Chicago Bears Sign Tanner Gentry as Undrafted Free Agent

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Tanner Gentry

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In late April, the Bears signed receiver Tanner Gentry as an undrafted free agent, after the University of Wyoming player was passed over during the NFL draft. Gentry, who expected to get selected in the draft, said it “didn’t work out that way” but that he was “very fortunate to get an opportunity” with the Bears.

Playing for the University of Wyoming Cowboys in the 2016 season, Gentry caught 22 of the 49 deep throws sent his way, the most of any NCAA player for the season. Altogether, Gentry made 72 catches in 2016, totaling 1,326 yards and leading to 14 touchdowns for the Cowboys. He was ranked as 12th-best college player in the nation in regard to receiving yards.

The Bears are no strangers to former Cowboys players, with two already on the roster: Chris Prosinski and Mitch Unrein. Though Gentry also had offers from other teams, he said that after talking it out with his agent, he decided that Chicago was his best option.

Chicago Bears Add to Coaching Staff

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Chicago Bears

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With the 2017 NFL season still months away, Chicago added to its coaching staff in February, announcing the hiring of Zach Azzanni, Brandon Staley, and Derius Swinton II. Azzanni, who will assume the role of receivers coach, comes to the team with 18 years of experience coaching at the collegiate level. He previously served as a receivers coach for the University of Tennessee and has also worked with Wisconsin and Bowling Green, among others.

Staley brings 11 years of experience to the Bears staff and will work with the team’s outside linebackers. He previously worked as a defensive coordinator for John Carroll University and is a former quarterback for the University of Dayton. Swinton II, meanwhile, returns to the Bears as an assistant special teams coach after working with the San Francisco 49ers in 2016.