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Former Bears OT Charles Leno Jr. has agreed to terms with The Washington Football Team on a 1-yr deal worth up to $5M. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Leno spent the first seven years of his career with the Bears. He's been an iron man for the last five, starting 80 consecutive games. Leno adds to a group that finished in the top-10 in 2020, and Ryan Fitzpatrick and Antonio Gibson stand to benefit most from this transaction.

Category: Transactions

The Chicago Bears have selected OT Teven Jenkins with the No. 39 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. (Source: Connor Hughes on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: The Bears traded with the Panthers to acquire OL Teven Jenkins from OSU. He instantly improves the Bears’ offensive line and his presence only helps Justin Fields and the offense. Jenkins is powerful with light feet for his size and projects to start for the Bears right off the bat.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that the Bears are having a difficult time moving backup QB Nick Foles. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bears traded up to snag Justin Fields as their franchise QB. After signing Andy Dalton during the offseason, that leaves Nick Foles the odd-man out. His current contract is making it very difficult for the Bears to move him. He has $4M guaranteed in 2021 and $5M guaranteed in 2022. There was five QB's taken in the first round and not many QB-needy teams left. The Bears will have to do some convincing and negotiating to try to move Foles this offseason.

Category: Rumors

Bears GM Ryan Pace says that Andy Dalton will remains the team's starting quarterback entering the season. (Source: Chris Emma on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Pace added that the team has a developmental plan in place for first-round selection Justin Fields. It shouldn't come as a surprise that the team won't anoint Fields as the Day 1 starter, and it probably isn't the worst idea to let him develop behind the scenes early on in his career. Still, the expectation should be that Fields will be starting games at some point in 2021, and it could happen sooner rather than later depending how Dalton performs out of the gate.

Category: Rumors

Chicago Bears All-Pro LB Roquan Smith has reportedly had his fifth-year option exercised by the franchise, per Ian Rapoport. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Smith was dominant during the 2020 season, earning first and second-team All-Pro selections. He totaled 139 tackles, 18 TFLs, seven pass deflections, four sacks, two interceptions, and a forced fumble across all 16 games to help lead Chicago to the postseason in 2020. Smith's presence in the middle helps anchor and lay the foundation to an elite defensive unit that is returning many of its pieces from a year ago, indicating another strong year for the Bears' defense in 2021.

Category: Transactions

Chicago Bears S Tashaun Gipson has reportedly agreed to terms on a one-year deal to return with the team in 2021, per ESPN's Dan Graziano. (Source: Dan Graziano on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Gipson totaled 65 tackles, seven pass deflections, and two interceptions across 16 games for the Bears in 2020 and will reportedly return after agreeing to terms on a one-year deal. The Bears had one of the more formidable defenses in 2020 and re-signing Gipson will help build continuity to ensure it remains in top form heading into the 2021 season. Playing alongside FS Eddie Jackson and newly signed CB Desmond Trufant should help Gipson replicate similar stats but the Bears will need to enhance their offensive efficiency to allow the defense more rest, as the offense only averaged 29:42 time of possession, ranking 18th amongst all 32 teams in 2020.

Category: Transactions, Rumors

Cordarrelle Patterson is signing with the Atlanta Falcons on a one-year, $3 million deal, according to Mike Garafolo. (Source: Mike Garafolo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Interestingly enough for fantasy gamers, Patterson's listed as a receiver - not a running back. Patterson totaled 64 carries for 232 rushing yards (3.6 YPC) and a touchdown last season. He also totaled 21 receptions on 25 targets for 132 receiving yards. The six-time All-Pro is a sturdy zero RB target if the Falcons list him as a back.

Category: Transactions

The Chicago Bears have been discussing a trade involving Anthony Miller with a slew of teams, according to Ian Rapoport. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Miller totaled 49 receptions on 76 targets, 485 receiving yards, and two touchdowns last season. The 26-year-old had just two games over 60 receiving yards. Depending on destination, a change of scenery may give Miller sleeper appeal in fantasy football.

Category: Rumors

Unrestricted free agent LB Barkevious Mingo has signed a one-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Mingo recorded 35 tackles, 2.5 sacks, and two pass deflections for the Bears across all 16 regular-season games in 2020. The ninth-year linebacker joins his seventh team and will look to bring his experience and hard-nosed tackling as added depth alongside the elite play of Falcons MLB Deion Jones in 2021.

Category: Transactions

The Bears have officially released All-Pro cornerback Kyle Fuller, according to the league's official transaction wire. He is now free to sign with another team at any time. (Source: Tom Pelissero on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: With Fuller officially free to sign elsewhere it will be interesting to see what team signs him, and how much money the elite corner will be offered. The Bears attempted to trade Fuller before releasing him but ultimately decided to move on once it became clear that no deal was going to come together.

Category: Transactions

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports Allen Robinson II has officially accepted his franchise tag from the Chicago Bears. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This locks in Robinson's $18 million salary for the 2021 season. Robinson was understandably frustrated to receive the tag from the Bears, but apparently it wasn't enough to make him play hard ball. The Andy Dalton signing was a pretty uninspiring one from a real life football perspective, but he might wind up being the best quarterback Robinson has ever played with. Consider A-Rob a low-end WR1 for fantasy purposes.

Category: Transactions

Per Adam Schefter and Jeremy Fowler, Mitchell Trubisky is signing with the Buffalo Bills, although no details of the agreement have been announced. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The former second-overall pick will move from Chicago to Buffalo after the Bears declined his fifth-year option. Trubisky, a mobile quarterback, will be a great backup to Josh Allen. Both quarterbacks bring a playmaking ability with their legs, so they should be able to keep the offense running smoothly if Allen is forced to miss any time.

Category: Transactions

DB Deon Bush signed a one-year contract with the Bears on Wednesday. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bush contributes mainly on special teams and is expected to have a similar role for the Bears in 2021. The 27-year-old safety racked up five tackles and one interception across 11 games in 2020.

Category: Transactions

Per Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Bears have re-signed DE Mario Edwards to a three year deal. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Coming off a four sack season in 2020, Edwards is re-signing with the Bears on a three-year deal reportedly worth $11.55M. The 27-year old had gone through several teams prior to landing with the Bears, but looks to have impressed enough to stick around. The move ensures Chicago will have options on the defensive line as they strive to keep the unit a strength of their team.

Category: Transactions

The Bears have signed kicker Cairo Santos to a five-year, $16 million contract with a maximum value of $17.5 million. The final two years can be voided, so at minimum, it's a three-year, $9 million pact with an extra $2 million available to bring the maximum to $11 million. (Source: Brad Biggs on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Bears finally had stability in the kicking game this past season with Santos on the roster. He connected on 30 of 32 field-goal attempts and 36 of 37 extra points. Santos's field-goal percentage was a career-best, and the 69 total kicks were the most he attempted since 2016. The Bears clearly recognize how crucial the kicking game is, and they are accordingly rewarding Santos for his brilliance in 2020.

Category: Transactions

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Chicago Bears are unlikely to exercise the contract on OT Bobbie Massie. The move will save the Bears more than $5 million against the cap. (Source: Ian)

Fantasy Impact: With free agency less than a week away, the news of Bobbie Massie now likely to hit the free-agent market, he should garner interest from several teams with the lack of starting-caliber tackles on the market. The move saves the Bears $5 million in cap space. The veteran tackle started and played eight games last season, he's been with the Bears since 2016.

Category: Rumors

Cole Kmet saw four targets and had three receptions for 16 yards in Sunday's playoff loss to the Saints.

Fantasy Impact: Prior to Week 9, Kmet didn't take more than 47% of his team's snaps. From Week 11 through Week 17, Kmet played at least 78% and he supplanted Jimmy Graham as the team's number one tight end. Drafted as the first tight end off the board in 2020, Kmet will go into his sophomore season with high hopes, especially if the Bears choose to end Jimmy Graham's contract. With an expected quarterback change in Chicago as well, Kmet could make for a sneaky sleeper in 2021 fantasy leagues.

Category: Game Recaps

Jimmy Graham hauled in both of his targets for 25 yards and a touchdown as the Bears fell to the Saints in the first round of the 2020 playoffs.

Fantasy Impact: Graham returned to the Superdome years after spending his prime seasons there. He didn't contribute much throughout the game but hauled in an incredible one-handed touchdown grab from 19 yards out as the clock expired. Graham was brought in on a two-year deal but the Bears can save quite a bit of money by cutting him after this season. After drafting Cole Kmet in the second round and watching him get better seemingly every week, Graham's likelihood of staying in Chicago next season looks bleak. Graham just turned 34 this year but showed that he can still make for a reliable red-zone target.

Category: Game Recaps

Riley Ridley caught both of his targets for 36 yards in Sunday's playoff loss to the Saints.

Fantasy Impact: Ridley was expected to have a larger role with Darnell Mooney inactive but didn't get the start. Even with Anthony Miller getting ejected, Ridley didn't get his first touch until the final drive of the game. His older brother enjoyed a huge breakout season in Atlanta this year. If Allen Robinson leaves Chicago this offseason, the Bears may rely on Ridley to step up and contribute in 2021, which will be his third season as a pro.

Category: Game Recaps

Javon Wims had four balls thrown his way but only caught one for 28 yards in Sunday's playoff loss to the Saints.

Fantasy Impact: Wims made a spectacular 28-yard catch on the sideline and the coaching staff drew up a bomb for him on the next play, which slipped right between his open arms. Wims has one year left on his rookie deal and will have a deep hole to climb out of to gain back the respect of Bears fans. He'll finish his third season with 12 catches for 48 yards.

Category: Game Recaps