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Bears make seven free-agent signings official


Seven free agents who had agreed to terms with the Bears have now officially signed contracts with the team.

The group includes three players from other NFL clubs—tight end Jimmy Graham (Packers), cornerback Artie Burns (Steelers) and safety Jordan Lucas (Chiefs)—and four of the Bears' own free agents—quarterback Tyler Bray, defensive end Brent Urban, safety Deon Bush and long-snapper Patrick Scales.

Graham signed a two-year contract, while the other six all inked one-year deals.

Here's information on the seven players:

Jimmy Graham, tight end

Graham, 33, has appeared in 153 NFL games with 111 starts over 10 seasons with the Saints (2010-14), Seahawks (2015-17) and Packers (2019), catching 649 passes for 7,883 yards and 74 touchdowns.

Since Graham entered the league in 2010, his games played and receiving yards are the most among NFL tight ends, while his receptions and touchdown catches both rank second. The 6-7, 265-pounder ranks fourth in NFL history among tight ends in TD catches and is third in touchdown receptions among all players since he entered the league in 2010.

Graham has been selected to five Pro Bowls, most recently in 2017. He's the all-time leading receiver for both the Saints and Seahawks among tight ends in receptions, yards and touchdowns.

A native of Goldsboro, N.C., Graham was selected by the Saints in the third round of the 2010 draft (95th overall). At the time, Bears general manager Ryan Pace served as New Orleans' director of pro scouting.

Graham has been very durable throughout his NFL career, playing in 15 or 16 games in nine of his 10 years in the league. He has appeared in all 16 contests seven times, including each of the past four seasons. He hasn't missed a game since 2015 when he sat out the final five contests with a knee injury.

Artie Burns, cornerback

Burns, 24, was selected by the Steelers with the 25th pick in the first round of the 2016 draft out of Miami. He has appeared in 58 games with 32 starts over the past four seasons with Pittsburgh, recording 149 tackles, four interceptions and 27 pass breakups.

Burns was anointed the Steelers' primary nickel back seven weeks into his rookie season in 2016 and then started the final seven games at cornerback. Appearing in all 16 contests with nine starts, he registered 65 tackles, three interceptions and 13 pass breakups.

Burns started all 16 games in 2017 for the only time in his career and compiled 54 tackles, one interception and 13 pass breakups. Over the past two seasons, the 6-foot, 197-pounder has appeared in 26 games with seven starts.

Jordan Lucas, safety

Lucas, 26, was chosen by the Dolphins in the sixth round of the 2016 draft out of Penn State. He has appeared in 49 games with four starts over the past four seasons with the Dolphins (2016-17) and Chiefs (2018-19), registering 47 tackles, one interception and three pass breakups.

Since entering the NFL, Lucas has played predominantly on special teams. Last season he appeared in 14 games, all as a reserve, with the Super Bowl-champion Chiefs.

Tyler Bray, quarterback

Bray, 28, has split the past two seasons with the Bears between the active roster and the practice squad. Prior to joining the Bears, he spent his first five NFL seasons as a backup with the Chiefs, where he worked with Bears coach Matt Nagy.

Bray has appeared in only one NFL regular-season game, failing to complete his only pass attempt in Kansas City's 2017 season finale. He spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons on injured reserve.

Brent Urban, defensive end

Urban, 28, originally signed with the Bears last Oct. 21, two days after he had been released by the Titans. The 6-7, 300-pounder appeared in the final nine games of the season, all as a reserve, and registered 16 tackles.

Before joining the Bears, Urban had played in 41 games with 19 starts in five seasons with the Ravens (2014-18) and Titans (2019) and compiled 52 tackles, 3.5 sacks and seven tackles-for-loss.

Deon Bush, safety

Since being selected by the Bears in the fourth round of the 2016 draft out of Miami, Bush has appeared in 54 games with eight starts, recording 44 tackles and three pass breakups. Last year Bush, 26, played in 15 contests—all as a reserve—and contributed mostly on special teams.

Patrick Scales, long-snapper

Scales, 32, has appeared in 55 games in four seasons with the Bears. He served as the team's long-snapper in the final five contests in 2015 and all 16 contests in 2016 before missing the entire 2017 season with a torn ACL he sustained in the third preseason game. Scales returned to play in all 16 games in both 2018 and 2019.

Before joining the Bears, Scales appeared in two regular-season games and two playoff contests with the Ravens in 2014. He entered the NFL in 2011 with Baltimore as an undrafted free agent from Utah State and also has spent time with the Dolphins, Jets and Buccaneers.

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