|Offense||15th||108.4 (17th)||248.1 (14th)|
|Defense||15th||121.9 (27th)||224.9 (7th)|
|76||Adams, Mike (FA)||T||6-7||323||3/10/1990||6||Ohio State|
|38||Amos, Adrian||FS||6-0||214||4/29/1993||3||Penn State|
|Anderson, Jonathan||OLB||6-1||235||10/27/1991||3||Texas Christian|
|35||Banks, Johnthan||CB||6-2||185||10/3/1989||5||Mississippi State|
|4||Barth, Connor||K||5-11||200||4/11/1986||10||North Carolina|
|Bausby, DeVante||CB||6-2||190||1/15/1993||2||Pittsburg State|
|71||Becton, Nick (FA)||T||6-6||322||2/11/1990||4||Virginia Tech|
|25||Boykin, Brandon (FA)||DB||5-10||182||7/13/1990||6||Georgia|
|83||Braverman, Daniel||WR||5-10||185||9/28/1993||1||Western Michigan|
|85||Brown, Daniel||TE||6-5||243||5/26/1992||3||James Madison|
|26||Bush, Deon||SS||6-0||200||8/14/1993||2||Miami (Fla.)|
|Compton, Tom||T||6-5||308||5/10/1989||5||South Dakota|
|Cunningham, Benny||RB||5-10||217||7/7/1990||5||Middle Tennessee State|
|6||Cutler, Jay (FA)||QB||6-3||231||4/29/1983||12||Vanderbilt|
|Demps, Quintin||SS||5-11||210||6/29/1985||10||Texas-El Paso|
|60||Edison, Cornelius||C||6-3||309||7/10/1993||2||Portland State|
|50||Freeman, Jerrell||ILB||6-0||236||5/1/1986||6||Mary Hardin-Baylor|
|23||Fuller, Kyle||CB||5-11||190||2/16/1992||4||Virginia Tech|
|Glenn, Jacoby||CB||6-0||185||8/4/1993||3||Central Florida|
|Glennon, Mike||QB||6-6||225||12/12/1989||5||North Carolina State|
|91||Goldman, Eddie||NT||6-4||320||1/6/1994||3||Florida State|
|32||Hall, Deiondre'||CB||6-2||201||5/31/1994||2||Northern Iowa|
|96||Hicks, Akiem||DE||6-5||336||11/16/1989||6||Regina (Canada)|
|36||Houston-Carson, DeAndre||FS||6-1||203||4/13/1993||2||William & Mary|
|52||Jones, Christian||LB||6-3||251||2/18/1991||4||Florida State|
|64||Kush, Eric||G||6-4||313||9/9/1989||4||California (PA)|
|44||Kwiatkoski, Nick||ILB||6-2||242||5/26/1993||2||West Virginia|
|33||Langford, Jeremy||RB||6-0||211||12/6/1991||3||Michigan State|
|47||Lasike, Paul||FB||5-10||258||6/18/1990||2||Brigham Young|
|22||LeBlanc, Cre'von||CB||5-10||190||7/25/1994||2||Florida Atlantic|
|72||Leno Jr., Charles||T||6-3||305||10/9/1991||4||Boise State|
|Lewis-Moore, Kapron||DE||6-4||315||1/24/1990||4||Notre Dame|
|45||Mason, Danny||LB||6-3||235||10/14/1990||2||Texas A&M-Commerce|
|92||McPhee, Pernell||OLB||6-3||273||12/17/1988||7||Mississippi State|
|81||Meredith, Cameron||WR||6-3||207||9/21/1992||3||Illinois State|
|16||O'Donnell, Pat||P||6-4||217||2/22/1991||4||Miami (Fla.)|
|21||Porter, Tracy (FA)||CB||5-11||200||8/11/1986||10||Indiana|
|80||Pruitt, MyCole||TE||6-2||258||3/24/1992||3||Southern Illinois|
|Randle, Rueben||WR||6-2||208||5/7/1991||4||Louisiana State|
|Reynolds, Rashaad||CB||5-11||187||2/2/1991||2||Oregon State|
|47||Robertson-Harris, Roy||LB||6-7||268||7/23/1993||1||Texas-El Paso|
|19||Royal, Eddie||WR||5-10||190||5/21/1986||10||Virginia Tech|
|48||Scales, Patrick||LS||6-4||242||2/11/1988||3||Utah State|
|8||Shaw, Connor||QB||6-1||210||9/19/1991||3||South Carolina|
|Sims, Dion||TE||6-4||271||2/18/1991||5||Michigan State|
|71||Sitton, Josh||G||6-3||318||6/16/1986||10||Central Florida|
|93||Sutton, Will||NT||6-0||297||10/3/1991||4||Arizona State|
|Trubisky, Mitchell||QB||6-3||220||8/20/1994||R||North Carolina|
|Webb, B.W.||DB||5-11||190||5/3/1990||5||William & Mary|
|Wheaton, Markus||WR||5-11||189||2/7/1991||5||Oregon State|
|13||White, Kevin||WR||6-3||216||6/25/1992||3||West Virginia|
|65||Whitehair, Cody||C||6-4||310||7/11/1992||2||Kansas State|
|10||Wilson, Marquess (FA)||WR||6-4||206||9/14/1992||5||Washington State|
|Wilson, C.J.||DE||6-3||290||3/30/1987||8||East Carolina|
|97||Young, Willie||OLB||6-4||258||9/19/1985||8||North Carolina State|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
LeBlanc ended his rookie campaign by picking off a pair of passes over his last three contests, and although those were his only picks of the year, the strong finish provides optimism that he could be a big part of the Bears defense as he enters the second year of a three-year contract in 2017. Although he'll likely go undrafted in many IDP leagues, he could emerge as a sneaky option if he has a strong training camp.
Long ended the 2016 season on injured reserve with an ankle issue but was also known to be nursing a shoulder ailment. While he required surgery on his ankle, Long bypassed a procedure on his shoulder after weighing the opinions of several medical specialists. Both injuries are expected to require extensive rehab, with the foot issue being the more severe of the two. As it stands, Long appears to be sidelined indefinitely with hope of being ready for the season opener.
The 27-year-old bounced around last season, playing with three different teams overall. He finished the season with the Bears and has now re-upped with them for one more season. The recent signing of Prince Amukamara likely negates any chance Banks had at landing a starting role in the secondary. However, he could add value as a special teamer.
Young was an excellent free agent addition for the Bears in 2014, as he's recorded 24 sacks over three seasons, and despite the team having plenty of competition at linebacker, it would be a shock if he didn't continue to see regular snaps on a rotational basis. He'll only be an IDP option in deep leagues, and the majority of his value will come from his ability to produce sacks.
Mason hurt his knee during the Bears' preseason finale and was waived/injured shortly thereafter. After clearing waivers, he reverted to the Bears' injured reserve list and stayed there for the entirety of the regular season. It isn't clear if his knee is still an issue, but Mason will need to prove his health in order to land a deal with another team in advance of the 2017 campaign considering his contract with the Bears expired at the end of the season.
Cunningham spent the first four seasons of his career with the Rams mainly as a passing-down back and kickoff returner. His 2016 was ultimately cut short due to a neck injury in Week 14. The Middle Tennessee State product figures to have an opportunity to secure a pass-catching role beside Jordan Howard, as well as a kick returner. However, more clarity regarding his status on the team's depth chart is unlikely to be known until closer to training camp.
The severity of the injury isn't clear, but it sounds like he could be sidelined awhile.
It's a surprisingly strong contract for a player who caught just four passes in three games during an injury-plagued 2016 season -- a year that many expected to serve as his breakout campaign. Wheaton did turn 79 targets into 44 catches for 749 yards (9.5 YPT) and five touchdowns the previous season while mostly serving as Pittsburgh's No. 3 wideout behind Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant. Wheaton never quite emerged as a consistent second option behind Brown when given the chance, but the speedy 26-year-old might still have a bit of untapped upside. He'll be paid like a high-end No. 3 receiver -- as will fellow free-agent acquisition Kendall Wright, who signed a one-year, $4 million contract Saturday. With Cameron Meredith and injury-plagued Kevin White (fibula) projecting as the starters, Wheaton may end up battling Wright for the No. 3 role. Wheaton said he expects to be ready for the start of the team's offseason program in April.
After playing four seasons with the Giants, Randle signed with the Eagles before the 2016 campaign, but was cut before the regular season. Although he posted 17 touchdowns and 2,347 yards over his final three seasons in New York, it was telling that he was unable to earn a roster spot on a team that desperately needed wide receiver help. However, this is a very low-risk move for the Bears, and he should be given a chance to compete for a roster spot in 2017, but after not playing during the 2016 season, he'll be facing tough odds to make the regular season roster.
Unrein was a regular on the field at defensive end for the Bears, but his inability to compile numbers has made him nearly invisible as a fantasy option, as he averaged two tackles per contest. He's under contract with the Bears next season, though he'll need to show significant improvement to become a viable option in IDP leagues.
In a season in which he lost four games to his suspension, Freeman finished the season strong by posting at least nine tackles in each of his last four games. He'll enter the second year of a four-year contract with the Bears in 2017, and he should continue to produce excellent tackle numbers, making him an elite IDP option at inside linebacker
Royal had surgery in late December to repair a turf toe injury, finishing his second season in Chicago with 33 catches for 369 yards and a pair of touchdowns in nine games. He's been an effective slot receiver for the Bears when healthy, but his age (30) and 2017 base salary ($5 million) seemingly make him a poor fit for the rebuilding Chicago offense. Assuming the toe heals as expected, Royal shouldn't have much trouble finding another job as a slot specialist and potential return man. It's unclear when he'll be able to pass a physical.
Floyd was on a tear over a five-game stretch that started on October 20, when he notched 6.5 sacks, but otherwise, he only picked up a half a sack over his other seven games. He'll be in the second of a five-year contract in 2017 as a player who's expected to be a cornerstone of the defense, as this year's inconsistency can likely be attributed to rookie growing pains. He should be considered as an upside option in IDP drafts next season.
Houston famously tore the ACL in his other knee in 2014 while celebrating a meaningless sack in the closing minutes of a blowout loss. He bounced back with a team-high eight sacks last season, making this yet another major loss for an injury-ravaged Chicago defense. If there's a silver lining, it's that first-round rookie Leonard Floyd could get more snaps in what's starting to look like a rebuilding year.
McManis played through his hamstring injury last week and was expected to this week. His main role will likely be on special teams once again.
A 2013 seventh-round selection, Wilson had multiple chances to serve as either the Bears' second or third receiver, but he never proved worthy of a key role, catching only 56 passes for 777 yards and three touchdowns in 31 games. Coming off an injury-marred season, he'll presumably have to settle for a modest contract, be it with the Bears or another franchise. With Alshon Jeffery also set to hit free agency and Eddie Royal (toe) shaping up as a likely cap casualty, the Chicago receiving corps may be left in the hands of Cameron Meredith and Kevin White (fibula).
Timu ascended into the starting lineup over the final three games of the season and was able to make the most of the opportunity, recording 23 tackles. While Shea McClellin looks like a strong candidate to return as a starter at one of the middle linebacker spots in 2016, the remaining spot could be up for grabs between Timu, Christian Jones, and any other candidates the front office may elect to bring in this offseason.
Adams played 93 snaps at right tackle for Chicago this season, but hasn't been able to practice as of late due to an injured back. The Bears added Matt McCants off waivers to bring its roster back up to the 53-man limit.
Trevathan ruptured the patellar tendon in his right knee during Week 12's loss to the Titans, ending his first season with the Bears in a disappointing fashion. The injury is very severe, but as Pace noted, "it's an injury he can fully recover from." Look for more updates to come throughout the offseason as the linebacker continues his rehabilitation in the hopes of suiting up during the 2017 season.
Carey rushed for 3.9 yards per carry on the year, and once Jordan Howard emerged as a rising star, Carey touched the football just 11 times over his last seven games before being deactivated for the final two games of the season. During Weeks 16 and 17, Jeremy Langford saw 21 touches in the two games, though he rushed for just 2.7 yards per carry during that time. Carey's under contract next year, and he'll likely be given a chance to compete for a backup role behind Howard, but based on his 2016 performance, he'll need to significantly improve over the off-season to be considered as a fantasy factor.
Sutton's season comes to an end after he was spotted in a walking boot after Sunday's lose to the Buccaneers. He registered 15 tackles this season playing primarily as a reserve defensive end and special teams contributor. The Bears' defense has been ravaged by injuries this season, as Eddie Goldman is now the only nose tackle on the active roster.
After starting the season buried on the depth chart, Howard quickly zipped past Jeremy Langford and Ka'Deem Carey to seize the lead role in the Bears backfield, and he was nearly a lock for at least 100 total yards each week. From Week 8 and beyond, he was one of the most reliable fantasy options at any position, and he was effective regardless of opponent or game script. It would be difficult to imagine that Chicago would force him to share significant time with other running backs in 2017, and it wouldn't be a surprise if he emerged as a first-round draft pick in fantasy drafts, though he'll likely be no worse than a second-round pick.
Shaheen played at a small school (Ashland) but is an extremely large tight end at 6-foot-6, 278 pounds. That hulking build could lead one to mistake Shaheen for a lumbering blocker rather than a dangerous pass catcher, but he's very much the latter. Shaheen was unstoppable at Ashland, and at the Combine he showed he has the athleticism for it to translate to the NFL. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.79 seconds at the Combine, adding a 121-inch broad jump and 7.09-second three-cone drill. Those are good numbers in a vacuum, but they're incredible for a 278-pound tight end. While he may need a year or two to develop out of such a low level of competition, Shaheen has the tools to dominate by his third year.
Perillo spent his first three seasons in Green Bay before receiving his walking papers last November. Staying within the division, he now joins a crowded Bears tight end corps that's already five-deep at the position.
Wright is the latest wide receiver to sign with the Bears, whose receiving corps is currently being revamped after the departure of Alshon Jeffery to the Eagles. Wright is coming off a poor season in Tennessee where he essentially played himself out of the lineup and finished with a career-low 29 catches for 216 yards and three touchdowns. Wright will have the opportunity early on to prove he's a capable wide receiver while competing with newcomer Markus Wheaton for a shot at potentially being the team's third wideout behind Cameron Meredith and Kevin White (fibula).
To make room for him on the 53-man roster, the Bucs released center Eric Kush. Kush was a gameday inactive for the team's Week 1 loss against the Titans on Sunday.
Webb has played for four teams in as many seasons and the Bears will now mark his fifth. The journeyman played in 14 games for the Saints last season, including eight starts, and finished the 2016 season with 28 tackles and one interception. He likely isn't guaranteed a roster spot considering Chicago currently has 12 other cornerbacks under contract.
Ever since his release from the Bears, rumors have been swirling that the former Pro Bowl quarterback will opt to hang up the cleats this offseason after drawing little interest from NFL teams, although it now appears as if retirement will be a last resort for the 33-year-old. Should he make a return, he will have to prove he is full recovered from shoulder surgery.
Hicks certainly rewarded the Bears with a very solid season after they signed him to a two-year deal last off-season, as he had registered 9.5 sacks over his previous five seasons before having the best season of his career in 2016. Since his seven sacks were recorded over five different games, he was a very inconsistent IDP option, though he had excellent upside. It's reasonable to expect that the 27-year-old can at least match his production in his second year with the Bears in 2017.
The 27-year-old heads to Chicago after a 2016 campaign in which he logged 49 tackles in 14 games (including 12 starts) with the Jaguars. He figures to compete for a starting role with fellow veteran Tracy Porter and third-year man Kyle Fuller (knee). Amukamara's biggest issue throughout his career has been his health, as he has never played a full season during his six years in the league.
Even though the Bears lost Zach Miller to injury in Week 11, Dan Brown took over as the primary receiving option at tight end while Braunecker saw very limited opportunity as a receiver. On the season, he caught four of six targets with a long reception of 14 yards. He's under contract with the team for one more year, and is often the case with young tight ends, he certainly could see improvement, so it's possible that he could eventually emerge into a viable fantasy option.
While this sentiment perhaps could change if Trubisky impresses during training camp and the preseason, it does make sense that the Bears want him to spend a year waiting in the wings, as he only started 13 games at the University of North Carolina. Chicago also made a significant investment this offseason in Glennon, who signed a three-year, $45 million contract that includes $18.5 million guaranteed. The team seemingly hopes to keep Trubisky on the bench for his entire rookie campaign, but the plan could change in a hurry if Glennon struggles early in the season and it becomes clear the Bears don't have any shot of making the playoffs.
Chicago placed Eddie Royal on injured reserve Wednesday, which freed up a spot on the active roster. That spot was used on Addison, an undrafted free agent out of Oregon. Addison is unlikely to see much, if any, action in Week 16 given the presence of Jordan Howard, Jeremy Langford and Ka'Deem Carey ahead of him on the depth chart.
Hall was accompanied by Packers CB Makinton Dorleant and ultimately charged with three misdemeanor counts of for public intoxication, disorderly conduct, and interference. We'll wait and see if the league decides to dish out a punishment.
Edison was waived just three days after being called up from the practice squad. He'll be eligible for a return to the practice squad if he clears waivers.
The Bears traded up from the third pick, paying to switch picks with the 49ers. It's arguably a strange move generally, but particularly difficult to rationalize after signing Mike Glennon for $15 million per year over three years, all but naming Glennon the starter in the process. Trubisky (6-foot-2, 222 pounds) was a one-year starter in a system that didn't ask him to make NFL-type reads, but he is a superb athlete with a good arm who has the raw tools to develop into a standout starter in the NFL. After throwing for 3,748 yards (8.4 YPA), 30 touchdowns and six interceptions in 2016, Trubisky will evidently sit for a while before the Bears hand him the keys to their starting role. When he does see the field, Trubisky's standout rushing skills could give him a decent floor even as he develops as a passer.
Brown became the primary receiving tight end for the Bears last season after Zach Miller (foot) went down in Week 11 and ultimately finished the season with 16 receptions for 124 yards and a score. With Miller slated to return in 2017, Brown will most certainly revert back to a depth role.
This news is surprising considering the Bears just signed Boykin last week. They are remarkably the fourth roster he has been on in the last calendar year. His season has now come to an early end. Chicago subsequently signed Joel Ross to take Boykin's place on the roster.
Selected 14th overall in the 2014 draft, Fuller appeared to be on his way to stardom when he recorded 64 tackles, four interceptions and three forced fumbles as a rookie. He took a major step back in 2015 -- both statistically and in terms of his work in coverage -- and then missed the entire 2016 season after having arthroscopic knee surgery in mid-August. He was expected to return from the surgery at some point during the season, and his failure to do so seemed to draw the ire of Chicago's coaching staff, with head coach John Fox and defensive coordinator Vic Fangio both subtly questioning the cornerback's desire to play. Drafted by Chicago's previous front office regime, Fuller will have to re-prove himself during offseason workouts and training camp to avoid being released or traded before the upcoming season. Bears general manager Ryan Pace did say the team discussed the possibility of moving Fuller to safety, but there aren't any plans to move forward with a position change. The 25-year-old likely will have to compete for playing time at cornerback amongst a position group that added Prince Amukamara and Marcus Cooper in the offseason.
Jones-Quartey ended the season on a high note, as he recorded at least six tackles in four of his last five games, but on the year he averaged fewer than five stops per contest. He'll enter 2017 in the second of a three-year contract, but unless he can increase his ability to make big plays, he'll continue to be a marginal IDP option.
Cobb spent a majority of the season on the Bears' practice squad and will now compete for a spot on the 53-man roster next season. In 2015 he spent seven games with the Titans, rushing for 146 yards and one touchdown on 52 attempts.
Bullard practiced all week, albeit in a limited fashion. Cornelius Washington may see some extra snaps if Bullard is at all limited.
After impressing as a rookie in 2015, when he posted 67 tackles and one sack, he produced at an almost identical level in 2016. He's still under contract for two more years, and there's still time for him to improve upon his numbers, but unless he shows more playmaking ability, he'll continue to be an uninspiring IDP option at safety.
After a rookie season in which he started three games and appeared in all 16, Pruitt wasn't utilized nearly as much during the 2016 campaign, earning active status twice before landing on Minnesota's practice squad during Week 10 prep. He'll serve as tight end depth in a receiving corps without the likes of Zach Miller (foot) and Kevin White (fibula).
Additionally, the 49ers placed G/C Daniel Kilgore on the PUP list to start the season and WR DeAndre Smelter on the NFI list. The team also placed WR Dres Anderson and LB Desmond Bishop on injured reserve.
The Bears have been aggressively rebuilding their secondary to this point in free agency, inking Prince Amukamara and Cooper. As a member of the Cardinals in 2016, Cooper racked up 69 tackles and four interceptions in 15 games. He figures to compete for a starting spot opposite Amukamara.
Miller confirmed the nature of his season-ending foot injury for the first time and, by proxy, what wiped away his entire 2014 campaign. Meanwhile, he set career highs in receptions (47), targets (64), and yards (486), while reaching the end zone four times in 10 games before the ailment forced him to the sideline. If he indeed fulfills his expectation and takes part in the offseason program, he'll very likely retain his role as the Bears' top tight end, though the team could strike in what's expected to be a TE-heavy draft class.
Chicago's signing of Markus Wheaton pales in comparison to the loss of Alshon Jeffery, leaving Meredith as the early favorite for No. 1 receiver duties. The team's 2015 first-round selection, Kevin White, is also expected to occupy a key role, but he's only made four appearances through his first two years in the league. Meredith flashed lead-dog potential in a weak Chicago offense last season, recording four games with at least nine receptions, 12 targets and 104 yards. He also had some duds along the way, but most of those came earlier in the season before his role truly expanded. Meredith should get plenty attention from new Bears QB Mike Glennon.
Prosinski is a special teams stalwart, having racked up 56 tackles for the Bears the last two seasons. However, the soon-to-be 30-year-old slots in at the bottom of the depth chart at safety and isn't guaranteed a spot on the team.
Last season, Bellamy caught 19 passes for a career-high 282 receiving yards and even tacked on four rushing attempts, the first time he's been utilized as a rusher throughout his professional career. It isn't clear if the Bears envision Bellamy as a gadget type of player moving forward, but becoming a more versatile player can only help him move up the depth chart.
The third-year linebacker took a sizeable step back in production during 2016 following the club's signings of Jerrell Freeman and Danny Trevathan, notching just 15 tackles (nine solo) on the campaign. Trevathan (knee) could begin 2017 on the PUP list, potentially opening a starting spot early in the season for Jones once again.
Wilson appeared in six games for the Bears last season, starting one of them and tallying 13 tackles along the way. He isn't guaranteed a roster spot and will need to compete for a rotational role at defensive end ahead of the 2017 campaign.
Kwiatkoski found his way into the starting lineup once the team lost Danny Trevathan to injury, and while Jerrell Freeman was serving a four-game suspension, and he posted at least seven tackles in three of his last five games. Although he performed admirably in his rookie season, he'll struggle to earn regular playing time with Freeman and Trevathan under contract in 2017.
Acho has spent the past two seasons in Chicago where he has notched 66 tackles (48 solo), one sack, and two forced fumbles in 31 games following a four-year stint with the Cardinals. He figures to once again provide depth for the Bears' linebacker unit, while Pernell McPhee, Leonard Floyd, and Lamarr Houston figure to compete for the starting roles on the outside.
The Bears decided to part ways with the defensive back in order to free-up space to activate fellow defensive back Demontre Hurst from the practice squad. In seven games with the Bears this season, Glenn recorded 26 tackles, a forced fumble, and an interception. Only 23, he'll now look to find his way onto a team's roster or practice squad.
Langford opened last season as Chicago's three-down workhorse, but he clearly wasn't up to the task even before he hurt his ankle in Week 3. Rookie standout Jordan Howard emerged as the team's workhorse shortly thereafter, relegating Langford to a chance-of-pace role upon his return from injury. The 2015 fourth-round selection doesn't offer much in terms of power or elusiveness, but he should at least have a shot to compete with Cunningham for a role spelling Howard on passing downs. Howard is a decent pass-catcher in his own right, which means such a job probably wouldn't lead to much fantasy utility. Langford may have to earn his roster spot in training camp.
It's the first time all season White has been inactive. He's a healthy scratch despite starting nine games and racking up 52 tackles, two interceptions, a forced fumble and a sack.
After visiting with team officials Wednesday, Sanchez and the Bears finalized a one-year deal with the veteran late Thursday. The Bears gave Mike Glennon a multi-year deal earlier in the offseason, so Sanchez's arrival in Chicago is primarily to add depth behind the former Buccaneer. Sanchez served as Dak Prescott's backup in Dallas last season and appeared in two games, completing 10-of-18 passes for 93 yards and two interceptions.
The No. 7 overall pick from the 2015 draft has played only four regular-season games through two years, first missing his entire rookie campaign with a broken right tibia, and then sitting out the final 12 games of last season due to a broken fibula in the same leg. He did lead the Bears with 19 receptions and 35 targets at the time of last year's injury, comfortably outpacing free-agent departure Alshon Jeffery in both categories. While the Bears have a high-upside duo in the form of White and 2016 breakout star Cameron Meredith, concerns regarding injuries and depth motivated the signings of Markus Wheaton and Kendall Wright in the offseason. The team might also consider adding more talent via the draft, which would lead to ample competition for targets in an offense that doesn't figure to produce big passing stats. Even with some obstacles in his way -- including the possibility new quarterback Mike Glennon will disappoint -- White has the physical tools to emerge as a bonafide No. 1 receiver. It sounds as if he's close to full strength, if not all the way there, for the start of the offseason program.
"Aaron is getting ready to play," McCarthy said during his Friday press conference. "Looks good. Everything is on schedule."
McCarthy also had a positive report on Lacy.
"Looks good to me," McCarthy said.
The Seahawks are considered 7 1/2-point favorites for Sunday's game.
Porter started 28 of his 30 games played after joining the Bears in 2015, combining to accumulate 83 tackles, 21 pass deflections and three interceptions over that span. Last year, the veteran battled through knee pain to feature in all 16 games, playing a prominent role in Kyle Fuller's season-long absence. With Chicago currently boasting over 10 cornerbacks on its roster ahead of the draft, however, the team has opted to cut bait with Porter, who will now look to latch on as a depth contributor elsewhere.
Goldman's latest injury cost him the last three games of the season, and he only played six games in what was expected to be a breakout year for the second-year defensive tackle. In 21 career contests, he's compiled seven sacks, and assuming he can put together a healthy off-season, he could be a sneaky IDP draft pick with playmaking ability as an interior lineman.
Callahan played in only 11 games in 2016 but he recorded 32 tackles and five passes defensed as a depth corner. He'll likely be a backup corner once again in 2017, but he could see an increased role with the defense in what will be his third NFL season.
Demps was a special teams specialist early in his career until breaking out as a playmaker in the secondary over the last four years, when he generated 18 takeaways. He's coming off a career-year in which he intercepted six passes in 2016, and he'll likely be paired up as a starting safety with Adrian Amos. He's looking like an upside pick at the safety position in IDP leagues.
Jenkins split last season between New Orleans and Seattle, recording 13 tackles in nine games. He only has 62 tackles and 1.5 sacks in his four-year career, but at 350-plus pounds he could be of use to Chicago's run defense in a depth role.
Punter Pat O'Donnell did some placekicking Tuesday, reports the Chicago Tribune.
Sims may not have the blocking ability that the recently departed Logan Paulsen possesses, but he has a more dynamic skill set that will give the Bears one of the more dangerous tight end tandems in the league. He also provides a strong insurance policy for Zach Miller, who has missed 19 total games over the past three seasons. Sims is coming off his best professional season in Miami, snagging 26 of 35 targets for 256 yards and four touchdowns.
McPhee's two-year stint in Chicago has been riddled with injuries, limiting the linebacker to participating in 23 of 32 games over the past two seasons. The veteran noted that he feels much better at this point than he did last year, when he was recovering from knee injury. He said, "I feel great. I look more sexy. It's definitely a blessing and I can't wait until the season starts...Obviously, last year wasn't a great year. The year before wasn't one. Now hopefully with me losing weight, staying focused, hopefully we can turn things around."
Shaw was likely to reach a deal with Chicago at some point, having entered the offseason as a restricted free agent. After missing the entire 2016 season with a broken leg, Shaw figures to remain buried on the depth chart at quarterback, but there is uncertainty surrounding who will be the top two options when the regular season rolls around.
The 28-year-old served primarily as a kick return specialist for the Bears last season, but still managed to record 22 receptions for 249 yards and two touchdowns through 16 games last season. His breakout performance came Week 15 against the Packers as Thompson hauled in eight passes for 110 yards. Look for him to compete for the starting kick return position this offseason.
Braverman was a seventh-round draft choice by the Bears in 2016, and he's still considered a developmental project. He's under contract for one more season, and he'll continue to compete for a roster spot and role on the team as a slot receiver.
Bush was a limited participant in Friday's practice session, but ultimately wasn't up to the task for the team's final contest of the season. Harold Jones-Quartey should start at strong safety Sunday, with Demontre Hurst potentially subbing in if needed.