Bears Free Agency Tracker

Follow along with all the moves from the Bears and the NFL in free agency.

Chris Emma
March 14, 2019 - 2:47 pm
Bears general manage Ryan Pace

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(670 The Score) After several years of rebuilding, the Bears have established a a quality foundation on their roster and are now looking for sustained success.

What awaits this week is the opportunity to fill voids and fortify what's in place, as the legal tampering period begins Monday at 11 a.m. ahead of the start of the new league year and free agency Wednesday at 3 p.m.

Follow along with this live tracker as the Bears and the rest of the NFL work through free agency.


3:26 p.m. -- Receiver/returner Cordarrelle Patterson hopes to bring playmaking to the Bears in any way he can.

2:47 p.m. -- Ted Larsen's one-year deal signed with the Bears is worth $930,000 in base salary for 2019. That puts the team around $14.6 million in available cap space, per OverTheCap's @BradOTC.

2:24 p.m. -- The Bears are signing safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, his agency has confirmed. It will be a one-year deal, according to Mike Garafolo and Ian Rapoport of NFL Media. Chicago has its newest safety.

11:48 a.m. -- In news for former Bears, safety Adrian Amos has officially signed his four-year, $37-million deal with the Packers. Also, guard Eric Kush has officially signed with the Browns.

10:16 a.m. -- Bears safety Eddie Jackson earned a performance-based bonus of $435,024 ($323,451 along with $111,573 from the veteran pool) for his play in 2018, while offensive lineman Cody Whitehair received a $118,320 bonus. Those don't count against the Bears' salary cap.


6: 17 p.m. -- Safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix will visit with the Bears on Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported. A Pro Bowler in 2016, Clinton-Dix didn't reach a deal in Washington and is available on the open market.

5:45 p.m. -- The Bears officially have deals in place with receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, cornerback Buster Skrine and running back Mike Davis, each pending a physical.

5:26 p.m. -- The Bears officially tendered contracts to linebacker Isaiah Irving, defensive lineman Roy Robertson-Harris and tackle Rashaad Coward, each of who was an exclusive rights free agent. They will be back with the team.

5:26 p.m. -- It's official: kicker Cody Parkey has been released by the Bears. It ends a season of turbulence in Chicago for Parkey, who will be paid the remaining $3.5 million guaranteed from his contract.

4:53 p.m. -- Former Falcons running back Tevin Coleman, an Oak Park product, will sign a two-year, $10-million deal with the 49ers, ESPN reported. He will reunite there with coach Kyle Shanahan, previously his offensive coordinator with the Falcons.

4:24 p.m. -- Among available unrestricted free agents: Stephen Gostkowski, the longtime Patriots kicker. He didn't reach a deal in New England and is available to be signed. Any team out there in need of a reliable kicker?

3:50 p.m. -- The Bears didn't extend qualifying offers to safety DeAndre Houston-Carson or long snapper Patrick Scales, making both free agents.

3:30 p.m. -- We're still waiting for the Bears to unveil their deals as official. Around the league, the Browns' trade for star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has been announced, as has the Broncos' acquisition of quarterback Joe Flacco. 

3:17 p.m. -- A notable name is suddenly available: Eric Berry, a three-time All-Pro safety, was officially released by the Chiefs. Maybe an option for the Bears?

3:00 p.m. -- Happy new league year! Teams are now permitted to make moves official.

2:59 p.m. -- The Bears made a move just moments before the new league year, officially signing guard Ted Larsen, who was released by the Dolphins last week after two seasons in Miami. He started 21 games in that span. Larsen played the 2016 season with the Bears, working in all 16 games and starting in eight.

1:54 p.m. -- Future Hall of Fame running back Adrian Peterson has agreed to a two-year deal with Washington, according to multiple reports. That will keep him there through the age of 35.

12:01 p.m. -- The offseason "winners" so far: Browns, Raiders, Jets, 49ers and Packers. What do all those teams have in common from 2018? It's why teams like Bears are cool adding complementary pieces and why Bill Belichick went to Barbados last weekend. Teams are built in the draft.

11:28 a.m. -- More out of Baltimore: The Ravens agreed to a three-year, $15-million deal with running back Mark Ingram, according to multiple reports.

11:13 a.m. -- The Ravens have agreed to terms with safety Earl Thomas on a four-year, $55-million deal with $33 million guaranteed, according to ESPN. A major name goes off the board.

9:10 a.m. -- The new league year comes at 3 p.m. CT today, when all pending transactions can become official. The Bears are set to officially announce their signings of running back Mike Davis, cornerback Buster Skrines and receiver Cordarrelle Patterson and make their release of kicker Cody Parkey official. Around the league, the blockbuster trades for receiver Antonio Brown and receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will be made official, as will the Jets' new signing of running back Le'Veon Bell, among the many other major moves.


11:37 p.m. -- A major domino has fallen in free agency as star running back Le'Veon Bell has agreed to a four-year, $52.5-million deal with the Jets, according to reports. It was hard to imagine the Bears ever meeting the financial demands of Bell, and the price wasn't right. Bears general manager Ryan Pace and the front office have been working on scouting this draft class of running backs.

7 p.m. -- A blockbuster trade is in place between the Giants and Browns, with Cleveland set to acquire star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. from New York in exchange for a 2019 first-round pick, a 2019 third-round pick and safety Jabrill Peppers, according to reports. Wow!

6:59 p.m. -- The Bears are set to sign receiver/returner Cordarrelle Patterson to a two-year deal worth up to $10 million, per reports. Patterson filled a versatile role for the Patriots as they won the Super Bowl last season.

4:54 p.m. -- All has been quiet on the Bears' front, with no agreements in place during the business day. The idea of signing running back Le'Veon Bell has seemed unlikely, and this from Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated backed that notion: "Among (teams) that haven't really been in it for ex-Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell: Bears, Colts, Ravens, Texans and Bills. Market's tough. Only takes one, and as the price drops teams may re-enter. Right now, feeling is you might be able to get him at $11-12 million per."

12:45 p.m. -- The Jets and Ravens are the known teams to still be in the running to sign running back Le'Veon Bell, according to multiple reports. The Jets are believed to have made their final offer and want an answer soon.

11:46 a.m. -- The Jets just received the tough reminder that deals aren't official until Wednesday at 3 p.m. Linebacker Anthony Barr has changed his mind and will stay with the Vikings, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Media.

11:30 a.m. -- For those hoping running back Le'Veon Bell could land with the Bears, there's this from former NFL recevier Antonio Bryant: "Congrats @LeVeonBell on getting that (money bag emoji). Gonna let him tell you the team."

10:03 a.m. -- Terms of the Packers' deal for Adrian Amos are now known, per ESPN. Amos will be paid a four-year, $37-million deal with $14 million in year one and $21 million in first two years of deal, according to Adam Schefter.

9:24 a.m. -- The Packers are having themselves a day. In addition to landing Amos, they will also sign both edge rushers Preston Smith and Za'Darius Smith. They are major upgrades for their defense. Preston Smith recorded a combined 24.5 sacks for the Redskins over the past four years without missing a game. Za'Darius Smith had 8.5 sacks for the Ravens in 2018, when he played in 16 games, starting eight.

8:09 a.m. -- The Packers will sign safety Adrian Amos at the start of the new league year, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported. The Bears will lose a four-year starter in their secondary to their archrival.

7:21 a.m. -- The Bears have converted $13 million of Khalil Mack's base salary into bonuses, opening up $11 million in cap space, per Field Yates of ESPN. Clearly, Chicago is looking to make something happen with the move.


8:01 p.m. -- The Jets have agreed to terms with Josh Bellamy on a two-year deal, a source confirmed. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media first reported it to be a two-year deal. The Bears will have a void to fill at receiver and on special teams.

7:12 p.m. -- Receiver Josh Bellamy is close to a deal with the Jets, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media is reporting. With that, the Bears would lose a key special teams presence.

6:06 p.m. -- The Bears will sign cornerback Buster Skrine to a three-year deal worth $16.5 million and $8.5 million guaranteed, according to NFL Media. With that, Bryce Callahan is almost certainly gone from Chicago.

5:53 p.m. -- The Bears will sign former Seahawks running back Mike Davis, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported. He provides veteran depth for Chicago.

5:42 p.m. -- All is quiet on the Bears' front as the negotiation period is well underway. While the idea of Le'Veon Bell is of course intriguing, the financial fit doesn't make sense, as 670 The Score insider Greg Gabriel wrote last week.

3:50 p.m. -- Quarterback Nick Foles, the Super Bowl LII MVP, will sign a massive deal with the Jaguars -- four years and $88 million, according to NFL Media. 

3:20 p.m. -- There's yet another addition for the Lions, who will land tight end Jesse James, according to reports. They have been big winners so far today.

2:26 p.m. -- The Lions continued a good Monday by agreeing to a deal with pass rusher Trey Flowers, who was viewed as their top free-agent priority. Flowers has 21 sacks in the last three seasons. 

2:15 p.m. -- The Redskins and safety Landon Collins have agreed to a six-year, $84-million contract, taking one of the top players available off the board.

1:52 p.m. -- The Lions are set to sign free-agent cornerback Justin Coleman to a record four-year, $36-million contract, the most ever for a nickelback. That should drive up the price on Bryce Callahan.

12:49 p.m. -- A big agreement is in place out of San Francisco, as the 49ers have agreed to a deal with linebacker Kwon Alexander at four years and $54 million -- which will be the largest contract for an inside linebacker in NFL history.

12:37 p.m. -- The Bears have officially re-signed tight end Ben Braunecker to a two-year deal. Signed in 2016 as an undrafted free agent, the Harvard product has carved out a role in Chicago as a blocking tight end and on special teams.

12:25 p.m. -- There's no action with the Bears at the moment, so here's a fun fact to hold you over: Adrian Amos is the Bears' last asset remaining from the Greg Olsen trade to the Panthers in 2011. Amos was drafted in the fifth round (142nd) in 2015, a pick acquired in return for Brandon Marshall, whom Chicago landed with the third-round pick it acquired from Carolina for Olsen.

11 a.m. -- Tampering is now legal! The NFL's window for open negotiations is officially underway, and teams can begin discussing deals with free agents. Players can officially sign contracts with new teams when the new league year opens Wednesday at 3 p.m.

9:19 a.m. -- The sweepstakes to sign running back Le'Veon Bell have begun with an interesting sleeper team, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network: the Raiders, who are also set to acquire receiver Antonio Brown at the start of the new league year.

9:17 a.m. -- The Bears began the week with a couple of moves. They re-signed tight end Ben Braunecker to a new two-year deal, Moon Mullin of NBC Sports Chicago reported. They also restructred the contract of nose tackle Eddie Goldman to open up another $2.25 million in cap space, Field Yates of ESPN reported.

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.​