The Bears are going to take an extended look at a former top draft pick this offseason.
On Tuesday, the Bears announced they have signed wide receiver Rueben Randle to a reserves/futures contract.
Randle, 25, was a second-round selection (63rd overall) out of LSU in the 2012 NFL Draft by the New York Giants.
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In 64 career games with the Giants (2012-15), Randle compiled 188 receptions for 2,644 yards and 20 touchdowns. Randle's best NFL season came in 2014 in which he registered 71 receptions for 938 yards and three touchdowns. Randle has also returned 44 punts in his career for 345 yards.
Randle spent the 2016 offseason with the Philadelphia Eagles, but was released following the preseason.
Randle joins cornerbacks De'Vante Bausby, Jacoby Glenn and Rashaad Reynolds, offensive linemen Cornelius Edison, Cyril Richardson and William Poehls, running back David Cobb and wide receiver Dres Anderson as players the Bears have signed to reserve/futures contracts since the 2016 season concluded.
Ed Donatell indeed will follow Vic Fangio to Denver, with the now-former Bears defensive backs coach signing on to be the Broncos’ defensive coordinator on Tuesday.
Donatell was Fangio’s defensive backs coach from 2011-2018 with the San Francisco 49ers and Bears, and in Chicago was credited with the All-Pro development of cornerback Kyle Fuller and safety Eddie Jackson. His contract with the Bears expired after the 2018 season, so the Bears were unable to block him from interviewing for the Broncos’ defensive coordinator gig.
As things stand on Tuesday, only one defensive assistant from 2018 will remain with the team: Defensive line coach Jay Rodgers. Outside linebackers coach Brandon Staley took the same position under Fangio in Denver, while inside linebackers coach Glenn Pires and assistant defensive backs coach/safeties coach Roy Anderson will not return, too:
These departures aren’t surprising given Fangio said last week he hoped to bring some of his assistants from Chicago to Denver, while newly-hired defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano likely will want to bring in some of his own coaches in the coming weeks.
The Chicago Tribune’s Brad Biggs reported the Bears may consider Rob Ryan, the son of Buddy Ryan and longtime defensive coach, to replace Staley as outside linebackers coach. Ryan and Pagano worked together when Ryan was the Oakland Raiders’ defensive coordinator in the mid-2000s, and he would come with at least one player endorsement:
Meanwhile, rumors have swirled since Pagano’s hiring last Friday that he could bring Ed Reed — the sure-fire Hall of Fame safety with whom Pagano worked at the University of Miami and with the Baltimore Ravens — in as an assistant. Reed and Pagano are coaching together in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl this week in Los Angeles, with Pagano a head coach and Reed a defensive coordinator in the college showcase All-Star game.
One of the Bears defensive assistant coaches is officially following Vic Fangio to his new team.
The Denver Broncos announced outside linebackers coach Brandon Staley will take the same position under his old defensive coordinator.
The Chicago Tribune had reported Staley was not expected to remain in Chicago, and the team evidently allowed him to make a lateral move to continue on with Fangio.
However, it appears Denver wasn’t the only team interested in Staley’s services.
NFL Network reporter Tom Pelissero reports that the Green Bay Packers had also requested an interview with the outside linebackers coach, and the Bears denied it.
Staley joined the Bears in 2017 after three seasons as the defensive coordinator at Division-III John Carroll University in Ohio.
He helped coach Khalil Mack to another Pro Bowl season in 2018 while aiding in the development of Leonard Floyd, who the Bears plan to bring back for the optional fifth year on his contract.
Staley is the first defensive assistant coach who has been officially announced as not returning under new defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano.
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