DE McDonald to Sign With Bears
The Chicago Bears are planning on making a noisy acquisition within the next couple days, as the team confirmed they will be signing free agent defensive end Ray McDonald, as long as he passes a physical.
A member of the San Francisco 49ers for the first eight seasons of his career, McDonald was suspended by the team last December after allegations of sexual assault were released by local law enforcement. Although he has not been officially charged in the case, and is suing the alleged victim, McDonald was released by the Niners and subsequently opened up to the free agency market.
Reports came out today that after general manager Ryan Pace had recently shown interest in McDonald, the veteran lineman purchased his own ticket to fly to Chicago and meet with Bears' executives, specifically George McCaskey. Because of the off the field issues, the Bears' chairman met with McDonald for about two hours, giving his seal of approval. He then received the ultimate stamp of approval from Virginia McCaskey, the principal owner of the franchise.
Barring any setbacks with a physical, McDonald could possibly serve as a key member to a Bears defense that is transitioning to a 3-4 set under the instruction of McDonald's former coach in San Francisco, Vic Fangio.