Every single move that the Bears have made so far in the offseason

It’s been an off-season with changes for the Chicago Bears, who have announced a new regime with general manager Ryan Poles and head coach Matt Eberflus.

Poles have not wasted any time rebuilding the list as he sees fit, which has included getting some big contracts out of the books via trade or release. Although he did not make the big splash in the first weeks of free running, the Poles have addressed some needs on the list while not paying big bucks out.

The Bears are due to begin their offseason program on Monday, with Eberflus meeting with its team for the first time.

As the Bears prepare for the start of their offseason program, here’s a look at every move Chicago has made so far in the offseason:

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The Bears wasted no time cleaning up and firing both head coach Matt Nagy and general manager Ryan Pace the day after the end of the 2021 season. Nagy ended his Bears career with a record of 34-33, including both Chicago playoff losses. During Pace’s seven-year tenure, the Bears went 48-67 and failed to win a playoff game in two appearances.

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After an extensive search, the Bears found their new general manager in Ryan Poles and head coach in Matt Eberflus. Poles have worked hard to rebuild the guard, which has included getting some big contracts out of the books and making the guard younger. It’s definitely a work in progress. Eberflus said he will not serve as a defensive player because he believes it is important for him to oversee the entire team.

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  • Offensive coordinator: Luke Getsy
  • Defensive coordinator: Alan Williams
  • Special teams coordinator: Richard Hightower
  • Quarterback coach: Andrew Janocko
  • Running backs coach: David Walker
  • Wide receiver coach / passing game coordinator: Tyke Tolbert
  • Tight ends trainer: Jim Dray
  • Offensive line coach: Chris Morgan
  • Defensive line coach: Travis Smith
  • Linebackers coach: Dave Borgonzi
  • Defensive back coach: James Rowe
  • Security coach: Andre Curtis
  • Assistant tight-ends coach: Tim Zetts
  • Assistant offensive coach: Austin King
  • Assistant defensive line coach: Justin Hinds
  • Assistant defensive back coach: David Overstreet II
  • Assistant special team: Carlos Polk
  • Offensive quality control: Omar Young
  • Defensive quality control: Ronell Williams
  • Main strength and fitness: Jim Arthur
  • Assistant strength and condition: Noble Landry
  • Assistant strength and condition: Jimmy Mangiero

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The Bears traded star-pass rusher Khalil Mack to the Chargers for a second-round pick in 2022 and a sixth-round pick in 2023. While the compensation doesn’t work out much, the fact is that the Chargers took on the last three years of Mack’s contract , a big reason why they did not get a great return. Of course, the Bears will have to eat $ 24 million in dead money by 2022. But they will save $ 28.5 million in cap space by 2023. After looking at some teams releasing star players, it’s a win that the Bears were able to to get something in return.

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The Bears released nose tackle Eddie Goldman ahead of the start of the new league year after failing to find a trading partner for him. The inside defensive line is going to look different this year, and the switch to a 4-3 scheme has likely contributed to Goldman’s release. Unfortunately, the Bears have to eat $ 5.2 million in dead money this year. But given that Goldman was to cost $ 11.8 million relative to the salary cap, Chicago took the right step in releasing him after failing to find a trading partner.

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The Bears released running back Tarik Cohen with an injury designation as he did not pass one physically since tearing his ACL in Week 3 of the 2020 season. Cohen signed an extension of three years just before his injury, but his lack of availability made this an easy decision for the Poles. With Chicago designating Cohen for a June 1 cut, it frees up $ 4 million in cap space with just a $ 1.75 million dead cap hit.

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The Bears released linebacker Danny Trevathan, a move that many expected long before it became official. Trevathan has struggled with injury fights that limited him to just two full seasons in six years, and his performance has declined over the past few years. Given Trevathan’s injuries, performance and age, it was an easy decision for the Poles to make. With Chicago designating Trevathan for a June 1 cut, it will release $ 3.3 million in cap space with $ 2.4 million in dead money.

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The Bears’ first move on the offensive line was to pick up a versatile lineman in Lucas Patrick, who has experience with Luke Getsy’s plan in Green Bay. Patrick, who signed a two-year deal worth $ 8 million, has played three different positions during his time at Packers – left guard, center and right guard. It is a solid first step for the Poles when it comes to addressing the offensive line. The deal is an affordable one at $ 4 million a year, with Patrick serving as the starting center.

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The Bears took their first steps to address linebackers’ concerns with the signing of Nicholas Morrow, who signed a $ 3 million one-year proof-it deal. Morrow comes after a career year with the Raiders, where he set career highs in total tackles (78), tackles for losses (eight), sparks (three) and QB hits (six) in 2020. He suffered a foot injury in the preseason that set him on the sidelines for the entire 2021 season. If Morrow establishes himself as a reliable starter, this will end up being a big signing for Chicago.

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The Bears signed wide receiver Byron Pringle to a one-year deal worth $ 4 million and up to $ 6 million with incentives. Although Pringle was not the big name many hoped for in the free agency, he is a person who has been buried on Kansas City’s depth chart. Pringle comes after a breakout year with the Chiefs and he has a chance to break out with the Bears. Right now he’s WR2 behind Darnell Mooney.

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The Bears also signed wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown to a $ 965,000 one-year deal. St. Brown spent his entire four-year career with the Packers before rejoining new offensive coordinator Luke Getsy in Chicago. He wants a good understanding of the offense Getsy is running. St. Brown mostly served as a depth setting at wide receiver, which is what he expects to be with the Bears.

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After the Larry Ogunjobi deal fell through, the Bears wasted no time finding his replacement in Justin Jones, who signed a two-year, $ 12 million deal worth more than Ogunjobis. Jones will serve as the wood technique in Matt Eberflus’ defense. Jones comes after a career year with the Chargers, where he was particularly impressive against the race.

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The Bears added another edge rusher in Al-Quadin Muhammad, who signed a $ 10 million two-year deal. He reunites with former Colts defensive coordinator and Bears head coach Matt Eberflus. Muhammad joins a passing rush led by Robert Quinn and Trevis Gipson. While certainly no Khalil Mack who was traded to the Chargers, Muhammad is a solid option coming off the edge for Chicago.

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The Bears bring in defender Khari Blasingame, giving Chicago its first real back since 2018. Blasingame, who spent the last three years with the Titans, has been their primary back since his arrival. Unfortunately, injuries limited him to 11 games last year, with the undefeated rookie Tory Carter taking his place. Blasingame signed a $ 965,000 one-year deal.

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The Bears re-signed long snapper Patrick Scales for a year veteran salary benefit contract worth $ 1.27 million. Scales has been with Chicago since the end of the 2015 season, where he has been a reliable long snapper during his tenure. Scales reunite with kicker Cairo Santos on what was a solid special team unit in 2021. Only they will be without player Pat O’Donnell, who signed with the Packers. Scales’ re-signing was an affordable deal for one of the team’s most consistent players.

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The Bears re-signed security and specialty teams with DeAndre Houston-Carson to a $ 1.77 million one-year contract, which is a steal given Houston-Carson’s impressive 2021 season. Houston-Carson joins Eddie Jackson as the only security currently under contract in 2022. While Houston-Carson is unlikely to become a starter, he is a key reserve capable of stepping in and performing. Not to mention, he’s one of Chicago’s best special teams.

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The Bears signed offensive lineman Dakota Dozier to a one-year deal worth $ 1.12 million. Dozier arrives in Chicago after spending most of last season on the Vikings’ training team. But he was a full-time starter in Minnesota in 2020, and his Pro Football Focus ratings have not been favorable. At this point, Dozier appears to be a depth piece on the offensive line. There are still plenty of list spots to fill, and there are still opportunities in the free agent market and in the NFL draft.

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The Bears signed security Dane Cruikshank to a $ 1.19 million one-year deal. Although he was not a full-time starter in his time with the Titans, he stepped up when asked. Cruikshank was nicknamed the “Tight End Eraser” for his ability to fight with people like Kansas City’s Travis Kelce, among others. While unlikely to serve as a starter against Eddie Jackson, Cruikshank is a valuable opportunity for depth, which will be a core specialty team for Chicago.

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The Bears have a new backup quarterback in town following the signing of Trevor Siemian to a two-year deal worth $ 4 million. Siemian becomes the fourth quarterback on the current list and joins Justin Fields, Nick Foles and Ryan Willis. While Foles remains on the list, Poles made it clear that Siemian is the QB2 behind Fields. The Bears are currently looking to shop Foles, who are entering the final year of their deal.

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The Bears claimed that former titans ran Darrynton Evans back from exemptions prior to the launch of the free agency. Evans, a former third-round pick in 2020, played only six games in two seasons with the Titans after battling injuries. He also has experience with the return game, where he could take on the vacant punt-return role. Evans started the 2021 season on injured reserve after sustaining a knee injury in the preseason before returning in week 7, where he was unfortunately placed on IR again.

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Prior to free agency, the Bears offered all three of their exclusive rights to free agents – tight-end Jesper Horsted, center Sam Mustipher and offensive lineman Lachavious Simmons – to one-year deals.

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The Bears also signed the following players:

  • P Ryan Winslow
  • WR Nsimba Webster
  • AF Charles Snowden
  • CB Lamar Jackson
  • CB BoPete Keyes
  • CB Michael Joseph
  • OL Dieter Eiselen
  • WR Isaiah Coulter
  • DE LaCale London
  • DL Auzoyah Alufohai
  • OL Tyrone Wheatley Jr.
  • DE Ledarius Mack
  • QB Ryan Willis
  • OL Willie Wright
  • LS Beau Brinkley (cut)
  • LB Noah Dawkins
  • LB Joe Thomas

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