season and in our plan of building long term,” Bears normal supervisor Ryan Poles stated in a press release.
“We are excited about the additional picks acquired, including staying in the top ten selections this year, but also the addition of a proven and dynamic playmaker in DJ Moore. We had multiple aggressive offers to consider, but in the end it felt right for both teams in what Panthers GM Scott Fitterer presented and it keeps us in an area of this year’s draft that we really like.”
Poles, Moore and the opposite free brokers are scheduled to talk with reporters Thursday morning at Halas Hall.
Running again David Montgomery is signing a three-year take care of the Detroit Lions, ESPN reported.
What it means: After 4 seasons with the Bears, Montgomery joins their NFC North rival on a deal reportedly price $18 million with $11 million assured.
The 2019 third-round decide rushed for 3,609 yards and 26 touchdowns in 60 video games for the Bears, averaging 3.9 yards per carry. He additionally had 155 catches for 1,240 yards and 4 touchdowns. His greatest season was 2020, when he topped 1,000 dashing yards and had a career-high eight touchdowns and 4.3 yards per carry.
Montgomery was a favourite of many throughout his time at Halas Hall due to his work ethic and character. Poles stated earlier this offseason he would like to preserve the working again in Chicago, however he famous the contract must work out.
The Bears return Khalil Herbert, who totaled 731 dashing yards and 4 touchdowns in 2022, his second season within the league. Herbert’s 5.7 yards per carry was greatest within the NFL amongst working backs.
The Bears are signing former Seattle Seahawks working again Travis Homer, a supply confirmed.
What it means: A short while after Montgomery’s deal was introduced, information got here out that the Bears agreed so as to add Homer on a two-year deal that ESPN reported is price a most of $4.5 million.
Homer was a sixth-round decide by the Seahawks in 2019. In his first 4 years, he rushed for 453 yards on 83 carries and had 52 catches for 464 yards and two touchdowns. He additionally had 18 kickoff returns for 444 yards and a landing and 26 particular groups tackles.
It stays to be seen if the Bears will add one other working again as a complement to Herbert past Homer, who has worth on particular groups in addition to offense.
The Bears are signing former Tennessee Titans defensive finish DeMarcus Walker, a league supply confirmed.
What it means: Walker, 28, is a six-year NFL veteran coming off a profession season with the Titans through which he had seven sacks, 16 quarterback hits and 10 tackles for a loss in 17 video games. He was a second-round decide by the Denver Broncos in 2017 and performed in 36 video games for them with 5 begins, notching 10½ sacks over 4 seasons. He had two sacks in 13 video games with the Houston Texans in 2021.
Walker’s deal is for 3 years and $21 million with $16 million assured, a league supply stated.
The Bears had been in determined want of assist at defensive finish after totaling simply 20 sacks in 2022. Poles traded Khalil Mack final offseason and Robert Quinn at midseason and launched Al-Quadin Muhammad final month, leaving restricted choices on the place. Walker joins a gaggle that features Trevis Gipson and Dominique Robinson.
Inside linebacker Tremaine Edmunds is becoming a member of the Bears on a four-year, $72 million deal, a supply confirmed.
What it means: The Bears secured one other playmaker for a protection in want of them and have assured Edmunds $50 million on a four-year contract settlement. The signing is notable after the group hit an deadlock final fall in its negotiations with linebacker Roquan Smith. Smith was traded to the Baltimore Ravens for a second-round decide and later signed an extension in Baltimore for 5 years, $100 million with $60 million assured.
Edmunds successfully slots in as Smith’s substitute and is the second starting-caliber linebacker the Bears have added in free company after they earlier agreed to a three-year contract with T.J. Edwards.
Edmunds, the No. 16 total decide within the 2018 draft by the Buffalo Bills, has made 74 profession begins and gained’t flip 25 till May. Last season, he had 102 tackles, a sack and an interception. His manufacturing was inconsistent over his 5 seasons with the Bills. But when he was at his greatest, he showcased spectacular athleticism and really feel. The Bills had been within the combine to re-sign Edmunds and coach Sean McDermott sang his praises.
“To watch him mature and grow on the field and off the field has been a true joy as a coach,” McDermott stated on the NFL mix two weeks in the past.
The Bears, although, pushed to make Edmunds a big-ticket signing within the first wave of free company and can welcome the linebacker into Matt Eberflus’ system.
The Bears are signing former Tennessee Titans guard Nate Davis to a three-year deal, a supply confirmed.
What it means: Davis’ deal is for $30 million over three seasons with $19.25 million assured.
Davis, 26, began 54 video games over 4 seasons with the Titans, who drafted him within the third spherical out of Charlotte in 2019. He missed eight video games over the past two seasons with COVID-19 and accidents, together with ending the 2022 season on injured reserve due to an ankle harm.
The Bears had been slated to have left guard Cody Whitehair and proper guard Teven Jenkins return this season, so it is going to be price watching to see how the addition of Davis impacts these roles. Jenkins discovered some success in his transition from deal with to proper guard in 2022, however he battled accidents all year long and began simply 11 video games. Davis performed proper guard in Tennessee.
The Bears are signing former Philadelphia Eagles linebacker T.J. Edwards, a supply stated.
What it means: Edwards, who went to Lakes High School in Lake Villa and Wisconsin, returns dwelling to the Chicago space. An undrafted rookie in 2019, Edwards went on to start out 47 video games and play in 61 for the Eagles over 4 seasons. He had a career-high 159 tackles, 10 tackles for a loss, seven passes defended, 5 quarterback hits and two sacks in 2022.
The Bears are signing Edwards to a three-year, $19.5 million contract with $12 million assured. After buying and selling linebacker Roquan Smith midseason in 2022, the Bears had an enormous want for a playmaker on the place. They additionally return linebacker Jack Sanborn, who additionally performed at Wisconsin. Edwards performed center linebacker in Philadelphia, and he seemingly would play at that place in Chicago too, although the Bears may additionally strive him on the Will place.
Edwards performed for an Eagles protection that ranked among the many greatest within the NFL with simply 243.7 yards allowed per recreation, a unit that fueled the group’s run to the Super Bowl. Edwards had six tackles and a go defended within the Super Bowl loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Cornerback Josh Blackwell and defensive lineman Andrew Brown are returning, the Bears introduced.
What it means: The Bears tendered one-year contracts to Blackwell and Brown, who had been exclusive-rights free brokers.
Blackwell, an undrafted rookie out of Duke, was a key particular groups participant in 2022. He had 23 tackles, a compelled fumble and a fumble restoration. He noticed time on protection in 4 video games late within the season when accidents depleted the Bears secondary.
Brown joined the Bears in November off the Arizona Cardinals follow squad and performed in 5 video games. He has appeared in 28 video games over the past 4 seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, Houston Texans, Los Angeles Chargers and Bears.
Long snapper Patrick Scales is returning to the Bears, his agent tweeted.
What it means: Scales, 35, has been with the Bears since 2015 and hasn’t missed a recreation within the final 5 seasons. He returns with a specialist unit that features kicker Cairo Santos and punter Trenton Gill.
Scales is the longest-tenured Bears participant on a roster that Poles has largely turned over.
The Bears are bringing again veteran fullback Khari Blasingame on a two-year extension, in response to his company.
What it means: Blasingame joined the Bears on a one-year deal final season. And whereas he didn’t obtain an offensive contact, he stays well-regarded inside Halas Hall for his intelligence, work ethic and toughness.
As a blocker, Blasingame contributed to a Bears offense that averaged a league-best 177.3 dashing yards per recreation whereas setting a single-season franchise report with 3,014 dashing yards. It can be attention-grabbing to see how his function evolves or expands in 2023 as coordinator Luke Getsy continues to mould the scheme across the gamers he has.
The Bears have vital work to do to stabilize their offense and should work by way of their plans within the backfield with David Montgomery in line to hit the open market subsequent week. But Blasingame’s return was a precedence. The veteran fullback spent his first three seasons in Tennessee and can look to carve out a much bigger function with the Bears this season.
The Bears are releasing defensive finish Al-Quadin Muhammad, ESPN reported.
What it means: Muhammad signed a two-year, $8 million contract final spring to hitch coach Matt Eberflus in Chicago. Muhammad, who’s coming into his seventh NFL season, was coming off a profession yr with the Indianapolis Colts in 2021 through which he had six sacks and 13 quarterback hits. But he totaled simply 21 tackles, one sack, three quarterback hits and a compelled fumble in 16 video games with the Bears final season.
The Bears had been anticipated to revamp a defensive position that contributed to simply 20 group sacks. Cutting Muhammad, who can be 28 in March, saves practically $4 million in salary-cap house and comes with simply $500,000 in lifeless cap house, in response to Spotrac.