Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Poles finished the draft with 11 new players, but that was not enough to meet his needs on the roster.
So he decided to add depth by signing a number of non-drafted free agents.
The Poles said he wanted his staff to sell players so they could fight for opportunities.
“It’s a crazy process,” he said on April 30. – They are upstairs now and are doing a very good job. This is probably the best process – the way we started it tonight after the call – in which I have been. Very organized. Using technology to stay connected and stay connected while in different rooms so there is no noise and people climbing and screaming. This is a crazy time.
“But I guarantee you that from this unplanned free agent process there will be guys who will develop and be good players.”
Until the first day of the mini-camp for beginners on Friday at the Halas Hall “Bears” attracted dozens of undefeated free agents and players undergoing a trial game. Here is the full list.
Unreported free agents
Rehearsals for beginners
- Brandon Bowling, Utah
- John Alexander, Charlotte
- Roy Baker, Eastern Kentucky
- Tre Bug, Air Force
- Derrick Bush, Coastal Carolina
- Connie Dar, Minnesota
- Dishon McNary, Central Michigan
- Demario McCall, Ohio
- Roger Cray, Old Dominion
- Bydarrius Knighten, Auburn
- AJ Thomas, Western Michigan
- Amir Tyler, Temple