The Bears signed seven of their eight practice squad players to futures deals today:
OT Cody Balogh
WR John Broussard
WR/CB Rudy Burgess
DE Joe Clermond
TE Fontel Mines
G Tyler Reed
LB Marcus RIley
Wide receiver Mike Hass was the only member of the practice squad not to sign a futures deal.
Hass spent most of this season on the practice squad and was on the 53-man roster last season after being a practice squad player for all of 2006. The former Biletnikoff Award winner from Oregon State is seeking an opportunity elsewhere.
"I think it was a mutual decision," his agent Scott Smith said. "He gave it a fair shot in Chicago and it's probably time to move on and try another opportunity.
"It's something we've talked about throughout the season, ongoing discussions. Jerry Angelo has a lot of respect for the players and I think in a lot of ways that's what makes him unique as a general manager. He understands Mike deserves an opportunity."