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Wednesday, April 28, 2010
B & B all over: Busy day in Chicago

By Kevin Seifert

Tuesday was busy enough in Chicago that we need a clean-up session to wrap up all the goings-on. We covered the acquisition of safety Chris Harris pretty thoroughly, but in addition:

The Bears restructured Harris' contract. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, it is now worth a maximum of $3.5 million and expires after the 2011 season. But if the Bears pay an option bonus due in March 2011, they'll be required to extend the contract further.

Director of college scouting Greg Gabriel was informed his contract will not be renewed. This continues an expected shakeup and clears the way for former Seattle general manager Tim Ruskell to join the team, as Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune writes.

Free-agent guard Alan Faneca signed with Arizona, eliminating the possibility he might go to the Bears. It's not clear if the Bears ever got involved, however.

Finally, the Tribune's Brad Biggs suggests that safety Kevin Payne is likely to seek his release following the Harris trade.

We shouldn't minimize the changes the Bears have made to their roster. As we noted earlier this month, only six starters remain from their 2006 Super Bowl team. But they've now overhauled their coaching staff and front office as well. More to come on these changes.

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