Chicago Bears Wiretap

Ray McDonald Agrees To Sign With Bears

Mar 24, 2015 2:01 PM

The Chicago Bears have agreed to sign Ray McDonald.

McDonald will reunite with Vic Fangio.

McDonald was cut by the San Francisco 49ers in December after several legal issues.

Chris Mortensen/ESPN

Tags: Chicago Bears, San Francisco 49ers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Bears To Keep Jay Cutler As Starting QB In 2015

Mar 10, 2015 10:56 AM

The Chicago Bears will start Jay Cutler at quarterback in 2015.

One source was adamant that there was "absolutely zero truth" to recent reports that Cutler was being actively shopped for a potential trade.

 

John Fox and general manager Ryan Pace have been publicly noncommittal about Cutler's status with the team in limited media access since they joined the organization in February.

 

Under terms of Cutler's contract, he is scheduled to make $15.5 million in 2015 with an additional $10 million guaranteed for injury in 2016 if he is on the roster as of Thursday at 4 p.m. ET.

Chris Mortensen/ESPN

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

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49ers Deny Reports Of Putting Colin Kaepernick On Trade Block

Mar 9, 2015 12:13 PM

Trent Baalke has denied reports that Colin Kaepernick has been put by the San Francisco 49ers on the trading block.

"Colin is our quarterback and we are excited to have him," Baalke said in his statement. "He is not going anywhere. The media reports suggesting otherwise are without merit, and quite frankly, ridiculous."

Jayson Braddock of KBME in Houston first reported Kaepernick was on the block, intimating the Philadelphia Eagles and Chicago Bears were among teams interested in the quarterback.

Kaepernick was widely thought of as Jim Harbaugh's quarterback.

Sports Illustrated

Tags: Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Jets Agree To Trade With Bears For Brandon Marshall

Mar 6, 2015 11:08 AM

The New York Jets have agreed to a trade with the Chicago Bears for Brandon Marshall.

The trade is pending a physical. 

Marshall caught 61 balls for 721 yards and eight touchdowns in 13 games this past season for the Bears. Marshall was traded to the Bears by the Miami Dolphins in 2012.

The Jets already have Eric Decker at wide receiver, while the status of Percy Harvin with the franchise remains uncertain.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: Chicago Bears, New York Jets, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Bears Pursuing Trade Of Brandon Marshall

Mar 5, 2015 11:22 AM

The Chicago Bears are pursuing a trade of Brandon Marshall.

The key date to keep in mind with Marshall is Thursday, March 12. That is when his base salary of $7.5 million for 2015 becomes fully guaranteed.

The Bears sent two third round picks to the Miami Dolphins in 2012 to acquire Marshall. Chicago is likely looking for a mid-round pick in exchange for Marshall.

Marshall caught 61 balls for 721 yards and eight touchdowns in 2014.

Alshon Jeffery would become the No. 1 wide receiver for the Bears, who has a similar skill-set as Marshall.

Brad Biggs/Chicago Tribune

Tags: Chicago Bears, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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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."

Michael C. Wright/ESPN

Tags: Chicago Bears, Misc Rumor

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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 NFL.com 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

Tags: Chicago Bears, San Francisco 49ers, Misc Rumor

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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

Tags: Chicago Bears, Misc Rumor

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Adam Gase, Charlie Weis Emerge As Bears' OC Candidates
Charlie Weis and Adam Gase are among the candidates for the Bears' offensive coordinator vacancy.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Vic Fangio Agrees To Join Bears As Defensive Coordinator
Vic Fangio runs a 3-4 defense, which aligns with the defensive philosophy of John Fox.

Jason La Canfora/CBS Sports

Bears Hire John Fox As Head Coach
The Bears had been expected to pursue a veteran head coach like John Fox to pair with first-time general manager Ryan Pace.

Chris Mortensen/ESPN

Bears To Interview John Fox
John 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

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

RealGM Staff Report

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.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

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.

ESPN.com

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.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

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.

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