NFL Free Agency: Chicago Bears live blog

Live updates of the Chicago Bears moves and rumors during the 2016 NFL Free Agency Period

One of our favorite times of the year is back. The NFL Free Agency kicks off on Monday as teams are allowed to talk to players before they can officially sign contracts on March 9.

Check back in this post for all things Chicago Bears related throughout free agency this year. As always, check out our official Chicago Bears forum.

Friday, March 11

10:43 am: LB Jerrell Freeman will be in Chicago for a visit today.  Would be another starting option at ILB.  Although he will turn 30 when the season starts, he has still been performing at a high level.  Could be good stopgap player for young draft pick:

Thursday, March 10

3:34 pm: DL Akiem Hicks will be visiting with Bears brass tomorrow at some point.  Would be a definite upgrade at the position:

3:25 pm: The Bears are visiting with TE Jermaine Gresham today.  TE is an area of need, especially if Bennett is moved and Miller is not resigned.  Would be an even better combination of blocking and receiving if both Gresham and Miller are brought into the fold:

12:00 pm: The Bears are said to be interested in QB Scott Tolzien.  The move would make sense as he has familiarity of the NFC North, and is a Rolling Meadows native.  The Bears definitely need to upgrade at backup QB:

11:15 a.m: Seems like the Bears are really in on CJ Anderson. The former Broncos running back was reportedly boarding a plane to Chicago when he changed his mind and went to Miami. It looks like it’s John Fox versus Adam Gase for his services.

Wednesday, March 9

4:38 p.m:  The Bears have also signed OL Bobby Massie to a 3-year deal.  Massie is a natural RT, and offers the Bears versatility on the line with Kyle Long:

4:27 p.m:  The Bears have also reportedly resigned CB Tracy Porter.  He had a strong season last year, and provides veteran leadership in the defensive backfield:

4:24 p.m:  The Bears are reportedly one of the teams inquiring about RB C.J. Anderson.  He has experience with coach John Fox.  The Broncos tendered Anderson at the lowest level, so if the Bears were to make an offer, the Broncos have five days to match:

Mike Florio writes:

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Patriots, Dolphins, 49ers, and Bears already have expressed interest in man who currently is the best tailback on the Denver roster.

4:16 p.m:  The Bears have resigned RB Jacquizz Rodgers and T Nick Becton to one year contracts.  The Bears were high on Rodgers last season before he went on injured reserve:

3:13 p.m:  Reports say that the Bears get one of their targets in LB Danny Trevathan.  We will update details as they are released.

2:10 p.m: Kyle Long tweets what all Bears fans were thinking. At least it’s not the Packers.

2:08 pm:  It is looking like Matt Forte will be signing with the Jets:

12:14 pm:  Other teams may be in the mix for Matt Forte.  Gase would know just what he is getting in the talented RB:

12:09 pm:  Guard Jeff Allen is rumored to be in talks with the Bears and Falcons.  Allen can play both guard and tackle:

11:58 am:  The Matt Forte to Packers talk may be heating up:

Tuesday, March 8

2:09 pm:  First one locked down?  More updates to come:

1:45 pm:  The Packers are reportedly showing interest in Martellus Bennett.  Should be interesting to see compensation for a division rival:

1:44 pm:  As suspected, the Bears are having talks about DE Akiem Hicks.  He also has a history with Ryan Pace:

12:39 pm: According to Adam Schefter, the Packers have expressed interest in running back Matt Forte. The Bears decided not to re-sign the veteran running back and it could result in him landing with their rivals.

10:42 am: Bears might be kicking the tires on LB O’Brien Scholfield.  He has played for a few teams, most recently Atlanta, and can play multiple linebacker spots.  At 6’3, 260 lbs, he has the size to play in Fangio’s system:

4:54 pm:  Bears may have interest in CB Patrick Robinson.  Speedy slot corner where upgrade is needed, and has a history with Ryan Pace:

11:47 am:  Bears among teams said to be interested in Guard J.R. Sweezy.  Odds are, it is not just because of his last name:

11:00 am:  Kick returner Deonte Thompson could still return to the Bears, but he will not be tendered as an RFA.  Thompson came on strong as the season progressed, and showed solid skills as a returner.  He may not be the answer they are looking for as far as receiver depth, but he may be tough to beat in the return game coming out of camp:


10:46 am: As noted, expect the Bears to be in on Malik Jackson. Could be their big signing this year:

7:34 am: First news of the day and it isn’t free agent related. Lovie Smith is officially the new head coach of Illinois football.


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