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The Bears are taking a look at a linebacker.

Per Adam Schefter of ESPN, Chicago is working out free agent Shaquille Quarterman on Thursday.

Quarterman, 26, was a Jaguars fourth-round pick in 2020 and completed his rookie contract with the franchise. He’s appeared in 63 games, though he hasn’t made a start. He has 54 career tackles with one forced fumble.

Quarterman has mainly contributed on special teams throughout his four seasons. He played 67 percent of the unit’s snaps in 2022 and 51 percent of snaps in 2023.

The deal is finally done, a day after pretty much everyone reported prematurely that Bears quarterback Caleb Williams had signed his four-year rookie contract.

The process, we’re told, included some creativity by Williams’s camp regarding tax issues.

For example, multiple sources tell PFT that there was an attempt to get Williams paid as an LLC. The Collective Bargaining Agreement doesn’t seem on the surface to foreclose that approach. However, the league decided that it does. The Bears were told by the NFL that the player’s money can’t go to a business entity other than the player.

Another approach emerged from the concept of a forgivable loan, which would have resulted in Williams getting the money tax free until the loan was forgiven, as many as 10 years into the future. The Bears, through the NFL, also nixed that possibility.

The outside-the-box ideas aren’t crazy. Caleb’s father has worked for years in commercial real estate. The ideas he brought to the table were potentially revolutionary. Unfortunately, they never got off the ground.

We’re still waiting to get our eyes on the final contract. We’ve reported that he’s expected to get all of his signing bonus soon. Other questions relate to language that will void future guarantees, along with the question of whether the Bears would be entitled to an offset if they cut Williams with guaranteed money remaining and he signs with a new team.

The Bears’ biggest move on Wednesday was the signing of quarterback Caleb Williams to his first NFL contract, but they made a couple of other moves involving players dealing with injuries.

According to the NFL’s daily transaction report, tackle Kiran Amegadjie has been placed on the non-football injury list and defensive Jamree Kromah has been placed on the physically unable to perform list.

Amegadjie was a third-round pick this year. He was a three-year starter at Yale, but missed the end of his final college season with a quad injury.

Kromah was undrafted out of James Madison and he signed with the Bears in May.

Both players still count against the 90-man roster and they can be activated at any time. The Bears have their first full-squad practice of training camp on Saturday.

Caleb Williams is officially under contract.

Tuesday brought multiple reports that Williams had signed with the Bears, but the quarterback and the team were actually still hammering out some final details of the pact. That process has come to an end and the Bears announced Williams’s signing with a picture of the first overall pick putting his name on his four-year contract. The deal is worth $39.4 million with a $25.5 million signing bonus.

Williams’s contract comes with a team option for a fifth year and PFT reported that one of the points the two sides talked about during the process was Williams’s desire to have a clause barring the Bears from using the franchise tag for a sixth year. The Bears declined, however, and Williams’s deal will be the standard one.

The timing makes Williams one of the final 2024 draft picks to sign his first NFL contract, but it didn’t keep him from missing any practice time during training camp and it’s hard to imagine anyone in Chicago thinking too much of the delay once Williams is on the field running the offense.

The Bears and Caleb Williams had a deal Tuesday, but the sides continued to haggle over language. They finally have crossed all the t’s and dotted all the i’s.

Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports that the four-year deal worth $39.4 million with a $25.5 million signing bonus is fully agreed to and final. The deal includes a fifth-year option, and Williams did not get his desired no tag clause for 2029.

The No. 1 overall pick did not hire an agent, but Williams will sign the contract with plenty of time before the first training camp practice on Saturday.

The additions of Williams and receiver Rome Odunze, the ninth overall pick, has Bears fans as excited as they have been about the start of a season for a while.

Williams threw 93 touchdowns and 14 interceptions during three seasons at Oklahoma and Southern California. He followed coach Lincoln Riley from Norman to Los Angeles and threw for 72 touchdowns and only 10 interceptions in two years with the Trojans, winning the Heisman Trophy in 2022.