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Alshon Jeffery Nearly Certain To Play 2016 Under Franchise Tag

May 31, 2016 11:26 AM

Alshon Jeffery signed his $14.6 million franchise tag tender with the Chicago Bears on March 8th.

Jeffery has stayed away from the Bears during the voluntary portion of the offseason program and has been working out in Miami.

Both sides plan for Jeffery to be at the mandatory minicamp in mid-June and at training camp in late July. 

 

The Bears almost certainly will not agree upon a long-term deal with Jeffery before the July 15th deadline.

Rich Campbell, Dan Wiederer/Chicago Tribune

Tags: Chicago Bears, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Bears To Use 'Hot Hand' Strategy At Running Back

May 21, 2016 12:26 PM

The Chicago Bears plan on rotating their running backs to compensate for the loss of Matt Forte.

Jeremy Langford showed promise as a rookie but he only averaged 1.13 yards after contact last season. Ka'Deem Carey was used as a power back and Jacquizz Rodgers is a scat back.

"Maybe not one can do all that Matt brought to the table," running backs coach Stan Drayton said, via the Chicago Tribune. "But they all bring a strength that can probably add up to what he brought. To say you're going to replace Matt Forte -- it's going to take years, right?"

John Fox has always liked a running back by committee approach.

"Who they are, what their strengths and weaknesses are," Fox said. "Then situationally, it can be...whoever has a hot hand."

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

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Bears Sign Brian Hoyer To One-Year Deal

Apr 30, 2016 8:43 PM

Brian Hoyer has agreed to sign with the Chicago Bears on a one-year deal.

Six teams expressed interest in Hoyer, who played one season in Cleveland under Bears offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains.

Hoyer will serve as Jay Cutler's backup at quarterback.

Last season, Hoyer played in 11 regular season games for the Houston Texans.

Jeff Dickerson/ESPN

Tags: Chicago Bears, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Saints Match Josh Hill's Offer Sheet With Bears

Mar 27, 2016 5:40 PM

The New Orleans Saints have matched an offer sheet Josh Hill signed with the Chicago Bears.

ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan reported earlier this week that the deal is worth up to $7.5 million over three years, with $3.25 million guaranteed.

 

The Saints' decision was only mildly surprising. They are tight on salary-cap space and have already signed tight ends Coby Fleener and Michael Hoomanawanui this offseason.

Mike Triplett/ESPN

Tags: Chicago Bears, New Orleans Saints

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Patriots Agree To Trade With Bears For Martellus Bennett

Mar 16, 2016 7:15 PM

The New England Patriots have agreed to trade for Martellus Bennett of the Chicago Bears.

The Patriots will likely swap mid to late round picks in exchange for Bennett.

New England will now again have the luxury of double tight end sets as they did during the tenure of Aaron Hernandez when he was paired with Rob Gronkowski.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: Chicago Bears, New England Patriots, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Zach Miller Signs Two-Year Deal With Bears

Mar 15, 2016 12:19 AM

Zach Miller and the Chicago Bears have agreed upon a two-year deal.

The Los Angeles Rams hosted Miller on Sunday.

Chicago is currently shopping starting tight end Martellus Bennett, who is under contract through 2016.

Jeff Dickerson/ESPN

Tags: Chicago Bears, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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C.J. Anderson Chose Dolphins Despite More Money From Bears

Mar 14, 2016 12:25 PM

The Chicago Bears offered C.J. Anderson more money but he chose to sign a four-year, $18 million offer sheet with the Miami Dolphins.

The Bears offered $19 million over four years.

Anderson chose the Dolphins' offer "in large part" because of his familiarity with new coach Adam Gase's offense.

Chris Wesseling/NFL.com

Tags: Chicago Bears, Miami Dolphins, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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C.J. Anderson Receiving Interest From Dolphins, Bears, Pats, 49ers

Mar 10, 2016 2:45 AM

C.J. Anderson is receiving interest from the Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears, New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers.

The Denver Broncos underestimated Anderson's value by assigning the low tender of $1.671 million. The Broncos can match an offer but rival teams won't have to worry about giving up a draft pick in a deal for Anderson.

A $2.553 million tender from the Broncos would have come with a second round tag.

Anderson was outplayed by Ronnie Hillman while battling injuries early last season but re-emerged in the second half.

Chris Wesseling/NFL.com

Tags: Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Matt Forte Agrees To Sign With Jets

Mar 9, 2016 3:16 PM

Matt Forte has agreed to sign with the New York Jets.

The Chicago Bears parted ways with Forte earlier this offseason.

Forte will help the Jets replace Chris Ivory.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

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

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Bears Working With Martellus Bennett On Trade

Mar 4, 2016 12:36 PM

The Chicago Bears are working with the agent of Martellus Bennett to find a trade partner.

Bennett is under contract for one more year, but the tight end boycotted the entire voluntary offseason program in 2015 in search of a new deal that never materialized.

Ryan Pace and John Fox both brushed off questions about Bennett's uncertain future with Chicago.

"I talked to him right at the end of the season," Pace said at the NFL scouting combine. "I haven't talked to him recently. Really with him, he's under contract. We have a lot of players that aren't under contract, so that's where our focus is right now."

Adam Schefter/ESPN

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Bears Use Non-Exclusive Tag On Alshon Jeffery
Alshon Jeffery and the Bears can still agree upon a long-term deal by July 15th.

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Bears, 49ers, Giants, Rams, Raiders Amongst Teams With Most Space
The Bears, Jaguars, Rams, Giants, Raiders, 49ers and Buccaneers have the most cap flexibility in the NFL heading into the offseason.

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Alshon Jeffery Will Remain With Bears In 2016
Ryan Pace stressed that he believes Alshon Jeffery's preference is to stay in Chicago.

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Jared Allen Announces Retirement At 33
Jared Allen retires as a five-time Pro Bowler.

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Bears Part Ways With Matt Forte
Matt Forte rushed for 8,602 yards and scoring 64 total touchdowns in his eight seasons with the Bears.

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Patriots, Panthers Have Best 2016 Super Bowl Odds (All Teams Listed)
The Broncos have the ninth best odds at 18-1.

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Bears Promote Dowell Loggains To Offensive Coordinator
Dowell Loggains was quarterbacks coach of the Bears and replaces Adam Gase.

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Adam Gase Hired By Dolphins As Head Coach
Adam Gase was offensive coordinator of the Bears last season.

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Adam Gase Gets 2nd Interview With Dolphins
Adam Gase is the only candidate to be scheduled for a second interview.

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Seahawks Lead NFL In DVOA For 4th Straight Season (Infographic)
The Seahawks, Bengals, Cardinals, Panthers and Chiefs finished the 2015 regular season in the top-10 in both Offensive and Defensive DVOA.

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Adam Gase, Ben McAdoo, Teryl Austin Candidates For Eagles' Job
Adam Gase spent this past season as offensive coordinator of the Bears and was a coveted head coaching candidate last offseason.

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Joey Bosa, Paxton Lynch Go 1st, 2nd In First McShay Draft
Todd McShay has Joey Bosa going first overall to the Titans in his initial mock for the 2016 NFL Draft.

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Bruce Arians Was Snubbed By Bears, Eagles, Browns, Chargers
Bruce Arians should have been one of the strongest head coaching candidates in 2013.

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Bears Cut Jimmy Clausen, Elevate David Fales To Active Roster
David Fales was drafted by the Bears in the sixth round (183rd overall) in the 2014 NFL Draft.

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Matt Forte Bracing For End Of Tenure With Bears
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Jeff Fisher Had Jay Cutler Ahead Vince Young In 2006
The Titans selected Vince Young with the third overall pick while Jay Cutler fell to 11th.

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Philip Rivers, Jay Cutler Have No Hard Feelings For Each Other
Jay Cutler and Philip Rivers were AFC West rivals for several seasons, but the bad blood has evaporated during Cutler's time with the Bears.

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Bears Considering Signing Montee Ball
Montee Ball was a second round pick in 2013 and appeared poised to take over the Broncos' running back job before he was slowed by injuries.

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Matt Forte Called Steph Curry Of NFL By Adrian Peterson
Matt Forte is currently fourth in yards from scrimmage and sixth in rushing yards through six games in 2015.

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Bears Release Jeremiah Ratliff, Sign Ziggy Hood
The NFL suspended Jeremiah Ratliff for the first three games of the regular season for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

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