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NFL Tracker: Where the top 2016 free agents are going

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NFL Tracker: Where the top 2016 free agents are going

The new League year is almost upon us. CSNChicago.com is tracking all the major signings as NFL free agency begins Wednesday at 3 p.m.

For a complete list of 2016 NFL free agents go to Rotoworld.com.

Quarterbacks

Kirk Cousins signs franchise tag with Redskins.

Sam Bradford signs two-year, $36 million deal with Eagles.

Brock Osweiler signs four-year, $72 million deal with Texans.

Chase Daniel agrees to three-year, $21 million deal with Eagles.

Chad Henne signs two-year, $8 million deal with Jaguars.

Matt Schaub agrees to deal with Falcons.

Colt McCoy signs three-year deal with Redskins.

Drew Stanton returns to Cardinals with two-year, $6.5 million deal.

Dan Orlovsky signs undisclosed deal with Lions.

Luke McCown signs two-year, $3 million deal with Saints

Matt Cassel signs one-year deal with Titans

Kellen Clemens signs one-year, $1.065 million deal with Chargers.

Running Back

Matt Forte agrees to three-year, $12 million deal with Jets.

Doug Martin re-signs with the Buccaneers on a five-year, $35.75 million deal.

Lamar Miller signs a four-year, $26 million deal with the Texans.

C.J. Anderson signs four-year, $18 million offer sheet with Dolphins.

Chris Ivory agrees to five-year deal with Jaguars.

Khiry Robinson signs one-year, $1.75 million deal with Jets.

Bilal Powell signs three-year, $11.25 million deal with Jets

Shaun Draughn signs one-year deal with 49ers.

Jacquizz Rodgers re-signs one-year deal with Bears.

[MORE FREE AGENCY: Bears bolster defense, agree to terms with linebacker Jerrell Freeman]

Fullback

Mike Tolbert re-signs with Panthers for two-years and $4 million.

Wide Receiver

Alshon Jeffery signs franchise tag ($14.599 million) with Bears.

Travis Benjamin agrees to four-year, $24 million with Chargers.

Marvin Jones agrees to five-year, $40 million deal with Lions.

Mohamed Sanu signs five-year, $32.5 million deal with Falcons.

Rishard Matthews signs three-year, $15 million deal with Titans.

Brian Quick signs one-year, $1.75 million deal with Rams.

Jermaine Kearse signs three-year, $13.5 million deal with Seahawks.

Darrius Heyward-Bey signs three-year, $3.8 million deal with Steelers.

Chris Hogan signs offer sheet with Patriots.

Rod Streater signs undisclosed deal with Chiefs. 

Keshawn Martin signs two-year, $3 million with Patriots.

Brandon Tate signs one-year deal with Bengals.

Marc Mariani re-signs one-year deal with Bears.

Tight End

Antonio Gates re-signs with the Chargers on two-year, $12 million deal.

Ladarius Green agrees to multi-year deal with Steelers.

Dwayne Allen returns to Colts on four-year, $29.4 million deal.

Coby Fleener signs five-year, $36 million with Saints.

Ben Watson agrees to two-year, $7 million deal with Titans.

Marcedes Lewis signs three-year, $12 million deal with Jaguars.

Craig Stevens signs one-year, $2 million deal with Titans.

Garrett Celek signs four-year, $14 million deal with 49ers.

Michael Hoomanawanui signs three-year deal with Saints.

Offensive Tackle

Cordy Glenn signs franchise tag ($13.07 million) with Bills

Mitchell Schwartz signs five-year, $33 million deal with Chiefs.

Bobby Massie signs three-year, $18 million deal with Bears.

Joseph Barksdale signs four-year, $22.2 million deal with Chargers

Chris Clark signs two-year, $6 million deal with Texans.

Donald Stephenson agrees to deal with Broncos.

Jermon Bushrod signs one-year deal with Dolphins.

Sam Young signs one-year, $760K deal with Dolphins.

Guard/Center

Alex Mack agrees to five-year, $47.5 million deal with Falcons.

Kelechi Osemele agrees to five-year, $58.5 million deal with Raiders.

Brandon Brooks signs five-year, $40 million deal with Eagles.

Alex Boone agrees to multi-year deal with Vikings.

Jeff Allen signs four-year, $28 million deal with Texans.

Richie Incognito re-signs three-year, $15.75 deal with Bills.

Ramon Foster re-signs three-year deal with Steelers.

Ben Jones agrees to four-year, $17.5 million deal with Titans.

Mike Harris re-signs with Vikings for one-year, $3 million deal.

J.R. Sweezy signs five-year, $32.5 million deal with Buccaneers.

Chris Scott re-signs one-year deal with Panthers.

[MORE FREE AGENCY: Bears add to 'violent' quotient with Danny Trevathan, Bobby Massie]

Defensive Line

Muhammad Wilkerson signs franchise tag with Jets.

Malik Jackson agrees to six-year, $85.5 million with Jaguars.

Derek Wolfe re-signs four-year, $36.7 million deal with Broncos.

Jaye Howard signs two-year, $12 million deal with Chiefs.

Damon Harrison signs five-year, $46.25 million deal with Giants.

Haloti Ngata agrees to two-year deal with Lions.

Ian Williams returns to 49ers on five-year, $27.5 million deal.

Charles Johnson re-signs one-year, $3 million deal with Panthers.

Vinny Curry re-signs five-year, $47.25 million deal with Eagles.

Cedric Thornton signs four-year, $18 million deal with Cowboys.

Brandon Mebane signs three-year, $13.5 million deal with Chargers. 

Adrian Clayborn signs two-year, $9 million deal with Falcons.

Tyrunn Walker re-signs with Lions for one-year, $1.6 million.

Letroy Guion re-signs three-year, $11.25 million deal with Packers.

Kendall Reyes signs one-year deal with Redskins.

Ahtyba Rubin signs three-year, $12 million deal with Seahawks.

Kedric Golston re-signs one-year, $1 million deal with the Redskins.

Kenrick Ellis re-signs one-year deal with Vikings.

Mitch Unrein re-signs two-year deal with Bears.

Defensive End/Linebacker

Von Miller signs franchise tag with Broncos.

Jason Pierre-Paul re-signs one-year, 10 million deal with Giants.

Olivier Vernon signs five-year, $85 million deal with Giants.

Mario Williams agrees to two-year, $17 million deal with Dolphins.

Tamba Hali signs three-year, $22 million deal with Chiefs.

Bruce Irvin agrees to four-year, $37 million deal with Raiders.

Nick Perry signs one-year, $5 million deal with Packers.

William Hayes re-signs with Rams on a three-year, $21 million deal.

Albert McClellan signs three-year deal with Ravens.

Derrick Shelby signs four-year, $18 million deal with Dolphins

Linebacker

Danny Trevathan signs four-year, $24.5 million deal with Bears.

Jerrell Freeman signs three-year, $12 million deal with Bears.

Derrick Johnson signs three-year, $21 million deal with Chiefs.

Mark Barron signs five-year, $45 million with Rams.

Rolando McClain re-signs one-year, $4 million deal with Cowboys.

Mason Foster re-signs two-year deal with Redskins.

Tahir Whitehead signs two-year, $8 million deal with Lions.

Vincent Rey signs three-year, $11.5 million deal with Bengals.

Emmanuel Lamur agrees to deal with Vikings.

Nigel Bradham signs two-year deal with Eagles.

Sean Weatherspoon signs one-year deal with Falcons.

Keenan Robinson signs one-year, $3.5 million deal with Giants.

Audie Cole re-signs one-year deal with Vikings.

Travis Lewis signs undisclosed deal with Vikings.

Tank Carder re-signs with Browns on a two-year, $2.5 million deal.

[SHOP: Gear up, Bears fans!]

Cornerback

Josh Norman signs franchise tag with Panthers.

Janoris Jenkins agrees to five-year, $62.5 million deal with Giants.

Trumaine Johnson signs franchise tag ($13.952 million) with Rams.

Prince Amukamara signs one-year deal with Jaguars.

Sean Smith signs four-year, $40 million deal with Chiefs.

Pacman Jones signs three-year deal to return to Bengals.

Tracy Porter three-year, $12 million deal with Bears.

Brent Grimes signs two-year, $16.5 deal with Buccaneers.

Leodis McKelvin signs two-year, $6.2 million deal with Eagles.

Jeremy Lane signs four-year, $23 million deal with Seahawks.

William Gay returns to Steelers on three-year deal.

Brice McCain signs two-year, $4 million deal with Titans.

Morris Claiborne signs one-year, $3 million deal with Cowboys.

Shareece Wright signs three-year, $16 million deal with Ravens.

Kyle Wilson re-signs one-year deal with Saints.

Sherrick McManis signs two-year, $2.85 million deal with Bears.

Marcus Sherels signs two-year deal with Vikings.

Safety

Eric Berry signs franchise tag with Chiefs

George Iloka signs five-year, $30 million deal with Bengals.

Tashaun Gipson agrees to five-year, $35.5 million deal with Jaguars.

Rodney McLeod agrees to five-year, $37 million deal with Eagles.

Tyvon Branch signs two-year, $10 million deal with Cardinals.

Michael Griffin signs one-year, $3 million deal with Vikings.

Andrew Sendejo re-signs four-year, $16 million deal with Vikings.

Isa Abdul-Quddus signs three-year, $12.75 million deal with Dolphins.

Dwight Lowery signs three-year, $7.2 million deal with Chargers.

Rafael Bush signs one-year, $2.4 million deal with Lions.

Chris Clemons signs one-year deal with Cardinals.

Keith Tandy re-signs with Buccaneers on a two-year, $1.85 million deal.

Nate Allen signs one-year, $3 million deal with Raiders.

Robert Golden re-signs three-year, $5 million deal with Steelers.

Kicker

Justin Tucker signs franchise tag with Ravens.

Mason Crosby signs four-year, $16.1 million deal with Packers.

Adam Vinatieri signs two-year, $6 million deal with Colts.

Nick Novak signs one-year, $965K deal with Texans.

Kai Forbath signs deal with Saints.

Punter

Marquette King re-signs five-year, $16.5 million deal with Raiders.

Shane Lechler signs one-year deal with Texans.

Brad Nortman agrees to four-year deal with Jaguars.

Chris Simms says the Bears' offensive struggles make the defense, Khalil Mack easier to gameplan for

Chris Simms says the Bears' offensive struggles make the defense, Khalil Mack easier to gameplan for

What a difference a year makes.

On November 14, 2018, the Bears — with a record of 6-3 — were riding a three-game winning streak into a Week 10 matchup with division rival Minnesota Vikings. They would go on to win that game, and the next one, en route to an eventual 12-4 regular season record and NFC North title. The offense was humming, the defense was dominant and, at the heart of it, their best player: Khalil Mack.

But 2019 has been a different story. Heading into Week 10 of this season, the Bears are 4-5 and living in a reality where every game is a must-win. A sputtering offensive attack, helmed by the increasingly-maligned duo of Mitch Trubisky and Matt Nagy, has catalyzed struggles across the team — including a half-step back for a defense that once appeared unassailable. They are still one of the league’s best, but not quite the death star of a unit they were in 2018.

Though many of his stats are comparable to his 2018 pace (outside of raw sack totals), Mack, specifically, hasn’t wreaked the same kind of havoc this season as he did last. Recently, NBC Sports NFL analyst, Chris Simms, posited a few theories for that development:

“In the big picture of the Chicago Bears: In general, when you’re not playing from a lead ever, to where the team playing against Chicago goes, ‘Oh man, we’re down by 14 or we’re down by 20. We gotta start throwing the football more,’ you know, those were the opportunities last year where Khalil Mack and the Bears were in control of the game,” Simms said.

“When you’re playing the Chicago Bears right now, you gameplan and you go, ‘Ok, what’s the big picture here?’ We’re not scared of their offense, so you can play it conservative on offense when you are playing the Bears,” he continued. “We know the one way we can lose to the Bears this week is if we let Khalil Mack get off on us, and we try to throw complete passes down the field, and then stripe-sack[s], fumbles and things happen.

“Within playing the Bears, most teams go into the games with conservative offensive gameplans because they don’t trust that the Bears offense is going to be able to move the ball a whole lot on their defense, and it’s short passes and things like that to where one guy that may be able to ruin a game on a weekly basis… Khalil Mack kind of gets taken away in those circumstances.” 

Opposing offenses have also been able to devote even more attention than usual to Mack in the form of double-teams and chips, given the increasing amount of injuries the Bears have sustained in their front seven — a fact Simms also acknowledges.

“[Mack] really creates a lot of attention,” Simms said. “And without Akiem Hicks there, a lot of offenses don’t have to worry about that beast in the middle and we can focus on our attention [to] let’s not let 52 ruin the game for us on that side.”

With the loss of Danny Trevathan on Sunday, that special attention Mack receives is only like to increase.

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Bears not on initial list of teams attending Colin Kaepernick workout

Bears not on initial list of teams attending Colin Kaepernick workout

The Bears are considered one of the NFL's most quarterback-needy teams after Mitch Trubisky's uninspiring play through the first half of the 2019 season, but that doesn't mean they're searching for his replacement just yet. 

Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick will conduct a workout on Saturday in Atlanta and the Bears were considered to be one of the most likely landing spots for the one-time dual-threat. But according to Thursday's announcement by the league, Chicago isn't one of the 11 teams who have confirmed their attendance.

The clubs who will have a representative on-site are Arizona, Atlanta, Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Miami, New England, NY Giants, NY Jets, Tampa Bay and Washington.

It's possible the Bears could confirm their attendance over the next few days, but at this point, it doesn't appear like there's much interest.

We'll continue to update the Kaepernick story as news breaks.