Bears Free Agent Day Tracker: Ryan Pace makes his moves early and often

Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace speaks about the decision to fire John Fox Monday, Jan. 1, 2018 during a press conference at Halas Hall in Lake Forest, Ill. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images)

LAKE FOREST – While most of their moves were on offense early in free agency, the Bears are also doing what they can to keep their improving defense together under Vic Fangio.

After coming to an agreement with cornerback Prince Amukamara on Tuesday, the Bears will be bringing back linebacker Sam Acho on what is reported to be a two-year deal.

Oddly enough, the news was reported by his brother Emmanuel on Twitter.

A seven-year NFL veteran, Acho has been with the Bears the last three seasons playing in 47 games and starting 25 of them. Acho has 67 tackles in those contests with four sacks.

The Bears also appear to have sealed up their backup quarterback as well, reportedly signing Chase Daniel to a deal.


3:28 PM – Bears officially announce Acho and Amukamara signings.

5 PM – Bears say goodbye to three free agents that didn’t pan out in 2017

The departure of Mike Glennon wasn’t a surprise considering it was widely reported that he was signing with the Cardinals on Tuesday night.

In many ways it didn’t shock anyone that the Bears let two other free agents from 2017 go as well.

That’s wide receiver Markus Wheaton and defensive back Marcus Cooper, each who failed to live up to expectations in their one season with the Bears.

Expected to provide the Bears a deep threat, early injuries kept Wheaton from contributing much at all during the season. He didn’t catch a pass until week five and finished with just three on the season for 51 yards after being targeted 17 times.

Much was expected out of Cooper too, considering he had 63 tackles and four interceptions for the Cardinals in 2016. But he would only start four games for the Bears in 2017 and is best remembered for stopping short of the goal line while running back a blocked field goal in Week 3 against the Steelers.

7:30 PM – Bears confirm their five offensive signings 

The Bears made all of their previously reported offensive signings official with a news release on Wednesday night.

Already the team has called a 2 PM news conference at Halas Hall on Thursday to introduces the new group of free agents.