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Bears to face many familiar faces in new places


With several NFL stars switching teams this offseason, the Bears will face many familiar faces in new places during the course of the 2020 season. 

The list is headed by quarterback Tom Brady and tight end Rob Gronkowski, who both joined the Buccaneers after long, distinguished careers with the Patriots. The Bears are slated to host Tampa Bay Thursday night, Oct. 8 at Soldier Field. 

Other veteran quarterbacks with new teams the Bears are scheduled to battle this year include Philip Rivers and Teddy Bridgewater. Both led their respective teams to wins over the Bears in Chicago last season. Rivers has since moved from the Chargers to the Colts, who will visit the Bears Oct. 4 at Soldier Field, while Bridgewater jumped from the Saints to the Panthers, who will host the Bears Oct. 18 in Carolina.

Other skill position players with new teams slated to face the Bears in 2020 include running back Todd Gurley and receiver Randall Cobb. Gurley was released by the Rams and signed with the Falcons, who host the Bears Sept. 27 in Atlanta, while Cobb left the Cowboys to sign with the Texans, who will visit the Bears Dec. 13 at Soldier Field. 

Top defensive players who are scheduled to face the Bears this season include defensive tackle DeForest Buckner, cornerback Desmond Trufant and safety Malcolm Jenkins.

Buckner was traded from the 49ers to the Colts. Trufant was released by the Falcons and signed with the Lions, who are scheduled to host the Bears in the season opener Sept. 13 in Detroit and then rematch in Chicago Dec. 6, while Jenkins, left the Eagles for a second stint with the Saints, who are slated to visit the Bears Nov. 1 at Soldier Field.

Take a look at some of the notable players that have joined a new team and will play the Bears this season.