Bears notes: safety Antrel Rolle says team can win now

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Safety Antrel Rolle said the Bears can win now. (AP)

Antrel Rolle was being serious when he wrote on Twitter early this week that he’d asked for — and received — a sign for which team to join. On Monday, the safety received a mass email from a travel web site, offering him discount deals to Chicago.

Thursday, he listed some more tangible reasons he decided to sign a three-year, $11.25 million deal with the Bears: coach John Fox, GM Ryan Pace and defensive coordinator Vic Fangio.

“From the second I met those guys, I just knew this was the place for me to be,” he told Sirius/XM Radio on Thursday.

He called Fox a “breath of fresh air” and “such a people person.” That was one of the reasons he chose the Bears over his other finalist, the Redskins; plus, he admitted, it felt good to be wanted.

The three-time Pro Bowler said the Bears could “absolutely” become a winning team this year.

“There’s no doubt about it,” the former Giants star said. “I believe in creating your own luck. You create your own future. They’ve got some guys in here right now … that can definitely help them win.”

Spending money    

Details of the Bears’ Wednesday spending spree became clear Thursday.

Outside linebacker Pernell McPhee’s five-year, $38.75 million contract is worth $15.5 million in guaranteed money, according to NFLPA records. It includes $1 million base salary for 2015, a $2.5 million singing bonus, a $5 million roster bonus and $175,000 workout bonus. His salary cap number will be $6,675,000, as his signing bonus is prorated over the length of the deal.

His base salary of $7 million for 2016 is guaranteed for injury and also becomes guaranteed for skill and cap on third day of the 2016 league year.

Wide receiver Eddie Royal will receive $15 million over three seasons, with $10 million guaranteed. He’ll receive a $4 million roster bonus Saturday. His salary for the next two seasons — $1.5 million this year and $4.5 million in 2016 — is fully guaranteed.

Rolle’s deal has $4.9 million guaranteed.  He’ll receive a $3.9 million roster bonus next week and a guaranteed $1 million base salary this season. His roster bonuses the next two seasons will be based on how many games he plays; he’ll make $31,250 per game — up to $500,000 per year.

The 2015 salary cap figures for all three totals $17.175 million.

This and that

• Bears quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains attended Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota’s pro day in Eugene, Ore.

• The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and coach Lovie Smith signed two former Bears on Thursday: safety Chris Conte and defensive tackle Henry Melton. Teammates at Halas Hall from 2011-13, they each received one-year contracts.

Adam L. Jahns contributed


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