Chicago Bears Wiretap

Jay Cutler Wants To Remain With Bears

Dec 18, 2014 8:32 PM

Jay Cutler was as surprised as the general public by Marc Trestman's decision to bench him in favor of Jimmy Clausen.

"Shocked I think at first, I didn't see it coming," Cutler said Thursday of his initial reaction.

Cutler would like to remain with the Chicago Bears despite the sensitive end of the season.

"I would like to stay here," Cutler said. "I really like it here. I love the guys in the locker room. This is where I'd like to be."

The 31-year-old quarterback is in his sixth season in Chicago and signed a seven-year, $127 million contract in the offseason, with $54 million guaranteed.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

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Trestman's Benching Of Cutler Further Magnifies Distrust From Players

Dec 18, 2014 11:14 AM

A pair of accomplished and respected Chicago Bears players told ESPNChicago.com on Wednesday night that a portion of the locker room feels "confused and uncomfortable" over how Marc Trestman handled Jay Cutler's benching compared to the minor discipline offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer received last week.

On a performance level, neither player objected to Cutler losing his starting job to Jimmy Clausen for Week 16.

The general belief is the respective punishments for Cutler and Kromer are gravely inconsistent, after the Bears' offensive coordinator received "basically a slap on the wrist" for his very public indiscretions when he tearfully revealed in a team meeting on Dec. 8 that he was the anonymous source cited in a published NFL Media report highly critical of the quarterback. 

This further magnifies the distrust between Trestman and the locker room, an on-going issue during much of the Bears' disappointing 5-9 season, according to the players.

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Bears Bench Jay Cutler, Will Start Jimmy Clausen

Dec 17, 2014 6:40 PM

The Chicago Bears will start Jimmy Clausen at quarterback in Week 16 as they will bench Jay Cutler.

Cutler is owed $15.5 million next season.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

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Chris Conte Believes Playing In NFL Worth Risk Of Early Death

Dec 17, 2014 12:53 PM

Chris Conte, who has suffered two concussions this season, says playing in the NFL is worth the risk he takes to his long-term health by doing so.

Conte is a 25-year-old safety for the Chicago Bears.

"Ever since I was a little kid, it's what I've wanted to do," Conte told WBBM Newsradio in Chicago. "In college, I didn't even graduate school because my senior year, I honestly let school be a casualty to that because I knew I had one opportunity to make it to the NFL, and I put everything into that. And I felt school's something I could figure out later.

"As far as after football, who knows. My life will revolve around football to some point, but I'd rather have the experience of playing and, who knows, die 10, 15 years earlier than not be able to play in the NFL and live a long life. It's something I've wanted to do with my life and I wanted to accomplish. And I pretty much set my whole life up to accomplish that goal. So I don't really look toward my life after football because I'll figure things out when I get there and see how I am."

Conte has been unable to play in three games this season and couldn't finish seven of the 12 he's played in.

"As long as I outlive my parents, then we'll be all right," Conte said.

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Reports: Bears Likely To Fire Marc Trestman After Season

Dec 16, 2014 10:36 PM

The Chicago Bears are prepared to fire Marc Trestman at the end of the season, according to Dan Bernstein of WSCR.

The Bears' ownership met after their loss on Monday to the New Orleans Saints.

ProFootballTalk reports Phil Emery's future is also in peril.

Igor Mello/CBS Sports

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Bears' Offensive Coordinator Makes Tearful Apology To Cutler

Dec 12, 2014 11:03 AM

According to the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer made a tearful apology during a Monday meeting for criticizing Jay Cutler to an NFL Network reporter last week, which led to a report Sunday that the organization is feeling "buyer's remorse" after signing the signal caller to a seven-year, $126.7 million contract .

An NFL source who spoke to Cutler after Kromer's apology said the quarterback "certainly isn't happy."

The Tribune report cites sources as saying Kromer denied telling the NFL Network that the franchise had buyer's remorse, and made it a point to inform players during the meeting that portion of the report did not come from him.

The report states that Cutler was in the room during the meeting, and shook his head the whole time while Kromer apologized.

One NFL source familiar with Cutler has said he "doesn't trust anyone, [but is a] good guy when you can break down the walls."

Chicago Tribune (via ESPN)

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Bears Not Planning On Replacing Cutler With Clausen

Dec 6, 2014 8:31 PM

Jay Trestman is beginning to be asked if Jimmy Clausen might be the better option at quarterback over Jay Cutler.

Cutler is on pace for career highs in completion percentage, passer rating and touchdowns, but the Chicago Bears' passing game has stalled in the second half.

"Jay is our quarterback," Trestman said Friday, via ESPN.com. "If he's available to play, he's going to play. Jimmy is continuing to work in the offense, and he practices. We certainly like having him on our football team, but as we get ready for New Orleans next week, Jay will get the reps and he'll be playing."

Chris Wesseling/NFL.com

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Brandon Marshall Out For Season With Rib Injury

Dec 5, 2014 7:33 PM

Brandon Marshall will miss the rest of the season after suffering two fractured ribs and a lung injury.

"I went over to the hospital last night to see him," Marc Trestman said. "He was in very good spirits. He's got some healing to do."

Marshall caught three passes for 61 yards prior to suffering the injury.

Marshall left Soldier Field in an ambulance after suffering the injury in the second quarter.

Michael C. Wright/ESPN

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Bears Could Trade Jay Cutler In Offseason

Nov 16, 2014 1:01 PM

The Chicago Bears could decide to trade Jay Cutler this offseason to save $12.5 million against the salary cap.

Several other teams would have interest in Cutler.

Cutler is completing 66.4 percent of his passes this season, which is a career high.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

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Lamarr Houston Ruptures ACL Celebrating Sack

Oct 27, 2014 1:54 PM

Lamarr Houston suffered a ruptured ACL celebrating a fourth quarter sack of Jimmy Garoppolo.

Houston faces a six to eight-month rehabilitation.

"I probably shouldn't have celebrated while they were blowing us out, but it happens," said Houston.

"Landed wrong, tried to hop up, didn't feel right."

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Marshall: Cutler And I Are Like Brothers
On Showtime’s “Inside the NFL”, Brandon Marshall reinforced his frustration at the Bears' 3-4 record.

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Marshall Calls Out Cutler In Locker Room After Loss To Dolphins
Brandon Marshall didn't deny there was friction in the aftermath of the game.

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Cutler Leads NFL In Red Zone Yards
Jay Cutler has completed 16 of 28 passes for 133 yards, 10 touchdowns and no interceptions in the red zone.

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Brandon Marshall Feeling 'More Explosive'
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Ndamukong Suh Likely To Leave Lions In Offseason
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Bears Give Brandon Marshall 'Full Support'
Brandon Marshall was originally suspended for three games in 2008.

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Belichick, Carroll, Payton Considered Best HC's In NFL By Peers
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Bears Sign Santonio Holmes
The Bears worked out Santonio Holmes earlier this month but instead signed Greg Herd at the time.

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Martellus Bennett Returns To Bears' Training Camp
Martellus Bennett has returned to training camp with the Chicago Bears following his suspension for a fight with Kyle Fuller.

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Martellus Bennett Fined For Fight At Practice
Martellus Bennett has been fined and suspended for conduct detrimental to the Bears after he was involved in a fight with Kyle Fuller at practice.

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Wilson, Luck, Rodgers, Watt Headline Barnwell's Trade Value List
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Samardzija Received Interest From NFL Teams As Recently As Last Year
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Marquess Wilson Expected To Win Bears' No. 3 WR Job
Marquess Wilson had just two receptions in 76 snaps during his rookie season.

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Bears Sign Adrian Wilson
Adrian Wilson is a five-time Pro Bowl safety.

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Bears Optimistic On Jay Cutler's Growth
Jay Cutler completed 63.1 percent of his passes in 2013 for a career-best passer rating of 89.2.

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Bears Sign Jimmy Clausen
The Bears have signed Jimmy Clausen.

Michael C. Wright/ESPN

Domenik Hixon Tears ACL Again, Playing Career Likely Over
Domenik Hixon signed a one-year deal with the Bears in March.

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Brandon Marshall Calls Trade To Bears 'Career-Saving'
Brandon Marshall was traded from the Dolphins to Bears in March 2012.

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Brandon Marshall Signs Three-Year, $30M Extension With Bears
Brandon Marshall was set to enter a contract season.

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Browns Sign Earl Bennett
Earl Bennett had 185 receptions for 2,277 yards and 12 touchdowns in six seasons with the Bears.

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