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Mark Sanchez Signs With Bears

Mar 24, 2017 1:12 PM

The Chicago Bears have signed Mark Sanchez to a one-year contract.

Sanchez has started 72-of-77 career contests in eight seasons with the New York Jets (2009-13), Philadelphia Eagles (2014-15) and Dallas Cowboys (2016). He also spent the 2016 preseason with the Denver Broncos. Sanchez has completed 1,295 passes on 2,285 attempts for 15,219 yards and 86 touchdowns. He also owns 449 yards on 169 rush attempts. Sanchez missed the entire 2013 season due to a shoulder injury.

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

Sanchez has started all six postseason contests in which he appeared, completing 95-of-157 passes for 1,155 yards and nine touchdowns. He also posted nine yards on 11 rush attempts. His nine touchdown passes rank 1st in Jets postseason history, while his 1,155 passing yards rank 2nd.

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

Bears To Hold Private Workout With DeShone Kizer

Mar 23, 2017 2:10 PM

The Chicago Bears will hold a private workout with Notre Dame's DeShone Kizer.

The Bears also sent a contingent to the Clemson pro day last week to get a closer look at QB Deshaun Watson. The club also had at least one representative at North Carolina's pro day earlier this week, where another top-rated QB, Mitch Trubisky, worked out.

The Bears signed Mike Glennon in the offseason but he's considered a bridge quarterback.

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

Alshon Jeffery Agrees To One-Year, $14M Deal With Eagles

Mar 9, 2017 4:06 PM

Alshon Jeffery has agreed upon a one-year, $14 million deal with the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Chicago Bears elected not to use their franchise tag on Jeffery this offseason.

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

Bears Release Jay Cutler

Mar 9, 2017 1:33 PM

The Chicago Bears are releasing Jay Cutler.

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

The Bears have agreed to sign Mike Glennon this offseason.

Chicago traded for Cutler in 2009 from the Denver Broncos and never reached a Pro Bowl in his eight seasons with the franchise.

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

Bears, Mike Glennon Reach Three-Year, $43.5M Deal

Mar 9, 2017 8:43 AM

The Chicago Bears and Mike Glennon are on the verge of a three-year, $43.5 million deal.

The deal carries a $14.5 million annual average and the guaranteed value isn't yet known.

That average value would put Glennon, who is expected to start, 23rd among quarterbacks.

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

Alshon Jeffery, Bears Have 'Positive Meeting'

Mar 5, 2017 12:36 PM

Alshon Jeffery and the Chicago Bears had a "positive meeting" on Saturday with both sides "more than open to a reunion."

Jeffery is an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

Jeffery has said that he wants to sign with a contender, explaining Thursday, "Whatever the next chapter is, I'm ready for it. I'm looking at the teams that obviously need a wide receiver, but also put me in the best situation to win a championship right now."

The Bears are coming off a 3-13 season.

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Tags: Chicago Bears, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Alshon Jeffery Wants To Sign With Contender

Mar 3, 2017 7:58 AM

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

"I don't have any hard feelings towards the [Chicago] Bears -- it's all love," Jeffery said. "Whatever the next chapter is, I'm ready for it. I'm looking at the teams that obviously need a wide receiver, but also put me in the best situation to win a championship right now. I also want to see what other free agents may be attracted to the same teams I'll be looking at. That can help that goal."

Chicago declined to use the franchise tag again on Jeffery, which would have put them on the hook for more than $17 million.

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Tags: Chicago Bears, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Bears Unlikely To Tag Alshon Jeffery

Feb 27, 2017 10:45 AM

The Chicago Bears are unlikely to use their franchise tag upon Alshon Jeffery this season.

Jeffery is likely to sign with another team at the start of free agency.

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

From 2013-14, Jeffery combined for 174 receptions, 2,554 yards and 17 touchdowns.

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Tags: Chicago Bears, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Bears Begin Seeking Trade For Jay Cutler

Feb 21, 2017 7:09 PM

The Chicago Bears have actively begun seeking a trade of Jay Cutler.

Chicago are trying to acquire draft compensation for Cutler and talks are expected to accelerate heading into the combine.

While 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.

Cutler has little incentive to play for a noncompetitive team given the lack of any guaranteed money in his current contract

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Tags: Chicago Bears, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Jets Unlikely To Pursue Jay Cutler

Feb 9, 2017 11:14 AM

The New York Jets have hired Jeremy Bates as quarterback coach, which has fueled speculation that the team will pursue Jay Cutler.

Cutler and Bates worked together for four seasons.

Cutler is expected to be cut or traded by the Chicago Bears this offseason, but they Jets are not expected to be interested.

The Jets reportedly prefer Tyrod Taylor and Mike Glennon over Cutler.

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Tags: Chicago Bears, New York Jets, Misc Rumor

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.

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

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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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Jay Cutler Could Miss Remainder Of Season With Shoulder Injury
Jay Cutler is injured for the second time this season and could be the third quarterback to suffer a season-ending injury.

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Jay Cutler Refutes Notion He's Lost Bears' Locker Room
Jay Cutler was criticized for his lack of preparation before Chicago's 36-10 loss to the Buccaneers described as "truly embarrassing."

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Bears, Jets, Broncos, Cardinals Could Pursue Tony Romo In 2017
If Dak Prescott continues to merit playing as the starter, the Cowboys would struggle to carry Tony Romo's $14 million base salary.

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Alshon Jeffery Suspended Four Games For PED Violation
Alshon Jeffery will be eligible to return to the Bears' active roster on December 12th.

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Clay Matthews Fined $18,231 For Hit That Broke Hoyer's Arm
Ryan Matthews led with the crown of his helmet on the hit.

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No Truth To Alshon Jeffery Trade Rumors
Don't expect Alshon Jeffery to be moved ahead of the Nov. 1 trade deadline.

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Jay Cutler: John Fox Has No Choice But To Back Me
Jay Cutler believes that John Fox now has no choice but to support him as the starting quarterback for the Bears after Brian Hoyer's injury.


Brian Hoyer To Undergo Surgery For Broken Left Arm
Jay Cutler hasn't played since injuring his thumb in Week 2.

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Brian Hoyer Suffers Broken Arm In Loss To Packers
Brian Hoyer has been starting in place of Jay Cutler, who is nursing a thumb injury.

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Bears Place Kevin White On IR With Fractured Fibula
Kevin White also sat out his entire rookie season due to a stress fracture in his left shin.

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Bears Sign Joique Bell
Joique Bell struggled last season with Detroit, rushing 90 times for 311 yards and four touchdowns.


Jay Cutler Not Guaranteed Bears' Starting QB Job When Healthy
The Bears started Brian Hoyer in their loss at the Cowboys in Week 3.

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Bears Sign Matt Barkley From Practice Squad
Matt Barkley joined the Bears after being waived by the Cardinals this month.

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Jay Cutler Has Sprained Thumb, Won't Require Surgery
Jay Cutler suffered a sprained thumb on Monday night against the Eagles, but he won't require surgery, according to John Fox.

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