Bears decline to confirm Chilo Rachal signing

Bears decline to confirm Chilo Rachal signing

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.

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  • I often kick myself for posting "thoughts." I hope readers understand this one is a thought and not a report. Many have asked what the hold-up is via twitter. Above is a response, what I was told, and possible scenarios . . . no more :)

  • LMAO!!

    ...this is legit CHICAGO BEAR news though, Adam! Ex-Bear news is not!

    I think you do a phenomenal job "reporting" AND offering personal thought! I'm a huge fan of your work bro, keep'm comin'!

  • In reply to Alpha79:

    Thanks! You always know just what to say . . . LOL

  • Just another note of praise...I started visiting this site only a few weeks ago and you can tell by my regular posts, it has become a favorite of mine...both news and opinion and the forum here is attended by respectful people, who behave well even if they disagree on your position or opinion.

    Keep up the good work and here is to hoping they work this contract out. I like to see young guys get a second chance with the Bears with little at stake. And I like Emery using the salary cap to its fullest!

  • In reply to Mouser:

    What a great bunch of guys! I also realized that I neglected to note in the post how they still need about $4M+ to sign their Draft picks. Money will come in the form of cuts, but yeah, he's stretching that cap as far as it will go!

  • Any updates on this situation?

  • In reply to Mouser:

    Done deal now.

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