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Five bold predictions for Bears training camp

6th Round choice, QB David Fales of San Jose State.

6th Round choice, QB David Fales of San Jose State.

With the Chicago Bears about to embark on their 2014 season, here are five training camp predictions as second-year head coach Marc Trestman welcomes his squad back to Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais.

1. Sixth-round QB David Fales will push for the backup job by the end of the preseason schedule. Fales, despite his youth, possesses the mix of accuracy, a quick release, and the intuitive instincts that Trestman covets. He’ll compete hard against unproven veteran Jimmy Clausen and take advantage of playing against third-fourth string defenders.

2. Former first-rounder Shea McClellin won’t be on the opening day roster. READ MORE

Bears signing of former Pro Bowl S Wilson low risk

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Still seeking help for a leaky defense that ranked among the NFL’s worst last season, the Chicago Bears took a flyer on former Arizona Pro Bowl S Adrian Wilson, signing the veteran defender to a one-year deal in hopes that he can stabilize their deep patrol.

Wilson did not play last season while recuperating from an achilles tear. New England inked him to a deal late in the year, but released him in April. The Bears will find out next month in training camp if Wilson has anything left. He is believed to have signed for the minimum, meaning the investment is low yet could reap dividends if Wilson can contribute.

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Bears long-snapper Mannelly retires

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Long-time snapper Patrick Mannelly announced his retirement Friday, ending his tenure as the longest active Chicago Bears player. Mannelly was attempting to recover from offseason hip surgery, but apparently made the decision to stop his playing career.

The Bears official release is below:

Long snapper Patrick Mannelly, who played his entire 16-year NFL career with the Chicago Bears, announced his retirement today. No one in the history of the Bears organization has worn the team’s blue and orange uniform more than Mannelly.  He holds the team’s all-time records in games played (245) and seasons played (16). He was a model of excellence throughout his career as one of the NFL’s top specialists.  He was a part of four division championships (2001, 2005, 2006, 2010), an NFC Championship (2006) and appeared in seven playoff contests – including two NFC title games. His 245 games played are tied for 43rd most in NFL history.

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