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Chicago Bears sign free agent LB Jerrell Freeman

By The Sports Xchange   |   March 13, 2016 at 12:42 AM
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Free agent linebacker Jerrell Freeman agreed to terms of a three year contract with the Chicago Bears on Saturday.

The Bears also re-signed defensive tackle Mitch Unrein, who came to them from the San Diego Chargers last season, and wide reciver Marc Mariani.

The 6-foot, 240-pound Freeman started all 57 games he played over the last four seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, recording 478 tackles, 12 sacks, 21 tackles for losses, eight forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, four interceptions (two returned for touchdowns) and 17 pass break-ups.

In six postseason games, Freeman has 54 tackles, 1.5 sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

Freeman was an undrafted free agent out of Mary Hardin-Baylor in 2012 and played three seasons with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League.

Unrein played in 16 games (14 for Chicago and two with San Diego) last season making for starts for the Bears, and combined for 33 tackles, one sack, two tackles for losses, one pass break-up and six quarterbackpressures.

Mariani, who signed a one-year contract, has appeared in 54 games over six seasons with Tennessee (2010-13) and Chicago (2014-15), recording 27 receptions for 324 yards and making 109 punt returns for 1,040 yards and two touchdowns, plus 128 kickoff returns for 3,206 yards and one touchdown. He earned a Pro Bowl berth after the 2010 season as a return specialist.

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