Amid the rush of defensive free agent signings that Bears' GM Ryan Pace made over the weekend, many began wondering when Pace would address another position of need: offensive line.
Now they have their answer. According to reports, the Bears have signed offensive lineman Germain Ifedi:
Since being drafted out of Texas A&M in 2016, Ifedi has struggled to produce like teams expect their first-round picks (31st overall) to. He's played the vast majority of his snaps (3,167) at right tackle, but does have some experience at right guard (928) as well.
Like Rapoport mentions, as things stand right now, the immediate need for the Bears is at right guard. Kyle Long's retired, and Rashaad Coward didn't exactly run away with the job last season. It's also plausible that Ifedi gets a shot at right tackle, where incumbent Bobby Massie has struggled at times.
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The Bears announced on Friday afternoon that former All-Pro safety Roosevelt "Rosey" Taylor passed away. Taylor was 82.
A two-time Pro Bowl safety with the team in the 1960s, he spent the first nine seasons of his NFL career with the Bears from 1961-1969, starting every game. He appeared in 118 games, with 108 starts and 23 interceptions.
Taylor was named first-team All-Pro in 1963 and voted to the Pro Bowl after a season that saw him have a career-best nine interceptions. In the recently published "Chicago Bears Centennial Scrapbook, Taylor was listed as the 56th best Bears player of all-time. He also played for the San Francisco 49ers and Washington.
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Bears receiver Darnell Mooney went on Bears All Access on Friday, mainly to talk about his experience as a rookie under such unique circumstances. When asked to give a scouting report on himself, Mooney used the opportunity to pitch himself as more than just a speedy vertical option:
"A guy who's going to more than give you speed," Mooney said in sharing a scouting report on himself. "He's going to give you something explosive with the ball. Everything that you could ask for that you haven't seen, you're definitely going to get that out of me.
"The all-around receiver, as you would dream of. Everybody having that all-around package. I feel like I have that."
Mooney added that he's 'never seen himself as a fast guy' (he ran a 4.38 40 at the Combine) and has been focusing more specifically on route-running since his sophomore year at Tulane. It's surely music to the Bears ears, but given the state of the Bears' passing offense in 2019, even if Mooney does have a limited route tree in Year 1, they'll take what they can get.