|Offense||30th||111.8 (15th)||175.7 (32nd)|
|Defense||9th||108.1 (10th)||211.0 (9th)|
|38||Amos, Adrian||SAF||6-0||214||4/29/1993||4||Penn State|
|85||Brown, Daniel||TE||6-5||247||5/26/1992||4||James Madison|
|26||Bush, Deon||SAF||6-0||205||8/14/1993||3||Miami (Fla.)|
|29||Cohen, Tarik||RB||5-6||181||7/26/1995||2||North Carolina A&T|
|69||Coward, Rashaad||DT||6-5||320||11/6/1994||1||Old Dominion|
|30||Cunningham, Benny||RB||5-10||218||7/7/1990||6||Middle Tennessee|
|58||Edebali, Kasim||LB||6-2||253||8/17/1989||5||Boston College|
|13||Fowler, Bennie||WR||6-1||212||6/10/1991||4||Michigan State|
|47||Franklin, John||DB||6-1||186||1/21/1994||R||Florida Atlantic|
|23||Fuller, Kyle||DB||6-0||190||2/16/1992||5||Virginia Tech|
|18||Gabriel, Taylor||WR||5-8||165||2/17/1991||5||Abilene Christian|
|91||Goldman, Eddie||DT||6-4||320||1/6/1994||4||Florida State|
|35||Grant, Doran||CB||5-10||196||11/30/1992||2||Ohio State|
|32||Hall, Deiondre'||DB||6-2||206||5/31/1994||3||Northern Iowa|
|63||Hall, Jeremi||G||6-5||340||4/11/1995||R||South Florida|
|96||Hicks, Akiem||DE||6-5||332||11/16/1989||7||Regina (Canada)|
|36||Houston-Carson, DeAndre||DB||6-1||205||4/13/1993||3||William & Mary|
|47||Irving, Isaiah||LB||6-2||254||6/9/1994||2||San Jose State|
|45||Iyiegbuniwe, Joel||LB||6-1||230||10/12/1995||R||Western Kentucky|
|64||Kush, Eric||C||6-4||317||9/9/1989||5||California (PA)|
|44||Kwiatkoski, Nick||LB||6-2||242||5/26/1993||3||West Virginia|
|22||LeBlanc, Cre'von||CB||5-11||190||7/25/1994||3||Florida Atlantic|
|72||Leno Jr., Charles||T||6-3||306||10/9/1991||5||Boise State|
|99||Lynch, Aaron||LB||6-6||270||3/8/1993||5||South Florida|
|70||Massie, Bobby||T||6-6||317||8/1/1989||7||Ole Miss|
|35||Nall, Ryan||RB||6-2||232||12/27/1995||R||Oregon State|
|16||O'Donnell, Pat||P||6-4||217||2/22/1991||5||Miami (Fla.)|
|95||Robertson-Harris, Roy||DE||6-7||294||7/23/1993||2||Texas-El Paso|
|12||Robinson, Allen||WR||6-3||211||8/24/1993||5||Penn State|
|74||Rotimi, Bunmi||DE||6-4||275||7/16/1995||R||Old Dominion|
|48||Scales, Patrick||LS||6-4||239||2/11/1988||4||Utah State|
|88||Sims, Dion||TE||6-4||268||2/18/1991||6||Michigan State|
|79||Sowell, Bradley||T||6-7||312||6/6/1989||7||Ole Miss|
|10||Trubisky, Mitchell||QB||6-3||222||8/20/1994||2||North Carolina|
|48||Trumbetti, Andrew||LB||6-4||263||3/14/1996||R||Notre Dame|
|71||Watford, Earl||G||6-3||300||6/24/1990||6||James Madison|
|11||White, Kevin||WR||6-3||216||6/25/1992||4||West Virginia|
|65||Whitehair, Cody||C||6-3||310||7/11/1992||3||Kansas State|
|Roland, Shaq (IR)||WR||6-1||190||12/27/1993||R||West Georgia|
LeBlanc had a much more productive rookie campaign in 2016, but only played only 306 total snaps (212 defensive) this season. Starter Kyle Fuller is slated to become a free agent and the Bears cornerback situation is wide open as LeBlanc enters the final year of his rookie contract, but the step down in his second season doesn't do much for his chances of role worthy of IDP relevance in 2018.
Long participated in some individual drills early during OTAs in May after undergoing three offseason surgeries to repair various issue. It appears his recovery is going well and, if he's ready to go by camp as expected, he should resume his duties as the team's starting right guard entering 2018.
Cunningham will thus reprise his role as a depth back and core special teams player for the Bears after carrying nine times for 29 yards and catching 20 passes for 240 yards and two TDs for the team in 2017. From a fantasy standpoint, however, Cunningham is clearly behind both lead back Jordan Howard and top change-of-pace man Tarik Cohen.
Houston-Carson, a backup free safety, has played just 25 snaps over the first two years of his career while primarily playing on special teams. He'll be an exclusive-rights free agent this offseason, and if he remains in Chicago, he'll likely continue to see limited snaps on defense.
It's the second injury of the offseason for Lynch, as he also suffered a left ankle sprain during a workout in April. The hamstring issue doesn't appear overly serious, but numerous offseason injuries for a player who missed nine games each of the past two seasons is hardly moving in the right direction.
Mizzell slotted as the fourth-string running back and the Bears stayed relatively healthy at the position all season, so he was never pressed into action. He's signed for two more seasons, but with Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen serving as the top options in the backfield, he'll likely need an injury in order to see significant playing time. Should he find his way into the mix next in 2018, his best chance for fantasy production would likely be through the air, as he averaged 63 receptions over his last two collegiate campaigns.
Floyd continued his progression from the MCL and PCL sprains he suffered in his right knee in November, finally getting onto the field last week with a brace on his right leg. The 25-year-old will now have plenty of additional time to rest up before training camp kicks off in mid-July, as he is expected be a main cog in the Bears' pass rush in 2018. Floyd has played only 22 games over his first two seasons, recording 11.5 sacks, two safeties and a forced fumble.
While it isn't clear if Grant is past the head injury that landed him on IR in the first place, he'll be eligible to sign with another team if he passes through waivers.
Gentry moved from the Bears' practice squad to the active roster multiple times this season, ultimately finishing the year on the former. The Wyoming product is a nifty route-runner who should have a real shot to claim a spot on the Bears' unsettled depth chart with a strong offseason.
McManis played 31 defensive snaps, and he's had more than 45 just once during his eight-year career. Since he's primarily a special-teams player who doesn't return kicks, he carries very little value as an IDP as he enters unrestricted free agency.
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.
Bray has spent his entire five-year career as a backup with Kansas City and will now follow ex-Chiefs offensive coordinator and current Bears head coach Matt Nagy to Chicago. He'll initially slot in as the third quarterback behind Mitchell Trubisky and Chase Daniel.
Trevathan finished the season somewhat slowly, as he averaged six tackles over the last three games, but he continued to show that he can post elite IDP numbers by collecting double-digit stops on five occasions. He's signed through the 2019 season, and as long as he remains healthy he's still an upper-echelon IDP based on his ability to pile up big tackle numbers.
Anderosn was waived by the Bears prior to the start of the regular season, but he will be called up with the open roster spot created by Jerrell Freeman being placed on injured reserve. Anderson will provide additional depth at linebacker for Chicago.
Nagy also continued to confirm earlier offseason reports that he sees Howard as the "main guy," but he went on to say that in his offense, "it's game specific as to whether or not you need that." Nagy also indicated that the team is working with Howard to improve his receiving skills. Regardless of the potential that he improves as a pass catcher, it's unlikely that he'll turn out to be a better receiving option than Tarik Cohen, and Cohen will likely be the main receiving back. This certainly doesn't come across as great news for those looking at Howard as an elite fantasy option, but the fact that he's expected to be locked into early-down and goal-line work should ensure that he remains among the top running backs worthy of an early-round draft pick.
With Trey Burton having been signed to man the "U" position in the offense -- the same receiver/tight end hybrid role that Travis Kelce excelled in when Nagy was the offensive coordinator with the Chiefs -- Shaheen will primarily be slotted for blocking duties. Nagy also stated that Shaheen can play Burton's hybrid role, but the 6-foot-6, 270-pound Shaheen projects to be a much better blocker. Since the odds of two tight ends seeing heavy involvement in the passing attack are small, Burton is looking like the preferable target of the two in fantasy leagues, making Shaheen little more than a player to stash in deeper settings.
Burton played fewer than 20 offensive snaps in every game, and he usually played in short-yardage situations when a fullback was needed in the formation. He'll go into the last year of a two-year contract, and it's unlikely that his role will be much different than it was in 2017.
Nagy plans to use Gabriel in a "zebra" role, which is primarily designed for a slot receiver that can also be put in motion to create mismatches. Gabriel has had two seasons with at least 16.5 yards per reception during his four years in the league, though he has yet to catch more than 36 passes in any campaign. Although he's unlikely to draw considerable target volume from game to game, Gabriel's big-play ability makes him an upside play in the latter rounds of fantasy drafts.
The Bears are set at both tackle positions and Kyle Long is cemented in his role at right guard. With Cody Whitehair expected to secure the first-string job at center, Kush is likely competing with second-round rookie James Daniels for the final starting gig along the offensive line. Even if Kush doesn't make the cut, he should nonetheless hold down a significant rotational role during the 2018 season.
Hicks set a career high with 8.5 sacks, he now has 15 sacks in his first two seasons with the Bears after having collected just 9.5 sacks in his five years in the league before heading to Chicago. The veteran had a great first half with seven sacks before going into a five-game drought, but he'll continue to be a solid, though not elite, IDP option as he heads into the third year of a six-year contract with the Bears.
While being interviewed, Amukamara boldly proclaimed his individual goal of intercepting 10 passes. However, based on the fact that he's intercepted just seven passes over his seven-year career, he'll do well to match his career-high three picks in 2014. He's locked in as a starter across from Kyle Fuller, so playing time won't be an issue for the veteran. In terms of IDP value, he'll be most valuable as a tackler after averaging 51 stops over the last four seasons.
Braunecker will be an exclusive-rights free agent, but if the Bears retain him, he'll likely struggle to see consistent playing time at tight end with Adam Shaheen and Dion Sims serving as the top two options at the position. He's posted just 41 receiving yards over 21 career contests.
Though Hall's legal situation is now resolved, it remains to be seen if he'll be subject to further discipline from the Bears or the NFL. Hall, a 2016 fourth-round pick, appeared in two games last season after being activated from injured reserve in early December, following an extended absence due to a hamstring issue.
After adding wide receivers Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel, as well as tight end Trey Burton in free agency, Miller rounds out a receiving group that potentially gives Trubisky a chance to make a huge second-year leap as a potential fantasy starter. Of course, the the receivers and the quarterback will all be learning new head coach Matt Nagy's offense while trying to build chemistry, so there also could be a significant learning curve. Although there's plenty of reason for optimism in regards to Trubisky as a fantasy breakout player this year, selecting him as a fantasy backup with upside may be the wisest route to go.
Robertson-Harris was inactive for last week's loss to the Eagles but appears to now be back to full strength. Look for him to resume his role as a reserve defensive lineman Sunday against the 49ers.
The Bears failed to extend a qualifying offer to Brown before the start of the new league year, so it didn't seem likely he'd be brought back for another go around. However, it's now clear that he'll return to Chicago in 2018. With that said, Brown is firmly behind Adam Shaheen, Dion Sims and the recently-acquired Trey Burton on the depth chart, likely setting him up for a special-teams role.
Chicago wasted little time in matching the offer sheet put forth by division-rival Green Bay, making Fuller one of the highest paid cornerbacks in the league. Rapoport indicates the contract is worth $56 million with $18 million guaranteed, locking in the 26-year-old as the Bears' top cornerback for the foreseeable future.
Bullard started his second year with the Bears as a rotational player who didn't see more than 26 defensive snaps in all but one of the first 10 games. Down the stretch he was worked into the lineup a bit more, as he averaged 37 defensive plays over the last six games. Despite his increased playing time, he failed to exceed four tackles in any game while notching just one sack. He'll enter the third year of a four-year contract, but unless he shows significant improvement, he'll be a low-upside IDP.
Watford will give the Bears' offensive line depth after spending his first five seasons with the Cardinals, which included 21 starts in 43 appearances. Watford will be in the mix for the starting left guard position and can fill in for Kyle Long (shoulder, neck, elbow), who is recovering from three surgeries this offseason.
Amos started the season as a special-teamer, but as injuries struck the Bears' secondary he was thrust into a starting role in Week 4. He quickly became an excellent IDP performer, as he collected at least six tackles in all but one of his 10 starts, and became valuable enough to the team that he was removed from special teams in the last two games of the season. Assuming he's earned a starting role for 2018, he should be one of the top IDPs selected at safety in fantasy drafts as he enters the last year of his contract with the Bears.
Cooper signed a three-year, $16 million deal last year and was released by the Bears in mid-March after playing a minimal defensive role in 2017. The 28-year-old is likely to serve as a depth corner for Chicago in 2018 with the return of Kyle Fuller and Prince Amukamara.
By being placed on the Reserve/PUP list, Miller's season is officially over, but the Bears reportedly knew that the tight end would be unable to play when they re-signed him Monday. In fact, it's possible that Miller may never be able to play in the NFL ever again after rupturing an artery in his left leg last season. Miller will ultimately revert to injured reserve once the regular season is underway.
Grasu hasn't appeared in a game since Week 3, but appears to be healthy coming off the Bears' bye week. Thursday and Friday's practice sessions should provide further clarity on whether the 26-year-old has fully recovered from the injury.
The nature of Morgan's injury isn't clear. He's unlikely to come off IR before season's end unless he agrees to an injury settlement with the Bears.
Bellamy, who received the lowest of three possible restricted free-agent tenders the Bears could have offered, took his time to sign the tender after failing to draw much interest from other teams. He'll now return to the Bears for the 2018 season and will join a wide-receiver corps that includes a number of new faces, namely Allen Robinson (knee) and Taylor Gabriel. In 15 games for Chicago last season, Bellamy caught 24 of 46 targets for 376 yards and one score.
Whitehair sustained the injury against the Saints in Week 8 and did not return to the game, but he appears healthy following the Bears' bye week. The 24-year-old may be battling Hroniss Grasu for the starting job at center for Sunday's game against the Packers.
Cohen checked in at 179 pounds ahead of last year's draft -- where he was a fourth-round pick -- and was listed at 181 for the regular season. Given that he's only 5-foot-6, his current weight likely falls in the upper range of where he can comfortably play without sacrificing too much speed. Cohen came out of the gate fast with at least four catches and 48 scrimmage yards in each of his first four games, but he ultimately finished the year with only 87 carries for 370 yards and two touchdowns and 53 catches for 353 yards and another score. New head coach Matt Nagy confirmed Jordan Howard's status as the lead back, but Cohen nonetheless figures to be a big part of the offense as the Bears look to open up their passing attack for Mitchell Trubisky's second season. In addition to competing with Benny Cunningham for playing time on passing downs, Cohen likely will push Howard for early-down work. Howard has been remarkably unreliable as a receiving option, dropping 12 of 82 targets (14.6 percent) in two NFL seasons.
Scales suffered a torn ACL last preseason, missing the entire 2017 campaign. Andrew DePaola, the Bears' long-snapper last season, recently signed with the Raiders, leaving a hole in the Bears' depth chart. Scales has spent the past two and half seasons in Chicago and will be the frontrunner to take over long snapping duties in 2018 as long as he can make a full recovery this offseason.
McCants suffered an ankle injury early in the preseason and was placed on injured reserve as a result. He'll now look for a spot on a team in need of bolstering its offensive line.
Kwiatkoski became a regular in the Bears' linebacker corps in Week 10 after injuries and suspensions left the Bears thin at the position. After collecting sacks in two straight games, he failed to notch another in any of the last six games. He also failed to exceed three tackles in any of his first four starts, but he finished the season on a high note while averaging 8.67 tackles in the last three games of the year. He's signed for the next two years, but unless he can permanently move into the starting lineup he won't be a reliable IDP.
Acho saw the most defensive snaps of his three years in Chicago during the 2017 campaign (640) and his output for the club -- 45 tackles (29 solo) and three sacks -- resulted in the Bears rewarding him with a shiny new two-year contract. He should assume his role as the team's starting right outside linebacker again in 2018, but sports little upside as an IDP option.
Irving was slowly but surely carving out a significant role in the Bears defense last season before a knee injury planted him on injured reserve in early December. Now healthy, the second-year linebacker has reportedly added 20 pounds of muscle this offseason and apparently was turning heads in spring workouts. Behind starters Leonard Floyd and Sam Acho, offseason addition Aaron Lynch is the only OLB that's been working ahead of Irving.
Despite holding him out for the vast majority of the offseason program, the Bears apparently are optimistic Robinson will be a full go for the start of camp. He's 10 months removed from tearing the ACL in his left knee, entering the first season of a three-year, $42 million contract. Robinson is a clear favorite to serve as the No. 1 target in Chicago, though Taylor Gabriel, Anthony Miller, Kevin White and TE Trey Burton all have a head start in building chemistry with Mitchell Trubisky.
Daniel will receive $7 million guaranteed in the deal, which is voidable after one year in the event the veteran quarterback wants to test the open market. Regarded as one of the better backups in the NFL since going undrafted out of Missouri in 2009, Daniel has had the luxury of playing behind durable starters over his 10 seasons, attempting just 78 passes over that span. He'll replace the departed Mike Glennon as the No. 2 signal caller on the depth chart behind Mitchell Trubisky in Chicago.
Jackson was an uneven IDP performer over the Bears' first 11 games, but recorded at least five tackles in each of his last five games while averaging seven tackles during that span. He'll enter the second year of his four-year rookie deal in 2018 and should be considered a top IDP at the safety position, as he should continue to show improvement with a full season under his belt.
The seventh overall pick in the 2015 draft, White has been a consistent disappointment for Chicago. He has played in just five games in three seasons, pulling in 21 receptions for 193 yards. It doesn't come as much of a surprise that White's fifth-year option won't be picked up, considering the Bears would've been on the hook for a substantial sum if he suffered another serious injury. Despite his pedigree, White may not even be a lock to make the 53-man roster after the Bears signed Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel in the offseason and selected Anthony Miller in the second round of the draft last week. With those three new additions assured roster spots, White will compete with Bennie Fowler, Josh Bellamy, Tanner Gentry and a few other players for what likely will be two or three openings at receiver.
Goldman posted a career high with the 44 tackles, but despite playing 608 snaps -- more than 90 more than he's played in either of his first two years with the Bears -- his 1.5 sacks represented the lowest total of his career. He'll enter the fourth and final year of his rookie deal, but he hasn't done enough to be considered a reliable fantasy option at this point of his career.
The Bears now have the right to match another team's offer to Callahan in order to keep him in Chicago. Callahan has started 19 games in his three-year career, and he posted 25 tackles, six pass breakups and two picks in 2017. Starting cornerback Kyle Fuller has received a transition tag from the Bears, but his return isn't certain yet, so Callahan could in line for a full-time starting gig in 2018 if Fuller heads to another team.
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.
The addition of Fowler bolsters a Chicago receiving corps that recently saw Cameron Meredith head to the Saints as a restricted free agent. The 6-foot-1 212-pound Fowler caught a career-high 29 passes for 350 yards and three TDs for the Broncos last season. He'll now jostle for slotting on the Bears' 2018 wideout depth chart (behind top option Allen Robinson) along with the likes of Taylor Gabriel, Kevin White, Josh Bellamy and Tanner Gentry.
Nagy wants his "U" tight end to be a focal point of the passing attack, which explains why the Bears handed a four-year, $32 million contract to a player with 63 receptions in 61 career games. Burton did have 122 yards and three touchdowns in the two contests Zach Ertz missed for the Eagles last season, providing a strong hint that he's ready for a larger role ahead of his fifth NFL campaign. Burton will have that opportunity in Chicago, though his lack of size by tight-end standards may sometimes keep him off the field on early downs. The 26-year-old doesn't have a strong reputation as a blocker and thus will likely lose some snaps to Adam Shaheen and Dion Sims when Chicago is in situations that call for a traditional in-line tight end. The Bears also need to create touches for running backs Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen as well as their offseason additions at wide receiver, Allen Robinson (knee) and Taylor Gabriel.
After cycling through through Connor Barth, Mike Nugent and Cairo Santos last season, the Bears are clearly looking for stability at the kicker position. Parkey hit 21 of 23 field-goal attempts for the Dolphins in 2017, en route to logging 89 points. Meanwhile, Chicago's kicking committee combined last season to record 74 points while making 16 of 22 attempts. The Bears averaged just 16.5 points per game last year, but it's reasonable to expect the team's offense to improve in Mitchell Trubisky's second campaign as a pro. To that end, the Bears are also poised to sign wideout Allen Robinson and tight end Trey Burton.
Sims seemed like a goner once the Bears added Trey Burton to a tight end group that includes 2017 second-round pick Adam Shaheen. There's no question Burton will serve as the top pass catcher among the bunch, but Sims' continued presence on the roster suggests Chicago brass isn't entirely confident in Shaheen's ability to take on the in-line blocking role. Sims is a solid blocker, one who's yet to reach 300 receiving yards in a season since entering the league as a fourth-round pick of the Dolphins in 2013.
Sowell is a reserve offensive lineman who played in all 16 games for the Bears last season, making two starts along the way when injuries to the starting five popped up. He'll likely return as a swing tackle once again in 2018.
Massie's absence comes as no surprise after he was held out of practice all week and listed as doubtful for the contest. Tom Compton will likely start in Massie's place.
Edebali spent time with four teams last season, ultimately suiting up for the Lions and Broncos in a combined 13 games, but he recorded just a single tackle. He'll figure to be a depth linebacker and special teams player while with the Bears.
Bush saw significant time at safety as a rookie in 2016, but with the Bears having drafted Eddie Jackson, he saw just 86 snaps this year. He'll enter the third year of a four-year contract, but unless the depth chart has some changes, he'll likely see most of his work on special teams.
Ayers, a 2016 seventh-rounder, most recently played for the Steelers in 2016 when he appeared in two games in which he racked up six receptions, 53 receiving yards and one touchdown. He'll likely need an impressive offseason in order to have a chance at making the final roster, however.
Brown didn't play in 2017 after being waived by Denver before the start of the regular season. He last saw regular season action while with the Ravens in 2015, recording 112 yards on 14 catches in 10 games. He'll be looking to get a spot near the bottom of the Bears' receiver depth chart in 2018.