Timu re-signed with the Bears on Tuesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports.
Timu failed to receive a qualifying offer from the Bears last week, making him an unrestricted free agent. However, the two sides have now reached an agreement, meaning the undrafted linebacker will remain in Chicago, where he has spent his first three seasons. Last year, Timu recorded 16 tackles (12 solo) and one pass defensed in 11 games, playing mostly in a special teams role.
Timu didn't receive a qualifying offer or minimum tender from the Bears and has become an unrestricted free agent, per the league's official transaction log.
It looks like Timu's time in Chicago is over after the undrafted Washington product spent the past three seasons with the Bears, accruing 59 tackles and two pass breakups in 29 games. Still only 25 years old, Timu should be able to find a job elsewhere this offseason as a reserve linebacker capable of providing utility on special teams.
Timu (ankle, knee) was a full participant at the Bears' practice Wednesday.
Timu has missed three consecutive games, but the team's bye week appears to have provided the necessary recovery time. The 25-year-old likely will serve as a reserve linebacker and special teams player if he can avoid a setback this week.
Timu (ankle/knee) is inactive for Sunday's tilt against New Orleans.
Timu will be missing his third consecutive game, but he'll benefit from a bye week next week as he looks to avoid missing a fourth straight game. Look for Christian Jones to see an uptick in snaps once again with Timu out.
Timu (ankle/knee) is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Saints, Jeff Dickerson of ESPN.com reports.
Timu is set to miss his third consecutive game, but he'll benefit from the Week 9 bye and hopefully will be ready to take on Green Bay in Week 10. In his absence, expect Christian Jones to take over a majority of Timu's reserve snaps.
Timu (ankle, knee) is inactive for Sunday's Week 7 game against Carolina.
Timu was considered doubtful entering Sunday and it's unsurprising that he's been ruled out. Christian Jones will be in line for some extra snaps in Timu's absence.
Timu (ankle, knee) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Panthers.
Timu is in danger of missing his second consecutive week, and with Nick Kwiatkoski (pectoral) still questionable, he'd likely be missing a chance to log extra defensive snaps if he can't suit up. Expect Christian Jones to pick up the slack, though, leaving Timu to shift his focus to a Week 8 matchup against the Saints.
Timu (ankle) is listed as out for Sunday's game against the Ravens.
Timu is expected to miss 2-to-4 weeks due to the high-ankle sprain he suffered Monday against the Vikings. Danny Trevathan will be returning from his one-game suspension Sunday and will slot back into his starting role.
Timu will miss two to four weeks with a high-ankle sprain he suffered Monday against the Vikings, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Timu only has played in three games this season, and Monday was the first time he logged more than 20 defensive snaps, racking up 42. He has posted 10 tackles (six solo) and one pass breakup so far. While he's out, expect Christian Jones and Jonathan Anderson to see an increase of snaps on defense.
Timu sustained a knee injury against the Vikings on Monday and will not return, Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Timu was seeing an increased role in the absence of Danny Trevathan (suspension) on Monday night prior to exiting with the injury. The 25-year-old's status will likely be updated post-game or Tuesday as he is further evaluated.
Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said that Timu will handle play-calling duties in the defensive huddle during Monday's game against the Vikings, Adam Hoge of WGN Radio 720 AM reports.
This news essentially confirms that Timu will start at middle linebacker in place of Danny Trevathan, who will serve a one-game suspension for his illegal hit to the head of the Packers' Davante Adams on Sept. 28. With Trevathan eligible to return in the Bears' subsequent contest Oct. 15, Timu's stint in a starting role will likely be a brief one, but he'll have a solid opportunity to pile up the tackles in Week 5.
Timu was promoted to the 53-man roster Saturday, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Given the Bears' injuries up to this point, it's not surprise Timu was activated. What would be a surprise, however, is if he's asked to contribute from the defensive side of the ball Sunday. Currently, Timu projects to function as a special teams asset for the foreseeable future.
Timu led the Bears with eight tackles in the team's Week 17 loss to the Lions.
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.
Timu will start at one of the inside linebacker spots in Sunday's game against the Vikings, Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Timu, who was brought was signed off the practice squad earlier this month, will get a chance to make his first NFL start. He'll replace the disappointing Christian Jones, whose inconsistent play this season has rankled the coaching staff.