Ranking the NFL's biggest ongoing controversies
MAR 26, 9:09a ET | This Given Sunday
Rotowire: Mar 24 / 11:12a ET
News: McDonald has reached an agreement with the Bears, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports.
Impact: McDonald was released by the 49ers in November, a few months after being arrested on suspicion of domestic violence. He ultimately wasn't charged with anything, but the 49ers released a statement making it quite clear that off-field issues were to blame for his release. McDonald started 14 or more games in each of the past four seasons, averaging 28 tackles and 3.6 sacks. He probably won't be an IDP option, but based on talent alone, he should be able to earn a starting job in Chicago.
StatsLLC: Mar 24 / 12:00a ET
News: The Chicago Bears have agreed to a one-year contract with former San Francisco 49ers defensive end Ray McDonald.
Impact: Bringing in McDonald, who played under new Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio in San Francisco, could be controversial for Chicago given his issues with the law. The 49ers cut McDonald in December after a woman accused him of sexually assaulting her following a night of drinking in which she injured her head in a fall by his swimming pool.