Chicago Bears: free agent

Source: Roach visits Raiders

March, 13, 2013
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Chicago Bears free-agent linebacker Nick Roach is visiting the Oakland Raiders, according to a source familiar with the situation.

A source said eight teams have expressed interest in Roach, who figures to get a bump from his $1.715 million base salary in 2012.

Roach finished sixth on the Bears with 84 tackles, although he usually came off the field during passing downs in favor of an extra defensive back.

Bears eye free-agent market: Linebackers

January, 28, 2013
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Frank GoreAP Photo/Marcio Jose SanchezThe Bears made a run at Justin Durant two years ago before he signed with the Lions.
ESPNChicago is examining potential unrestricted free agents at various positions of need for the Chicago Bears.

It's hard to remember the last time linebacker wasn't considered a strength of the Bears' defense. With all the player movement in the NFL, the Bears have experienced little turnover at linebacker, essentially relying on five players over the last eight seasons: Brian Urlacher, Lance Briggs, Nick Roach, Hunter Hillenmeyer and Pisa Tinoisamoa -- Jamar Williams, Geno Hayes and Blake Costanzo also made occasional contributions but nothing sustained over a long period of time.

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Lovie dismisses idea of adding veteran WR

December, 3, 2012
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Sims-WalkerFernando Medina/US PresswireBrandon Marshall said his good friend Mike Sims-Walker would be hungry to produce for the Bears.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith dismissed the idea Monday of the club signing a veteran free-agent receiver due to a rash of injuries that have depleted the team's depth.

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Healthy Urlacher eyes 2-3 more years

June, 27, 2012
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CHICAGO -- Chicago Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher said Wednesday that his injured left knee feels good and he plans to be on the practice field when training camp opens on July 26, but he also acknowledged there may only be "2-3 years" left on what many consider a Hall of Fame career.

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