The latest from Chicago..
- Devin Hester joined the Falcons this offseason on a three-year, $9MM deal and the belief was that the Bears just couldn’t match it. However, the veteran claims he wasn’t offered a contact at all, writes ESPN.com’s Michael C. Wright. “Chicago didn’t offer me anything,” Hester said. “They didn’t offer me [a] contract. They didn’t call me period, pretty much. I didn’t hear from Chicago. They didn’t say they were going to re-sign me. All I know is they were just going in a different direction.” Hester isn’t dwelling on the past, however, and he insists that he’s happy in Atlanta.
- Bears coach Marc Trestman is happy to have free agent addition Jared Allen healthy and in the fold, writes D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “It’s been kind of an odd season for him. He missed a game for the first time in his career. He missed a lot of training camp. He had a family situation that he had to contend with. He’s coming back strong and he adds a big spark for us,” the coach said. “He’s done a good job for us running to the football and mixing it up. He’s gotten his strength back from being out over a week ago now. I believe that he’s back at full strength.”
- Before signing with the Panthers in 2013 as a UDFA, cornerback Melvin White also had interest from the Bears, tweets Alex Marvez of FOX Sports 1 (on Twitter). The Bears probably wish that they landed him. White proved to be a solid find for Carolina and quickly morphed into a starter. In 20 games for the Panthers, White has amassed 69 tackles and three interceptions. Of course, White’s Panthers beat Chicago on Sunday, 31-24.