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Bears Cut Jimmy Clausen, Elevate David Fales To Active Roster

Nov 23, 2015 4:07 PM

The Chicago Bears elevated QB David Fales to the active roster from the practice squad, waived QB Jimmy Clausen and terminated the practice squad contract of CB Terrance Mitchell.

Fales was drafted by the Bears in the sixth round (183rd overall) in the 2014 NFL Draft. Collegiately, over two seasons at San Jose State (2012-13), Fales started all 25 contests connecting on 639-of-938 passing attempts (68.1 percent) for 8,382 yards, 66 touchdowns and 22 interceptions. 

Clausen was 49-of-88 passing for 407 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions for a 65.9 passer rating in two seasons with the Bears, including two starts. For his NFL career, Clausen has completed 206-of-387 passing attempts for 1,965 yards, five touchdowns and 11 interceptions with Carolina (2010-13) and Chicago (2014-15).

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

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Matt Forte Bracing For End Of Tenure With Bears

Nov 20, 2015 2:25 PM

Matt Forte is bracing for the end of his career with the Chicago Bears.

"The fans are the fans," Forte said. "The NFL is a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately [league]. I've been out a few games and Jeremy has done well stepping in for me. So everybody is always looking for the next best thing. With [me] being in my contract year, it's obvious that that's the storyline that will come up.

"Chicago is kind of like that: 'Well, see ya later, Matt.' I'm like, 'Man, I've been here going on eight years -- y'all just going to throw me to the side like that?' But that's the nature of the NFL. And I don't mind. I will play wherever I end up after that."

With the Bears uninterested in an extension with Forte, he is unlikely to rush back from injury.

"I've got to play it smart," Forte said. "Say I play Sunday and get banged up a little bit. Thursday's a really quick turnaround. So I have to talk to the head trainer [Nate Breske] and coach [John] Fox about that."

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Jeff Fisher Had Jay Cutler Ahead Vince Young In 2006

Nov 13, 2015 11:15 AM

Jeff Fisher claims he had Jay Cutler rated higher than Vince Young during the 2006 NFL Draft.

“Looking back, I would say that I had the three quarterbacks ranked Cutler, [Matt] Leinart and Young,” Fisher said, via Jeff Dickerson of “I loved Jay. You know. I mean, we watched him play in our own backyard, man. We had a private workout there in our indoor facility and coached him in the Senior Bowl. It just didn’t work out.”

The Tennessee Titans selected Young with the third overall pick, while Lenart went 10th to the Arizona Cardinals and Cutler was selected 11th by the Denver Broncos.

Darin Gantt/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Chicago Bears, St. Louis Rams, Tennessee Titans

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Philip Rivers, Jay Cutler Have No Hard Feelings For Each Other

Nov 6, 2015 11:14 AM

Jay Cutler and Philip Rivers were AFC West rivals for several seasons, but the bad blood has evaporated during Cutler's time with the Chicago Bears.

“I have no issues with Jay at all,” Rivers said. “There will be a normal handshake, just like with all the other quarterbacks. There are really no hard feelings there whatsoever. There weren’t really any even that night, or after. Obviously the hype that ensued kind of built it up.

“It was just the timing of it really more than anything. Shoot, there are a lot of interactions like that that happen out here on this practice field during training camp with my own teammates. So, there’s nothing malicious about it. But you look back and go, 'That’s crazy what was made of it.' In hindsight you wish it probably never happened, but it was certainly not the big deal that it turned into.”

Cutler praised Rivers on a conference call with San Diego-area reporters.

“I’ve got a tremendous amount of respect for him,” Cutler said. “He’s been a staple in this league for a long time. He’s put up huge numbers year in and year out. This year is no different. And no matter what their record is, what point of the game is or what the score of the game is, you know you’re going to get his best effort. He’s fun to watch.”

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Tags: Chicago Bears, San Diego Chargers

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Bears Considering Signing Montee Ball

Nov 2, 2015 4:08 PM

The Chicago Bears are discussing the possibility of signing Montee Ball.

Ball was a second round pick in 2013 and appeared poised to take over the Denver Broncos' running back job before he was slowed by injuries.

Matt Forte is injured but is not expected to be out for the remainder of the season.

Chris Mortensen/ESPN (via PFT)

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Matt Forte Called Steph Curry Of NFL By Adrian Peterson

Oct 28, 2015 7:48 PM

Matt Forte has been called the "Stephen Curry" of the NFL by Adrian Peterson.

“Matt Forte. What would I call him? I would call him Stephen Curry. Mr. Dependable. That’s what I would call him,” Peterson told Chicago reporters.

Peterson’s comments on Forte come a few weeks after Peterson settled a friendly debate with Jamaal Charles, who called himself the “LeBron James” of the NFL during training camp in August.

"I'll say I'm the Michael Jordan,'' Peterson said on a recent conference call with Kansas City-area media. "There's always the debate, would LeBron be better than Michael? So I'll say I'm the Michael Jordan of football.''

Forte, 29, is currently fourth in yards from scrimmage and sixth in rushing yards through six games in 2015.

Jeff Dickerson/ESPN

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Bears Release Jeremiah Ratliff, Sign Ziggy Hood

Oct 23, 2015 10:47 AM

The Chicago Bears released veteran defensive lineman Jeremiah Ratliff and signed defensive lineman Ziggy Hood, the team announced Thursday.

"We felt moving forward without Jeremiah was in the best interest of our team," Bears general manager Ryan Pace said in a prepared statement. "We appreciate his contributions and wish him well."

Ratliff, dressed in Bears warm-up clothes, and Pace were observed having an animated conversation in front of Halas Hall around 11:30 a.m. CT while the rest of the team was on the practice field. The exact nature of Ratliff and Pace's conversation is unknown, though sources told the Chicago Tribune that team officials judged that Ratliff arrived not in a condition to work. Two team security guards stood only a couple of feet away during the conversation.


A squad car from an area police department was seen patrolling the Halas Hall grounds at approximately 3 p.m.

The NFL suspended Ratliff for the first three games of the regular season for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

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

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Alshon Jeffery Out For 3rd Straight Week With Hamstring Injury

Oct 2, 2015 1:01 PM

Alshon Jeffery will miss Week 4 as he continues to work on returning from a hamstring injury.

Jeffery also sat out Weeks 1 and 2.

Jeffery missed almost a month this preseason with a calf injury and now is dealing with this secondary issue.

Jeff Dickerson/ESPN

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Panthers Acquire Jared Allen From Bears

Sep 28, 2015 4:53 PM

The Carolina Panthers have acquired Jared Allen from the Chicago Bears for a sixth round pick.

Allen didn't fit the Bears' 3-4 scheme and he'll now get a chance to work in Carolina's 4-3.

The Bears paid Allen an $11.5 million roster bonus.

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Jay Cutler Out At Least Two Weeks With Hamstring Injury

Sep 22, 2015 12:41 AM

Jay Cutler will miss at least two weeks with a hamstring injury.

Cutler suffered the injury trying to make a tackle following an interception in Week 2.

The Chicago Bears are off to an 0-2 start.

Jimmy Clausen will start for the Bears in Cutler's absence.

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Alshon Jeffery Questionable For Week 2 After Suffering Setback
Alshon Jeffery is dealing with calf and hamstring injuries.

Jeff Dickerson/ESPN

Matt Forte On Free Agency: All I Can Do Is Play Football
Matt Forte will become a free agent at the end of the season and was asked how playing in a contract year impacts his approach.

Jeff Dickerson/ESPN

Kevin White Could Miss Entire Season With Stress Fracture In Shin
The Bears had been misleading the media on the injury throughout training camp and Kevin White lied on Friday.

Jon Greenberg/ESPN

Bears Acquire Matthew Wells From Pats For Ryan Groy
Linebacker Matthew Wells was drafted in the sixth round by the Patriots in the 2015 NFL draft.

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Bears Sign Tracy Porter
Tracy Porter owns the iconic moment of Super Bowl XLIV for his interception of Peyton Manning returned for a game-sealing touchdown.

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Ray McDonald Arrested On Domestic Violence Charge
Ray McDonald signed with the Bears this offseason.

CSN Bay Area

Bears May Move Away From Matt Forte As Workhorse Back
Matt Forte may no longer be the Bears' workhorse running back with John Fox now in charge.

Kevin Patra/

Brandon Marshall Was Nearly Traded To Patriots In 2014
Brandon Marshall was nearly traded to the Patriots last offseason before he signed a three-year, $30 million extension with the Bears.

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Eagles, Bears Making Hardest Push For No. 2 Pick
Both the Eagles and Bears are targeting Marcus Mariota if they acquire the second overall pick.

Paul Kuharsky/ESPN

Bears Considering Trade Offers For Martellus Bennett
Martellus Bennett is seeking a new contract with the Bears or any trade that acquires him.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Matt Forte Skips Voluntary Camp In Hopes Of New Contract
Matt Forte is entering the final season of a $30.4 million contract he signed in 2012.

Kevin Patra/

Kevin White Visits Bears, Rams This Week
Both Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay project Kevin White going to the Bears at No. 7.

Jeff Dickerson/ESPN

Bears Hosting Jameis Winston For Meeting
Chicago owns the seventh overall pick and still have Jay Cutler on their roster.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Ray McDonald Agrees To Sign With Bears
Ray McDonald will reunite with Vic Fangio.

Chris Mortensen/ESPN

Bears To Keep Jay Cutler As Starting QB In 2015
Under terms of Jay Cutler's contract, he is scheduled to make $15.5 million in 2015 with an additional $10 million guaranteed for injury in 2016.

Chris Mortensen/ESPN

49ers Deny Reports Of Putting Colin Kaepernick On Trade Block
The Eagles and Bears are reportedly interested in Colin Kaepernick.

Sports Illustrated

Jets Agree To Trade With Bears For Brandon Marshall
The Jets will acquire Brandon Marshall pending a physical.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Bears Pursuing Trade Of Brandon Marshall
Brandon Marshall caught 61 balls for 721 yards and eight touchdowns in 2014.

Brad Biggs/Chicago Tribune

Josh McCown, Bills In Contract Talks
Josh McCown has also visited the Browns, Bears and Jets this offseason.

John Wawrow/AP

Bears Noncommittal On Jay Cutler As Starting QB
John Fox said one component of the evaluation process is simply getting to know Jay Cutler.

Michael C. Wright/ESPN

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