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Omar Bolden, Bears agree to one-year contract

The Bears added a fourth former Bronco this offseason with the addition of safety/special teamer Omar Bolden, who agreed to a one-year deal with the Bears on Thursday. Bolden had a punt return for a touchdown last year against the Indianapolis Colts and can help create competition with Marc Mariani at punt returner, as well as provide depth in the secondary.
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Bears sign offensive lineman Ted Larsen

The Bears added even more depth to their offensive line on Thursday. One day after agreeing to terms with Manny Ramirez, the Bears agreed to a one-year contract with offensive lineman Ted Larsen, a veteran of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and who lined up next to new Bears lineman Bobby Massie with the Arizona Cardinals last year.
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Bears sign OL Manny Ramirez, add offensive line depth

Seeking to add depth and competition to the offensive line, the Bears agreed to a one-year contract on Wednesday with guard/center Manny Ramirez, who spent four seasons under head coach John Fox in Denver before spending 2015 with the rival Detroit Lions.
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Sam Acho re-signs with Bears on one-year contract

The Bears bolstered their linebacker and special teams depth by agreeing to a one-year contract with free agent linebacker Sam Acho. Acho came over from the Arizona Cardinals last year and became a solid contributor on both defense and special teams.
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Chris Prosinski, Bears agree to one-year contract

The Bears brought back one of their key members of the special teams on Friday, agreeing to a one-year deal with safety Chris Prosinski. Prosinski signed with the Bears in late September, replacing the struggling Brock Vereen, who was released at that time. Prosinski was a core special teamer, but also started five games due to injuries to the secondary.
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Bears re-sign Deonte Thompson

The Bears already agreed to a deal with their punt returner from last year, Marc Mariani, earlier in free agency. Now the Bears have brought back their kickoff returner from a year ago, agreeing to a one-year deal with free agent Deonte Thompson, according to the team.
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Zach Miller, Bears agree to two-year contract

With looming concerns about the future of Martellus Bennett, the Bears made strides toward solidifying the tight end position on Monday. Hours after re-signing backup Rob Housler to a one-year deal, the Bears announced that they agreed to a two-year deal with free agent Zach Miller, who led the Bears with five touchdown catches in 2015.
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Rob Housler re-signs with Bears

As the Bears continue to shop Martellus Bennett, the team looked to create a little depth to the uncertainty of the tight end position. The Bears announced on Monday that they have re-signed Rob Housler — who joined the Bears in December last season after Bennett was placed on injured reserve — to a one-year deal. Housler offers little in terms of a solution to the dilemma with Bennett, but his familiarity with the team at least provides an extra body to the offense.
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Bears, Akiem Hicks agree to 2-year deal

General manager Ryan Pace knew that the Bears were going to have to get better on the defensive side of the ball in order to be a better football team in 2016. After a flurry of moves in the first few days of free agency, Pace made another big one over the weekend by agreeing to a 2-year deal with defensive tackle Akiem Hicks, who spent four seasons with the Saints before playing one year with the Patriots last year.
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Bears re-sign Marc Mariani, Mitch Unrein

The Bears re-signed a pair of contributors from the 2015 season by agreeing to a one-year deal with receiver/kick returner Marc Mariani and a two-year deal with defensive lineman Mitch Unrein. Mariani spent most of the season returning kicks but had to fill in at receiver while Alshon Jeffery, Eddie Royal, and Kevin White all missed time with injuries. Unrein was a rotational lineman who was a steady contributor and endeared himself to the coaching staff.
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Bears sign ILB Jerrell Freeman

The Bears entered this free agency period knowing they had some work to do on the defensive side of the ball, and they continued that plan with the addition of inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman. Freeman spent the first four seasons of his career with the Indianapolis Colts and joins Danny Trevathan as the two new inside linebackers in a rebuilt second level of the defense.
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Bears re-sign CB Sherrick McManis

The Bears looked to shore up their cornerback depth and keep their special teams strong by re-signing cornerback Sherrick McManis. Read Story »

‘Fourth-Quarter Porter’ re-signing with Bears

When Ryan Pace and John Fox were first hired last year, they needed to bring in the proper pieces to fit the new defensive scheme they wanted to run. They brought in a lot of players on one-year, prove-it deals. One of those players was cornerback Tracy Porter, a seven-year veteran who had spent time with the New Orleans Saints, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, and Washington Redskins. Pace knew Porter from their time with the Saints and Fox knew him from their days in Denver. After starting last season behind Alan Ball, Porter eventually jumped into the starting lineup and became a pretty solid defender, enough to earn him a three-year extension. Read Story »

Bears sign OT Bobby Massie

Last month, Ryan Pace was asked by reporters where three-time Pro Bowler Kyle Long would line up next season. Pace was noncommittal, instead choosing to say he loved Long’s flexibility and ability to play multiple positions. With the addition of offensive tackle Bobby Massie, that affords the Bears the opportunity to move Long back to right guard, where he spent the first two years of his career dominating the opposition. With Long and Massie anchoring the right side of the line, running back Jeremy Langford will have a lot of room to run in 2016. Read Story »

Bears sign Broncos free agent LB Danny Trevathan

The Bears opened the 2016 NFL Free Agency period with a splash by agreeing to terms with Denver Broncos inside linebacker Danny Trevathan. The 25-year-old linebacker was the leading tackler on one of the best defenses in recent NFL history, helping lead the Broncos to a Super Bowl 50 victory. Bears head coach John Fox was familiar with Trevathan as he drafted him in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Trevathan fills an immediate need at ILB. Read Story »

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