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 Latest Bears Player Notes
Apr 18 2018 - Matt Forte
  RB Matt Forte will sign a one-day contract with the Chicago Bears next Monday so he can retire as a member of the organization in which he spent the first eight seasons of his NFL career. Forte, who was selected by the Bears in the second round after playing at Tulane, played in Chicago through the 2015 season. He rushed for 1,238 yards and caught 63 passes as a rookie. In 2014, he set a single-season record for an NFL running back by making 102 receptions. In eight seasons with the Bears, Forte rushed for 8,602 yards and 45 touchdowns while adding 4,116 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns. Forte finished his career by playing the last two seasons with the New York Jets (2016-17) and wound up with 9,796 rushing yards and 54 touchdowns, in addition to 4,672 yards on 554 receptions, with 21 touchdowns.


Apr 18 2018 - Devin Hester
  WR Devin Hester will sign a one-day contract with the Chicago Bears next Monday so he can retire as a member of the organization in which hespent the first eight seasons of his NFL career. Hester, who was drafted by the Bears in the second round in 2006 out of Miami (Fla.), recorded five return touchdowns (three on punts, two on kickoffs) as a rookie, both Bears records. His three punt return touchdowns as a rookie were the most since Jack Christensen (four) in 1951. Over the course of his 11-year career with the Bears, Atlanta Falcons (2014-15) and Baltimore Ravens (2016), he totaled 20 return touchdowns (14 punts, five kickoffs, one on a missed field goal), the most in NFL history. Hester also had 255 receptions for 3,311 yards and 16 touchdowns in his career.


Apr 17 2018 - Bryce Callahan
  CB Bryce Callahan signed his restricted free agent tender, the team announced Tuesday. Callahan appeared in a career-high 12 games, including six starts, last season for the Bears and recorded 25 tackles, six pass-breakups, one sack and two interceptions.


Apr 17 2018 - Jordan Howard
  RB Jordan Howard apparently is no longer on the trade market. Howard said his agent, Adisa Bakari, was told by the Bears that he will be staying in the Windy City, the Chicago Tribune reported Tuesday. "They told my agent they had no plans to trade me or anything like that," Howard told the newspaper. "So that's comforting." The 23-year-old Howard has rushed for more 1,100 yards in each of his first two seasons and scored 15 touchdowns on the ground.


Apr 16 2018 - Bennie Fowler
  WR Bennie Fowler signed a one-year contract with the Chicago Bears, the team announced on Monday. Financial terms were not disclosed by the team for Fowler, who recorded 29 receptions for 350 yards and three touchdowns last season with the Denver Broncos. Fowler collected 56 receptions for 698 yards and five touchdowns in 45 career games with the Broncos.


Apr 7 2018 - John Jenkins
  The Chicago Bears re-signed DL John Jenkins to a one-year contract Saturday. Jenkins recorded eight tackles in eight games (one start) played with the Bears last season.


Apr 3 2018 - Kyle Long
  G Kyle Long is recovering from three surgeries and has not been cleared for full participation, but he expects to be ready for the 2018 regular season. He does not know when he will be cleared. "If it were up to me, I'd be full go right now. I feel as if I am. But there are certain things that are time-sensitive that we have to follow a certain timeline with - the neck being one of them. It's not something you want to take lightly. We're going to take all the time we need, but there will be no limitations once the season rolls around." Long had ankle surgery after the 2016 season causing him to miss time at the beginning of last season. He then ended the 2017 season on injured reserve. Long had neck surgery in December, then had operations on his shoulder and elbow later.


Apr 3 2018 - Benny Cunningham
  RB Benny Cunningham signed a one-year contract with the Chicago Bears, the team announced Tuesday. Cunningham, who is a third-down back and important special-teams players, visited with the New Orleans Saints on Monday, according to The Advocate, but he opted to return to the Bears. Cunningham, 27, had just nine rushing attempts for 29 yards last season, but he caught 20 passes for 240 yards and two touchdowns in 2017. He also returned seven kicks for 147 yards.


Apr 3 2018 - Earl Watford
  G Earl Watford signed a one-year contract with the Chicago Bears, the team announced Tuesday. Watford, who visited with the Bears on Monday, was selected by the Arizona Cardinals in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He played in 35 career games with the club -- including 10 last season, after a six-month stint with the Jacksonville Jaguars ended in early September. The 27-year-old Watford is expected to battle Eric Kush and Jordan Morgan for playing time with the Bears.


Apr 2 2018 - Benny Cunningham
  RB Benny Cunningham re-signed with the Chicago Bears, multiple media outlets reported Monday. The 27-year-old Cunningham, who is a third-down back and important special-teams players, visited with the New Orleans Saints on Monday, according to The Advocate, but he opted to return to the Bears. Cunningham had just nine rushing attempts for 29 yards last season, but he caught 20 passes for 240 yards and two touchdowns in 2017. He also returned seven kicks for 147 yards.


Mar 27 2018 - Patrick Scales
  LS Patrick Scales was re-signed by Chicago on Tuesday. Scales was an exclusive rights free agent after spending last season on injured reserve with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. He served as the team's long snapper in 2016 and played five games in 2015.


Mar 27 2018 - Marcus Cooper
  CB Marcus Cooper was re-signed by Chicago on Tuesday. The Bears released Cooper on March 14 before re-signing him to a one-year deal worth $2.5 million with incentives, Adam Caplan of Sirius XM reported. Last year, the Bears signed Cooper to a three-year, $16 million deal. He started the first four games of the 2017 season before he was sidelined for one game by a back injury. When Cooper returned, he was unable to regain his starting job. Cooper started 13 games for the Arizona Cardinals in 2016, when he had four interceptions and 11 passes defensed.


Mar 22 2018 - John Timu
  LB John Timu was re-signed to a one-year contract, the team announced Thursday. Financial terms were not disclosed for Timu, who recorded 16 tackles and a pass deflection in 11 games last season. The 25-year-old Timu has collected 53 tackles in 29 career games with Chicago since signing with the team in 2015 as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Washington.


Mar 20 2018 - Kyle Fuller
  CB Kyle Fuller was signed to a four-year contract by the Bears, the team announced Tuesday. The move comes four days after the Bears matched the Green Bay Packers' offer sheet to Fuller, whose new deal with Chicago is worth $56 million, including $18 million guaranteed, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.


Mar 16 2018 - Kyle Fuller
  CB Kyle Fuller is staying with Chicago after the Bears matched an offer sheet by the Green Bay Packers, multiple media outlets reported Friday. Fuller's new deal is worth $56 million over four years, including $18 million guaranteed, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. The Bears put the transition tag on Fuller earlier this month with a one-year salary of $12.9 million. That gave Chicago the right to match any offer Fuller received. When the Bears placed the transition tag on Fuller, general manager Ryan Pace said the team was buying time to reach a long-term deal with Fuller. Had Chicago not matched the offer, it would have lost Fuller and received no compensation in return from the Packers. Fuller has been a starter in all three of his seasons with the Bears and has eight career interceptions. That includes two picks he made while starting all 16 games in 2017.


Mar 16 2018 - Aaron Lynch
  DE Aaron Lynch was signed by Chicago to a one-year contract. Lynch was signed a day after the Bears signed wide receivers Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel, tight end Trey Burton, backup quarterback Chase Daniel and kicker Cody Parkey on the first day of free agency. Lynch spent his first four seasons with the 49ers, who drafted him in the fifth round. He recorded six sacks as a rookie under new Chicago defensive coordinator Vic Fangio and notched 6.5 sacks in his second season before struggling in the last two seasons. Lynch was limited to seven games in each of the last two seasons and served a four-game suspension for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy in 2016. He missed nearly two months with a strained calf last season. In 44 regular-season games with San Francisco, Lynch has 64 tackles and 15 sacks.


Mar 14 2018 - Trey Burton
  TE Trey Burton, who threw a 1-yard touchdown pass on fourth down to quarterback Nick Foles in the second quarter of Super Bowl LII, signed a contract agreement with the Chicago Bears on Wednesday. He was with the Philadelphia Eagles for the past four seasons. His career totals include 63 catches for 629 yards and six touchdowns. The undrafted free agent had career highs in catches (37) and receiving yards (327).


Mar 14 2018 - Taylor Gabriel
  WR Taylor Gabriel signed a free agent contract with the Chicago Bears on Wednesday. He has 132 career catches for 1,819 yards and eight touchdowns. He appeared in 29 of 32 games in the 2016-17 seasons for the Atlanta Falcons and had three receptions for 76 yards in Super Bowl XLI.


Mar 14 2018 - Chase Daniel
  QB Chase Daniel agreed to terms with the Chicago Bears on Wednesday. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Daniels' two-year contract is worth $10 million, with $7 million guaranteed. Daniel has recently served as Drew Brees' backup with the New Orleans Saints and spent the last eight seasons in the role of an understudy. He will play that role in the Windy City under Trubisky. The 31-year-old Daniel does have experience with new Bears coach Matt Nagy, who was his quarterbacks coach in Kansas City. Daniel has completed 51 of 78 passes for 480 yards with one touchdown and one interception while playing parts of 57 games with the Philadelphia Eagles, Chiefs and Saints. He also was the placekick holder for the 2010, 2011 and 2012 seasons with New Orleans.


Mar 14 2018 - Chase Daniel
  QB Chase Daniel was one of five free agents to agree to terms with the Chicago Bears on Wednesday. The Bears also announced contract agreements with wide receivers Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel, tight end Trey Burton and kicker Cody Parkey. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Daniels' two-year contract is worth $10 million, with $7 million guaranteed. Gabriel, Burton and Parkeyour-year deals and Robinson's contract is for three years, the team said in a statement.


Mar 14 2018 - Sam Acho
  LB Sam Acho re-signedwith the Chicago Bears. He agreed to a two-year, $7.5 million deal, including $3 million guaranteed, according to the Daily Herald. Acho has appeared in 47 games (25 starts) in three seasons with the Bears, and he started 12 games in 2017, when he had 3.0 sacks and 40 total tackles.


Mar 14 2018 - Prince Amukamara
  CB Prince Amukamara re-signed with the Chicago Bears, the team announced on Wednesday. He agreed to a three-year, $27-million deal, according to multiple outlets. Signed to a one-year deal in 2017, Amukamara recorded 48 tackles while playing in 14 games last season. The 28-year-old did not have an interception for the second straight year.


Mar 12 2018 - Bradley Sowell
  OL Bradley Sowell has agreed to a two-year contract with the Chicago Bears, the team announced Monday. Sowell played all 16 games for the Bears last season with two starts at guard in Weeks 16 and 17 vs. Cleveland and at Minnesota. Sowell has 23 career NFL starts, including 12 at tackle with the Arizona Cardinals in 2013 and nine at tackle for the Seattle Seahawks in 2016.


Mar 6 2018 - Matt Forte
  RB Matt Forte will sign a one-day contract to officially retire as a member of the Chicago Bears. Forte made the statement on NBC Sports Chicago after declaring last week that he would retire after 10 NFL seasons. A two-time Pro Bowl selection, Forte amassed 8,602 of his 9,796 career rushing yards with the Bears from 2008-2015. He also set a franchise record for receptions (102) by a running back in a single season in 2014.


Mar 6 2018 - Kyle Fuller
  CB Kyle Fuller had the transition tag placed on him. The transition tag will pay Fuller $12.971 million for the 2018 season, as opposed to the $14.975 million he would have received under the franchise tag. Fuller recorded 67 tackles, two interceptions and 22 pass breakups this past season, one year after sitting out the entire 2016 campaign after undergoing a knee scope in the summer.


Mar 3 2018 - Jordan Howard
  The Chicago Bears could be a potential trade destination for disgruntled Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry, according to a published report. The teams have had talks about a trade centered on Landry and Bears starting running back Jordan Howard, NBC Sports Chicago reported Saturday, citing sources. Last week, Miami placed the franchise tag on Landry, who is balking at the idea of playing under those conditions and instead is seeking a long-term deal. The website reported that the teams also would exchange first-round draft selections -- Chicago owns the No. 8 pick while Miami is at No. 11 -- and the Bears also would receive a third-round selection. However, profootballtalk.com quoted a league source that said there was "no way" such a trade would be completed. New Chicago coach Matt Nagy has been complimentary of Howard, who is the first player in franchise history to rush for at least 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons.


Feb 28 2018 - Matt Forte
  RB Matt Forte announced his retirement over social media on Wednesday. Forte accumulated 14,468 yards from scrimmage (9,796 rushing, 4,672 receiving) and 75 total touchdowns (54 rushing, 21 receiving) in 146 career games with the Chicago Bears and New York Jets. Forte's career effectively ended when he landed on injured reserve in Week 17 after battling a chronic knee injury. The 32-year-old finished with career lows in rushing attempts (103), rushing yards (381) and touchdowns (two) last season with the Jets, with whom he signed a three-year, $12 million contract in 2016.


Feb 27 2018 - Quintin Demps
  S Quintin Demps and LB Pernell McPhee were released on Monday. By releasing McPhee and Demps, the Bears have approximately $62.7 million in salary cap space with two-plus weeks before free agency begins on March 14. Cutting McPhee results in about $7.1 million in cap space and shedding Demps gives the Bears about $3 million in cap space.


Feb 24 2018 - Tarik Cohen
  Chicago Bears RB Tarik Cohen fashions himself in the same mold of Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill. With Matt Nagy, Hill's former offensive coordinator, now residing as Chicago's new head coach, Cohen told radio station 670 The Score that he's excited to see his role presumably expand for next season. "When I was at the combine, coaches would always ask me who I would compare myself to in the league," the 22-year-old Cohen said, per The Chicago Tribune, "and I would always tell them Tyreek Hill. I feel that I can do the same kinds of things he does in the Kansas City offense. And now since we have their coach now, I feel like I have to live up to that. And I definitely look forward to being the same kind of playmaker." Like Hill, Cohen is explosive with the ball in his hands and can score in a variety of ways. The 5-foot-6, 181-pounder had five touchdowns during his rookie season, with two on the ground, one receiving, one return and one passing.


Feb 24 2018 - Trey Burton
  TE Trey Burton may have thrown his last pass for the team. Burton, who etched his name into Philadelphia lore for his part in the "Philly Special," is expected to leave in free agency next month, NJ Advance Media reported. Per NJ Advance Media, the Eagles made an offer to Burton recently that he "didn't consider serious."


Feb 5 2018 - Trey Burton
  TE Trey Burton flipped a pass to QB Nick Foles, all alone in the end zone for a 1-yard touchdown.


Feb 1 2018 - Jordan Howard
  RB Jordan Howard is hopeful that new coach Matt Nagy can open up the team's "basic" offense. Howard faced stacked boxes this past season under then-coach John Fox. With the offensive-minded Nagy at the helm, the 23-year-old Howard is expressing optimism for the upcoming season. "I felt great about that because last year we were pretty much basic and everybody knew what we were going do, they knew what was coming pretty much every play so it was pretty easy for them to stop us," Howard said Thursday on Good Morning Football. "Now, I feel like we're going to be a lot more creative and have defenses off balance."


Jan 24 2018 - Trey Burton
  TE Trey Burton has just four catches for 36 yards in the last five games.


Jan 3 2018 - Kyle Fuller
  CB Kyle Fuller was all but out the Halas Hall door after a knee injury sidelined him all last season. Considering that and an unimpressive second season in 2015, the Bears didn't pick up Fuller's fifth-year option and now it's going to backfire as he will be a free agent. Fuller finished with 22 passes defended, 15 more than any other Bear. He tied for the team high with two interceptions and showed a physical side never before seen, as he tied for the team high with 60 unassisted tackles.


Jan 3 2018 - Tarik Cohen
  RB Tarik Cohen's addition to the offense provided another dimension and a counter punch to Jordan Howard.


Jan 3 2018 - Mitchell Trubisky
  QB Mitch Trubisky finished his first season with a 77.5 passer rating and more passing yards (2,193) than any rookie quarterback in Bears history.


Jan 3 2018 - Taylor Gabriel
  WR Taylor Gabriel (hamstring) was limited in practice.


Jan 1 2018 - Adam Shaheen
  TE Adam Shaheen (chest) missed Sunday's loss to Minnesota and was out for the final three games following an injury suffered against Cincinnati. Shaheen finished his rookie season with 12 catches for 127 yards.


Jan 1 2018 - Bobby Massie
  T Bobby Massie (knee) did not play against Minnesota after an injury suffered against Cleveland in Week 16. Bradley Sowell replaced him in the starting lineup.


Jan 1 2018 - Taylor Gabriel
  WR Taylor Gabriel (hamstring) left the game in the first quarter Sunday.


Jan 1 2018 - Matt Forte
  RB Matt Forte (knee) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, the day before the regular-season finale.


Dec 31 2017 - Bryce Callahan
  DB Bryce Callahan's punt-return touchdown Sunday was the first of his career. He scored on a 59-yard play.


Dec 31 2017 - Bobby Massie
  T Bobby Massie (knee) and G Josh Sitton (ankle) did not play Sunday against Minnesota.


Dec 31 2017 - Mitchell Trubisky
  QB Mitchell Trubisky, playing behind a patchwork offensive line, was 20 of 36 for 176 yards and was sacked once by the Vikings. He also gave up a safety.


Dec 28 2017 - Lamarr Houston
  OLB Lamarr Houston has proven he can still play. Getting cut first by Chicago and then by Houston had led to questions about his abilities following a pair of bad knee injuries. With Pernell McPhee on injured reserve now, the injury-plagued Bears outside linebacker group must rely again on Houston. He's trying to prove he deserves a contract for next year.


Dec 28 2017 - Bradley Sowell
  T Bradley Sowell (back) practiced on a limited basis Wednesday with an injury suffered against Cleveland. Sowell is day-to-day.


Dec 28 2017 - Adam Shaheen
  TE Adam Shaheen (chest) practiced Wednesday on a limited basis after missing the last two games with an injury suffered while making a touchdown catch against Cincinnati. Shaheen also practiced last week on a limited basis, but was unable to go on game day. He'll likely be a game-time decision.


Dec 28 2017 - Bobby Massie
  T Bobby Massie (knee) missed Wednesday's practice with what head coach John Fox had called a "slight" knee injury. Massie is day-to-day and likely a game-time decision.


Dec 28 2017 - Matt Forte
  RB Matt Forte (knee) did not practice Wednesday.


Dec 26 2017 - Adam Shaheen
  TE Adam Shaheen (chest) missed his second straight game.



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