|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|
|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|
|71||Becton, Nick (FA)||T||6-6||322||2/11/1990||4||Virginia Tech|
|57||Boggs, Taylor||C||6-3||302||2/20/1987||5||Humboldt State|
|37||Bouagnon, Joel||RB||6-2||228||3/28/1994||R||Northern Illinois|
|18||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.)|
|29||Cohen, Tarik||RB||5-6||179||7/26/1995||R||North Carolina A&T|
|76||Compton, Tom||T||6-5||308||5/10/1989||5||South Dakota|
|68||Coward, Rashaad||DT||6-5||280||//||R||Old Dominion|
|26||Cunningham, Benny||RB||5-10||217||7/7/1990||5||Middle Tennessee|
|6||Cutler, Jay (FA)||QB||6-3||231||4/29/1983||12||Vanderbilt|
|2||Davis, Titus||WR||6-1||200||1/3/1993||1||Central Michigan|
|21||Demps, Quintin||SS||5-11||210||6/29/1985||10||Texas-El Paso|
|50||Freeman, Jerrell||ILB||6-0||236||5/1/1986||6||Mary Hardin-Baylor|
|23||Fuller, Kyle||CB||6-0||190||2/16/1992||4||Virginia Tech|
|8||Glennon, Mike||QB||6-6||225||12/12/1989||5||NC 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|
|47||Irving, Isaiah||LB||6-2||225||6/9/1994||R||San Jose State|
|52||Jones, Christian||LB||6-3||251||2/18/1991||4||Florida State|
|68||Joseph, Dieugot||T||6-6||293||3/21/1994||R||Florida International|
|63||Kirsch, Mitchell||G||6-5||295||//||R||James Madison|
|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|
|22||LeBlanc, Cre'von||CB||5-11||190||7/25/1994||2||Florida Atlantic|
|72||Leno Jr., Charles||T||6-3||305||10/9/1991||4||Boise State|
|67||Lewis-Moore, Kapron||DE||6-4||315||1/24/1990||4||Notre Dame|
|70||Massie, Bobby||T||6-6||320||8/1/1989||6||Ole Miss|
|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|
|83||Pruitt, MyCole||TE||6-2||258||3/24/1992||2||Southern Illinois|
|43||Reynolds, Rashaad||CB||5-11||187||2/2/1991||1||Oregon State|
|74||Robertson-Harris, Roy||LB||6-7||268||7/23/1993||1||Texas-El Paso|
|19||Royal, Eddie (FA)||WR||5-10||190||5/21/1986||10||Virginia Tech|
|6||Sanchez, Mark||QB||6-2||225||11/11/1986||9||Southern California|
|48||Scales, Patrick||LS||6-4||242||2/11/1988||3||Utah State|
|45||Scearce, Alex||LB||6-3||190||//||R||Coastal Carolina|
|9||Shaw, Connor||QB||6-1||210||9/19/1991||3||South Carolina|
|88||Sims, Dion||TE||6-4||271||2/18/1991||5||Michigan State|
|57||Skuta, Dan||LB||6-2||252||4/21/1986||9||Grand Valley State|
|79||Sowell, Bradley||T||6-7||309||6/6/1989||6||Ole Miss|
|43||Stevenson, Freddie||RB||6-0||234||4/12/1995||R||Florida State|
|10||Trubisky, Mitchell||QB||6-3||220||8/20/1994||R||North Carolina|
|30||Webb, B.W.||DB||5-11||190||5/3/1990||5||William & Mary|
|12||Wheaton, Markus||WR||5-11||189||2/7/1991||5||Oregon State|
|11||White, Kevin||WR||6-3||216||6/25/1992||2||West Virginia|
|65||Whitehair, Cody||C||6-4||310||7/11/1992||2||Kansas State|
|69||Wilson, C.J.||DE||6-3||290||3/30/1987||7||East Carolina|
|97||Young, Willie||OLB||6-4||258||9/19/1985||8||NC 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 had surgery late last season to repair ligaments in his right ankle that were torn in Week 10 against the Bucs. Although he's missed out on quality practice time this offseason, Long has still been involved in team meetings and has spent his off time sharpening the mental aspects of his game. When declared healthy, the three-time Pro Bowler should have no problem sliding right back into the starting lineup, whether that's at the start of training camp or a week or two into it.
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.
Although it wasn't confirmed, the assumption is Young's absence is related to his rehab progress. Young is coming off minor knee surgery, and it looks as if the Bears plan to ease him back into action rather than rush him before he's 100 percent healed.
Cunningham spent the first four seasons of his career with the Rams mainly as a passing-down back and kickoff returner. His 2016 campaign 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 return role.
The severity of the injury isn't clear, but it sounds like he could be sidelined awhile.
The Bears added several veteran wideouts this offseason in order to try and replace Alshon Jeffery. While Kevin White and Cameron Meredith (thumb) are slated to be the starters, injury history has haunted the Bears' receiving corps the past few years, which could lead to Wheaton's opportunity. He'll be competing with Victor Cruz and Kendall Wright for reps, but Wheaton's superior ability on the outside compared to the other two wideouts could set the 26-year-old apart from the crowd. However, he'll first have to make a full recovery from shoulder surgery.
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's release has been anticipated for some time after it was reported in March that the team was waiting to release him until he could pass a physical. It's likely that he's nearly recovered from his December toe surgery, which is why he was finally let go. The veteran wideout will turn 31 later this month and likely still has enough in the tank to be a contributor for another club.
Floyd wasn't able to begin working out for nearly two months after his 2016 campaign ended due to lasting concussion symptoms. The Bears' 2016 first-round pick has now endured two severe concussions, but feels better at this point in the offseason and has been working on his tackling form. He'll look to take a big step during his sophomore campaign after notching 33 tackles and seven sacks as a rookie.
Houston lasted until Week 2 last season before tearing his ACL for the second time in three years -- but this time it was in his left knee and not his right. Despite participating in the Bears' OTAs this spring, the 2010 second-rounder hesitated to say whether he's returned to full strength. Thus, it seems like he's not quite there yet, but it doesn't seem like it will take much longer either.
Cruz has mostly played the slot throughout his career, but the Giants moved him outside last season to accommodate the addition of Sterling Shepard. The veteran got off to a nice start with 245 receiving yards in his first four games, but his usage and efficiency both cratered throughout the season as he ultimately finished with only 586 yards in 15 games. He's back at his natural position in Chicago, where Kendall Wright, Markus Wheaton (shoulder) and Josh Bellamy are also in the mix for targets alongside Cameron Meredith (thumb) and Kevin White. Cruz will have to battle for a role, as Meredith was productive out of the slot last season and Wright has mostly played on the inside the past few years.
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.
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.
Trevathan ruptured the patellar tendon in his right knee during Week 12 last season. At the time of his injury, he ranked second on the team with 66 tackles. Even if he somehow is ready for the regular season, it might be best to take a wait-and-see approach when considering him in IDP league drafts, and if he goes undrafted, he's someone to keep an eye on during in-season waivers should he appear back to his previous form.
Carey was deactivated for the final two games of 2016, so the writing could be on the wall, especially after the team brought in Benny Cunningham and Tarik Cohen during the off season. That said, Carey ran for 3.9 yards per carry, opposed to 3.2 yards per tote for Langford, so Carey was better as a runner. Regardless, he'll not only need to beat out Langford, but he'll also need to move ahead of Cunningham and Cohen to have much fantasy relevance behind Jordan Howard.
During a scintillating rookie season in which Howard finished with the second-most rushing yards across the entire league, the 2016 fifth-rounder tallied seven runs of 25 yards or longer. However, his longest rushing score only came from nine yards out. The Bears are hoping his increased explosiveness will help turn more of those big runs into touchdowns, which is a notion that could take Howard's fantasy stock to another level if it ever becomes reality.
Shaheen faces a a steep challenge as he tries to turn his Division II production -- he caught 57 passes for 867 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2016 -- into relevance at the professional level. The Bears liked his ability to haul in 50-50 balls in the red zone in addition to his ability to plow over defenders. As the rookie develops, Zach Miller should hold onto the role as the team's receiving tight end, but Shaheen definitely has the tools to eventually become a productive receiver.
Burton, who was waived by the Lions on Tuesday, brings size to a Bears backfield that includes Jordan Howard and then a whole bunch of change-of-pace type backs. However, he's received just four carries throughout his first two years in the league and will likely need to earn his keep on special teams in order to make the team.
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).
Howard underwent offseason surgery to remove bone spurs in his hip, which was the injury that sidelined him for the final eight games of the 2016 season. Since he was healthy enough to participate in OTAs in May and June, it is completely believable that he'll be ready for training camp in late July.
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.
Cutler follows in the path of Tony Romo, eschewing the opportunity to continue his playing career in order to move into the broadcast booth. According to a statement released by Cutler, who parted ways with the Bears in March after requiring surgery to repair a torn labrum, he's in between being physically forced to leave the NFL and losing the desire required to remain successful in the league, thus explaining his decision to pursue a new career. Although the 34-year-old hasn't officially retired, Cutler's departure from the playing field comes after he was selected to one Pro Bowl in 11 seasons -- the last eight of which he spent in Chicago, where he became the Bears' franchise leader in completions, passing yards and touchdown passes.
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.
Glennon's expected starting status comes as no surprise, as general manager Ryan Pace stated back in April that there wouldn't be a quarterback competition between he and rookie Mitch Trubisky. That comes despite Chicago trading up to draft Trubisky second overall this spring. Although such an investment indicates Trubisky will eventually be handed the keys to the franchise, that won't necessarily happen this year. Glennon signed a three-year contract worth $18.5 million in guarantees this offseason, and his four previous NFL seasons makes him the Bears' most capable signal-caller at the moment. Knowing that, Glennon will be handed Chicago's starting job on Day 1, and figures to remain there unless he's injured or deemed ineffective enough to warrant an unwanted change.
Hall was accompanied by a former teammate at Northern Iowa in Packers CB Makinton Dorleant and ultimately charged with three misdemeanor counts for public intoxication, disorderly conduct and interference. We'll wait and see if the league decides to dish out a punishment.
Trubisky's rookie deal reportedly includes a signing bonus of around $19 million. The second overall pick of this year's draft, Trubisky will now have no potential distraction as the Bears prepare for training camp, as he's finally under contract with the team. Despite the hefty investment in him, however, Trubisky is slated to back up veteran Mike Glennon during his rookie season, and isn't planned to start unless an injury or Glennon's poor performance requires a change.
Brown had an audition for this role during the last six games of 2016 when Miller was sidelined with a foot injury. Despite his opportunity, Brown averaged just 20 yards per game, and he'd need to make a tremendous leap this year to profile as a significant contributor. In addition, should Brown move ahead of Miller on the depth chart, he'll still have to compete for targets with Dion Sims and Adam Shaheen. This situation won't have much clarity until training camp begins.
A routine preseason arthroscopic knee surgery ultimately kept Fuller on the sidelines for the entire 2016 season and likely factored into the team's decision to decline his fifth-year option as well. Despite returning to full health, the 2014 first-rounder is not considered a "lock" to make the final roster ahead of Week 1 and is reportedly behind both Prince Amukamara and Marcus Cooper on the depth chart.
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.
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).
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.
The Bears have plenty of options to replace Miller should he be unable to return to full health. Not only does the team return Daniel Brown and Ben Braunecker, but it added Dion Sims in free agency before spending a second-round draft pick on Adam Shaheen. However, should Miller prove to be healthy, he's likely to remain the top pass-catching tight end option this season.
Fox also noted the thumb in question, stating the ligament injury in Meredith's left thumb is "fixable." While Meredith was able to get in some work with quarterbacks Mike Glennon and Mitchell Trubisky in the first half of the offseason program, the wideout nonetheless joined fellow wideouts Kevin White (leg) and Markus Wheaton (shoulder) in the recovery room. The Bears' expected top trio at wide receiver, Meredith, White and Wheaton will wait to show their wares until training camp.
Grasu tore his ACL in training camp last summer and spent the entire 2016 season on injured reserve. He was a limited participant in OTAs this spring but said he'll be "120 percent" by the start of training camp.
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.
After investing the 119th overall pick in the 2017 draft to select Cohen, it's clear the team values the overall package of his speed, agility and potential to become a change-of-pace back. Although he's just 5-foot-6, he ran the third-fastest 40-yard dash time among this year's draft class of running backs with a 4.42 mark. Going into his rookie season, his primary competition in terms of competing for passing-down work will come from Jeremy Langford and Bennie Cunningham.
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.
After rushing for 3.2 yards per carry in 2016, Langford's performance is likely one of the main reasons the team brought in Benny Cunningham and Tarik Cohen in the offseason. Regardless, Langford could be battling for a roster spot, and he'll not only need to beat out Carey, but he'll need to overtake the two new additions to secure some fantasy value behind Jordan Howard.
The injury is reportedly nothing major, but it will keep Connor Shaw on the roster for now, after it was rumored he was released earlier this morning. Look for more updates to come once training camp rolls around. With the rumors of Shaw's release, it appears the Bears have solidified their quarterback depth chart, comprised of Sanchez, Mike Glennon and rookie Mitchell Trubisky. However, that could change if Sanchez's knee continues to be an issue.
The former Alabama safety suffered a broken leg in his senior season, which caused him to miss the final seven games of the season. When healthy, Jackson had some issues in coverage and he was occasionally iffy in terms of tackling in open space. Still, Jackson comes from a strong background as a leader in the back end of the Alabama defense for his final three seasons. He'll likely see the field primarily as a special teamer early in his career and he'll add depth at free safety behind Adrian Amos.
White had been working his way back from a fractured fibula he suffered in Week 4 of last season, an injury that was unrelated to the fractured tibia that nullified his rookie season despite the fact it occurred to the same leg. While he needed to re-teach his body to run with proper alignment and technique as part of his rehab and was still out of commission when the Bears opened OTAs in May, White looks to have made it back for the majority of the offseason practices that Chicago has held thus far and has been impressing onlookers with his change of direction. Look for the West Virginia product to open training camp without any limitations now that he appears to be back to normal.
It's possible the Bears are simply being cautious with Sitton, who's been sitting out of offseason practices the past month due to an unspecified chest injury. Don't expect the team to take the training wheels off its veteran lineman until management is certain he's returned to full strength, even if that means missing out of the beginning portion of training camp.
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 (knee) 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 hurt his ankle in Week 2 and then missed the next six games before returning in Week 10. He then missed out on Week 11 with the same ankle problem but then played the next three games only to land on injured reserve in Week 15 with a repeat injury. The 2015 second-rounder ultimately missed a total of 10 games in 2016, after losing out on three during his rookie season. While it's encouraging that he's going the extra mile to avoid further setbacks, injuries are simply a matter of chance and there's no guarantee he'll log his first 16-game season in 2017.
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.
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 spent the first six weeks of the 2016 season on the physically unable to perform list due to a knee injury, and when he returned he appeared to be playing at a heavier weight than when he first arrived in Chicago the year before. It isn't clear if McPhee simply returned to somewhere around his roster weight of 273 pounds or if he was able to get even lighter, but any weight loss in general should mean good things for McPhee in terms of staying healthy and improving upon his 2016 numbers of 16 tackles, four sacks and one forced fumble.
The reason for the Bears change of heart stems from a left knee injury suffered by Mark Sanchez in OTAs Tuesday. Sanchez is expected to return for training camp, but until then Shaw will be bumped up to the No. 3 option on the depth chart. Unless Sanchez's injury worsens or Shaw can win over the approval of the coaching staff in the next week, it appears as if the 25-year-old's release will be impending.
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. Thompson's breakout performance came Week 15 against the Packers, during which he hauled in eight passes for 110 yards. Look for him to compete for the starting kick return position this offseason.
Skuta inked a lucrative five-year, $20.5 million deal with the Jaguars back in 2015 but was released last month after posting just 18 tackles in 13 games last season. In joining the Bears, the 31-year-old is reunited with defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, who previously coached Skuta with the 49ers.
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.