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Bears tender restricted free agents

Posted Mar 13, 2018

The Bears on Tuesday extended one-year tenders to three of their restricted free agents: receivers Cameron Meredith and Joshua Bellamy and nickel back Bryce Callahan.


The Bears on Tuesday extended one-year tenders to three of their restricted free agents: receivers Cameron Meredith and Joshua Bellamy and nickel back Bryce Callahan.

All three can negotiate with other NFL teams, but the Bears would have the right to match any offers they receive.

After leading Bears receivers with 66 catches for 888 yards and four touchdowns in 2016, Meredith was excelling last summer before being lost for the season with a torn ACL he sustained in the team's third preseason game.

Meredith originally joined the Bears in 2015 as an undrafted rookie from Illinois State, appearing in 11 games and catching 11 passes for 120 yards.

Bellamy has spent the past four seasons with the Bears, playing in 51 games with 12 starts and recording 62 receptions for 882 yards and four touchdowns.

Primarily a special teams contributor, Bellamy established career highs last year with 24 catches and 376 yards. His lone touchdown of the season came on a 46-yard pass from Mitchell Trubisky in a Week 10 loss to the Packers at Soldier Field.

Callahan has played in 32 games with 19 starts the past three seasons with the Bears. Last year he recorded 25 tackles and the first two interceptions of his career.