Chicago Bears Wiretap

Josh McCown, Bills In Contract Talks

Feb 26, 2015 11:21 AM

The Buffalo Bills and Josh McCown are in contract talks.

The negotiations began after the 35-year-old spent the previous two days visiting the Cleveland Browns.


McCown has also visited the Chicago Bears and New York Jets.

Kyle Orton finished the 2014 season as the Bills' starting quarterback, but he's decided to retire.

EJ Manuel is the only experienced quarterback on the Bills' roster.

John Wawrow/AP

Tags: Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, New York Jets, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Bears Noncommittal On Jay Cutler As Starting QB

Feb 18, 2015 3:30 PM

John Fox and Ryan Pace are noncommittal on whether Jay Cutler will begin 2015 as the Chicago Bears' starting quarterback.

Fox said he met recently with Cutler but has not decided about the quarterback's future.

"We're not up against a deadline," Fox said. "My experience has always been that you need to gather the information, and in turn, you usually make better decisions. We're in that process, and we'll keep you posted."

One component of the evaluation process is simply getting to know Cutler, Fox said.

"Well, I think just getting to know him [is important]," Fox said. "You know, everybody's got perceptions. But I think that getting to know the guy, this is a relationship business, and that takes time. So I don't want to stand up here and give you a final evaluation when I'm maybe a quarter through the test."

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49ers Offered Adam Gase Head Coach Job If He Hired Tomsula As DC

Feb 16, 2015 10:50 AM

The San Francisco 49ers were interested in hiring Adam Gase as head coach, but they made naming Jim Tomsula defensive coordinator a condition of his potential employment.

Gase refused the proposition and the 49ers hired Tomsula as head coach.

The 49ers then offered Gase the job of offensive coordinator, but he instead took the same job with the Chicago Bears under John Fox.

Albert Breer of reports Gase offered to keep Vic Fangio as defensive coordinator or to hire Vance Joseph from the Cincinnati Bengals.

Tim Kawakami/San Jose Mercury News

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Seahawks Have Best Super Bowl 50 Odds

Feb 2, 2015 4:16 PM

The Seattle Seahawks are 5-1 favorites to win Super Bowl 50 next season.

Here are the Super Bowl 50 odds for all 32 teams:

Seahawks: 5-1
Patriots: 6-1
Packers: 6-1
Cowboys: 10-1
Colts: 12-1
Broncos: 12-1
49ers: 18-1
Eagles: 20-1
Steelers: 20-1
Lions: 22-1
Bengals: 25-1
Saints: 25-1
Cardinals: 30-1
Chiefs: 30-1
Ravens: 30-1
Chargers: 40-1
Giants: 40-1
Panthers: 40-1
Bears: 50-1
Dolphins: 50-1
Falcons: 50-1
Texans: 50-1
Bills: 60-1
Rams: 60-1
Vikings: 60-1
Browns: 75-1
Jets: 100-1
Raiders: 100-1
Washington: 100-1
Buccaneers: 150-1
Jaguars: 150-1
Titans: 250-1


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Adam Gase Hired By Bears As Offensive Coordinator

Jan 21, 2015 7:39 PM

Adam Gase has agreed to become offensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears.

Gase and John Fox previously worked together with the Denver Broncos.

Gase was a head coaching candidate for multiple openings.

Chris Mortensen/ESPN

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Adam Gase, Charlie Weis Emerge As Bears' OC Candidates

Jan 20, 2015 6:19 PM

Charlie Weis and Adam Gase are among the candidates for the Chicago Bears' offensive coordinator vacancy.

Weis has been out of work since he was fired as the head coach at Kansas last season.

Gase worked with John Fox over the past two seasons with the Denver Broncos.

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterbacks coach Geep Chryst is also a candidate for the Bears job.


Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

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Vic Fangio Agrees To Join Bears As Defensive Coordinator

Jan 20, 2015 10:56 AM

Vic Fangio has joined the Chicago Bears as defensive coordinator.

Fangio spent the past four seasons as defensive coordinator of the San Francisco 49ers.

Fangio runs a 3-4 defense, which aligns with the defensive philosophy of John Fox.

Washington was also interested in agreeing to terms with Fangio.

Jason La Canfora/CBS Sports

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Bears Hire John Fox As Head Coach

Jan 16, 2015 11:05 AM

The Chicago Bears and John Fox have agreed for him become their next head coach.

Fox was fired by the Denver Broncos this week.

The Bears had been expected to pursue a veteran head coach to pair with first-time general manager Ryan Pace.

Chris Mortensen/ESPN

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Bears To Interview John Fox

Jan 13, 2015 10:55 AM

John Fox will interview for the Chicago Bears' head coaching vacancy, but he's not a lock to be hired.

Fox parted ways with the Denver Broncos on Monday.

Fox is a veteran coach with a winning record and meets much of the criteria the Bears envision in a possible pairing with a first-year general manager Ryan Pace.

Chris Mortensen/ESPN

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Gary Kubiak Announces He'll Stay With Ravens

Jan 12, 2015 5:24 PM

Gary Kubiak has announced that he will remain with the Baltimore Ravens as offensive coordinator and won't interview for head coaching positions.

“It is flattering and humbling to be invited to interview for a number of NFL head coaching positions, and I greatly appreciate these opportunities,” Kubiak said in a statement. “But I have decided to stay with the Ravens.

“This is a special organization and we, like [Head] Coach [John] Harbaugh says, are building something great. I want to be a part of that and contribute in whatever ways I can.”

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Bears To Strongly Pursue Gary Kubiak As Head Coach
Gary Kubiak spent the 2014 season as offensive coordinator of the Ravens.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Ryan Pace Has Final Say On Bears' Roster, Isn't Moneyball GM
Ryan Pace is the NFL's youngest general manager.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Bears Hire Ryan Pace As GM
George McCaskey and the Bears have hired Ryan Pace as general manager.

RealGM Staff Report

Bears To Interview Mike Shanahan After Hiring GM
Mike Shanahan previously worked with Jay Cutler with the Broncos.

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Doug Marrone Interviewing With Falcons
Doug Marrone is receiving interest from the Falcons, Jets and Bears.

Alex Marvez/Fox Sports

Bears To Interview Chris Ballard For GM Job
Chris Ballard is currently the Chiefs' director of pro personnel and spent 12 years with the Bears before leaving in 2013.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Bears Fire Phil Emery, Marc Trestman
Phil Emery lasted just three seasons with the Bears.

Bears' Coaching Staff Fears 'Sweeping Changes'
Marc Trestman has missed the playoffs in each of his two seasons as head coach of the Bears.

Michael C. Wright/ESPN

Jay Cutler To Start Week 17 For Bears
Jay Cutler will start at quarterback for the Bears in Week 17 with Jimmy Clausen out with a concussion.

Jeff Dickerson/ESPN

Trestman To 'Talk About' Starting Jimmy Clausen Again
Jimmy Clausen had a passer rating of 77.0 while starting for Jay Cutler.

Michael C. Wright/ESPN

49ers, Jim Harbaugh Expected To Part Ways Quickly After Week 17
The Bears are a possibility for Jim Harbaugh, along with the Raiders, Dolphins and Michigan.

Jay Glazer/Fox Sports

Jay Cutler Wants To Remain With Bears
Jay Cutler signed a seven-year, $127 million contract in the offseason, with $54 million guaranteed.

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Trestman's Benching Of Cutler Further Magnifies Distrust From Players
A portion of the locker room feels "confused and uncomfortable" over how Marc Trestman handled Jay Cutler's benching compared to the minor discipline Aaron Kromer received.

Jeff Dickerson/ESPN

Bears Bench Jay Cutler, Will Start Jimmy Clausen
Jay Cutler is owed $15.5 million next season.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Chris Conte Believes Playing In NFL Worth Risk Of Early Death
Chris Conte just wants to be able to outlive his parents.


Reports: Bears Likely To Fire Marc Trestman After Season
The Bears are prepared to fire Marc Trestman at the end of the season, according to Dan Bernstein of WSCR.

Igor Mello/CBS Sports

Bears' Offensive Coordinator Makes Tearful Apology To Cutler
One NFL source familiar with Jay Cutler has said he "doesn't trust anyone, [but is a] good guy when you can break down the walls."

Chicago Tribune (via ESPN)

Bears Not Planning On Replacing Cutler With Clausen
Jay Trestman is beginning to be asked if Jimmy Clausen might be the better option at quarterback over Jay Cutler.

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Brandon Marshall Out For Season With Rib Injury
Brandon Marshall caught three passes for 61 yards prior to suffering the injury.

Michael C. Wright/ESPN

Bears Could Trade Jay Cutler In Offseason
The Bears could decide to trade Jay Cutler this offseason to save $12.5 million against the salary cap.

Adam Schefter/ESPN