Jul 30, 2022; Lake Forest Illinois, US; Chicago Bears offensive lineman Cody Whitehair answers questions after training camp at Halas Hall. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Raiders sign OL Cody Whitehair to 1-year deal

The Las Vegas Raiders have signed free-agent guard/center Cody Whitehair to a one-year, $2.5 million contract, Pro Football Network reported Monday.

The deal includes $1.4 million guaranteed and is worth up to $3 million with incentives, per the report.

The Chicago Bears released Whitehair, 31, on Feb. 15 after eight seasons and 124 games (118 starts). He played all 17 games last season, with 11 starts.

Chicago drafted the 6-foot-3, 316-pound lineman out of Kansas State in the second round in 2016.

Whitehair made the Pro Bowl in 2018, when the Bears finished 12-4 on the way to the NFC North title.

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Dec 17, 2023; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Chicago Bears safety Eddie Jackson (4) catches the ball during warm ups before the game against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bears release veterans S Eddie Jackson, OL Cody Whitehair

The Chicago Bears said goodbye Thursday to two of their longest-tenured veterans, releasing offensive lineman Cody Whitehair and safety Eddie Jackson, the team announced Thursday.

Both players were drafted by the Bears and have spent their entire careers in Chicago.

The moves reportedly saved the Bears — who have the No. 1 pick in this year’s draft — $21.71 million against the 2024 salary cap. The Bears now have $67 million in available cap space, third-most in the league, according to Over the Cap.

Jackson, 30, came to the Bears in 2017 as a fourth-round pick out of Alabama. All 100 appearances over seven seasons were starts, and he racked up 459 tackles, 15 interceptions, 10 forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries.

Named first-team All-Pro in 2018 and to the Pro Bowl in 2018 and 2019, Jackson’s six defensive touchdowns tied him with Lance Briggs for third in Bears history, behind only Charles Tillman (nine) and Mike Brown (seven).

A foot injury ended Jackson’s 2022 season in Week 12 and limited him to 12 games in 2023, when he notched 37 tackles, one interception and five pass breakups.

Whitehair, 31, was drafted out of Kansas State in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He played both center and guard in 124 games (118 starts) over eight seasons with the Bears.

Whitehair was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2018, when the Bears finished 12-4 on the way to the NFC North title.

The moves make long-snapper Patrick Scales, who joined the team in 2015, the longest-tenured Bear.

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Sep 20, 2020; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears center Cody Whitehair (65) and New York Giants inside linebacker Blake Martinez (54) get into a scuffle during the third quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

Bears close facility after another COVID positive

The Chicago Bears closed their facility and are working remotely Thursday after another player tested positive for COVID-19.

Bears center Cody Whitehair tested positive, the NFL Network reported, a day after the team put backup OL Jason Spriggs and starting guard Germain Ifedi on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Spriggs tested positive while Ifedi was declared a high-risk close contact.

“This morning we were notified that another Bears player has tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, the club has decided to pause all in-person football activities and close Halas Hall,” the Bears said in a statement.

“Today’s practice has been canceled and all meetings will be conducted virtually. The player who tested positive and all close contacts have been contacted and have already begun self-isolation. We will continue to work closely with the NFL medical experts and follow the league’s intensive protocol. The health and safety of our team, players and staff are the highest priority.”

The Bears (5-3) are scheduled to travel to Nashville to play the Tennessee Titans (5-2) on Sunday.

–Field Level Media