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Bears earn B+ free-agent grade

According to, the Bears are among the NFL teams that have fared the best during the first two-plus weeks of free agency.

In an article accessible to ESPN Insiders, Mike Sando gives the Bears a "B " for the moves they've made. The only team with a better grade is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who earned an "A."

Since free agency began March 11, the Bears have signed nine players from other teams: Defensive ends Jared Allen (Vikings), Lamarr Houston (Raiders), Willie Young (Lions) and Israel Idonije (Lions); linebacker Jordan Senn (Panthers); safeties Ryan Mundy (Giants), M.D. Jennings (Packers) and Danny McCray (Cowboys); and receiver Domenik Hixon (Panthers).

Since free agency started, the Bears also have re-signed four of their own players: Cornerbacks Charles Tillman and Sherrick McManis; linebacker D.J. Williams and safety Craig Steltz.

Twelve of the 13 players signed have been on the defensive side of the ball. Last season the Bears ranked second in the NFL in scoring but allowed the most points, total yards and rushing yards in franchise history while also tying for last in the NFL in sacks.

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