Chicago Bears Wiretap

Jay Cutler Not Guaranteed Bears' Starting QB Job When Healthy

Sep 26, 2016 6:42 PM

John Fox would not guarantee that Jay Cutler will be the Chicago Bears' starting quarterback when Cutler receives the necessary medical clearance to return from a right thumb sprain.

"I don't think there are any givens. And that's no indictment on anybody," Fox said when asked directly about Cutler.

"This is a day-to-day, week-to-week, what-have-you-done-for-me-lately league, and so we're just trying to get the best 11 guys out there regardless of the position to where we can play a full 60 minutes and get a victory."

Fox started Brian Hoyer -- 30-of-49 pass attempts for 317 yards and two touchdowns -- in Dallas on Sunday, but Cutler pushed hard behind the scenes to play in that game.

"I mean, a year ago I think he had a hamstring injury in the Arizona game, I think Game 2 here at home," Fox said. "The quote 'reports' was he'd be out six weeks. He came back and was healthy the rest of the season. I believe he missed the Seattle game. Jimmy Clausen started in his place. And then he returned after one week. It's hard to predict. We'll just see and evaluate him every day."

Jeff Dickerson/ESPN

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Bears Sign Matt Barkley From Practice Squad

Sep 22, 2016 2:41 PM

The Chicago Bears have elevated Matt Barkley from the practice squad following Jay Cutler's right thumb sprain.

Barkley joined the Bears after being waived by the Arizona Cardinals this month.

In his career, Barkley has appeared in four games for the Eagles, completing 30 of 50 pass attempts for 300 yards and four interceptions.

Cutler is officially day-to-day, but he conceded that he had trouble gripping the football in Monday's loss.

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Jay Cutler Has Sprained Thumb, Won't Require Surgery

Sep 20, 2016 4:41 PM

Jay Cutler suffered a sprained thumb on Monday night against the Philadelphia Eagles, but he won't require surgery, according to John Fox.

Cutler, 33, is signed through 2021 and is expected to miss at least Week 3.

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Jay Cutler Hurts Right Thumb, Set To Undergo Tests

Sep 20, 2016 8:09 AM

Jay Cutler left in the third quarter of Monday night's 29-14 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles with an injury to his right thumb and did not return.

Cutler wore a protective cast on his right hand at the postgame news conference. He will undergo further tests Tuesday.

"I'm concerned," he said. "As a quarterback, you need your right thumb."

Cutler said he aggravated the thumb injury earlier in the game and "couldn't really grip the ball," which he said contributed to him to throwing an interception with 36 seconds left in the third quarter.

Jeff Dickerson/ESPN

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Connor Barth Signs With Bears

Sep 5, 2016 8:12 PM

Connor Barth has signed with the Chicago Bears.

The Bears cut Robbie Gould on Sunday. Rather than pay a kicker a top-five average salary at his position ($3.75 million), the Bears decided to move on.

Barth spent the preseason with the New Orleans Saints before being cut. Barth appeared in 12 games for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2015, connecting on 23 of 28 field goals with one missed extra point.

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Bears Sign Josh Sitton To Three-Year, $21.75M Deal

Sep 5, 2016 8:11 PM

The Chicago Bears have signed Josh Sitton to a three-year, $21.75 million deal with $10 million in guarantees.

Sitton was released by the Green Bay Packers on Saturday. The development was somewhat surprising since the $6.5 million Sitton was owed by the Packers in 2016 wasn't considered a significant strain on the salary cap.

Sitton is a three-time All-Pro at guard and hasn't missed a start since 2011.

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

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Bears Release Robbie Gould

Sep 4, 2016 9:36 PM

The Chicago Bears have released Robbie Gould.

Gould became the Bears' kicker in 2005.

Gould was scheduled to make $2.9 million in 2016. Gould made 33 of 39 field goals, with a long of 55 yards, and 28 of 29 extra points in 2016. 

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Brandon Marshall Believes TV Work Led Bears To Trade Him

Sep 1, 2016 11:46 AM

Brandon Marshall said in an interview with The MMQB that he believes his in-season television work on Showtime's "Inside the NFL" played a role in the Chicago Bears' decision to trade him to the New York Jets in the 2015 offseason.

"When I sat down with [general manager] Ryan Pace and coach John Fox, we met, and I asked, 'What do you guys think about this?' It was a big topic," Marshall told the website. "And Ryan Pace said, 'Well, we can do that in the offseason.' So I was like, 'Well, what about half the season?' 'No.' 'What about once or twice?' 'No.' 'What about bye week?' 'No, you can do that in the offseason.'

"Right then, I knew I wouldn't be a Bear anymore, because I think that the business of the NFL is growing every single day, and players are being told to stay in a box and just play football, and we're missing out on a lot of opportunities, not only to grow as men and businessmen but to experience different things."

Marshall was traded along with a seventh round pick to the Jets for a fifth rounder.

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Bears Searching For Veteran Center Via Trade

Aug 19, 2016 11:01 AM

The Chicago Bears are searching to acquire a veteran center via trade after losing starter Hroniss Grasu to a torn ACL early in camp.

Chicago turned to Ted Larsen, but they could be looking at add some competition.

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Jay Cutler Brushes Off Criticism From Martellus Bennett

Aug 4, 2016 7:58 AM

Jay Cutler brushed off negative comments directed at him by Martellus Bennett, who questioned Cutler's on-field decision making in a recent ESPN The Magazine interview.

The pair were teammates on the Chicago Bears before Bennett moved on to the New England Patriots via trade this offseason.

"I don't know. I'm really not going get into that," Cutler said. "Most receivers and tight ends are always open. So hopefully [quarterback] Tom [Brady] I guess can do a better job of finding him than I did.

"I don't know, man. I could say something clever and smart, but I'll just pass."

Bennett openly complained about his role last year before the Bears placed him on injured reserve with a ribs injury on Dec. 8.

"I'd be open and he'd throw into double coverage," Bennett told ESPN The Magazine.

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Charles Tillman Retires After 13 NFL Seasons
Charles Tillman was a second round pick for the Bears in 2003 and was one of the leaders of their excellent defense for many years.

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Alshon Jeffery, Bears Remain Far Apart On Long-Term Contract
Alshon 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
Alshon 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
Just a few months after signing with the Bears, Manny Ramirez has decided to retire.


Jake Long Works Out For Bears
Jake Long is a logical candidate to add depth to the Bears' offensive line.

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Alshon Jeffery Nearly Certain To Play 2016 Under Franchise Tag
The Bears almost certainly will not agree upon a long-term deal with Alshon Jeffery before the July 15th deadline.

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Bears To Use 'Hot Hand' Strategy At Running Back
John Fox has always liked a running back by committee approach.

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Bears Sign Brian Hoyer To One-Year Deal
Six teams expressed interest in Brian Hoyer.

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Saints Match Josh Hill's Offer Sheet With Bears
Josh Hill's deal is worth up to $7.5 million over three years, with $3.25 million guaranteed.

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Patriots Agree To Trade With Bears For Martellus Bennett
The Patriots will likely swap mid to late round picks in exchange for Martellus Bennett.

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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.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

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.