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Roster Moves

Bears tender exclusive FAs, release Parkey


The Bears on Wednesday tendered contracts to all three of their exclusive free agents, defensive end Roy Robertson-Harris, outside linebacker Isaiah Irving and offensive lineman Rashaad Coward.

Robertson-Harris appeared in all 16 games last season, recording 20 tackles, three sacks and three tackles-for-loss. He originally joined the Bears in 2016 as an undrafted free agent from UTEP. After missing his rookie season with an illness, the 6-7, 294-pounder played in 13 games in 2017, registering 12 tackles, two sacks and two tackles-for-loss.

Irving was signed by the Bears in 2017 as an undrafted free agent from San Jose State. He has appeared in 20 games over two seasons, compiling eight tackles, one sack, two tackles-for-loss and four special-teams tackles.

Coward joined the Bears in 2017 as an undrafted free agent from Old Dominion. After appearing in one game as a defensive lineman in 2017, he was moved to offensive tackle in 2018 but did not play in a regular-season game.

Exclusive free agents have less than three accrued NFL seasons and can only negotiate and sign with their original team.

The Bears on Wednesday also released kicker Cody Parkey, a move that general manager Ryan Pace had told reporters Feb. 27 at the NFL Combine would be made at the start of the new league year.

The Bears have signed two kickers this offseason, Redford Jones and Chris Blewitt, and will continue to explore all avenues to upgrade the position.

In three seasons at the University of Tulsa from 2015-17, Jones converted 74.6 percent of his field-goal attempts (50-of-67), including 2-of-3 from 50 yards and beyond, with a long of 51 yards.

Blewitt kicked for four seasons at the University of Pittsburgh from 2013-16, connecting on 69.6 percent of his field-goal attempts (55-of-79), including 4-of-8 from 50 yards and beyond, with a long of 56 yards.

Blewitt's biggest kick at Pittsburgh was a 43-yarder with :06 remaining that lifted the Panthers to a 43-42 win over Clemson in 2016. It was Clemson's only loss of the season en route to winning the national championship.

Take a look at the Bears players officially slated to become unrestricted, restricted or exclusive restricted free agents when the NFL's free agency period begins.

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