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Reports: Bears retain free agents Bush, Scales, Irving


According to media reports, the Bears have agreed to terms with three of their own free agents: safety Deon Bush, long-snapper Patrick Scales and outside linebacker Isaiah Irving.

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 played in 15 contests—all as a reserve—and contributed mostly on special teams.

Scales 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.

Irving has appeared in 33 games, all as a reserve, the past three seasons since joining the Bears in 2017 as an undrafted free agent from San Jose State. The 6-3, 254-pounder has recorded 27 tackles, one sack and one tackle-for-loss.

NFL teams are prohibited from officially announcing that they have signed a free agent until 1) the parties have agreed to terms; and 2) the written contract has been sent to the player and his agent.

Due to concerns about the coronavirus, NFL teams are prohibited from meeting with players at their facilities or other locations.

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