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Bears' Nate Collins and Jordan Palmer will stay in Chicago

By on 3/12/2014 02:00:00 PM

The Bears are hanging on to as many of their potential free agents as they can. Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune writes the team has re-signed both Defensive Tackle Nate Collins and Quarterback Jordan Palmer.

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Collins went down during the Week 5 game against New Orleans with a torn ACL landing him on the team's injured reserve list. Prior to that the DT's knee injury that ended his 2013 season started in two games appeared in five with 13 tackles and a sack. He has played two seasons with the Bears and two with the Jaguars.

Collins is glad he is staying in Chicago and is determined to pick up where he left off last season before being injured.

The DT told,

I feel like this defense fits my personality on the field very well and I feel like I can do well. I'm planning on just getting healthy and doing well in this scheme this year.

In fact, Collins was playing well last season and his field time increased after teammate Henry Melton also sustained a torn ACL in the Week 3 win over the Steelers.

The younger brother of Carlson Palmer, Quarterback Jordan Palmer spent nine weeks on Chicago's roster in 2013. After training camp he was released but then rejoined the squad in late October after starting QB Jay Cutler tore a groin muscle.

Resigning Collins will not impact the Bears' negotiations with fellow tackle Melton who is expected to hit the free agent market today. He is among the few top-tier tackles to be up for grabs and the team's General Manager Phil Emery intends to make the effort to keep him on their roster.

With these resent signings the Bears have secured 12 of their potential free agents. Both Collins and Palmer are expected to be healthy for play in 2014. Whether Palmer will see any field action is contingent upon the franchise being able to keep current back up QB Josh McCown in Chicago. Collins; however, plans to work hard at rehabbing in hopes of being ready to play in the upcoming season.


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