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 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.
The report says that according to a league source there's a "strong" chance Hayden will return to Chicago in 2014. Hayden, the nickel corner for the Bears, missed all of the 2013 season with a torn hamstring.
Bears moving Shea McClellin to linebacker
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (2/20/14) The Bears are moving 2012 first-rounder Shea McClellin from defensive end to linebacker. General manager Phil Emery said McClellin will get a chance at strongside and middle linebacker.
“His athleticism allows him to pressure the quarterback,” Emery said. “We want to put him in position where he can make more plays overall.”
McClellin has 6.5 sacks in 28 games.
Bears not saying much about Julius Peppers
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (2/20/14) Asked if defensive end Julius Peppers had played his last game with the Bears, coach Marc Trestman replied: "Julius Peppers is under contract and he's been very important to our football team. I don't think anything more needs to be said."
Peppers is scheduled to count $18.2 million against the cap. The 34-year-old had just 7.5 sacks last season.
While the team might not release Peppers, it's clear Chicago cannot afford to retain him at his current salary.