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The 2019 season will open with Packers at Bears

The NFL is going to break one tradition to honor an even longer one. The league announced that this year’s season opener will feature the Packers at the Bears on Thursday, Sept. 5. The decision to go with two of the legacy franchises in the league coincides with the league’s celebration of its 100th season. [more]

Ryan Pace wins Executive of the Year award

The NFL’s official awards, as determined by the Associated Press, don’t include one specific prize. For decades, Sporting News has handed out the unofficially official (or officially unofficial) Executive of the Year award, and it’s the one that has become most recognized as the honor for the G.M. or other non-coach who did the most [more]

Browns sign offensive lineman Bryan Witzmann

The Browns added some offensive line depth Friday, picking up a former starter. The team announced the signing of free agent Bryan Witzmann. He started seven games at right guard for the Bears last year while Kyle Long was out with an injury. Witzmann, and has 20 starts in his career. Originally signed by the [more]

Bears re-sign Tyler Bray

Quarterback Tyler Bray followed Matt Nagy from Kansas City to Chicago when Nagy became the Bears’ head coach last year and he’ll be sticking around for Year Two of the Nagy era. The Bears announced that Bray has re-signed with the team. It is a one-year deal. Bray opened last season on the practice squad [more]

Report: Colts next stop on Aaron Lynch free agency tour

After completing a visit with the Seattle Seahawks on Tuesday, former Chicago Bears linebacker Aaron Lynch is set to visit the Indianapolis Colts next, per Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. The Colts will be the third team this week Lynch has visited after stops in Seattle and with the Oakland Raiders. Lynch, 26, was [more]

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix came to Chicago to “chase a ring”

Free agent safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix had multiple motivations for signing a one-year deal with the Bears last week. But mostly, he thinks he’s doing something other players have to wait years for. “You see so many guys get to the end of their successful careers and now they’re trying to chase a ring,” Clinton-Dix [more]

Pat O’Donnell returning to Bears

The Bears have agreed to terms on a two-year, $4 million deal with punter Pat O'Donnell, a source told PFT. O’Donnell, 28, has spent all five of his NFL seasons with the Bears since they made him a sixth-round pick. O’Donnell punted 62 times last season for a 45.0 yards average and 39.7 net. He [more]

Jets sign Daniel Brown

The Jets agreed to terms with tight end Daniel Brown on Monday, according to Brown’s agent. Brown appeared in 14 games last season but played mostly special teams. He saw 23 snaps on offense without a target and 223 on special teams. He signed with the Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2015. He [more]

Aaron Lynch on his way to Seattle for visit

The Raiders did not sign free agent linebacker Aaron Lynch, so he is now headed to Seattle for a visit, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports. Lynch and Manti Te'o had visits in Oakland on Monday. Lynch, 26, was with the Bears last season after four seasons in San Francisco. He appeared in 13 games [more]

Could Vontaze Burfict visit Raiders after Manti Te’o, Aaron Lynch?

The Raiders are looking at linebackers and could have an eye on Vontaze Burfict, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports. The team is hosting free agents Manti Te'o and Aaron Lynch, according to Rapoport. Te’o, 28, spent the past two seasons in New Orleans after four with the Chargers. The Chargers made him a second-round [more]

John Elway was willing to let Matt Paradis walk because of ankle

The Panthers were eager to add former Broncos center Matt Paradis, for their one foray into outside free agency. But his old team didn’t sound interested in investing him at all. Via CBSSports.com, Broncos executive John Elway said he had “big concerns” about his former center’s medical report. Paradis suffered a broken fibula in early [more]

Bryce Callahan agrees to terms with Broncos

Well, that didn’t take long. Not long after news broke that Bryce Callahan is in Denver for a visit comes word from Dianna Russini of ESPN that the cornerback has agreed to a deal with the Broncos. It’s a three-year, $21 million deal that includes $10 million fully guaranteed, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. [more]

Bryce Callahan visits Broncos

Cornerback Bryce Callahan is one of the top remaining players on PFT’s list of top-100 free agents. He has begun his visits. Callahan is taking a trip to Denver, Ryan O’Halloran of The Denver Post reports. Callahan played for Vic Fangio in Chicago. Callahan, 27, spent his first four seasons with the Bears. He appeared [more]

Bears sign Marvin Hall

The Bears continued to reshape the makeup of their wide receiver corps on Friday. The team announced the signing of former Falcon Marvin Hall. They’ve also signed Cordarrelle Patterson this week while Josh Bellamy and Kevin White have left for other teams. Hall played 185 offensive snaps while appearing in all 16 games for the [more]

Bears re-sign Nick Williams

Defensive lineman Nick Williams didn’t see much playing time with the Bears last season, but the team saw enough to know they want him back with the team this year. The Bears announced that they have re-signed Williams to a one-year contract. Williams signed with the Bears last April and made the 53-man roster, but [more]

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