Chicago Bears: Roster moves

Bears add Gaines, Ozougwu

September, 24, 2013
The Chicago Bears signed offensive tackle Roger Gaines and defensive end Cheta Ozougwu to the practice squad on Tuesday, and terminated the practice squad contracts of quarterback Jerrod Johnson and offensive tackle Jamaal Johnson-Webb.

Gaines entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Baltimore Ravens out of Tennessee State.

Ozougwu, meanwhile, played in two games with the Bears last season and contributed three tackles and another stop for lost yardage. It’s likely the Bears added Ozougwu to provide depth along the defensive line because the club could be looking to move defensive end Corey Wootton inside on occasion due to the loss of defensive tackle Henry Melton, who suffered a torn ACL on Sunday in the team’s win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Ozougwu signed a reserve/future contract on Jan. 2, but the Bears waived him on Sept. 1.

Ozougwu's move to the practice squad could mean the Bears might be looking to promote practice squad defensive end Aston Whiteside, who spent some time in training camp also working inside at defensive tackle.

The Bears also held tryouts for defensive tackles Landon Cohen and Daniel Muir, according to an NFL source.

Bears bring back Scott, Johnson

September, 9, 2013
LAKE FOREST, Ill -- The Chicago Bears signed offensive tackle Jonathan Scott to a one-year contract on Monday, and added quarterback Jerrod Johnson to the practice squad.

The club waived tight end Kyle Adams in a corresponding roster move, in addition to terminating the practice squad contract of guard Derek Dennis.

The team’s decision to bring back Scott wasn’t a surprise. As a vested veteran, Scott’s full $715,000 base salary would have been guaranteed had he been on the club’s Week 1 roster. Fully vested veterans had their contracts guaranteed for the season if they remained on rosters at 3 p.m. CST on Saturday.

The Bears terminated Scott’s contract last Tuesday before bringing him back Monday, a day after the team’s 24-21 season-opening victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.

Scott played in 12 games for the Bears last season with seven starts, but missed a significant portion of training camp and the preseason after undergoing a minor knee procedure. Scott returned to the practice field last week, and expected to be healthy enough to play against the Bengals. But the club released Scott prior to the game.

Scott has started in 35 games over his career. Adams, meanwhile, has played in 24 games with the Bears over three seasons, including Sunday’s game.

The club signed Johnson to the practice squad as a developmental quarterback on Sept. 1, only to terminate his contract on Sept. 4, when it added Dennis to the practice squad.

Bears cut Blanchard to get to 75

August, 27, 2013
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears whittled to the 75-man roster limit Tuesday by finalizing an injury settlement with quarterback Matt Blanchard.

A second-year veteran, Blanchard fractured a knuckle on his left hand during the team’s win over the San Diego Chargers. Prior to the injury, it appeared likely the Bears would try to keep Blanchard on the 53-man roster or waive him in final cuts with the expectation of adding him to the practice squad.

The problem is there’s no way a team can release an injured player without reaching a settlement.

“I’m just disappointed he was injured. I really liked his progress. I think we resonated that through the times we’ve talked here,” Bears coach Marc Trestman said. “I think everybody has an idea how we felt about Matt while he was here.”

Blanchard’s settlement makes him ineligible to return to the Bears until after Week 10. After the timeframe for the settlement expires, Blanchard can sign with another team. So it’s likely the quarterback would sign with another club after the length of the settlement -- which is commensurate with the time a player is expected to be out due to the injury -- has expired because he can’t rejoin the Bears until 2 1/2 months into the season.

In making the decision, Trestman said he hasn’t “even thought about” the timeframe for Blanchard’s recovery, adding that “we’ll just see how it goes as we move forward.”

When the team hit the practice field for the portion of Monday’s workout that the media is allowed to view, Blanchard wasn’t out on the field with the rest of his teammates. With the team going into the final exhibition game Thursday not expecting to play any of its starters, it’s likely the team would have played Blanchard for a significant amount of repetitions.

Instead, the Bears will divvy up the snaps to recently-signed quarterbacks Jordan Palmer and Trent Edwards, with the former set to start.

“They’re both really smart guys and knowledgeable. They’ve practiced well,” Trestman said. “I expect that they’re gonna do well.”

Blanchard spent the majority of the 2012 season on the practice squad.

Bears sign Martin, waive Quarles

August, 11, 2013
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears signed safety Derrick Martin on Monday to a one-year deal, and waived safety Cyhl Quarles.

Martin (5-10, 198 pounds) has played in 66 games with four starts over seven seasons playing for Baltimore (2006-08), Green Bay (2009-10), the New York Giants (2011) and New England (2012), contributing 37 tackles, three interceptions, eight pass breakups, one sack and one fumble recovery.

Martin originally was a sixth-round pick of the Ravens in 2006.
The Chicago Bears signed receiver Demetrius Fields and defensive tackles Corvey Irvin and Christian Tupou, in addition to agreeing to terms with cornerback Maurice Jones.

All four worked with the team during last weekend’s rookie minicamp on a tryout basis. In other roster moves, the Bears also released linebacker Dom DeCicco and cornerback LeQuan Lewis.

A rookie out of Northwestern, Fields caught 114 passes for 1,203 yards and seven touchdowns over four seasons with the Wildcats. Irvin, meanwhile, is a former third-round pick of the Carolina Panthers who has played in 18 games over three seasons with three teams (Carolina, Tampa Bay and Jacksonville), contributing 11 tackles.

Tupou finished his college eligibility at USC, but went undrafted and unsigned in 2012. Tupou played in 41 games from 2007-11 with the Trojans, contributing 53 tackles, including seven stops for lost yardage.

Jones played collegiately at Temple, and made 12 starts in four seasons with the Owls.

Bears elevate Harvey Unga to roster

December, 28, 2012
LAKE FOREST, Ill. – With Michael Bush already on injured reserve and Armando Allen (knee) questionable for Sunday’s must-win game in Detroit, the Chicago Bears elevated running back Harvey Unga to the active roster from the practice squad and waived defensive end Cheta Ozougwu, the team announced on Friday.

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AP Photo/Nam Y. HuhBrittan Golden returned a blocked punt for a TD on Thursday, but that didn't save him a roster spot.
The Chicago Bears have released fullback Tyler Clutts and receiver Brittan Golden on Friday, according to sources familiar with the situation.

Golden, an undrafted rookie, returned a blocked punt 22 yards for a touchdown in the Bears' win over the Cleveland Browns on Thursday.

"Well I got released today it was a long road," Golden tweeted. "Chicago thanks for the love it was an honor to be here. thanks for the memories."

Final roster cuts are being made Friday.

DT Collins suspended for Week 1

July, 19, 2012
Chicago Bears defensive tackle Nate Collins has been suspended without pay for the first game of the 2012 regular season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substance Abuse, according to an NFL spokesperson.

Collins will also be fined an additional game check.

Originally an undrafted free agent out of the University of Virginia, Collins signed with the Bears in late May after being a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars organization the last two seasons. Collins, who faced long odds of making the roster even before the suspension, will be eligible to return to the club's active roster on Monday, Sept. 10, but he can participate in preseason practices and games.

Brandon Meriweather's future with Bears

September, 4, 2011
Good Sunday to you. As always, NFC North teams are making waves in the news stacks. The Chicago Bears made the first big splash of this round of NFL free agency, agreeing to terms with safety Brandon Meriweather the day after the New England Patriots unexpectedly released him.

Meriweather is 27 and a two-time Pro Bowl player. He is athletically in the prime of his career and one who presumably wouldn't walk into a dead-end job, which is what the Bears would seem to have with veteran Chris Harris and second-year player Major Wright locked into starting roles.

So I think one of two things has happened here:

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Video: Meriweather on the move

September, 4, 2011
PM ET's Mike Reiss joins Chicago's ESPN 1000 to break down the impact of safety Brandon Meriweather joining the Bears.

Brandon Meriweather agrees with Bears

September, 4, 2011

The Chicago Bears announced they have reached a one-year agreement with former New England Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather.

The Patriots cut Meriweather, a two-time Pro Bowl selection, on Saturday.

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Taylor back at practice with Bears

August, 30, 2011

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chester Taylor was back practicing with the Chicago Bears on Tuesday, a day after he left the team's headquarters thinking he had been cut.

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Source: Bears, Clark agree on deal

August, 2, 2011
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears and Desmond Clark agreed to terms on a contract that could bring the tight end back for a ninth season with the team, a league source confirmed.

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NEW ORLEANS -- We caught up with Bears general manager Jerry Angelo on Monday at the NFL owners meetings. In this wide-ranging interview, Angelo spoke about quarterback Jay Cutler, the lockout, the NFL draft, the team’s plans for free agency and some of the potential options for replacing recently-departed defensive tackle Tommie Harris:

Now that the NFL has officially locked out the players, and teams can’t be in contact with them, how are the Bears proceeding?

Jerry Angelo:
They educated us long before the lockout happened. We were all hoping we wouldn’t get to this point, but we’re going on. Like I said at one time, ‘Business as usual’. We’re confident that we’re gonna be back and going. Hopefully, it’s gonna be sooner than later. No more than that. We have plenty enough to do to keep us busy; the draft if nothing else. You know, we still have to look at free agency. So there’s a lot on our plate. There are a lot of players in free agency. So that’s a lot of players to get through. So in some ways the additional time helps to some degree.

This team considers the under tackle position very important. How does Henry Melton fit in as a potential player to fill the role vacated by Tommie Harris?

Well, he made improvement. He played a goodly amount. Obviously, the plan is for him to play more, and hopefully be the starter. He’s still a work in progress. But everything we saw this past year, in particular during the season, we liked. He just kept getting a little better, a little better. The arrow’s going up. We feel, physically speaking, he’s got everything you want in terms of size, speed, toughness. That’s not any question. Now it’s just a matter of learning the position and that will come with the repetition of more play. We feel real good. No guarantees, but everything we look for he has. That’s the good thing. He has shown that at some point or another.

Looking at the draft, are there areas that you’ve maybe moved beyond, maybe eliminated. Or are you still open to every position?

You like to say you want to take the best player available. You still have to fill your needs. In the event the draft comes before free agency, that might alter our thinking somewhat. I’m sure it will. But we feel this year -- from our perspective -- is a very good year for offensive linemen. You have to play the course based on what it gives you. Right now, the linemen are good, particularly the defensive linemen. It was good last year. It’s good again this year. There are a number of offensive linemen -- I don’t think they’re necessarily bell cows like there are on the defense -- but it’s still a good number of quality players.

The thing that creates the biggest challenge in this draft [is] there’s probably about four positions that we would look at and say it’s not up to par as what normal drafts would give you. That will be the biggest challenge: how does that affect the draft as a whole with teams and how they assess it? Maybe some teams won’t see it that way. But as we’re going through our evaluation process we’re seeing probably more positions where it wasn’t to the level that you’d like it to be or maybe that you’d see year in and year out.

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AP Photo/Nell RedmondLast offseason the Bears made a splash in free agency by adding Julius Peppers.
You landed the most coveted free agent last year in Julius Peppers. Once free agency starts, could you see this team doing something like that again?

Last year was a different situation. Usually you don’t see players of that caliber come on the marketplace. So we have a plan. I think our plan is sound. But we also, when something presents itself, we want to have the ability to make a move. So we’re not so much in cement with anything. I always say this: ‘the cement has already been laid, but it’s not dry.’ So until we know what the prospects are out there…am I saying that we’ll come out and have a big splash in free agency? No, I’m not saying that. In this type of situation, there are so many players. There’s maybe two or three that people would say are special, and there are probably a dozen paid like they’re special. But they’re not special based on the value of their position.

Last year, we saw a special player [in Peppers] who played a special position that fit our scheme. So in our minds, that was the right thing to do. Do I see that happening in this free agency market? I don’t really see that at this point. But again, until we know what’s out there for sure… And we have a lot of coaching changes. How does that play into free agency, players being released after teams access [their needs], in particular if it comes after the draft? [There are] just too many moving parts right now. Everybody is just kind of doing their guesswork. But you have to prepare for as many scenarios that might be presented. That’s the art of this. That’s what you have to be able to do: be prepared to act, and not react. It’s much more challenging this year.

Having such a veteran roster, is this team better equipped to weather a work stoppage or major delay?

I would say yes, given that our staff is intact, given that we have a veteran team as compared to some, absolutely, particularly those [teams] that have new staffs. As I said in my [season ending] interview, if we had to play [today] we could line up with 21 starters in our minds, and feel comfortable with those players at their positions. So that’s a pretty good starting point given the dynamic that some teams will have to deal with.

You haven’t had a first-round pick in a couple of years, and that’s one of the criticisms you’ve endured -- that you don’t hit on those first-round picks. Having all your picks this year, do you feel any different or extra pressure to draft well?

No. They can’t beat up on the first-round picks from the last couple of years (laughing) because of the obvious reasons. But we feel real good. Our formula to draft well is very, very sound. I’m very comfortable with our philosophy and how we look at the draft. I wish you could be educated more about the things that we see that you aren’t privileged to see, and how that impacts our evaluation. There are a lot of things that come into affect with the draft, at least from our standpoint. Picking at 29th, obviously it’s hard to think that we’re gonna hit a home run at 29; very hard to do. If you try to do it, you may. But if you don’t, what are you left with? I think that’s important because when we look at any draft, we want to come out with four starters. Naturally, you would want to use those first four picks to say that. You want to keep your eye focused on [whether you can] win with a player. We’re very focused on that. Naturally, when you’re at the top you’re gonna get a player who has more glitter to him. He probably has a pretty good floor, too. We really want to get the player with the most talent, with the best floor.

Do you need that player to contribute right away?

From my perspective, we’d like to think they can contribute. They’re going to get play time, they’re going to dress on Sunday. That will then be determined based on when we get into camp, hopefully we’re going to have a good offseason, too, and then we’ll see where it goes. I think [the expectation for the picks to contribute right away is] realistic. These kids are coming out well prepared. I don’t think that’s unrealistic at all.

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Mark J. Rebilas/US PresswireThe Bears think Jay Cutler can make a big leap forward in his second year in their system.
This isn’t an interview without a Jay Cutler question (Angelo laughs). With you guys being prohibited to speak to Cutler, are you worried about whether he’ll get to spend sufficient time working to clean up some of his mechanics, for which he’s been widely criticized?

Anything he needs to get better at is coachable. It’s very coachable. I don’t see anything [that can’t be fixed]. I’d rather have a guy with a lot of talent, [who] needs some cleaning up so to speak, than have a guy that’s picture book with mechanics, but he doesn’t have the talent necessarily to do the job. Jay has done, will continue to do everything in his power to be the best that he can be. It’s important to him. He’s got excellent coaching. There’s some things that all players have to work on to get better at, him included. I don’t come away feeling apprehensive or skeptical in terms of where he’s going. He was in a new system last year with a lot of new faces, particularly on the offensive line. And we wouldn’t have done what we did last year without him.

There’s usually a big jump between Year 1 and Year 2 in a new offensive system, right?

I’m hoping we see that big jump, and there’s no reason to believe that we won’t. We’re all expecting to see that, and for the reasons you’re saying. We had new coaches, a new system. [On the] offensive line, we were playing musical chairs with the last position you want to play musical chairs with, [and he was] still getting familiar with the wide receivers. So we added some pieces. We went through some growing pains. But I really thought we handled a lot of things well given the rollercoaster we were on, particularly early in the season. I really think that we did build a good base, and we’re gonna build from that base going into next year.

Where does tight end Greg Olsen fit in this offense after having seen how he’d perform under Mike Martz’s system in 2010?

I think he’ll be more prominent this year, not that he didn’t have a role last year. But I think you’ll see a lot more things more consistently because of the familiarity that our coaches have with him. I know how much talk there was about, ‘Does he have a fit at all?’ We felt good because of the fact that we know the person, how important football is [to him]. He’s got talent. Any good coach, or any good system I’ve ever been around always finds a way to accentuate the best players. I felt we did that. I expect him to take a big jump next year. There’s no reason to believe he won’t. I really thought he improved his overall game, in particular his blocking, too.

Can you give us an update on some of your free agents such as Olin Kreutz and Anthony Adams?

I can’t really get into that right now. So it’s a moot point. When everything gets resolved, we’ll have our game plan. We certainly like our players.

How confident are you in this lockout being resolved quickly?

I can’t speak. I’m not in the negotiations. I’m confident that both parties see the big picture. We’ve got a great game, and our players want to play as much as we want them to play. So we’re moving forward, and at some point we’ll be playing football again. I do know that. We’re all hoping it’s sooner than later.

Can Matt Toeaina play that under tackle role?

He has played it. It’s free agency. There will be other players to look at. [Toeina] can [play that role]. Marcus Harrison can play that role. We signed a player in the offseason -- Tank Tyler -- who has played that role. So we have some people that we feel can do that. When a guy’s a free agent, obviously, you don’t know for sure. So we have to plan with the players that we have presently. We’re OK. Like I said, we’ll just see.

How much rebuilding will Bears do?

January, 24, 2011
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- As Khalil Bell stuffed socks and laundry in a black trash bag, his neighbor Garrett Wolfe, a locker over, giggled uncontrollably to the point at which he was lying down.

Call it nervous laughter. Bell admitted as much while jokingly posing for the cameras assembled in front of his locker at Halas Hall, a day after the Chicago Bears’ disappointing loss in the NFC Championship Game to the Green Bay Packers.

“I’m [gonna] stay here as long as I can,” Bell said, laughing.

That’s because he doesn’t know when, or if, he’ll be back. Like 15 other Bears set to become unrestricted free agents, Bell said his goodbyes Monday as the players cleaned out their lockers at Halas Hall in preparation for the ultimate offseason of uncertainty. In addition to the ambiguity brought on by the labor situation, the Bears know it’s just not possible for every player to get a shot at returning for another run at a Super Bowl title in 2011.

“I like this team,” Bears coach Lovie Smith said. “We’re gonna try to keep as many as the guys as possible and try to keep this core group together. There’s no reason to start breaking it up.”

But it’s inevitable. As general manager Jerry Angelo pointed out Monday, the Bears “would be able to field a 21-man [roster of] starter[s]” if they “had to go out and start the season next week.”

"We feel good about the nucleus of this football team, the foundation we've laid going forward," Angelo added. "I feel that our focus is going to be on continually building this team to get to the goal that we all want here in Chicago."

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Jonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesOlin Kreutz is the only returning offensive starter without a contract for next season.

Of the starters, center Olin Kreutz is the only player of which there’s uncertainty about a possible return due to his contract expiring. On the positive side, there doesn’t appear to be a proven heir apparent at his position, although the team could shuffle some of the pieces to find a possible replacement (Roberto Garza -- signed through 2011 -- was listed on the postseason depth chart as a backup center). Kreutz didn’t produce what anyone would call a banner year in 2010, but his value in blitz recognition and as a traffic controller on that offensive line can’t be diminished.

Offensive linemen Frank Omiyale, and Chris Williams are signed through 2012, while J'Marcus Webb Webb is signed through 2013. Contracts for tight end Greg Olsen and running back Matt Forte expire after next season. Interestingly, blocking tight end Brandon Manumaleuna -- who struggled in 2010 to put it lightly -- is signed through 2014.

“That’s not my call,” Kreutz said on possibly returning in 2011. “I’ll keep trying to play. I’ve said a million times that when you’re not good enough the NFL will let you know. So if no one wants me, I’ll retire. If someone wants me, I’ll play.”

Backup quarterback Caleb Hanie is also set to hit unrestricted free agency. Inactive for most of the season as the third quarterback, Hanie was thrust into action in the NFC Championship Game, and performed well, considering he hadn’t taken any snaps with the first-team offense in the week of preparation leading up to the contest.

Hanie played with poise in engineering two scoring drives, which included a touchdown pass against a blitzing Packers defense. That brief appearance could pique the interest of other teams looking for a talented young backup with mobility, while making a possible push by the Bears to re-sign Hanie difficult.

Besides that, second-team quarterback Todd Collins' stretch of ineffectiveness in the NFC title game made it clear that Hanie may deserve a legitimate shot for the primary backup job to Jay Cutler.

“It’s hard to pinpoint that kind of stuff. You’ve just gotta go out and play. That stuff is gonna work itself out,” Hanie said. “I already went through all that coming out of college. You don’t worry about what teams are thinking. You just go play, put the best product you can on the field and hope for the best. It’s always great to have game tape, especially in a playoff game.”

The club also needs to determine whether to re-sign receivers Devin Aromashodu and Rashied Davis, tight end Desmond Clark and backup offensive lineman Edwin Williams. Clark doesn’t think he’ll be back. It’s believed Aromashodu doesn’t want to return, considering how he appeared on the way to finally breaking through as an NFL wideout at the end of 2009, only to become an afterthought this season in Mike Martz’s offensive scheme.

Davis and Williams appear to be legitimate candidates to return. Davis adds value as a backup receiver and major contributor on special teams, and Williams started three games early in the season at right guard.

Wolfe, meanwhile, could return -- but it appears to be uncertain at this point -- because of his contributions on special teams. Wolfe tied for second in special-teams sacks, but didn’t contribute as a backup running back; nor did Bell, who was inactive for all 16 regular-season games, and likely won’t be re-signed.

“We’ll want to bring some of our own back, and I’m confident we’ll be able to do that,” Angelo said. “There’s probably going to be a few new faces in there somewhere -- better competition -- all of it to make us better.”

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Scott Boehm/Getty ImagesDanieal Manning may command more in free agency than the Bears are willing to pay.

Of the seven free agents on defense, defensive tackle Anthony Adams and safety Danieal Manning appear to be the highest priorities.

The club approached Manning during the regular season about an extension, but the financial terms appear to fall short of what the safety will be able to command on the open market. Adams, meanwhile, started all 16 games at defensive tackle and played an important role as a run stuffer for a unit that finished the season ranked No. 3 against the rush.

The club recently signed defensive tackle Matt Toeaina, who started 10 games in place of Tommie Harris, to an extension. So in addition to trying to re-sign Adams, the Bears will have to figure out whether to release Harris, who is signed through 2012, but reportedly due a roster bonus on June 1 of $2.5 million.

Harris said he “was just getting started” towards the end of the season after a slow start, and would like to return to the Bears in 2011 “if they still want me”.

Smith was coy in discussing Harris’ future.

“Every day I’ve been here, Tommie’s been here,” Smith said. “I don’t see why we would say he wouldn’t be here. I’d say that about the rest of our guys. I saw improvement the last few games from Tommie. We’ve all done some good things at the end, but just looking at yesterday’s game, of course you can’t be too excited.”

With the Bears seemingly set to lose Manning in free agency, they’ll also need to determine whether to extend Chris Harris, whose contract will expire after next season. Brought to Chicago in a trade with Carolina, Harris -- teamed with Manning, who finally came into his own as an NFL safety -- brought stability to a position sorely in need of it.

Harris tied Charles Tillman for the team lead in interceptions (5), and finished fourth in tackles (96) while Manning contributed 85 stops, and an interception. If the team lets Manning walk in free agency, it will need to consider extending Harris to start alongside Major Wright, who just finished his rookie season. The Bears also need to make a decision about bringing back Josh Bullocks for depth. Bullocks saw increased snaps near the end of the season, but he becomes a free agent in March.

The contracts of backup cornerback and special-teams stalwart Corey Graham and punter Brad Maynard are also about to expire.

At linebacker, only Lance Briggs and Brian Urlacher are currently under contract, while Brian Iwuh, Nick Roach, Rod Wilson, and Pisa Tinoisamoa will become free agents.

A product of Northwestern, Roach expressed a desire to remain “close to home”, while Tinoisamoa showed some depth and emotion in assessing his future.

“Man, that’s a good question. I don’t know. I’m a little emotional about that,” Tinoisamoa said. “I’m kind of insecure, too, honestly. I’m like, ‘Man, is he looking at me like I’m gonna get cut?’ [I’m like] ‘Hey, coach didn’t look at me the same. Does that mean something?’ I try to read too much into it, but that’s my own thoughts; my own crazy head. That’s what I have to deal with.”

“The truth is I only signed a one-year contract. It will be up soon, I’m getting older and things like that. I don’t know what the situation is gonna be,” he added. “But I know that this team is gonna be all right. I came here to win, and the fact I had a chance to get to the Super Bowl is bigger and better than anything I could’ve imagined. It was worth it to me. Even if it’s my last year to play, by going out like this… this is awesome to say I was a Bear, I was a Monster of the Midway. Man, they can’t take that away from me, and I’m proud about that. I can keep that with me.”