Windy City Gridiron "The Chicago Bears have begun reworking their defense with some actual talent. Bears GM Phil Emery has signed former Oakland Raiders defensive end Lamarr Houston. After free agent defensive end Michael Bennett decided to remain in Seattle, the Chicago Bears quickly moved on to Plan B. The Bears..." March 11
Windy City Gridiron "The Chicago Bears are continuing to lock up players hitting the Free Agent market. Emery is on a certifiable roll right now: Williams appeared in six games for the Bears last season, starting in four of them. With two sacks, a forced fumble, and nineteen tackles, Williams was out for the..." March 11
Bears have agreed to terms with S Ryan Mundy on a two-year contract, team announced.
Windy City Gridiron "It appeared imminent when they attempted to trade him on Monday, but Julius Peppers is no longer a member of the Chicago Bears. Peppers signed a monster deal in 2010, and that deal and its adjustments put the Bears in an uncomfortable salary cap situation this year. The Bears look to gain..." March 11
Bears calling around the league, seeing if they can find a trade partner for DE Julius Peppers, per sources. Trade unlikely...
.@bears cut TE Dante rosario on monday
CBSSports.com "With free agency officially opening Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET, not many observers expect there to be much movement on what appears to be a weak quarterback class. Aside from Michael Vick, there aren't really any names on that list that would cause a team to throw open its pocketbook (and maybe not even..." March 10
Chicago Sun-Times "Lance Briggs lamented the departure of another long-time teammate Friday and hoped cornerback Charles Tillman wouldn’t join kick returner Devin Hester in playing on a different team next season. Speaking publicly for the first time this offseason, the Bears linebacker told WGWG-FM (87.7) it was..." March 09
Chicago Sun-Times "Hailing from a small Wisconsin town where green and gold are the primary colors, new Bears defensive end Austen Lane realized he was going to hear it from Packers fans back home. “I would say 95 percent of them were: ‘We’re happy for you, but we’re not going to be cheering for you,’ ’’ Lane..." March 09
Miami Herald "Devin Hester is the most productive kick-return specialist in NFL history. Gee, do you think the Miami Dolphins, 26th in the league in scoring last year, could use some of that? It's a simple question with all kinds of clumsy qualifiers, starting with Hester's age (31), but the Chicago..." March 09
Fansided "Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Jason Hatcher is coming off a career year, during a season when the Cowboys’ defense was riddled with injuries and he drew extra attention. At least one of those team is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Other teams reportedly interested in Hatcher’s services are Miami..." March 09
Chicago Tribune "The Bears’ bid to rebuild their defense on the fly to complement one of the NFL’s highest-scoring offenses is starting at the top of the free-agent class. Multiple sources indicate they are in play for Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, the older brother of Bears tight end Martellus..." March 09
Henry Melton has multiple suitors, according to source. As we said a while back, he fully intends to test market.
Fansided "Of the defensive backs on the 2014 NFL Free Agent market, one of the more coveted at this point is probably five-year veteran Mike Mitchell of the Carolina Panthers. As the Charlotte Observer points out, there are already a slew of teams that are ready to see if they can bring him in to beef up..." March 08
Fansided "The Chicago Bears could be looking to bolster their defensive line by adding Houston Texans nose tackle Earl Mitchell. According to Chicago Tribune Bears beat writer Brad Briggs, Mitchell could be another option on the defensive line aside from Henry Melton. Of course the Bears’ interest in..." March 08
Fansided "The Chicago Bears are looking to improve their roster as a whole — with an emphasis on defensive positions — and this upcoming free agency period could be big for the team. One name that is a late arrival to the party is recently released Saints speedster Darren Sproles. According to NFL scribe..." March 08
Fansided "The Chicago Bears are looking at free gent quarterbacks this offseason to back up Jay Cutler in case they lose out on Josh McCown. The first choice for both the Bars and for McCown would be to reunite in 2014 and work out a contract next week. McCown is poised to draw significant attention in..." March 08
NFL.com "Josh McCown acknowledged last week that he doesn't "want to be anywhere else" than Chicago, but his return to the Bears is far from a given. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport said Thursday on "NFL Total Access" that it "seems unlikely" that the backup quarterback will re-sign with the team on the..." March 07
Chicago Sun-Times "The ‘‘Peanut Punch’’ will carry on. It’s just a matter of which team will benefit from it that remains a question. In that regard, Charles Tillman — arguably the best cornerback in Bears history — says, ‘‘I feel good,’’ when asked about free agency, which officially opens Tuesday. ‘‘We’ll..." March 06
Tampa Tribune "When his playing career comes to an end, Devin Hester would like to retire as a Chicago Bear. The Bears, though, have seemingly already retired any plans they might have had for Hester going forward. Hester said as much during an interview on the NFL Network on Wednesday night, when he also..." March 06
Chicago Tribune "After eight highlight-packed seasons as a Bear, Devin Hester’s career appears destined to finish elsewhere. Hester, who shares the NFL record of 19 career return touchdowns with Hall of Famer Deion Sanders, will hit free agency Tuesday afternoon. And during an interview Wednesday on the NFL..." March 06
Chicago Sun-Times "Devin Hester won’t play for the Bears next season. Perhaps the game’s greatest kick returner of all time acknowledged Wednesday night what signs had pointed to all offseason. “From my knowledge,” he said on NFL Network, “I know Chicago wants to go a different route with me.” That means..." March 06
LM: #Bears have terminated the contract of veteran punter Adam Podlesh.
Chicago Tribune "Mayor Rahm Emanuel is in the very preliminary stages of looking at a 5,000-seat expansion of Soldier Field. The mayor's office and Chicago Park District, which runs the stadium on behalf of the city, are exploring the possibility as Chicago mulls a Super Bowl bid. "It's an exploration to see..." March 05
#Bears announce DT Jeremiah Ratliff returning on a 2-year contract
Devin Hester has been with the #Bears since 2006. But with no attempt to re-sign him, looks like he’ll hit the FA market. End of an era.
For those asking about a possible reunion for Devin Hester and #Bucs coach Lovie Smith: I don’t see it happening.
NFL Trade Rumors "Ian Rapoport reports that the Chicago Bears have made “no attempt” to re-sign KR Devin Hester. Rapoport adds that it looks like Hester will reach the open market. Chicago is reportedly looking for a kick returner who can contribute in other areas, so it seems very likely that he will be..." March 04
NFL.com "The NFL Competition Committee has discussed experimenting this preseason with a longer -- much longer -- extra-point try. According to one member, the committee's meetings this weekend included preliminary talks about placing the ball at the 25-yard line for the extra-point kick -- which would..." March 03
Pro Football Talk "Josh McCown played quarterback in a lot of places over the course of his career before he landed in Chicago, but he never had more success than he did with the Bears last season. McCown said he isn’t sure why everything came together after Jay Cutler was injured last season, but his 13..." March 02
Fansided "The Chicago Bears are in a bit of a pinch when it comes to what they will be doing this offseason to keep the team in contending shape. While some names being floated around will be coming in from the outside — whether that be free agency or the draft — there are names currently on roster who have..." March 01
According to league source there's a "strong" chance Kelvin Hayden will be re-signing w/Bears.
NFL.com "The salary cap is set to make a big jump in 2014. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Thursday the cap is expected to be set at $133 million, according to union and team sources. The official number could come as soon as Friday, according to Breer. The $133 million salary cap figure would be..." February 28
Windy City Gridiron "The third one-year deal announced in the last two days. The cornerback missed all of last season, but was productive in 2012. Health will be a major factor as to whether he will be on the roster in September. Kelvin Hayden came to the Bears in 2012 after a long stint in Indianapolis and a short..." February 28
CSN Chicago "Bears general manager Phil Emery had a busy day at Halas Hall Thursday afternoon. After re-signing veteran center Roberto Garza earlier on Thursday, the club agreed to terms with tight end Dante Rosario on a one-year contract." February 28
Fansided "The Chicago Bears are entering yet another offseason where they must correct the problems that kept them out of the postseason. After being in a position to win the NFC North on late 2013, the Bears literally fumbled their chances away and ended up on the outside of the playoffs looking in. One..." February 28
#Bears have re-signed C Roberto Garza to a 1-year contract.
CSN Chicago "The Bears piled up 445 points in 2013 which was best for the second-most in franchise history. For the first time since many people can remember, there are very few question marks on the offensive side of the ball. The Bears have arguably one of the best set of skill position players on offense..." February 27
Pro Football Talk "This may be the last season in which only 12 teams make the playoffs. Starting with the 2015 season, the NFL is likely to expand to seven playoff teams in each conference. Sources told Mark Maske of the Washington Post that the plan could be approved by the owners as soon as next month. “I..." February 27
CSN Chicago "The Bears want quarterback Josh McCown back in 2014, but the club knows they will need to have a contingency plan in place if the veteran departs this offseason. Rumors have already flown that the New York Jets have heavy interest in McCown, who threw 13 touchdowns to only one interception in..." February 26
Chicago Sun-Times "The Bears’ search for defensive-line help is sure to take them to Notre Dame, where defensive tackle Louis Nix III and defensive end Stephon Tuitt are intriguing prospects who transcend scheme. Nix is coming off surgery in November to repair a torn meniscus. He said he has lost 23 pounds and..." February 25
#Bears sign C Taylor Boggs, who was an exclusive rights free agent, and S Derrick Martin, who played 7 games on special teams last year.
Chicago Sun-Times "Even with Jay Cutler essentially locked in as their starter for the next three seasons, should the Bears be looking for a quarterback in the NFL draft? Always. ‘‘Jay’s contract status doesn’t impact it, [but] I’d like to draft a quarterback every year,’’ general manager Phil Emery said..." February 24
New York Daily News "The Jets may be cautiously optimistic that Geno Smith will make strides in his second season with an upgrade of skill-position talent around him, but the organization is preparing to have a solid contingency plan in place if he falters. The Daily News has learned that the Jets are eying Bears..." February 23
ESPN.com "Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery possess such a dry sense of humor, it's difficult every now and then to differentiate between his jokes and serious statements, but he certainly seems very willing to trade the club's 14th overall pick in May's NFL draft. Asked at the NFL combine inside..." February 22
ESPN.com "Former Pro Bowl defensive tackle Henry Melton's recovery from a torn left anterior cruciate ligament has progressed to the point where Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery said on Thursday the club's preference is to re-sign Melton who is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent on March 11...." February 20