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  • Free agent contracts often come with high expectations. Even though the Bears’ signings weren’t sexy, their moves will land under the microscope and things will be expected of their signees as we draw closer to the football season. Over at the Chicago Sun-Times, Adam Jahns steps out and offers up some expectations for the free agency class of 2017. As of right now, the class features nine players – including three Jahns deems to have high expectations. Overall, this group projects to have four steady starters, reliable depth pieces on the offensive and defensive lines, at tight end, and wide receiver. Even still, there is work to be done, both through the lower tiers of free agency and via the draft.
  • You can add Andre Holmes to the list of free agents the Bears missed out on. The wide receiver, who was born in Hoffman Estates and played his high school ball at Conant, reportedly will sign with the Buffalo Bills in a move that pleased running back LeSean McCoy. Holmes spent his last four years with the Oakland Raiders, accumulating 100 catches, 1,451 receiving yards, and 12 touchdowns in 58 games. The Bears were one of the teams interested in Holmes’ services at some point this offseason.
  • Even though the biggest (and arguably, most important) signings have already occurred, there are still a handful of quarterbacks looking for work. Over at Pro Football Focus, Sam Monson highlights the most important stats for Jay Cutler, Colin Kaepernick, Robert Griffin III, and the rest of the top remaining free agent quarterbacks. The Bears aren’t in the market for another veteran quarterback after committing to Glennon and re-signing reserve Connor Shaw. As for Cutler, Monson writes the long-time Bears quarterback was rather accurate based on topping a 70 percent adjusted completion percentage eight times.
  • Even though Matt Forte left the Bears to sign a multi-year deal with the New York Jets in 2016, the Pro Bowl running back still has a piece of Chicago in his heart. Forte will be credited with an assist in aiding Chicago’s CIRCLE Foundation when he hands out a $10,000 scholarship to Innovations High School’s student of the year. His “What’s Your Forte?” foundation gives scholarships and other support to at-risk teens in the Chicago Public School system, which came about after seeing statistics that indicated that nearly 15 percent of CPS high school dropouts were incarcerated.

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Luis Medina

Luis is the Lead Writer at The Ten-Yard Line, and you can find him on Twitter at @lcm1986.