Chicago Bears: Transactions

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears signed 11 players to reserve/future contracts on Monday. Here’s the list:
  • LS Brandon Hartson, Houston
  • CB Demontre Hurst, Oklahoma
  • CB C.J. Wilson, North Carolina State
  • TE Fendi Onobun, Houston
  • QB Jerrod Johnson, Texas A&M
  • LB Lawrence Wilson, Connecticut
  • OT Rogers Gaines, Tennessee State
  • S Sean Cattouse, California
  • WR Terrence Toliver, LSU
  • DT Tracy Robertson, Baylor
  • TE Zach Miller, Nebraska-Omaha

Bears acquire TE Rosario, waive Adams

September, 2, 2013
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago acquired tight end Dante Rosario on Monday from the Dallas Cowboys for a conditional seventh-round pick, according to’s Todd Archer, and in a corresponding roster move the Bears waived Kyle Adams.

The Bears confirmed the moves, but didn’t divulge the compensation given to the Cowboys to acquire Rosario.

A six-year veteran, Rosario has played in 91 games with 26 starts for Carolina (2007-10), Miami (2011), Denver (2011) and San Diego (2012) after coming into the league as a fifth-round pick of the Panthers.

Rosari0 (6-3, 242 pounds) has tallied 99 career receptions for 1,106 yards and eight touchdowns, in addition to contributing 23 tackles and three fumble recoveries as a special teamer.

Rosario provides versatility for the Bears on offense because of his pass-catching skills, and ability to contribute as either an H-back or a tight end. Over his last two seasons in Carolina (2009-10), Rosario caught 58 passes for 577 yards and two touchdowns.

Rosario played 13 games for the Chargers last season with two starts, and caught 10 passes for 93 yards and three touchdowns.

Rosario appears to be an upgrade over the younger Adams, who has played 23 games for the Bears over the past two seasons. Adams caught four passes for 40 yards during his tenure with the Bears, in addition to posting one tackle on special teams.

Bears early cuts done as courtesy

August, 25, 2013
CHICAGO -- The Bears released veteran safety Tom Zbikowski on Sunday, and the team also parted ways with veteran defensive end Kyle Moore.

In all, the club cut 14 players which moves the roster to 76. The moves came two days before Tuesday’s 4 p.m. ET NFL deadline for teams to trim their rosters to 75 players, and as often is the case around the league, done as a courtesy for players to give them the best possible chance to find work with another team as soon as possible.

Other cuts included receiver Devin Aromashodu, running back Curtis Brinkley, defensive tackles Brent Russell and Eric Foster, offensive tackle A.J. Lindeman, center P.J. Lonergan, safety Derrick Martin, tight ends Gabe Miller and Leonard Pope, linebackers Patrick Trahan and Lawrence Wilson, and punter Tress Way.

With one cut remaining, the Bears could wind up releasing another player today or in the next couple of days in advance of Tuesday’s deadline. Teams aren’t required to release players early, but this is done every season as a courtesy for veterans so they can find new work as soon as possible.

Zbikowski came into the league in 2008 as a third-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens, where he played four seasons as a standout on special teams. Zbikowski played in the second half of Chicago’s exhibition win over the Oakland Raiders on Friday, and contributed three tackles. As of early Saturday, at least one general manager had expressed interest in acquiring Zbikowski. The Steelers expressed an interest in free agency, but Zbikowski chose the Bears.

As for Moore, a fourth-round pick of the Buccaneers in 2009, high numbers at defensive end might have contributed to the Bears making the decision to part ways. Moore posted a sack against the Raiders for an 11-yard loss, but he was fighting an uphill battle to win a spot at a position already stocked with players such as Julius Peppers, Corey Wootton, and Shea McClellin. Moore was competing with rookie sixth-round pick Cornelius Washington and veteran Cheta Ozougwu for one of the final spots at the position.

Moore signed for the veteran minimum in April ($715,000) with no signing bonus. The club had already invested $103,788 in a signing bonus for Washington. It’s important to remember that when a team invests money in a player, it will always give him more opportunity to make the roster than a player it didn’t spend to acquire.

In addition to the sack tallied Friday night against the Raiders, Moore had contributed three tackles in three preseason outings, meaning he’s compiled plenty of film for teams to study if they’re interested in acquiring the defensive end.

Bears sign QB Trent Edwards

August, 18, 2013
The Chicago Bears added their second quarterback in two days Sunday, signing veteran Trent Edwards to a one year deal while waiving receiver Jerrell Jackson in a corresponding roster move.

A seventh-year veteran, Edwards has started in 33 of 38 games with Buffalo (2007-10), Jacksonville (2010), Oakland, (2011) and Philadelphia, completing 60.6 percent of his passes for 26 touchdowns, 30 interceptions and a passer rating of 75.5.

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Source: Bears to sign QB Palmer

August, 16, 2013
The Chicago Bears will sign quarterback Jordan Palmer, pending a physical, according to a league source.

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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.

Sources: No long-term deal for Melton

July, 15, 2013
Defensive tackle Henry Melton won't reach agreement on a long-term deal with the Chicago Bears by Monday's 4 p.m. ET deadline and will play under his one-year, $8.45 million tender, which he had previously signed, sources told ESPN NFL Insider Ed Werder.

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Bears, DT Ellis agree to deal

June, 11, 2013
The Chicago Bears reached agreement on a one-year deal with former New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis on Tuesday.

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Bears release FB Rodriguez

June, 10, 2013
The Chicago Bears released second-year fullback Evan Rodriguez, who has been arrested twice this offseason.

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Bears trade former first-rounder Carimi

June, 10, 2013
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bears have traded 2011 first-round draft choice Gabe Carimi, an offensive lineman, to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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The Chicago Bears terminated the contract of veteran defensive tackle Andre Fluellen on Monday.

A five-year vested vet, Fluellen played in 56 games with six starts over his career with Detroit (2008-12), and Miami (2012) and contributed 52 tackles, and 2.5 sacks in addition to forcing a fumble.

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Bears sign second-round pick Bostic

May, 9, 2013
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears signed second-round draft choice linebacker Jon Bostic to a four-year deal, the team announced on Thursday.

Bostic is the fifth member of the Bears' 2013 draft class to agree to terms on a contract.

A second-round pick out of Florida, Bostic isn't expected to seize a starting job as a rookie, but the expectation is that at some point he'll become the starter in the middle, which is currently manned by veteran D.J. Williams, who was signed in free agency. Bostic possesses the versatility to play all three linebacker positions, and while he's expected to be a reserve in 2013, there's a chance he could earn a place in some of the team's sub packages.

Bostic (6-foot-1, 245 pounds) started 32 of 51 games at middle linebacker at Florida and contributed 237 tackles, eight sacks, 19.5 tackles for lost yardage and five interceptions. Bostic tacked on seven quarterback pressures, two forced fumbles, a recovery and seven pass breakups.

Bostic ran a 4.61-second 40-yard dash at the NFL combine, which ranked as second best among middle linebackers. Bostic also ran a 4.24-second short shuttle at the combine, which serves as an indicator of his agility.

The entire Bears' rookie class will be at Halas Hall from Friday through Sunday for the club's annual rookie mini-camp.

Only first round pick offensive lineman Kyle Long remains unsigned.

Bears announce front office changes

May, 7, 2013
CHICAGO -- Recent turnover in the Chicago Bears’ scouting department led the organization to announce the promotions of Kevin Turks to director of pro personnel and Dwayne Joseph to associate director of pro personnel, plus the hiring of scout Ryan Kessenich on Monday.

Turks, an 11-year veteran of the Bears front office, replaces Chris Ballard, who recently left to assume the position of director of player personnel for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Joseph, a former Bears cornerback, is in his second stint with the club's front office after also spending eight years as a pro scout for the Miami Dolphins.

Kessenich was added to the mix after another long-time Bears scout, Ted Monago, left to join the St. Louis Rams organization.

Both Ballard and Monago received promotions and a substantial increase in pay from their new employers.

Kessenich served as an area scout for the Chiefs from 2009-2012.

Bears agree to deals with Greene, Wilson

May, 2, 2013
The Chicago Bears agreed to terms with two more draft picks Thursday, announcing four-year deals with linebacker Khaseem Greene (a fourth-round pick) and wide receiver Marquess Wilson (seventh round).

Greene, drafted 117th overall, set an NCAA record by forcing 15 fumbles in his career at Rutgers and was the Big East defensive player of the year last season.

Wilson, drafted 236th overall, is Washington State's all-time leader with 3,207 receiving yards.

The Bears agreed to four-year deals with fifth-round pick Jordan Mills and sixth-rounder Cornelius Washington on Wednesday. Only first-round pick Kyle Long and second-rounder Jonathan Bostic remain unsigned.

Bears release DT Toeaina

April, 2, 2013
ToeainaAP Photo/Greg TrottDefensive tackle Matt Toeaina started 24 games during his five seasons with the Bears.
The Chicago Bears released defensive tackle Matt Toeaina on Tuesday.

The Bears asked Toeaina to take a pay cut last month, and the five-year veteran refused. Toeaina, who played in just three games last season, had lingering knee problems that eventually required arthroscopic surgery and was placed on injured reserve Dec. 17.

Toeaina was entering the final year of a three-year extension he signed with the Bears at the end of the 2010 season. He was set to earn $760,000 in base salary, a $290,000 roster bonus and a $75,000 workout bonus with a salary-cap number of $1,625,000. The Bears will carry $500,000 worth of dead money toward this year's cap with the move.

Toeaina had a career-high 33 tackles in 10 starts with the Bears in 2010. He started 12 games in 2011 but lost his starting job to Stephen Paea.