Chicago Bears free-agency news: Veteran defensive tackle Andrew Billings signs a 1-year, $3.5 million deal

In his second offseason with the Chicago Bears, general manager Ryan Poles has plenty of salary-cap space to rework a roster that finished 3-14 in 2022.

With the NFL’s new league year now here, allowing free agents to begin signing with new teams, the Tribune will track all of the Bears’ arrivals and departures and provide insight into what they mean.

The free-agency negotiation window opened across the league at 11 a.m. Monday. Unrestricted free agents could finalize deals when the new league year began at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

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The Bears signed journeyman defensive tackle Andrew Billings, according to his representatives at SportsTrust Advisors.

What it means: To this point the Bears have done little to fortify their defensive line, and the addition of Billings on a one-year, $3.5 million deal gives them a versatile interior defender who has started 51 games during his career.

Billings, 28, entered the NFL as a fourth-round pick out of Baylor in 2016 and spent three years with the Cincinnati Bengals. He signed with the Cleveland Browns in 2020 but opted out of that season during the COVID-19 pandemic and played only six games the …read more

Source:: The Denver Post

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