Bears sign Rempel, meet with Freeman

Josh Freeman (Joe Camporeale/USA TODAY)

The Chicago Bears have signed former CFL long snapper Chad Rempel and met with quarterback Josh Freeman, among others. Recap below.

The Chicago Bears have signed long snapper Chad Rempel to a three-year contract.

Rempel has spent the last 10 years in the Canadian Football League appearing in games for Winnipeg, Toronto and Hamilton, while also seeing time with Edmonton, who drafted him in 2004, and Montreal in 2008 and 2009.

In the CFL, Rempel was a long snapper and wide receiver, collecting 70 special teams tackles, two fumble recoveries and 22 receptions for 283 yards and two touchdowns.

Rempel joins Brandon Hartson as one of two long snappers on Chicago's roster. Veteran Patrick Mannelly, who has been the club's long snapper since 1998, is a free agent and is recovering from hip surgery in January. He has not yet decided if he's going to return for another season.

The Bears also worked out three players yesterday: QB Josh Freeman, QB Adam Weber and TE Matthew Mulligan.

Freeman, 26, is a former first-round pick of the Vikings who threw for 4,065 yards and 27 touchdowns in 2012. He fell out of favor with Buccaneers last year and was cut after five games. He spent the rest of the year with the Minnesota Vikings, starting one game in which he finished with a 40.6 QB rating.

Freeman has good size (6-6, 240) and was a productive signal caller for Tampa Bay between 2010-2012, yet his play has fallen off since then. Bears head coach Marc Trestman raised Josh McCown from the dead last year, so Freeman could be his next reclamation project.

Weber is a former undrafted free agent of the Denver Broncos in 2011. He spent portions of 2012 and 2013 on Tampa Bay's practice squad.

Mulligan is a six-year NFL veteran who has spent time with six different teams, most recently on the active roster of the New England Patriots last season. He has 16 career receptions for 160 yards and two touchdowns.


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