UPDATE: Bears made the signing official on Monday.
According to NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport, the Bears and veteran 49ers guard Chilo Rachal have agreed to terms on an undisclosed, one-year contract. This per his twitter account on Wednesday.
The Bears, however, have yet to confirm the news. A source with the team told me on Thursday that Rachal has not signed but declined to comment any further.
There is, of course, a difference between signing and agreeing to terms. I don’t refute Rapoport’s report in any way.
It's very likely that Rachal has yet to take and/or pass his team physical, which would halt the process
But after no word from the team on Thursday, and yet another free agent signing in linebacker Gino Hayes, it’s not at all impossible that the Bears have hit a sang in trying to work in Rachal’s contract while remaining under the salary cap, too.
As of March 16, 2012, all 32 NFL teams had to be in compliance with this year’s salary cap of $120.6 million. As of March 30, the Bears had a scant $3.5 million remaining.
In the 20 days since that last figure, the Bears signed cornerbacks Kelvin Hayden and Jonathan Wilhite to reported minimum deals worth $825,000 and $700,000, respectively. The team also agreed to extend Lance Briggs’ contract by one year (additional cap hit unknown, but a signing bonus was included), and today signed Hayes to an undisclosed deal.
The team did release WR Max Komar, who had been on the practice squad until being promoted to the active roster following the arrest and subsequent release of Sam Hurd, clearing up some room.
The timing of Komar’s release (pre-draft) is a bit head scratching unless you consider the fact that he was dealing with a lingering injury (he likely would have been cut regardless) and, maybe, the Bears needed a few extra bucks.
My guess is the arrangement with Rachal is still in the works, but as of now, it’s not a done deal.