Bears tender RB Kahlil Bell

Bears tender RB Kahlil Bell

The Chicago Bears tendered a qualifying offer to restricted free agent RB Kahlil Bell on Monday. Bell is the Bears’ only restricted free agent. The deadline to do so was 3:00 PM, on Tuesday.

The one-year tender is worth $1.26 million and is the minimum amount the team could have offered.

For a seemingly small but significant cost of $700,000 (remember Matt Forte’s total salary last season was $600,000), the Bears could have placed the second-round tender on Bell.

That was not going to happen.

It’s highly unlikely a team would offer up a second-round pick to obtain Bell, and the Bears do have the opportunity to match any offer made to the fourth-year back.

Bell has appeared in 20 games with three starts during three seasons with the Bears compiling 557 rushing yards on 119 carries (4.7 ypc) while adding 20 receptions for 137 yards and a touchdown.

Bell’s status also brings into question the status of Marion Barber, who has told the Chicago Tribune he expects to be released. According to Vaughn McClure, Barber has moved out of his Chicago-based apartment.

The only other running backs on the Bears’ roster are Matt Forte and second-year UFA acquisition Armando Allen. Harvey Unga has apparently left the team for good and no longer has a locker at Halas Hall.

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  • Looks like the Bears are shaping the landscape to part ways with Marion Barber. With the exception of the fiasco in Denver, I thought Barber performed well last year. He ran with toughness and energy, and was able to put the ball over the goalline in the red zone. Something Forte has not been able to do. What's the story with Harvey Unga? Heard promising thing about him coming out of BYU, but he with his personal issues, never go to see how he performed at the NFL level.

  • In reply to Aero1964:

    Last I heard, the Bears still had rights to Unga but I don't know that his head or heart is in the NFL. I was very dissappointed with Marion...he personally cost the Bears two critical games with bone headed mistakes...I think he is going to take the fall for it too.

    Every day I am waiting for good news about Okoye...fingers crossed! I'd like to see Graham in a Bears uniform again too...I think he is the most physical, best tackling DB the Bears have and would have like to see him take some snaps at Safety...if he could get the reads and angles down, I think he would by dynamite!

  • In reply to Mouser:

    I forgot about the other game Barber had a mental breakdown. I like Okoye as well, and thought he played well last year when he was on the field. I believe they will definitely resign Graham, and hopefully Okoye as well. It will be interesting to see how FA plays out for the Bears, what moves Emery makes as the new GM and how that will shape what they do in the draft. Go Bears!

  • In reply to Mouser:

    Unga is not currently a member of the Chicago Bears—all I can say for sure. I have asked for clarification on this issue from a team source. I do expect a response . . .

  • In reply to Adam Oestmann:

    What about a final cut from last year Robert Hughes? He looked good in the last preseason game( I know preseason). Local kid, played against my kid and would love to see him have another serious chance.

  • Adam,

    Did you ever get a clarification about Unga from the team source you referenced?

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