Late Sunday night, the Bears announced the re-signing of defensive tackle Nate Collins and quarterback Jordan Palmer to one-year contracts.
NFL teams aren't officially allowed to sign free agents to contracts until 3 p.m.
The underground market of the NFL has been in motion for months, the informal back-channel chats between agents and teams, between players and players for that matter.
During the NFL Scouting Combine last month, Bears general manager Phil Emery gave a glimpse into one part of the plan to remodel the Bears’ defense this offseason.
If free agency unfolds right for the Bears, they secure their first offseason priority — a pass rusher — in the person of Michael Bennett from the Seattle Seahawks.