Corey Wootton DL CHI 3 Days
Free agent DL Corey Wootton (hip surgery) said he expects to be 100 percent healthy by July.
Wootton underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum following the season. "I'm probably going to test the market and see what's out there," Wootton staid about free agency. "I'm just really excited to see what's going on. Obviously, I would like to stay with the Bears, but I don't know how it's looking." Wootton isn't expected back in Chicago but should draw significant interest as a versatile lineman.
Corey Wootton DL CHI 17 Days
NFL writer Dan Pompei believes chances are slim that the Bears re-sign DL Corey Wootton.
"At this point, I'd say 65 percent chance he's gone," Pompei tweeted. Wootton is a versatile lineman who can play inside and outside, so he's likely to have plenty of suitors. He's recovering from offseason hip surgery to repair a torn labrum but is expected to make a full recovery. Wootton checks in as our No. 12 free-agent end.
Corey Wootton DL CHI 2 Months
Impending free agent DL Corey Wootton underwent arthroscopic hip surgery last week.
Wootton's operation repaired a torn labrum and "decompression of a terminal femoroacetabular impingement." A timetable hasn't been provided, but Wootton is expected to make a "full recovery." A defensive end by trade, Wootton spent the majority of his time at defensive tackle this season. He logged 862 total snaps, 535 of which came on the inside. Wootton registered 28 tackles and 3.5 sacks.
Corey Wootton DL CHI 6 Months
Bears GM Phil Emery says the team has yet to settle on a starting left end.
Corey Wootton and Shea McClellin are the two competitors. Emery says the Bears will monitor practice this week and make a decision ahead of Sunday. Wootton seems to be the front-runner, but both players are going to see an increased role from last season. Wootton will kick inside on passing downs.
Corey Wootton DL CHI 7 Months
The Bears listed Corey Wootton and Shea McClellin as co-starters at left end on their initial training camp depth chart.
Wootton is expected to take over Israel Idonije's old role -- starting left end but play inside at defensive tackle on passing downs. McClellin, last year's first-round pick, will get plenty of action, even if he's not a "starter."
Corey Wootton DL CHI 7 Months
The Bears will use LE Corey Wootton in Israel Idonije's old inside-outside role on the defensive line.
Quietly a breakout player with seven sacks last season, Wootton will be the Bears' starting left end with Idonije gone to Detroit. The role consists of starting outside on early downs and kicking inside to defensive tackle in the nickel, rushing alongside Henry Melton. Wootton is an ascending player at age 26.
Corey Wootton DL CHI 10 Months
Bears DE Corey Wootton took some snaps at defensive tackle at OTAs Tuesday.
Wootton (6-foot-6, 270) is expected to be the starter at left end. Since the team has opted not to re-sign DE Israel Idonije, who kicked inside some, they're giving Wootton some looks. The former fourth-round pick is entering the final year of his rookie deal, and he recorded eight sacks last season.
Corey Wootton DL CHI Jan 04 '13
ESPN Chicago expects DE Corey Wootton to be a starter in 2013.
Wootton entered 2012 training camp on the roster bubble after the addition of first-round pick Shea McClellin, but made major strides during the season as a rotational end behind Israel Idonjie and Julius Peppers. Wootton, who will be in a contract year in 2013, finished 2012 with seven sacks and two forced fumbles. He's ideally built to play left end at 6-foot-6 and 270 pounds.
Corey Wootton DL CHI May 25 '12
The Chicago Tribune suggests DE Corey Wootton will have to hold off Chauncey Davis and Cheta Ozougwu for a roster spot this summer.
Fully recovered from a broken hand that limited him last season, the 2010 fourth-rounder is as healthy as he's been in the NFL. Wootton has dropped his body/fat to 11 percent so he'll be able to "run all day" in training camp.
Corey Wootton DL CHI Oct 08 '11
Bears DE Corey Wootton has been declared out for Week 5 with a broken hand.
According to the Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs, Wootton will be sidelined for "several" weeks. A rotational end behind starters Julius Peppers and Izzy Idonije, Wootton has been active for just one game so far this season.