Bears Undrafted Free Agent Tracker: Live analysis for every 2024 UDFA signing

Mar 2, 2024; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Western Kentucky quarterback Austin Reed (QB11) during the 2024
Mar 2, 2024; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Western Kentucky quarterback Austin Reed (QB11) during the 2024 / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The 2024 NFL Draft has reached a conclusion on Saturday but the roster construction for the Chicago Bears is far from over this offseason. Immediately following the last pick in the draft, Bears' general manager Ryan Poles got to work, signing undrafted free agents.

Of course, the Bears were the team that signed the most impactful undrafted free agent last year in quarterback Tyson Bagent. A dislocated thumb injury to former Bears' quarterback Justin Fields forced Bagent into the starting spot for the Bears last season where he went 2-2 in his time as the team's starting quarterback.

List of Bears undrafted free agent signings




Austin Reed


Western Kentucky

Reddy Steward



Theo Benedet


British Columbia

Brenden Bates



Keith Randolph



Jamree Kromrah


James Madison

Carl Jones



Odieu Hiliare


Bowling Green

Ian Wheeler



  • Austin Reed, QB, Western Kentucky

Reed shared the same passing coach as Bears' No. 1 draft pick Caleb Williams during the Pre-Draft process. Reed had a chance of being selected in the seventh round of the draft and could be an intriguing quarterback to keep around on the practice squad for development purposes.

  • Reddy Steward, CB, Troy

Given the high signing bonus, Steward has a chance to stick around at the bottom of the cornerback depth chart for the Bears.

  • Theo Benedet, OT, British Columbia

Ryan Poles has proven to be strong in identifying offensive line talent and Benedet could be the next project for the Bears.

  • Brenden Bates, TE, Kentucky

New Bears' offensive coordinator Shane Waldron is no stranger to three tight-end sets. Perhaps the Bears see Bates as a potential third tight end for Waldron's system.

  • Keith Randolph, DT, Illinois

The Bears are still looking for that elusive three-technique for Matt Eberflus' defense. Thomas was an anchor on the defensive line for Illinois and should have a path to making the 53-man roster.

  • Jamree Kromrah, DE, James Madison

Austin Booker was the only defensive selection that the Bears made in the 2024 NFL Draft. Given the need for an edge rusher, it's no surprise to see the Bears double back on the position during the undrafted signing period.

  • Carl Jones, LB, UCLA

With the changes to the kickoff rules this year in the NFL, the Bears could use more athleticism on special teams. Jones provides that.

  • Odieu Hiliare, WR, Bowling Green

There is no doubt that the Bears have the potential to have one of the best wide receiver cores in the entire NFL with DJ Moore, Keenan Allen, and Rome Odunze. The team is thin at the bottom of the wide receiver depth chart, a flier on Hiliare makes sense.

  • Ian Wheeler, RB/KR, Howard

Given that teams will be using two returners on kickoffs this season, Wheeler could have an opportunity to sneak onto the 53-man roster.

This article will be updated periodically with Bears UDFA news.