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Charles Tillman Retires After 13 NFL Seasons

Jul 18, 2016 7:45 PM

Charles Tillman has announced his decision to retire after 13 NFL seasons.

Tillman was a second round pick for the Chicago Bears in 2003 and was one of the leaders of their excellent defense for many years.

Tillman started 12 games for the Carolina Panthers last season before missing four games with a partially torn ACL. Tillman returned to play on the injury in Weeks 15-17 before fully tearing the ligament.

"I've had 13 amazing years on two great teams and I'm just thankful for the love and support that I got from my teammates, the fans and my coaches," Tillman told "I'm thankful to everyone who has helped me get to where I am right now because I definitely didn't do it by myself."

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Alshon Jeffery, Bears Remain Far Apart On Long-Term Contract

Jul 8, 2016 8:04 PM

Alshon Jeffery and the Chicago Bears remain far apart on long-term contract talks.

The Bears have until July 15th to agree upon a deal with Jeffery.

"There's not a lot of confidence," Garafalo said on Thursday's episode of NFL Total Access. "I sense that both sides really don't feel strongly about this one. That's because Alshon Jeffery's got a $14.6 million tag. The Bears wanted to come in a couple of million below that."

Jeffery sees himself as a prototypical No. 1 wide receiver but the Bears are concerned by his injury history.

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Alshon Jeffery, Bears Continue To Discuss Long-Term Contract

Jun 21, 2016 2:18 PM

Alshon Jeffery and the Chicago Bears continue to discuss a long-term contract.

The two sides have until July 15th to agree upon a deal otherwise he'll play under the franchise tag.

Jeffery played in only nine games last season due to injuries, but he did catch 54 balls for 807 yards.

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Manny Ramirez Retires After 10 Seasons

Jun 9, 2016 7:59 AM

Just a few months after signing with the Chicago Bears, Manny Ramirez has decided to retire.

The 10-year veteran offensive lineman started every game for the Denver Broncos in 2013 and started at center in Super Bowl XLVIII.


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Jake Long Works Out For Bears

Jun 2, 2016 1:06 PM

Jake Long is working out for the Chicago Bears on Thursday.

Long is a logical candidate to add depth to the Bears' offensive line.

Long was the first overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft but has suffered a string of injuries over the past few seasons.

Long was primarily a backup last season with the Atlanta Falcons.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Zach Miller Signs Two-Year Deal With Bears
Chicago is currently shopping starting tight end Martellus Bennett, who is under contract through 2016.

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C.J. Anderson Chose Dolphins Despite More Money From Bears
C.J. Anderson chose the Dolphins' offer "in large part" because of his familiarity with new coach Adam Gase's offense.

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C.J. Anderson Receiving Interest From Dolphins, Bears, Pats, 49ers
The Broncos can match an offer but rival teams won't have to worry about giving up a draft pick in a deal for C.J. Anderson.

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Matt Forte Agrees To Sign With Jets
Matt Forte will help the Jets replace Chris Ivory.

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Bears Working With Martellus Bennett On Trade
Martellus Bennett is under contract for one more year.

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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.


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.


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
Matt Forte talked about how the NFL is the ultimate "what-have-you-done-for-me-lately" league.

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