Chicago Bears free agency: rumors and a quick overview

With the new league year and free agency period officially beginning March 13, many teams are looking to be big spenders and the Chicago Bears are no different. General Manager Ryan Pace and the Bears have been busy this offseason making cap-clearing moves as they look to build on a mostly successful 2018-19 campaign. Veteran defensive backs Adrian Amos and Bryce Callahan are set to hit the market, so it would be in the Bears best interest to resign them or sign suitable replacements as former Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano takes over last season’s top-ranked defense (Editor’s updateAdrian Amos has reportedly agreed to sign with the Green Bay Packers).

Cody Parkey Gone

In news that will surely make many Bears fans happy, the Bears will cut Cody Parkey when the new year begins on March 13. Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy has confirmed on NFL Network’s Good Morning Football that he has spoken to Parkey and informed him of the decision. “We’ve talked to Cody and Cody knows we’re going in a different direction,” said Nagy. “It was a healthy talk, he took it like a true professional. We wish him the best.” Even before the “Double Doink” miss in the Bears wildcard loss to the Eagles, Parkey had struggled this season. He missed seven field goals and three extra-point tries.

Bears Cut Dion Sims

The Bears have terminated the contract of veteran tight end Dion Sims. Sims had one year remaining on the three-year, $18 million contract he signed in 2017. He appeared in eight games in 2018, spending half of the season on injured reserve after suffering a concussion in the November 4th road win over the Buffalo Bills. He caught only two passes for 9 yards. The move frees up $6 million in cap space, leaving Trey Burton and Adam Shaheen as the only tight ends under contract, though the team has agreed to a 2-year contract with Ben Braunecker, keeping him in the fold. Sims, the former Michigan State Spartan has struggled with injuries so it comes as no shock as the Bears look in a different direction.

Bears Cut Sam Acho

Veteran Sam Acho was cut after spending the last four years as a Chicago Bear. A leader in the locker room well-liked by his teammates and coaches in Chicago, Acho played just four games in 2018 before landing on injured reserve with a torn pectoral muscle. Cutting Acho saves the Bears $2.125 million in cap space.

Kyle Long: Bear For Life

The Bears cleared up some additional salary cap space this offseason by agreeing to a restructured contract for offensive guard Kyle Long, who tweeted at the time he’s a “Bear for Life.”

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