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As Kareem Hunt signs with Browns, Bears’ search for a running back looks elsewhere

As Kareem Hunt signs with Browns, Bears’ search for a running back looks elsewhere

The Bears will not be adding Kareem Hunt, with the former Kansas City Chiefs running back signing with the Cleveland Browns on Monday. 
 
Hunt was released by the Chiefs last season after video surfaced of him shoving and kicking a woman outside his Cleveland apartment in a February 2018 incident. Both general manager Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy did not rule out exploring the idea of signing Hunt at their end-of-season press conference in January, with Nagy saying he had recently spoke with Hunt on a personal level. 
 
Nagy was the Chiefs’ offensive coordinator in 2017, when Hunt led the NFL in rushing as a rookie. Hunt always was going to get a second chance in the NFL, even with the disturbing footage of a violent incident involving a woman and a suspension looming from the NFL. 
 
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the Bears were interested in Hunt, and that Nagy’s comments at that end-of-the-year press conference jump-started interest in Hunt. 
 
“Once that happened, I think the market picked up on Kareem Hunt a little bit more,” Schefter said on ESPN’s “NFL Live” on Monday. 
 
Meanwhile, the Bears’ search for a fix for their running game will focus elsewhere. The market for free agent running backs is thin, with the biggest names all bruising, downhill types like New Orleans’ Mark Ingram and Detroit’s LeGarrett Blount. 
 
Jordan Howard should be expected back unless the Bears are willing and able to swing a trade involving him, as will versatile dynamo Tarik Cohen. The Bears could opt to sign a free agent on a prove-it deal — perhaps like Jacksonville’s T.J. Yeldon — while, more likely, drafting a running back who can fit Nagy’s system better in April’s NFL Draft. The Bears have five picks this year, with one in the third, fourth and fifth rounds and two in the seventh round. 
 
Hunt was a third-round pick, while Cohen was a fourth-rouder and Howard a fifth-rounder. 

Bears still have league-average amount of salary cap space left

Bears still have league-average amount of salary cap space left

Free agency has slowed to crawl a little more than a week into the process, and the Bears still have some money to spend.

Ryan Pace made multiple moves to clear up additional salary cap space this offseason, but he spent his money cautiously.

Even with five outside signings under contract, he still has the space to make some more moves.

As of Friday, the Bears have just under $17 million in cap space, the 16th-most in the NFL, according to ESPN’s Field Yates.

Pace has more money to work with now than he did before the team started releasing players to clear space.

He still has to keep some cap available to sign their draft picks as well as an emergency fund for the season, but the Bears have more than enough money left to add an impact player or two on the open market.

The pool of talent to pick from continues to shrink, but Pace can still find quality options that could come at a bargain the longer they sit on the open market.

 

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Chicago Football Madness Rd. of 32: Chalk dominates the 1st round, with some notable exceptions

Chicago Football Madness Rd. of 32: Chalk dominates the 1st round, with some notable exceptions

Excitement for the Bears are at an all-time high, so while March Madness and the NCAA Tournament begin, we still have Bears on the mind. So we've created Chicago Bears Football Madness, pitting players from the three best Bears teams and legends head-to-head.

THIS. IS. STILL. MARCH. 

The first round of our inaugural Chicago Football Madness Tournament is over, and friends, it was kind of anti-climatic -- except for Jay Cutler advancing, that rules. 

Out of all the 32 Opening Round matchups, only two underdogs moved on: Robbie Gould and The Fridge. Now, Gould's got a tough matchup against 2-seed Lance Briggs, and there's no rest for the Perry (this joke works, right?) as he takes on Walter Payton. 

Keep sending the votes in! You can find all the matchups over on our Twitter account, or on the website, because we like to give you options. 

RD. OF 32 REGIONS:

1985 Bracket

2006 Bracket

2018 Bracket

Legends/Others Bracket

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