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Bears free agency tracker

Kyle Fuller Bears

Spending big in free agency doesn’t necessarily translate to winning big on the field, but for a team with as many holes as the Chicago Bears, it provides hope for better days ahead.

The Bears active off-season continued Friday when the club matched Green Bay’s offer to transition free agent corner back Kyle Fuller, thereby maintaining continuity in the secondary. Though the Bears were allowed up to five business days under NFL guidelines to decide what to do, they took mere hours to equal the Packers offer and later agreed to a four-year deal with Fuller worth $18 million in guaranteed money.

Fuller’s situation was one of the key headlines during the offseason and credit must be given to Chicago General Manager Ryan Pace for keeping one of the Bears top defenders. Along with the re-signing earlier this week of fellow corner Prince Amukamara, Chicago returns its starting corners that turned in surprisingly solid 2017 seasons. READ MORE

Bears boost offensive firepower with free agent haul

Bears drop second-straight, losing 26-18 to Saints.

The Chicago Bears acted quickly Tuesday, pouncing on a trio of free agent playmakers, including former Jacksonville wide receiver Allen Robinson.  The Bears also added highly-regarded tight end Trey Burton of the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles, as well as speedy slot receiver Taylor Gabriel. To bolster the special teams, the Bears inked former Dolphins kicker Cody Parkey.

The aggressive moves were just what the doctor ordered for a Bears offense short on production and firepower.  In Robinson, Chicago General Manager Ryan Pace hands new head coach Matt Nagy and quarterback Mitch Trubisky a bonafide downfield threat.  Robinson is recovering from a torn ACL suffered in the 2017 season opener, but is expected to be cleared for activity before training camp opens in mid-July. Robinson caught just one pass before getting hurt, but posted impressive statistics in both 2015 when he caught 80 passes for 1,400 yards with 14 touchdowns. He followed up with 73 catches for 883 yards and six touchdowns in 2016.At 6-3, Robinson provides the Bears a deep-play threat. The Penn State product received favorable reviews when he was drafted in the second round of the 2014 NFL  Draft.  READ MORE

Combine 101: Bears seek playmakers

Tremaine Edwards, LB, Virginia Tech

Tremaine Edwards, LB, Virginia Tech

As the countdown to April’s NFL Draft moves into its next phase with the annual scouting combine, Chicago Bears front office staff and coaches head to Indy hoping to clarify their needs with possible solutions.

Here are some prospects to watch based on possible Bears interest from boots on the ground:

CB Denzel Ward, Ohio State, 5-10, 191…Ward isn’t the biggest or most physical corner, but he is a tenacious defender when the ball is in the air. Plays like the football belongs to him, displaying quick feet, keen instincts, and the athletic skills to mirror receivers. Feisty and determined style. Drag down tackler. Film review from last year’s Buckeyes opening win over Indiana showed Ward beaten badly early in the game as Ohio State and the Hoosiers slugged it out offensively in the first half. However, when he was targeted in the second half, Ward rose to the occasion, shutting down and frustrating a talented and much bigger receiving corps. Ward uses his hands well, anticipating throws and timing his jumps well.

LB Tremaine Edwards, Virginia Tech, 6-4, 250…Edwards doesn’t turn 20 until May, so he’s an ascending player with his best football ahead of him.  Scouts intrigued by his size/speed/physical traits, and a few have compared him to Bears Hall of Famer Brian Urlacher in build.  A rangy defender with a thick trunk who diagnoses well and sniffs out the ball. Good bloodlines as his father was a pro and older brother plays for the Saints. Another brother starred at Virginia Tech as well and is also entering the draft.  Tremaine displays an aggressive streak and is nimble on his feet to maneuver through the trash. Projects as more of an inside backer which might not be best fit for the Bears needs.  Limited use as a pass rusher, but possesses enough initial quickness. For all his positive athletic traits, Edwards turnover production was modest. READ MORE