As the book closes on the second full day of free agency, every NFL team has tried to make moves to bolster their teams, as well as try to cover the losses of their particular free agents to other teams.
As of now the Chicago Bears have signed a total of 6 free agents from other teams: Lamarr Houston (Raiders), Ryan Mundy (Giants), Jorden Senn (Panthers), M.D. Jennings (Packers), Willie Young (Lions), and Domenik Hixon (Panthers).
The Bears have done a good job addressing various needs with these free agent signings, but some questions still remain on their available free agents, namely Charles Tillman and Henry Melton, both former Pro-Bowl players who would certainly provide a huge boost to that ailing defense.
Speculation was that Tillman would join former Bears coach Lovie Smith, now the Head Coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With the Bucs releasing Darrell Revis, the team was in need of a new number 1 corner, and Tillman would certainly be the man in Smith’s defense. “Tillman has traveled to Tampa and met with his former coach, but it is believed that he left without a contract” (ESPNChicago.com). With the Bucs offering a contract to Alterraun Verner for 4 years at $26 million, it seems unlikely that Tillman will be reunited with his former coach. It is unknown if Tillman has any other visits scheduled with other teams at this time.
As for DT Henry Melton, coming off a torn ACL, the free agent market was going to be interesting for him. The Bears don’t seem to be in a big hurry to sign him, given the fact he is coming of a major injury, and likely wanting big money. Melton did visit with the Vikings today and sources say that he is staying in Minnesota for the night, which is a sign that the two sides may be working out the details on a deal, although nothing is official yet. The Dallas Cowboys also showed interest in Melton, but no meeting has been scheduled yet.
GM Phil Emery has said on multiple occasions that he would like to have both players back with the team, but it is all contingent on how much money they want and how much the Bears have under the cap. Stay tuned.