The Chicago Bears placed cornerback Kelvin Hayden on injured reserve and signed long snapper Brandon Hartson to a three-year contract. They also signed Derrick Martin to a one-year deal while waiving fellow safety Cyhl Quarles.
COMMENTARY | Kermit the Frog said it's not easy being green.
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (AP) -- The most interesting person on the Chicago Bears' roster?
The club begins a new era under head coach Marc Trestman.
Bears Insider John Mullin continues his reviews of Pro Football Talk's "Faces of the Franchise". His latest review is on the New York Giants, and he explains what face is missing from the four.
Longtime Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher announced his retirement after 13 seasons in the NFL on Wednesday. He walks away from football with a list of accomplishments that include an eight-time Pro Bowl selection, a five-time All-Pro and the 2005 Defensive Player of the Year award. clear."
Less than one week after the conclusion of the 2013 NFL draft, 10 of the 253 players selected have agreed to terms on a four-year rookie contract. The Chicago Bears, led by their vice president of football administration Cliff Stein, are annually the first team out of the gate when it comes to signing their draft class. All six members of the Bears' 2012 draft class were signed by May 15 and the club is on pace to match that effort. The Bears have already announced that four of their six picks in 2013 — fourth-round linebacker Khaseem Greene, fifth-round offensive tackle Jordan Mills, sixth-round linebacker Cornelius Washington and seventh-round wide receiver Marquess Wilson — have already agreed to contract, leaving first-round offensive lineman Kyle Long and second-round linebacker Jon Bostic as their unsigned picks before a rookie mini-camp begins on May 10. In terms of volume, the Baltimore Ravens have been busier as vice president of football administration Pat Moriarty has reached agreement with six of his team's 10 draft picks, Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports . As is the case with the Bears, the mid-to-late round picks on the Ravens have reached deals. Fourth-round fullback Kyle Juszczyk, fifth-round offensive tackle Ricky Wagner, sixth-round defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore, sixth-round offensive lineman Ryan Jensen, seventh-round wide receiver Aaron Mellette and seventh-round cornerback Marc Anthony have deals in place with the Ravens that will likely be signed before the players take the field for the team's three-day rookie mini-camp begins on Friday. The Ravens have four players unsigned, including first-round safety Matt Elam, who is still operating without an agent . Elam's contract will be worth around $6.7 million with around $5.4 million in guaranteed money, including a signing bonus of exactly $3,301,456. With NFL teams holding rookie mini-camps over the next two weekends, more draft picks are expected to sign their four-year rookie contracts. Last offseason, 183 of the 253 players drafted, 72.3 percent of the class, had signed contracts by or on May 31. That group included 11 first-round picks, who in the previous collective bargaining agreement, took a little longer to reach deals. "Shutdown Corner" has obtained the official, team-by-team rookie pool numbers, which show the maximum amount of Year One salary cap dollars that teams are permitted to spend on their draft picks. That list, along with when each teams will conduct their rookie mini-camp, is below. We've also included the minimum amounts of Year One salary cap dollars that teams are permitted to spend on their draft picks.
48. Pittsburgh Steelers: Le'Veon Bell, RB, Michigan State -- Great fit for Pittsburgh's offense -- 6-foot-2, 230 pound back who runs lower to the ground than you'd expect. Carries defenders after contact. Less shifty than powerful. 49. New York Giants: Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State -- Reminds me of Vince Wilfork. Hankins is fills a need for pure power up and down the line. And it's important to delineate the difference between off-field conditioning work and on-field effort -- while he clearly needs an NFL strength program and a great trainer to kick his butt, Hankins will make effort plays late into games, even when he's clearly gassed. If he maximizes his physical potential in the weight room, what he takes to the field could be truly special, because you don't see too many players with his combination of strength and quickness. 50. Chicago Bears: Jon Bostic, LB, Florida -- Highest drafted linebacker for the Bears since Brian Urlacher in 2000. Doesn't have Urlacher's agility and coverage instincts, but should excel as a downhill tackler. 51. Washington Redskins: David Amerson, CB, NC State -- Interesting hybrid pass-defender. Can play some elements of certain safety positions with his aggressiveness, and has raw elements needed to play both man and zone coverages at a high level in the future. A project for now. 52. New England Patriots: Jamie Collins, OLB, Southern Miss -- Designated as a LEO end. Can rush off the edge and should provide some rotational explosiveness similar to that Rob Ninkovich gives now.
COMMENTARY | According to the NFL, in 2013 the Chicago Bears will play opponents with a 2012 combined record of 128-127-1 -- a .502 winning percentage, good for 16th out of the 32 clubs. On the surface, the Bears are facing what looks like middle-of-the-pack resistance on the road to Super Bowl XLVIII. While this may seem like easy pickings for a team coming off a 10-win season, the journey to Metlife Stadium isn't as easy as it appears.
COMMENTARY | The Chicago Bears finished the 2012 season with a respectable record of 10-6, but failed to make the playoffs for the second year in a row.

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