Chicago Bears, Specialist Patrick Scales Agree To New Contract

Mar 13, 2023, 3:23 PM | Updated: Mar 16, 2023, 4:12 pm
Patrick Scales #48 of the Chicago Bears looks on during the game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on October 02, 2022 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
(Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – Former Utah State standout and current Chicago Bears long snapper Patrick Scales agreed to a new contract with the Windy City NFL franchise.

The deal was first reported by The Athletic’s Kevin Fishbain on Friday, March 10. Later that day, Scales’ agent Kevin Gold confirmed that the veteran would return to Chicago for another season.

The league’s legal free agent negotiating period opened on Monday, March 13. NFL free agency officially begins on Wednesday, March 15.

“The Bears agreed to terms with long snapper Patrick Scales, per source,” Fishbain tweeted. “The longest-tenured Bear is back.”

“Let’s run it back Patrick Scales @p_scales. Congrats on another year with the Chicago Bears @ChicagoBears,” Gold quote tweeted Fishbain on Twitter.

Scales was slated to become an unrestricted free agent. Like in 2022, the former Utah State standout agreed to a new deal to remain with the Bears.

RELATED: 2023 Local NFL Free Agency Tracker

Last season, Scales played in all 17 of Chicago’s regular season contests. He recorded four total tackles and one solo tackle on special teams. Chicago finished the season with the worst record in the league at 3-14.

As the team with the worst record, the Bears owned the No. 1 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft before trading it to the Carolina Panthers earlier in March.

About Patrick Scales

Prior to his NFL career, Scales played at Utah State from 2006-10.

The North Ogden, Utah native joined the NFL in 2011 when he signed with the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent.

Before joining the Bears in 2015, Scales spent time with the Ravens, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

During his seven seasons in Chicago, Scales has played in 105 games.

Kyle Ireland is a Locals in the NFL Insider for KSLSports.com and co-host of the Yards After College Podcast. Follow him on Twitter (@kyleireland) and Instagram (@kyleirelandksl).

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