The offseason has reached a crucial point for the Chicago Bears. Free agency starts on Thursday, March 9 at 4:00 pm ET (the start of the new league year), but teams are already taking advantage of the two-day free agency negotiating window that opened yesterday. During this time before free agency starts, teams may negotiate all aspects of the contract but can't finalize the deal. Here are the latest Bears news & rumors you need to know:
Chicago expected to sign Mike Glennon
The Bears are in need of a quarterback going into the 2017 season, and they have identified Mike Glennon as their top target. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, via 670 The Score's Greg Gabriel, Chicago is expected to sign Glennon soon after free agency officially begins.
@RapSheet reported the Glennon/ Bears connection earlier this morning on the NFL Network's "Good Morning Football" show— Greg Gabriel (@greggabe) March 8, 2017
Glennon spent the last two seasons as Jameis Winston's backup in Tampa Bay. Hewas the starter for part of his first two years with the Bucs before they drafted Winston, completing 57.9 percent of his passes for 4,025 yards with 29 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in 19 appearances.
Bears to pursuing Stephon Gilmore
Chicago is also pursuing one of the top defensive free agents available in cornerback Stephon Gilmore, according to Rapoport via the Bears Podcast.
On NFL network, @RapSheet sees Bears targeting CB Stephon Gilmore. Expects a deal like Giants & Ja. Jenkins last year— Bears Podcast (@BearsPodcast) March 7, 2017
Gilmore had 48 tackles with five interceptions and 12 pass breakups last season.
Bears targeting Cordarrelle Patterson
To give Glennon some help at wide receiver and to help in the return game, the Bears are making a push to sign Cordarrelle Patterson, according to SiriusXM NFL Radio's Alex Marvez.
Patterson caught a career-high 52 passes for 453 yards and two touchdowns last season. He also returned both a punt and a kickoff for a touchdown.Back to the Chicago Bears Newsfeed