The battered legacy of Ray McDonald is making its way to the Midwest, as reports have surfaced that the former 49ers defensive lineman is nearing a deal with the Chicago Bears.
— Anna Kagarakis (@AnnaKagarakis) March 24, 2015
— Peggy Kusinski (@peggykusinski) March 24, 2015
The deal, reportedly set to be one year, has not been announced by the Bears and no financial terms have been disclosed as of yet.
McDonald was cut by the 49ers back in December of 2014 after a woman accused him of sexual assault. He was already on thin ice with the team following an August 31 arrest for domestic violence.
No charges have ben filed against McDonald for the sexual assault accusation, and he is currently suing the woman who made the claims on the grounds that she defamed him for personal gain.
McDonald’s rocky departure was just on of a series of bad incidents for the 49ers last year leading into the offseason. Most recently, fullback Bruce Miller was arrested for domestic violence.
The release of McDonald is still being felt by the 49ers today, as they struggle to find a solid footing on defense after losing Patrick Willis, Justin Smith and the young Chris Borland to retirement. McDonald’s release also reportedly cost the team $4.6 million in 2015 cap space — space they desperately need to help fill roster spots with quality players.