Bears general manager Jerry Angelo expressed excitement about re-signing center Roberto Garza to a two-year extension.
Although the focus had been re-signing running back Matt Forte, Angelo told the team's website that they got a deal with Garza done within two days.
The Bears have more than a dozen free agents, who have expiring contracts, and he noted that they've initiated some talks with other players.
"We always have our lines in the water so-to-speak, talking about extensions or re-signing our players. That's just business as usual," Angelo said. "That's always ongoing.
"Hopefully we'll have something to announce, at some point. When I say we always have lines in the water, I can't tell you exactly when we're going to be able to initiate meaningful conversations."
Meanwhile, Angelo tried to clarify the team's efforts to re-sign Forte.
"As I said on our radio pre-game show Monday night, Matt was the only player we targeted and we made him what I feel is a very lucrative offer on a contract extension," Angleo told the team website. "The deal did not get done, but we definitely want Matt to play many more years with the Bears. Any suggestion otherwise simply is not true.
"We buy into Matt as both a player and a person."
Here's are the players who are free agents: Earl Bennett, Khalil Bell, Forte, Corey Graham, Caleb Hanie, Israel Idonije, Brian Iwuh, Tim Jennings, Brandon Meriweather, Amobi Okoye, Craig Steltz, Edwin Williams and Roy Williams.
Edwin Williams and Bell are restricted free agents.
I would expect that the priorities are Bennett, Okoye, Jennings, Graham and Idonije. With more than $15 million cap space remaining this year.
Who do you guys think are the priorities?