Timeline: How the 2019 Chicago Bears Came Together

The 2018 Chicago Bears reached the postseason for the first time in eight seasons, and they're looking for a rebound after a rough ending to that campaign.

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We have to give special teams its due, and McManis has been one of the team’s most impactful players in that phase of the game. He was acquired in a 2012 trade with the Houston Texans that sent fullback Tyler Clutts the other way.
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Another cornerstone of the Bears’ roster was drafted by the previous regime, as the then 24-year-old was the first guard to be drafted by the team in the first round in more than 50 years.
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Another holdover from the Phil Emery era, Fuller struggled for many years before finding his footing in 2017, and after signing a big contract with the Bears he did even better in 2018, becoming a Pro Bowler.
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The Bears’ current window truly opened when the team hired Pace, who was with the New Orleans Saints. Then just 38 years old, Pace was the league’s youngest G.M. when he was hired.
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One of Ryan Pace’s first draft picks, Goldman unquestionably panned out, as he’s become an elite run stopper up the middle.
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While maybe not as highly-heralded as Akiem Hicks or Khalil Mack, Trevathan has been a steadying force in the middle of the Bears’ defense since he was signed as a free agent during the 2016 offseason.
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Whitehair has been a mainstay on the Bears’ line ever since he was drafted, moving between guard and center.
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The Bears’ secondary was bolstered in a big way by the strong season that Amukamara put together that season, and the team rewarded him with a fresh three-year deal.
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Hicks has gone from a solid signing to one of the very best defensive tackles in the NFL, helping to anchor one of the league’s best defenses.
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The Bears moved up one spot to get Trubisky with the second overall pick in the 2017 draft, and it cost them, as they gave up two third round picks and a fourth round pick to do so.
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Little did the Bears know when they drafted Jackson in the fourth round that he would become one of the league’s most dynamic secondary players. He already has five career touchdowns in just two seasons.
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The Bears have a history of loading up on running backs in the draft, and that’s what they did in 2017 as they snagged Cohen, a standout at North Carolina A&T, in the fourth round.
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Just after the end of the NFL season, the Bears quickly zeroed in on Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy and hired them as their 16th head coach.
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The Bears got aggressive this season in free agency, signing Robinson to a lucrative three-year contract to become their primary wide receiver.
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After holding out through most of the preseason, Smith came into the league and was an immediate force in the Bears’ defense, registering 122 tackles during his rookie season.
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Miller was one of the NFL’s top rookie wide receivers after getting picked in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft, snagging 33 catches for 423 yards and seven touchdowns.
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Arguably the second-most high-profile move of the bunch, Mack was acquired in a blockbuster trade with the Oakland Raiders that sent two first round picks, a third round pick, and a sixth round pick. The Bears then signed him to a massive six-year contract that made him the highest paid defensive player in the NFL.
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Patterson is going to be a big threat for the Bears, giving Matt Nagy a lot of looks on offense and providing a potential boost in the special teams department.
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After the departure of safety Adrian Amos, the Bears went out and signed the former Packer to help patrol the secondary with Eddie Jackson.
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The Bears traded away Jordan Howard over the offseason, and they’re replacing him with the versatile Montgomery, who should provide an excellent dual-threat out of the team’s backfield.
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The Bears’ kicking derby to replace Cody Parkey was a big highlight of the offseason (or low-light, depending on how you see it), and Pineiro is the current leader in the clubhouse thanks to a strong offseason.
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