Long-snapper Patrick Scales will return to the Bears for a sixth season after agreeing on Friday to a one-year contract.
Scales has appeared in 69 games in five years 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 has since returned to play in all 16 games each of the past three seasons.
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.
The Bears have now agreed to new contracts with six of their own players—including all three specialists—with Scales joining kicker Cairo Santos, punter Pat O'Donnell, offensive lineman Germain Ifedi, defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. and safety Deon Bush.