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Bears fill need in secondary by signing Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

Bears fill need in secondary by signing Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

The Bears just ensured their secondary will be no laughing matter for opposing quarterbacks in 2019.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Bears are signing safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to a 1-year deal:

Clinton-Dix will reportedly make $3.5 million and gave the Bears a discount to join the reigning No. 1 defense:

Clinton-Dix already has a rapport with incumbent Bears safety Eddie Jackson, as the former hosted the latter in college when Jackson made his official visit to Alabama.

The Bears hosted Clinton-Dix in Chicago Wednesday night and Thursday morning and apparently the meeting was a good one if both sides came to an agreement. 

The move solidifies the Bears' secondary, with Clinton-Dix conceivably filling the hole left by Adrian Amos, who left for greener pastures — literally — when he signed with the Green Bay Packers earlier this week.

The deal also excited the other new member of the Bears secondary as Buster Skrine told reporters Thursday afternoon it will be "awesome" to have Clinton-Dix around:

Clinton-Dix, 26, is a former first-round pick (21st overall) and has played 80 games in his career with the Packers and Washington Redskins.

The Bears secondary will now consist of:

CB - Kyle Fuller
CB - Prince Amukamara
S - Eddie Jackson
S - Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
NB - Buster Skrine

Both Fuller and Jackson were Pro Bowlers and First-Team All-Pro in 2018.

Clinton-Dix made the Pro Bowl in 2016 when he set a career high with 5 interceptions and 7 passes defensed in the Packers secondary.

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Bears 'all-in' on Mitch Trubisky moving forward

Bears 'all-in' on Mitch Trubisky moving forward

As the Bears get ready to battle the Cowboys in the first of a four-game stretch that will determine whether there's meaningful football in Chicago in January, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said Thursday night that there's little debate in Halas Hall about who the quarterback of the Bears will be in 2020.

"Every opportunity the Bears' brass have had to support Trubisky, they've offered him full-throated support," Rapport said. "They believe there's many other issues in the offense, including receivers running the wrong route, issues with the run game, play-calling, penalties, far more than Mitchell Trubisky. 

"(The Bears) are absolutely in with him going forward."

It's easy to support Trubisky after his fantastic showing in Week 13 against the Lions when he threw for 338 yards and three scores, a performance that earned him the FedEx Air Player of the Week. But it would be foolish to ignore the first half of the season when Trubisky looked overwhelmed and ill-equipped to thrive in the NFL.

The Bears and Trubisky are having something of a mirror-image season. The next four games will determine how 2019 is defined. If Chicago loses another game, they're likely looking toward 2020. And if Trubisky has another questionable showing, GM Ryan Pace will have no choice but to at least bring some competition to the roster this offseason.

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Bears-Cowboys Inactives: Prince Amukamara is OUT against the Cowboys

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Bears-Cowboys Inactives: Prince Amukamara is OUT against the Cowboys

The Bears' inactives are out, and while there are no surprises, there's not much good news either: 

It's Amukamara's first missed game of the season. The veteran corner hurt his hamstring late in the Bears' win over Detroit. For what it's worth, the Bears have been preparing most of the week with the assumption that he won't play. 

Yeah we have a couple guys there that could have an opportunity to go if Prince can’t," Nagy said on Tuesday afternoon. "Kevin Toliver and some other guys. That’s one of those deals where if Prince is not able to go or whoever it is on the team can’t, we feel like we have pretty good depth." 

If Tolliver starts, it'll be his first since last year's win over Tampa Bay. There were no real surprises on the Cowboys inactive list either: 

Bears-Cowboys kicks off at 7:20.