Chicago Bears reportedly retain defensive coordinator Vic Fangio

Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich works the sidelines against Arizona State in an NCAA college football game Saturday Oct. 29 2016 in Eugene Ore. Oregon beat Arizona State 54-35. Oregon beat Arizona State 54-35

Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich works the sidelines against Arizona State in an NCAA college football game Saturday Oct. 29 2016 in Eugene Ore. Oregon beat Arizona State 54-35. Oregon beat Arizona State 54-35

According to the settlement, both parties acknowledged that the lump sum was less than the maximum that UO would have owed had it paid Helfrich through the end of his contract in 2020 but was calculated "with the expectation that coach's earnings from comparable employment. through January 31, 2020, will not exceed $1,700,000".

Helfrich will not call plays with the Bears, as new head coach Matt Nagy has already said he will handle those responsibilities.

The former Oregon Ducks head coach and Southern Oregon University quarterback has reportedly agreed to become the new offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears. His coaching staff seems likely to take shape fairly quickly, and on Thursday morning ESPN's Adam Schefter reported former OR head coach Mike Helfrich is coming aboard as offensive coordinator. Helfrich, who spent the 2017 season as a football analyst for Fox Sports, has a strong track record as a coach, and will look to prove himself at the professional level.

The 39-year-old Nagy spent the past 10 seasons working under Andy Reid in Philadelphia and Kansas City. The Bears were 5-11 this past season and haven't finished above.500 since they let Lovie Smith go following a 10-6 finish in 2012, two years after their last visit to the playoffs.

Helfrich should be particularly helpful for No. 2 overall pick Mitch Trubisky, who exclusively ran a spread in his 13 starts at North Carolina.

This week has been a bit of a roller coaster for Chicago Bears' fans as they wait the fate on popular defensive coordinator Vic Fangio. His salary with the Bears will mitigate what the school still owes him.

Pace has had some big hits in the draft such as star running back Jordan Howard (2016, fifth round) and notable misses such as oft-injured receiver Kevin White (2015, first round). But Fox's conservative approach and some questionable decisions during games were sore spots.