Bears Agree to Terms with 11 Free Agents
DE Vernon Gholston (Al Pereira/Getty)
DE Vernon Gholston (Al Pereira/Getty)
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Posted Jul 30, 2011


In addition to signing 30 undrafted free agents this week, the Bears' front office also was busy signing 11 veterans, including a handful of starters and backups returning to the team.

The Chicago Bears have agreed to terms with the following eight free agents: DT Anthony Adams, DL Vernon Gholston, WR Sam Hurd, P Adam Podlesh, LB Nick Roach, TE Matt Spaeth, FB Will Ta’ufo’ou and WR Roy Williams. The Bears also agreed to terms with restricted free agent QB Caleb Hanie and exclusive rights free agents Kahlil Bell and Edwin Williams.

Roy Williams agreed to terms on a one-year deal. In seven NFL seasons, the 6-3, 215-pound Williams has hauled in 356 receptions for 5,208 yards (14.6 ypc) and 42 touchdowns in 100 career games played (84 starts).

Williams was in Detroit when current Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz held the same title (2006-07). In those two seasons Williams had 146 receptions for 2,148 yards (14.7 ypc) and 12 touchdowns. Williams earned a Pro Bowl nod following the 2006 season after finishing the year tied for third in the league (first in the NFC) with a career-high 1,310 receiving yards.

Adams agreed to terms on a two-year contract. The nine-year NFL veteran has started 70 of 110 contests played over his NFL career registering 312 tackles, 10.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, 25.5 tackles for losses and three fumble recoveries. In four years with the Bears, Adams has started 36 of 52 games played with 157 tackles, 17 tackles for losses, 4.5 sacks, three fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles. A winner of the 2010 Ed Block Courage and Brian Piccolo Awards, Adams started all 16 contests last season recording 36 tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles and four TFLs.

Roach agreed to terms on a two-year deal. In four seasons with the Bears, Roach has started 30 (27 at SLB and 3 MLB) of 48 games played, recording 133 tackles, two sacks, four forced fumbles, 12 tackles for losses and six pass break ups. On special teams, Roach has recorded 27 tackles for Chicago.


WR Sam Hurd
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Hurd agreed to terms on a three-year deal. In five seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, The 6-3, 208-pound Hurd has 45 receptions for 630 yards and two touchdowns. On special teams, Hurd registered 72 tackles – including 40 over the last two seasons - and two forced fumbles. In 2010, Hurd recorded a career-high 21 special teams tackles to go along with 14 receptions for 120 yards.

Gholston agreed to terms on a one-year contract. He appeared in 45 games (five starts) over three seasons with the Jets after being drafted sixth overall by New York in the 2008 NFL Draft. During that time, Gholston recorded 32 defensive tackles and 23 special teams stops. In 2010, the 6-3, 260-pound lineman appeared in all 16 games with two starts, registering 13 tackles, two tackles for losses and three quarterback hurries to go along with five special teams stops.

Podlesh agreed to terms on a five-year deal. In four seasons with Jacksonville, he compiled a 42.6 gross punting average (9,751 yards on 229 punts), landing 75 punts inside-the-20. In 2010, Podlesh set career highs in gross (43.8) and net average (39.2) and punts inside-the-20 (26).

Spaeth agreed to terms on a three-year contract. The 6-7, 270-pound tight end spent his first four NFL seasons with Pittsburgh, starting 40 of 60 games played grabbing 36 receptions for 275 yards and five touchdowns. In 2010, Spaeth started 13 of 14 games played, hauling in nine receptions for 80 yards and a touchdown.

Ta’ufo’ou agreed to terms on a one-year deal. The fullback spent the last two preseasons with Chicago as well as the entire 2009 regular season on the Bears practice squad. Known for his blocking, Ta’ufo’ou received all-Pac 10 honorable mention as a senior at Cal (2008).

Hanie is in his fourth season with the Bears after signing as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2008. He appeared in four regular season contests completing eight of 14 pass attempts for 66 yards and an interception. During the NFC Championship game following the 2010 season, Hanie replaced an injured Jay Cutler and led the Bears on two scoring drives, completing 13 of 20 passing attempts for 153 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.

Bell has 220 rushing yards on 40 attempts (5.5 ypc) in two seasons with Chicago, including a 72-yard run on his first NFL carry. Edwin Williams split time between Washington (2009) and Chicago (2010) in his two NFL seasons appearing in nine regular season games, with five starts. Last season, Williams appeared in five games for the Bears with three starts at right guard.


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