The Bears were all-in on Michael Bennett before the defensive end re-signed with the Seahawks and then the team reeled in Lamarr Houston shortly after the signing period opened.
Before Emery added Willie Young from the Lions and ultimately lured Jared Allen after the prized pass rusher made two visits to the Super Bowl champion Seahawks, the Bears tried to sign Mike Neal, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Neal told Biggs that the Bears made him a contract offer early in free agency before he ultimately chose to sign back with the Packers.
“They offered me,” Neal said. “In the long run, their offer, it wasn’t a bad deal. The option for me to come back here was better, in my opinion. I felt like this was a system that if I was kept in the same position, I could flourish in. I thought it would be better to try to capitalize on what I did last year here.”
Neal returned to Green Bay on a two-year contract worth as much as $8 million and the Bears signed Young for three seasons for $9 million. It looked like Young would be plugged in as a starter, like he was last season for the Lions, until Allen came on board.