Chris Conte out 4-5 months following shoulder surgery
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (4/3/14) Bears free safety Chris Conte underwent shoulder surgery last month and will be sidelined four to five months, the team announced. Conte played in every game last season, recording 89 tackles, three interceptions and a forced fumble.
Allen has 128.5 sacks in his 10-year career including at least 11 in each of his last seven seasons. He's also missed just three games over his 10-year career.
Bears sign Lamarr Houston
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer (3/11/14) The Bears signed defensive end Lamarr Houston to a five-year deal, reports FOX Sports.
The deal is reportedly worth $35 million over five years. Houston had six sacks and 69 total tackles in 2013 for the Raiders.
Bears retain DT Jay Ratliff for two years
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer (3/6/14) The Bears signed defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff to a two-year deal. He originally signed with them last November and did a decent job helping them slow down the run late in the year.
Bears sign Kelvin Hayden to one-year deal
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer (2/28/14) The Bears have signed defensive back Kelvin Hayden to a one-year deal, the team reports Friday.
Hayden, the nickel corner for the Bears, missed all of the 2013 season with a torn hamstring. In 2012, hayden had one interception and 37 tackles in 16 games. He also added five passes defensed and four fumble recoveries.
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The Bears continue to field one of the toughest defenses around, so much so that the unit has overshadowed the special-teams game that used to produce big numbers. Last year the defense was responsible for an NFL-record nine touchdowns with a special-teams score added on. The unit also picked up 41 sacks and 21 interceptions. The run defense ranked eighth (101.7 rush yards per game and six rush touchdowns allowed all season) and the pass defense pitched in, ranking eighth (213.9 yards per game). Now, can they do it again? The team made some changes at linebacker, passing on re-signing Brian Urlacher and Nick Roach and replacing them with veterans D.J. Williams and James Anderson as well as rookies Jon Bostic and Khaseem Greene. That's considered an upgrade. There are some questions about the shape of the secondary, particularly in terms of their age. On the plus side, the pass rush should remain aggressive and even though there's a new coaching staff in place, the core fundamentals of the defense aren't expected to change. Any bonus you can get from Devin Hester returning to full-time kick-return duties will help too. The Bears DST is worth one of your last four picks. (Updated 5/15/13)