Bears take flier on McDonald, add Foster

With defensive coordinator Vic Fangio in the fold the Chicago Bears are switching from a 4-3 defense to a 3-4 defense. In so doing the Bears have turned to one of Fangio’s former players, defensive end Ray McDonald who has signed a one-year deal contingent upon a passed physical. The former 49er five technique was released by the 49ers due to sexual assault allegations against him last year. While no legal action was taken, McDonald still faces potential discipline from the NFL. If McDonald sticks in Chicago he will be an immediate upgrade to what has been a woeful defensive since former head coach Lovie Smith was ousted.

New Orleans Saints v Tampa Bay Buccaneers

In a continued effort to re-tool one of the league’s worst defenses and acquire personnel to fit a 34 scheme the Bears have signed former Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ linebacker Mason Foster to a one-year deal. Foster was a four-year starter for the Bucs but his limitations in pass coverage made him a poor fit for the Cover 2 or Tampa 2 scheme Bucs’ head coach Lovie Smith has used historically. This scheme requires the middle linebacker to cover the seams deep down the middle of the field which Foster simply isn’t adept at. In Chicago, expect Foster to be a two-down player that will come off the field in obvious passing situations.

Additional transactions:

– DB Taylor Mays has signed a 1-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings.

– The Houston Texans have re-signed linebacker Akeem Dent to a 2-year contract.

– DE Stephen Bowen has signed a 1 year deal with the New York Jets.

– DE Jarvis Jenkins has signed a 1-year deal with the Chicago Bears.