The march of players on offense to Halas Hall continued Wednesday with the Bears signing former San Francisco guard Chilo Rachal to a one-year contract.Rachal, 6-foot-5, 323 pounds, was a second-round pick for the 49ers out of USC in 2008, was a starter in 2009-10 before losing his No. 1 job. The signing was first reported by NFL Networks Ian Rappaport.The signing points in several possible directions for the Bears, who already have Lance Louis, Chris Spencer and Edwin Williams inside, and Chris Williams returning from a season-ending wrist injury. Rachals addition expands the option of Chris Williams returning to tackle, his more natural position and where the Bears are the thinnest on the offensive line.Rachal joins running back Michael Bush, quarterback Jason Campbell and wide receivers Brandon Marshall, Devin Thomas and Eric Weems on the list of additions to the offense, along with re-signings of tight end Kellen Davis and quarterback Josh McCown.That points to the Bears going stronger for defense in the draft.Rachals arrival injects serious competition with a guard group composed of players with histories at other positions. Spencer and Edwin Williams have been primarily centers, Chris Williams was a tackle and Lance Louis was a college tight end and tackle last year on an emergency basis.
The Bears 2020 offseason feels like it's been underway for a while, but the reality is it's just getting started. The fun gets underway in March when unrestricted free agency kicks off, followed by the 2020 NFL Draft – when GM Ryan Pace will try to flip Chicago's two second-round picks into potential starters for a team that isn't that far away from contending for a Super Bowl.
Here are the key dates to bookmark in your calendar for the Bears' offseason:
- Feb. 24-March 1 – NFL Scouting Combine
- Feb. 25 – Ryan Pace/Matt Nagy meet with media at NFL Combine
- Feb. 24 – March 1 – NFL Scouting Combine
- March 18 – Free agency and new league year begins
- April 7 – Ed Block Courage Award presentation
- April 20 – Bears may begin offseason workout programs
- April 21 – Brian Piccolo Awards presented to rookie and veteran
- April 21 – Ryan Pace will speak with the media ahead of NFL Draft
- April 23-25 – 2020 NFL Draft in Las Vegas
- May 8-10 – Bears rookie minicamp at Halas Hall
- May 16 – Bears Care Gala at Soldier Field
- May 27 – May 29 – OTA practices
- June 2-4 – OTA practices
- June 8 – 11 – OTA practices
- June 16-18 – Mandatory full-squad minicamp
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