ONE-YEAR FLIERS

Chicago Sun-Times - - BEARS BEAT - Email: ajahns@sun­times.com

The deals: OLB Sam Acho, G Vladimir Du­casse, LB Ma­son Foster, LS Thomas Gaf­ford, DE Jarvis Jenk­ins, CB Sher­rick McMa­nis, C Will Mont­gomery, TE Bear Pas­coe, RB Jac­quizz Rodgers, TE Dante Rosario.

What hap­pened: There were hits and misses, which is typ­i­cal for one-year deals. Jenk­ins, Acho, Mont­gomery and Du­casse were starters at some point. Rodgers was the No. 2 back be­hind Matt Forte be­fore be­ing put on in­jured re­serve with a bro­ken arm in Oc­to­ber. McMa­nis re­mained a stal­wart on spe­cial teams. Foster, Rosario and Pas­coe were re­leased dur­ing the fi­nal cuts. In a pe­cu­liar move sev­eral weeks into the sea­son, Gaf­ford was cut Nov. 28 and re­placed by Pa­trick Scales.

What it means for ’16: Pace be­lieves in one-year, prove-it deals, which is how he de­scribes them. He’s ex­pected to make a hand­ful again this off­sea­son. They’ll be needed to plug holes and in­crease the level of com­pe­ti­tion. As for the afore­men­tioned play­ers, Jenk­ins is the most wor­thy of a new deal. In 15 starts, he had a ca­reer-high four sacks, six tack­les for loss and 17 pres­sures (ac­cord­ing to coach re­views). Jenk­ins has said he wants to re­turn, but the Bears fig­ure to look at po­ten­tial up­grades first. Two of Jenk­ins’ sacks came in Week 3. Mitch Un­rein, who was signed two weeks into last sea­son af­ter be­ing waived by the Charg­ers, emerged late and is also a free agent.

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SamA­cho

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