CHICAGO — The Bears don't have as much salary-cap space or as many positional needs this offseason as in recent years, but that didn't stop them Monday from aggressively addressing their to-do list after the free-agent negotiating window opened.

They agreed to terms with running back Mike Davis and slot cornerback Buster Skrine ahead of Wednesday's start to the league year. The addition of Davis helps shape a running back group that Jordan Howard remains part of for now, while Skrine's arrival signals end of the Bryce Callahan's four-year tenure with the team.

Also, after four seasons and 56 starts at safety with the Bears, Adrian Amos signed with NFC North rival Green Bay.

Bears general manager Ryan Pace had expressed interest in keeping Amos around after a 2018 season in which he had two interceptions, nine passes defensed and 73 tackles. ESPN reported the deal was for $37 million over four years, with $14 million in the first year.

Davis and the Bears agreed to a two-year, $6 million deal that could be worth up to $7 million, according to NFL Network. Free-agent contracts can't be finalized until 3 p.m. Wednesday, but Davis tweeted confirmation he's joining the Bears.

The 26-year-old had 514 yards and four touchdowns on 112 carries (4.6 yards per carry) last season in the Seahawks' backfield rotation.

More notable, perhaps, were his 34 catches for 214 yards and a touchdown on 42 targets. That's a reflection of the versatility Bears coach Matt Nagy is determined to inject into the backfield in his second season.

Meanwhile, on the defensive side, the Bears established clarity at slot cornerback by replacing Callahan with Skrine.

Skrine, an eight-year veteran who will be 30 in April, landed a three-year deal worth $16.5 million, with $8.5 million guaranteed, NFL Network reported.

Skrine had three interceptions, three forced fumbles, 30 passes defensed and 222 tackles over four seasons and 59 games with the Jets. He didn't record an interception over 14 games in 2018 but had eight passes defensed, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and four tackles for a loss.

Skrine, a Browns fifth-round pick out of Tennessee-Chattanooga in 2011, started 37 games over four seasons with them, totaling a career-high four interceptions and 18 passes defensed in 2014.

The addition of Skrine means the departure of Callahan, a former undrafted free agent out of Rice who played four seasons in Chicago. 

There were other departures Monday, as well. Free-agent receiver and special teamer Josh Bellamy agreed with the Jets on a two-year, $7 million deal with $2.75 million guaranteed, NFL Network reported. Bellamy had been the with the Bears since 2014.

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