The tampering is about to become a reality as teams can officially put the pen to paper with free agents when the new league year begins at 3 p.m. on Thursday.
Equipped with just under $52 million — a number that will climb once the Jay Cutler release becomes official — the Bears will be extremely active in this year's free agency market.
Check out the latest free agency news below:
1:38 p.m.: The Bears have reached an agreement with free agent tight end Dion Sims, reports NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.
Bears are closing in on an agreement with TE Dion Sims, source says. Dolphins had wanted to retain him and Bears checked with other FA TEs.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 9, 2017
1:14 p.m.: Alshon Jeffery is leaning towards choosing the Eagles when free agency starts, according to ESPN's Josina Anderson.
I'm told, as of now, WR Alshon Jeffery is leaning towards choosing the #Eagles when free agency starts.— IG: JosinaAnderson (@JosinaAnderson) March 9, 2017
12:32 p.m.: The Jay Cutler era is reportedly over in Chicago, and a reunion with Matt Forte in New York is possible.
Bears are releasing QB Jay Cutler, per sources. Cutler asked for and was granted his release this morning. Now a free agent.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 9, 2017
For now, the list of teams with a potential interest in Jay Cutler starts with...the New York Jets.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 9, 2017
10:27 a.m.: Mike Glennon's contract with the Bears will be a three-year, $45 million deal, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter.
When Mike Glennon signs with Bears, as expected, it will be a three-year, $45 million deal that includes $19 million guaranteed, per sources— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 9, 2017
10:20 a.m.: The Eagles and Colts are making a strong push to sign Alshon Jeffery, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
9:10 a.m.: The Bears have offered Alshon Jeffery $13 million per year, reports the Chicago Tribune.
Other teams believe #Bears are at $13 million per year for WR Alshon Jeffery with an offer. Negotiating tactic or real numbers? Who knows?— Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) March 9, 2017
8:10 a.m.: After losing out on the former Bills cornerback, the Bears have made a strong offer for A.J. Bouye, according to ESPN's Jeff Dickerson.
#Bears did make strong offer to top CB A.J. Bouye. Not sure they land him, but interest is very real.— Jeff Dickerson (@DickersonESPN) March 9, 2017
7:56 a.m.: Potential Bears target cornerback Stephon Gilmore is expected to sign with the New England Patriots, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Bills free agent CB Stephon Gilmore expects to sign with New England barring any final snags, per sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 9, 2017
And according to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Gilmore was disappointed the Bears weren't "more serious" with their offer.
Was just told Stephon Gilmore was a little bit disappointed the #Bears weren't "more serious" w/ offer. Just "let the chips fall" after that— IG: JosinaAnderson (@JosinaAnderson) March 9, 2017
6:20 a.m.: Mike Glennon is reportedly expected to make big money when he signs with the Bears.
When Mike Glennon’s deal is finalized with #Bears, it’s expected to be 3 years for an average of $14.5M, source says. Will still draft a QB— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 9, 2017
4:43 p.m.: The Bears' talks with free agent cornerback Stephon Gilmore have hit a snag, according to Bleacher Report.
#Bears talks with CB Stephon Gilmore evidently not going that well for the moment. Team is calling agents for other CBs right now.— Jason Cole (@JasonCole62) March 8, 2017
1:54 p.m.: Brian Hoyer has agreed to a two-year deal with the 49ers, according to Ian Rapoport.
Source: FA QB Brian Hoyer is headed to the #49ers. Reunion with Kyle Shanahan— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 8, 2017
12:54 p.m.: The Dallas Cowboys will release quarterback Tony Romo on Thursday, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Cowboys are releasing Tony Romo on Thursday, sources tell @toddarcher and me.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 8, 2017
Let the Romo recruiting in Houston and Denver begin.
12:53 p.m.: Tyrod Taylor has restructured his contract with the Buffalo Bills.
12:32 p.m.: Brian Hoyer is expected to pick a team on Thursday. The 49ers and Jets both appear to the strongest suitors, according to ProFootballTalk.
11:43 a.m.: Cross one Bears' free agent target off the board. According to Rand Getlin, offensive tackle Ricky Wagner has agreed to a deal with the Detroit Lions.
I'm told RT Ricky Wagner has agreed to terms with the #Lions.— Rand Getlin (@RandGetlin) March 8, 2017
10:53 a.m.: A deal between the Bears and free agent quarterback Mike Glennon is all but done, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The deal is expected to fall in the three-year, $45 million range.
Rapsheet: Glennon to the Bears 'all but done' https://t.co/jouqjpfsuK— Rotoworld Football (@Rotoworld_FB) March 8, 2017
10:44 a.m.: The Bears and Bills "are all over" free agent offensive tackle Ricky Wagner, according to The Ringer's Mike Lombardi.
Buffalo and Chicago all over Rickey Wagner from Baltimore. He is about to blow the right tackle market up...— Michael Lombardi (@mlombardiNFL) March 8, 2017
10:29 a.m.: The 49ers and Jets are showing the most interest in former Bears quarterback Brian Hoyer, reports Ian Rapoport.
9:21 a.m.: Former Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall agrees to two-year deal with the Giants.
4:59 p.m.: Bears making "big push" to sign top free agent corner Stephon Gilmore, according to SiriusXM NFL Radio's Alex Marvez.
1:09 p.m.: The New England Patriots' asking price for rumored Bears trade target Jimmy Garoppolo has been revealed.
12:47 p.m.: According to Adam Jahns of the Sun-Times, the Bears are interested in free agent wide receiver Andre Holmes.
#Bears are looking deep at free-agent WRs. See Andre Holmes a local kid with some upside. They join 49ers, Raiders, Lions as interested.— Adam Jahns (@adamjahns) March 7, 2017
12:38 p.m.: The Bears may not have any competition for free agent quarterback Mike Glennon, according to CSNChicago.com's John "Moon" Mullin.
11:47 a.m.: SiriusXM's Alex Marvez reports the Bears are showing interest in offensive tackle Ricky Wagner.
11:18 a.m.: D.J. Swearinger could be a free agent target of the Bears, reports the Chicago Tribune.
9:36 a.m.: Sources tell Alex Marvez the Bears are expected to pursue wide receiver/returner Cordarrelle Patterson.
6:44 a.m.: The Bears will make a strong push to sign free agent quarterback Mike Glennon, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.