The real winner in this, of course, won't be determined until we check the standings at the end of December, perhaps the start of January. Maybe Phil Emery (who spent eight years at the U.S.
In an offseason marked by a succession of moves to upgrade their defense, the Bears made the biggest move yet early Wednesday, signing free agent defensive end Jared Allen to a four-year contract.
Henry Melton has officially closed the door on his five-year career with Bears.
Charles Tillman will enter his 12th season with the Bears when the 2014 NFL season begins.