Wondering about a player, a past game or another issue involving the Bears? Senior writer Larry Mayer answers a variety of questions from fans on ChicagoBears.com.
What was Jim McMahon's winning percentage for the games he started with the Bears and for his career? I seem to recall that he did pretty well.
Quarterback Jim McMahon posted an impressive .754 winning percentage (46-15) in seven seasons with the Bears from 1982-88, and a .691 winning percentage (67-30) in his 14-year NFL career. After leaving Chicago, McMahon played for the Chargers (1989), Eagles (1990-92), Vikings (1993), Cardinals (1994) and Packers (1995). The punky QB won 22 straight starts with the Bears from 1984-87, including undefeated records of 11-0 for the Super Bowl XX champions in 1985 and 6-0 in 1986.
When a player is injured and released with an injury settlement, does the player become an unrestricted free agent?
Orland Hills, Illinois
A player released with an injury settlement becomes an unrestricted free agent who is permitted to sign immediately with another team as long as he has at least four accrued seasons of NFL service. Those with fewer than four accrued seasons are "waived/injured" and go through the waiver process where NFL teams can claim them, in inverse order of their records. Players with at least four accrued seasons also must pass through waivers if they're released after the trading deadline during the season.
I was wondering what happened to Khalil Mack's brother, Ledarius. Was he at OTAs and do you think he could have any possible chance of making the roster?
After spending his rookie season on the Bears' practice squad last year, Ledarius Mack signed a reserve/future contract to return in January and participated in the team's offseason program. It appears that Khalil Mack's younger brother will get the chance to prove himself throughout training camp and in preseason games. Ledarius, an outside linebacker from Buffalo, and other undrafted rookies didn't have that opportunity last summer when the entire preseason slate was canceled due to COVID-19.
Chalk Talk features fan questions multiple times each week. Email your question to Larry.