5 Biggest Free Agent Signings in Chicago Bears History

5 Biggest Free Agent Signings in Chicago Bears History

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Signing a player during free agency in the NFL can be a hit or miss, and in turn can change the fortune of a franchise for better or worse. The Chicago Bears have made many free agent signings over time, and at times, were required to open their wallets pretty wide in order to get their man.

Here are the top five greatest free agent signings in Bears history.

5. Ted Washington

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5. Ted Washington

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Even though he was with the Bears for only two seasons, defensive tackle Ted Washington’s play on the defensive line was just as big as his 6-foot-5, 375 pound frame. Washington was a Pro Bowler and All-Pro in 2001 for Chicago, and was a major part of the Bears' run defense that was second in league in 2001 (82.1).

4. John Tait

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4. John Tait

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From 2004-08, offensive tackle John Tait was a vital piece to the Bears' offensive line. During his five-year stint in the Windy City, Tait helped pave the way for three 1,000-yard rushing seasons for running backs (two by Thomas Jones and one by Matt Forte).

3. Erik Kramer

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3. Erik Kramer

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Chicago hasn’t had much success at the quarterback position throughout their history, but Erik Kramer is near the top of the Bears’ record book. Kramer still holds the single-season record for passing yards (3,838) and touchdown passes (29). In addition, his 10,582 passing yards and 63 touchdown passes are both fifth all-time in franchise history.

2. Thomas Jones

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2. Thomas Jones

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Probably the most underrated running back in franchise history, Thomas Jones rushed for 3,493 yards and 22 touchdowns from 2004-06. In only 45 games, Jones is the franchise’s sixth all-time rushing leader. If it wasn’t for the Bears drafting Cedric Benson, Thomas would probably be much higher on their rushing list.

1. Julius Peppers

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1. Julius Peppers

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The Bears dug deep and hashed out a .5 million contract to acquire defensive end Julius Peppers in 2010. During his four seasons in Chicago, Peppers made three Pro Bowls, tallied 37.5 sacks, and was the first Bear to post back-to-back double-digit sack seasons since Roosevelt Colvin did it during the 2001-02 seasons.


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