Category Archives: Free Agency

Bears add tight end Gaines

May 11th, 2009 - 5:16 pm

The Bears agreed to a 1-year deal with free agent tight end Michael Gaines on Monday. Gaines played three years with Carolina, and one each with Buffalo and Detroit. He’s started 41 games in his career and has appeared in …

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Bears shift balance of power with Cutler, Pace acquisitions

April 2nd, 2009 - 4:58 pm

Just yesterday, I wrote a post saying how the Bears could resurface as contenders in the NFC if they pulled off a deal for Denver quarterback Jay Cutler and signed 7-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle Orlando Pace. Today, in my …

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Bears swap tackles, sign Browns’ Shaffer

March 25th, 2009 - 4:07 pm

The Bears signed veteran offensive tackle Kevin Shaffer on Wednesday to help bolster a depleted offensive line.  Shaffer was replaced in Cleveland by former Bear John St. Clair, so the Bears and Browns essentially traded tackles. Shaffer, 29, started all …

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Bears add more depth at safety with Earl

March 24th, 2009 - 9:16 pm

The Bears on Tuesday officially signed safety Glenn Earl to a one-year contract, a move that was expected to occur over the weekend. Earl spent a few seasons with former Texans and current Bears secondary coach Jon Hoke in Houston. …

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Are Bears eyeing an OT in the first round?

March 20th, 2009 - 5:59 pm

At the outset of free agency, the Bears offered free agent offensive tackle John St. Clair a modest contract which he eventually turned down in favor of a deal with the Cleveland Browns, leaving the team with three unproven tackles …

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St. Clair chooses Browns; Bears need to respond

March 17th, 2009 - 5:55 pm

The Bears’ hope of re-signing John St. Clair to maintain continuity on the offensive line was quashed Tuesday when St. Clair signed a three-year contract with the Cleveland Browns. The contract, according to the Sun-Times’ Brad Biggs, is believed to …

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Bears upgrade at safety with acquisition of Bullocks

March 11th, 2009 - 6:36 pm

The Bears added depth to their secondary by agreeing to a 1-year deal with free agent free safety Josh Bullocks on Wednesday. He should be able to compete with — and defeat — Craig Steltz for the starting job. Because …

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Patience is a virtue few Bears fans possess

March 11th, 2009 - 12:03 pm

With each passing day it seems as though another veteran, sometimes a former Pro Bowler, hits the open market after becoming a victim of his team’s salary cap situation and youth movement. Marvin Harrison, Terrell Owens, Roy Williams, and Jason …

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Bears re-sign RB Jones to 2-year deal

March 6th, 2009 - 11:57 pm

The Bears signed a veteran backup running back to complement Matt Forte, and they didn’t have to look very far to do it. The team agreed to a 2-year contract with free agent Kevin Jones, who played sparingly on offense …

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Bears interested in safety Sharper?

February 28th, 2009 - 6:40 pm

Make of it what you will, but TwinCities.com — the online version of the St. Paul Pioneer Press — is reporting that the Bears are interested in free agent safety Darren Sharper. Sharper, 33, is a 12-year veteran who has …

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