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Twenty Picks, Including Eight First-Rounders, Remain Unsigned

Jun 16, 2017 7:54 AM

Only 20 draft picks from the 2017 NFL Draft remain unsigned as training camps approach.

Among those unsigned are eight first-rounders, including second overall pick Mitchell Trubisky and No. 3 selection Solomon Thomas.

The Los Angeles Rams have five unsigned rookies, all of which were selected in the fourth round or later.

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Tags: Chicago Bears, New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers, Tennessee Titans, Draft, Misc Rumor

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Jordan Howard Wants To Prove He's No 'One-Year Wonder'

Jun 1, 2017 8:25 AM

Jordan Howard is motivated to prove his rookie season wasn't a fluke after he finished second to Ezekiel Elliott in rushing with 1,313 yards.

Howard didn't play Week 1 and the Chicago Bears didn't start him until Week 4.

"I feel like some people might feel like I might have been just a one-year wonder," he told the Chicago Sun-Times. "That's motivation to keep coming out here and working and improving my game."

Howard wants to catch more passes after hauling in 29 receptions in 2016.

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Victor Cruz Signs One-Year Deal With Bears

May 25, 2017 3:51 PM

Victor Cruz has agreed to a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears.

Cruz, 30, joined the Giants as an undrafted free agent out of UMass in 2010 and quickly made his mark. He starred on their Super Bowl XLVI-winning team in 2011 and had 303 catches, 4,549 receiving yards and 25 touchdowns during his time with the Giants.

The Bears were thin at wide receiver following the departure of Alshon Jeffery.

Cruz is 2½ years removed from major knee surgery and would have counted for $9.4 million against the Giants' salary cap in 2017. New York freed up $7.5 million in cap space with his release.

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Tags: Chicago Bears, New York Giants, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Cutler Advises Bears Not To Play Trubisky If Team Has Bad Start

May 6, 2017 1:50 AM

Former Bears quarterback-turned-Fox analyst Jay Cutler advised against Chicago playing 2017 second overall pick Mitchell Trubisky if the club gets off to a bad start.

"If it's going downhill, there is no way I'm playing him," Cutler said on ESPN 1000's Waddle and Silvy Show. "For what? So he can go out there and take a beating and get off to a rough start as an NFL quarterback?"

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Jay Cutler Hired By Fox Sports As Color Commentator

May 5, 2017 11:04 AM

Fox Sports has hired Jay Cutler as a color commentator.

Cutler found his free agent market tepid this offseason, which prompted the move. Cutler isn't prepared to fully say he's done with football.

"I don't know if retirement is the right word; I don't feel that anyone ever really retires from the NFL," Cutler told ESPN's Jeff Darlington. "You are either forced to leave, or you lose the desire to do what's required to keep going. I'm in between those situations at this point in my life."

Two NFL general managers of QB-needy teams say they did not anticipate Cutler getting a role that would allow him to compete for a starting job. An injury could give Cutler a shot to return.

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Tags: Chicago Bears, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Teams Tried To Trade Up For Mitch Trubisky, But Not As High As No. 2

May 3, 2017 8:44 AM

The Chicago Bears weren't the only team that wanted to trade up to select Mitch Trubisky, but they were the only team willing to move all the way up to No. 2.

Jon Robinson, the general manager of the Tennessee Titans, told SiriusXM NFL Radio that he fielded calls from teams interested in the fifth pick. When the Bears traded up to the second selection, he said teams stopped calling.

"We had some calls about pick No. 5," Robinson said. "When the trade happened between San Francisco and Chicago, it kinda threw water on anything in that spot."

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Tags: Chicago Bears, Draft, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Mike Glennon Feels 'Cheated On' After Mitchell Trubisky Pick

May 2, 2017 8:15 AM

Mike Glennon wasn't thrilled to see the Chicago Bears move up to draft Mitchell Trubisky with the second overall pick last Thursday.

The pick left Glennon feeling like he was "cheated on" less than two months after signing with the Bears.

Glennon's deal only guarantees him $2.5 million next year.

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49ers Thought Bears Were Targeting Solomon Thomas

May 1, 2017 10:48 AM

The Chicago Bears refused to tell the San Francisco 49ers who they were targeting at No. 2. The Bears, however, weren't the only team to call the 49ers with serious interest in moving up.

The 49ers had Myles Garrett first on their board, followed by Solomon Thomas and Reuben Foster. The 49ers assumed it was Thomas.

“We got some good action on the pick,” said Paraag Marathe.

When Garrett went to the Browns at No. 1, John Lynch asked Marathe to call the Bears to get a little bit more.

Marathe called the Bears. “To try to solidify this now,” Marathe said to Pace, “we’re gonna need a little bit more to finish. It wouldn’t have to be much. Like, your four. So let’s say your third, 67 overall, this year, your three next year, and your four this year, 111 overall … I’m not gonna string you along … No … I will do it quickly. Let me get with John and Kyle (Shanahan) and I’ll call you right back.”

The Bears agreed to give up two third round picks and a fourth rounder to move up just one spot.

“Man, who do they want?” Lynch said. “Gotta be Solomon, right?”

“Call me crazy,” Marathe said. “But I think it’s (Mitchell) Trubisky.”

“Then why’d they go get [free-agent quarterback Mike] Glennon?” Lynch said.

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Bears Select Three Of Five Players Below FBS Level

Apr 29, 2017 7:38 PM

Ryan Pace followed up his surprise move for Mitchell Trubisky by selecting three of five players from below the FBS level.

The Chicago Bears drafted Ashland University tight end Adam Shaheen in Round 2.

On Saturday, Chicago took 5-foot-6 running back Tarik Cohen in Round 4 out of FCS school North Carolina A&T, and used their final pick of the draft in Round 5 on Kutztown OL Jordan Morgan.

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Bears May Have Been Competing Against Themselves Trading Up

Apr 28, 2017 3:03 PM

The Chicago Bears may have been competing against themselves in trading up from No. 3 to No. 2 with the San Francisco 49ers to select Mitchell Trubisky.

According to Chris Mortensen of ESPN, John Fox even was unaware of the Bears' plans to draft Trubisky until a few hours before the draft.

The Bears paid $1.56 on the dollar to trade up with the 49ers.

John Lynch did say publicly, however, that they 49ers had Trubisky as their top-graded quarterback.

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Week 13 Win Over 49ers Cost Bears Three Draft Picks
The Bears traded up to the No. 2 pick to take Mitchell Trubisky on Thursday night.

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Full List Of 2017 NFL Draft, First Round
John Ross went ninth overall, one of three wide receivers selected in the top-9.

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Bears Trade Up To No. 2 To Select Mitchell Trubisky
The 49ers want to trade down again.

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49ers, Bears 'Most Antsy' To Trade Down In First Round
The 49ers and Bears are the "most antsy" teams looking to trade down in the first round of this month's NFL Draft.

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Mark Sanchez Signs With Bears
Last season with the Cowboys, Mark Sanchez saw action in two contests throwing for 93 yards passing on 10-of-18 attempts.

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Bears To Hold Private Workout With DeShone Kizer
The Bears signed Mike Glennon in the offseason but he's considered a bridge quarterback.

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Alshon Jeffery Agrees To One-Year, $14M Deal With Eagles
The Bears elected not to use their franchise tag on Alshon Jeffery this offseason.

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Bears Release Jay Cutler
Jay Cutler asked for his release Thursday morning and it was granted by the Bears.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Bears, Mike Glennon Reach Three-Year, $43.5M Deal
The deal carries a $14.5 million annual average and the guaranteed value isn't yet known.

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Alshon Jeffery, Bears Have 'Positive Meeting'
Alshon Jeffery has said that he wants to sign with a contender.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Alshon Jeffery Wants To Sign With Contender
Alshon Jeffery says that he's looking to sign with a contender when the free agent market opens.

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Bears Unlikely To Tag Alshon Jeffery
Despite playing under the $14.599 million franchise tag in 2016, Alshon Jeffery caught only 52 balls for 821 yards and 2 touchdowns in 12 appearances.

Jeff Dickerson/ESPN

Bears Begin Seeking Trade For Jay Cutler
While Jay Cutler's contract does not include a no-trade clause, there remains a widespread belief that a deal will require both Cutler and the Bears to agree on the suitor.

Jeff Darlington/ESPN

Jets Unlikely To Pursue Jay Cutler
The Jets' new quarterbacks coach has ties to Jay Cutler.

Rich Cimini/ESPN

Bears Make Acquiring Jimmy Garoppolo Top Offseason Priority
Jimmy Garoppolo is a native of Illinois and the Bears would like to move on from Jay Cutler.

Jason La Canfora/CBS Sports

Jay Cutler Could Be Option For 49ers At Quarterback
John Lynch, the club's new general manager, played with Jay Cutler with the Broncos.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Eight Teams Can Be Forced To Appear On Hard Knocks In 2017
If no teams volunteers, there are eight teams that the NFL can force to appear on HBO's Hard Knocks this year.

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No Teams Finish 2016 In Top-10 In Both Offensive, Defensive DVOA
Last season, the Seahawks, Panthers, Cardinals, Bengals and Chiefs ranked in the top-10 on both sides of the ball.

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Alshon Jeffery Guarantees Super Bowl Win For Bears Next Season
Alshon Jeffery had 52 receptions for 821 yards and two touchdowns this year.

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Only Steelers Rank In Top-10 In Offense, Defense DVOA (Infographic)
Pittsburgh ranks third in total DVOA and first in Weighted DVOA.

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