Exclusive-rights free-agent linebacker Nick Roach, who took over the Bears' starting job on the strong side last season, signed a one-year contract Tuesday for the Bears' tender offer of $460,000, the league minimum for a second-year player.
Exclusive-rights free agents are players with two years or less of NFL experience whose contracts have expired. If tendered by their original team, they cannot negotiate with other teams. They must sign their tender with their old club or sit out the season.
Roach, an undrafted free agent out of Northwestern in 2007, was signed off the Chargers' practice squad by the Bears late that season. He won the starting job last season from Hunter Hillenmeyer and started nine times, finishing tied for eighth on the Bears with 40 tackles. He was also 11th with 7 special-teams tackles.