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Khalil Mack Expected To Spend Entire Career With Raiders

Oct 1, 2019 4:20 PM

Khalil Mack will play the Oakland Raiders this Sunday for the first time he was traded to the Chicago Bears.

Mack expected to sign a long-term contract with the Raiders and spend his entire career with the franchise.

"That's the expectation when you get drafted to a team: You want to be there for the long haul and bring championships and all those good things," Mack said. "It's the business side of it that doesn't really let you do that."

Mack was drafted fifth overall by the Raiders in 2014.

Mack signed a lucrative multiyear deal with the Bears that included $90 million in total guarantees.

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Bears Mum About Roquan Smith's Personal Issue

Oct 1, 2019 9:30 AM

The Chicago Bears aren't saying why Roquan Smith was a healthy scratch on Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.

"I'm just gonna say it was a personal issue," Matt Nagy said. "I'm not getting into anything else. I'm just gonna completely keep it at that."

When pressed about the issue, Nagy remained quiet.

"I'm not getting into anything with Roquan," the coach said.

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Matt Nagy On Bears Offense: 'Three Points Is Ridiculous'

Sep 6, 2019 8:04 AM

The Chicago Bears managed just three points in Thursday night's season-opening loss to the Green Bay Packers.

"Three points is ridiculous," Matt Nagy said.

Mitchell Trubisky went 26-for-45 for 228 yards and an interception. Mike Davis and David Montgomery combined for 37 rushing yards. Allen Robinson was the lone offense star with seven catches for 102 yards.

"Obviously unacceptable," Nagy said of his offense's performance. "Starts with me, so this -- I just told the guys in there, this is not who we are. I was proud of our defense. I thought they played their ass off tonight. Offensively, not good enough. And we're going to fix it. Our guys know that.

"We have a locker room of high-character people. That's why we bring these guys in because what they do is, they don't point fingers. The defense doesn't point fingers and say the offense should have played better. That's not how we roll."

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Bears, Browns Attracting Most Super Bowl Bets

Aug 19, 2019 9:19 AM

The Chicago Bears and Cleveland Browns have been bet on most to win the Super Bowl, according to Las Vegas sportsbooks.

"It's been kind of overwhelming, the support [for the Bears]," said Alan Berg, the senior oddsmaker for Caesars Sportsbook. "Every time the Bears go to the playoffs, the following year, the money just pours in. Everybody gets optimistic."

The Bears are 9-1 to win the Super Bowl at Caesars, the fourth-best odds behind the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs, who are co-favorites at 7-1, and the New Orleans Saints at 17-2. The Browns are 10-1.

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Bears Cut Elliott Fry, Keep Eddy Pineiro As Kicker

Aug 18, 2019 3:27 PM

The Chicago Bears have waived Elliott Fry, leaving Eddy Pineiro to enter the season as their placekicker.

"Both kickers for us had done a really good job competing," Nagy said. "It wasn't an easy decision for us. Both kickers had done a lot better [in the preseason] than where we thought they were in OTAs.

"But what this enables us to do now with two preseason games left is get more kicks [for Pineiro]. Now you're not splitting reps in the preseason game, and I think there is a mental aspect too for Eddy with him now able to get out there and kick in these final two preseason games and get those reps. The volume will pick up for him. It's a great opportunity for him to see what he can do."

Matt Nagy stopped short of declaring that Pineiro won the job outright.

"Like any position, we're always out there looking for the best," Nagy said. "Eddy hasn't attempted a kick in an NFL regular-season game, so like any player, that can go either really good or really bad. But we like where we are with him right now."

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Cedric Benson Killed In Motorcycle Accident In Austin

Aug 18, 2019 2:53 PM

Cedric Benson was killed in a motorcycle accident in Austin on Saturday evening.

Benson posted a photo of a BMW motorcycle on his Instagram account with the caption “My Saturday Evening” earlier in the day.

Benson’s death came three days after he appeared in a Travis County courtroom and was found guilty of the lesser charge of obstruction of a passageway in connection to a 2017 drunken driving arrest in downtown Austin.

Benson was the No. 4 overall pick by the Chicago Bears in 2005 out of Texas.

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Bears Ready 'To Push The Envelope' Offensively

Aug 6, 2019 9:08 AM

The Chicago Bears have been putting Mitch Trubisky in different offensive situations as they prepare for the 2019 season.

Quarterbacks coach Dave Ragone said that "this is the time to push the envelope" because they have time to correct anything that goes wrong before the regular season begins.

Trubisky said that the offense has to "keep evolving and keep getting better" and that the "trial and error" of training camp practices is part of that process.

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Sportsbook Will Lose Six Figures If Mitch Trubisky Wins MVP

Jul 3, 2019 10:12 AM

The Westgate Las Vegas Sportsbook will lose more than $100,000 on its MVP betting for the 2019 season if Mitch Trubisky ends up winning it.

Enough bets came in on Trubisky's behalf to shift the odds from 200-1 to 50-1.

"It was right from the get-go there was a lot of interest in Trubisky at 200-1," Jay Kornegay said. "That has really continued to a point where he is by far our biggest liability to win the MVP. When you're giving out 200-1 odds, it doesn't take much to create the liability. As it rolls in and you're accumulating hundreds or maybe thousands of dollars at 200-1, next thing you know you have a mid-six-figure liability attached to Trubisky. And that's the last thing I want to do is lose six figures on the NFL MVP."

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Matt Nagy Has Continually Showed Bears End Of Playoff Loss

Jun 21, 2019 10:15 AM

The Chicago Bears lost to the Philadelphia Eagles 16-15 in a playoff game that will always be remembered for Cody Parkey’s double-doink missed field goal on the final play.

Rather than shy away from it, Matt Nagy has showed his team the final moments of the loss often.

"He just shows us the last seconds of the game," Tarik Cohen said. "He shows us the crowd reaction, our reaction from the sideline, and he just tells us to never forget that hurt. We want to get back to that place, but have a different outcome. That drives us and motivates us to get through the practice every day."

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Jordan Howard: Eagles Will Allow Him To Do More On Offense

Jun 4, 2019 9:00 AM

The Chicago Bears traded Jordan Howard to the Philadelphia Eagles for a conditional 2020 sixth-round pick this offseason.

Howard had a career-low 20 catches last season, but the running back expects to be used more in the passing game going forward.

"I feel like they're allowing me to do more, show my game off more instead of just being one-dimensional like Chicago had me," Howard said.

Offensive coordinator Mike Groh said the team has "to keep throwing him balls" because he's been catching them in practice.

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Bears Acquire Kicker Eddy Pineiro From Raiders
Eddy Pineiro joins Chris Blewitt and Elliott Fry as the third kicker on Chicago's roster.

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Bears Cut Two Of Four Kickers On Roster
After wrapping up a rookie minicamp, the Bears released Redford Jones and John Baron.

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2019 NFL Draft First-Round Results
Kyler Murray, Nick Bosa and Quinnen Williams kicked off the first round, but the Raiders started a trend of unpredictability by taking Clelin Ferrell with the fourth overall pick.

RealGM Staff Report

2019 NFL Mock Draft, Final Version
After months of film work and sourcing, Jeff Risdon's final mock draft for the 2019 NFL Draft is here.

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Tarik Cohen Was Hurt By Jordan Howard Trade
The Bears traded Jordan Howard to the Eagles, which could lead to an expanded role for Tarik Cohen.

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Zach Miller Retires 1 1/2 Years After Gruesome Leg Injury
Zach Miller suffered a catastrophic injury in Week 8 of the 2017 regular season that nearly cost him his left leg.

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Jack Del Rio Disagreed With Raiders On Trading Khalil Mack
Jack Del Rio believes Khalil Mack is a future Hall of Famer.

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Eagles Acquire Jordan Howard From Bears For 2020 Pick
The Bears will get a sixth-round pick that can become a fifth-round pick, according to a source.

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Bears-Packers To Kick Off NFL's 100th Season
The NFL will begin the 2019 season with the Bears hosting the Packers on the first Thursday of Week 1.

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Nobel Prize Winner Explains Raiders' Logic Of Khalil Mack Trade
Richard Thaler won the 2017 Nobel Prize for Economics and has consulted with an NFL team about the value of draft choices and how to build a team.

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Packers Sign Za'Darius Smith, Adrian Amos
Za'Darius Smith was the sack leader for the Ravens with a career-best 8.5 last season.

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Bears Create $11M In Cap Space With Restructured Khalil Mack Deal
The Bears are converting $13 million of Khalil Mack's base salary and roster bonus into a signing bonus.

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Bears Receiving Trade Interest On Jordan Howard
Jordan Howard is entering the final year of his original rookie contract at a base salary of $2.02 million.

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Bears Sign Kicker Chris Blewitt
The Bears have signed kicker Chris Blewitt after a tryout.

ESPN

2019 NFL Draft Mock Draft 2.0: Pre-Combine Edition
The Combine at the end of February into early March will provide even more clarity.

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Bears Release Cody Parkey, Will Carry $4.4M Dead Cap Money
Cody Parkey missed a 43-yard field goal against the Philadelphia Eagles that would have sent the Bears to the Divisional Round.

ESPN

NFL Likely To Pick Bears-Packers For 2019 Opener
The Bears-Packers game would help the NFL kickoff its 100th season celebration as the league's oldest rivalry.

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Broncos Hire Ed Donatell As Defensive Coordinator
Ed Donatell was most recently secondary coach of the Bears from 2015 through 2018.

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Bears Won't Rule Out Pursuing Kareem Hunt
Kareem Hunt is on the Commissioner Exempt List and would need to be reinstated before he could sign with any team.

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Matt Nagy Not Happy With Cody Parkey's TV Appearance
Matt Nagy expressed displeasure with Cody Parkey's decision to appear on network morning show just five days after he missed a potentially game-winning field goal in a playoff loss.

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