Chicago Bears Wiretap

Mitch Trubisky Isn't Buying His Own Hype

Aug 17, 2017 9:26 AM

The hype around Mitch Trubisky is growing, but the Chicago Bears rookie quarterback isn't buying it.

"I don't know what hype you're talking about," Trubisky said. "I don't pay attention to it. It's good to be back at Halas. Finished up camp pretty well. We've just got to continue to bring the energy and keep getting better every day like we have so far. We've still got a lot of work to do. But it's good to be back here and getting back at it."

The Bears' offense came alive when Trubisky took over in last week's preseason game. He completed 18 of 25 passes for 166 yards and picked up three first downs running the ball.

"I've still got a lot of work to do," Trubisky said. "I was pleased with how I played, but plenty more mistakes are going on in practice for me that I need to work on and continue to improve in my game and make sure when I go out there that I'm doing my job to help other people do their job. I think it just showed me that I'm making progress, that I could go out there and lead and do my job like I wanted to show. But it was just a small sample; it was the first game and you've just got to continue to be consistent in reproducing that. That's why we're out here working and practicing."

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Bears Won't Change Depth Chart After Mitchell Trubisky's Debut

Aug 11, 2017 9:40 AM

The Chicago Bears won't change their quarterback depth chart despite Mitchell Trubisky's impressive preseason debut on Thursday night.

Trubisky went 18-of-25 for 166 yards, one touchdown and a quarterback rating of 103.1 against the Denver Broncos.

"Our depth chart is not going to change after one game," John Fox said. "That's a really good defense our first unit went against, probably one of the top three defenses in the league. You have to look at a lot of different things. I can understand how you guys might think [we could make a change], but we're not going to change a whole lot after one game."

Meanwhile, veteran Mike Glennon went 2-for-8 for 20 yards and a 0.0 passer rating.

"You kind of have to put it in perspective," Glennon said. "Like I said, we're exactly one month out [from the regular-season opener against the Atlanta Falcons]. For me, it's just good to get back out playing. I got to get used to coming out as a starter and playing and being that guy. A couple more preseason games to tune this up and I'm confident we'll do that."

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Jay Cutler Leaning Towards Remaining Retired

Aug 5, 2017 9:10 PM

Jay Cutler is leaning towards staying retired and beginning his career in broadcasting rather than join the Miami Dolphins.

Ryan Tannehill suffered a left knee injury in Thursday's scrimmage that may require season-ending surgery.

Cutler is intrigued by the possibility of playing for Adam Gase.

The more Cutler considers it, however, the more he questions whether a return to football is what he wants, sources said.

One source told Adam Schefter that Cutler is "really struggling to leave his family."

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Bears Sign Mitchell Trubisky

Jul 19, 2017 1:32 PM

The Chicago Bears have signed their first-round draft pick and No. 2 overall selection, QB Mitchell Trubisky.

Trubisky started all 13 games for the North Carolina Tar Heels in 2016, setting UNC single-season records for passing yards (3,748), passing touchdowns (30) and total offense (4,056) while completing 68.0 percent of his passes. He also set school records with 30 consecutive completions over two games and for most passing yards in consecutive games with 885 (432 vs. JMU; 453 vs. Pitt).

A native of Mentor, Ohio, Trubisky was a semifinalist for the Davey O’Brien and Maxwell Awards last season. He ranks fifth at UNC in career passing touchdowns (41), sixth in passing yards (4,762) and seventh in total offense (5,201) despite only one year as the starting quarterback.

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Mitchell Trubisky: Mike Glennon Is Starter 'All The Way'

Jul 3, 2017 9:24 AM

Mitchell Trubisky was the No. 2 overall pick this spring, but he has no plans to surpass Mike Glennon as the starting quarterback for the Chicago Bears early on.

"Mike's a great dude. He's an absolute pro. We've got a great quarterback room with him, Mark Sanchez and Connor Shaw. So we've all been helping each other compete and getting better every day," Trubisky said. "But Mike's the starter and I'm behind him all the way."

The Bears traded up to take Trubisky with the second pick after committing $18.5 million in guaranteed money to Glennon.

It was reported in May that Glennon "felt cheated" by the pick.

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Twenty Picks, Including Eight First-Rounders, Remain Unsigned

Jun 16, 2017 7:54 AM

Only 20 draft picks from the 2017 NFL Draft remain unsigned as training camps approach.

Among those unsigned are eight first-rounders, including second overall pick Mitchell Trubisky and No. 3 selection Solomon Thomas.

The Los Angeles Rams have five unsigned rookies, all of which were selected in the fourth round or later.

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Jordan Howard Wants To Prove He's No 'One-Year Wonder'

Jun 1, 2017 8:25 AM

Jordan Howard is motivated to prove his rookie season wasn't a fluke after he finished second to Ezekiel Elliott in rushing with 1,313 yards.

Howard didn't play Week 1 and the Chicago Bears didn't start him until Week 4.

"I feel like some people might feel like I might have been just a one-year wonder," he told the Chicago Sun-Times. "That's motivation to keep coming out here and working and improving my game."

Howard wants to catch more passes after hauling in 29 receptions in 2016.

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Victor Cruz Signs One-Year Deal With Bears

May 25, 2017 3:51 PM

Victor Cruz has agreed to a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears.

Cruz, 30, joined the Giants as an undrafted free agent out of UMass in 2010 and quickly made his mark. He starred on their Super Bowl XLVI-winning team in 2011 and had 303 catches, 4,549 receiving yards and 25 touchdowns during his time with the Giants.

The Bears were thin at wide receiver following the departure of Alshon Jeffery.

Cruz is 2½ years removed from major knee surgery and would have counted for $9.4 million against the Giants' salary cap in 2017. New York freed up $7.5 million in cap space with his release.

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Cutler Advises Bears Not To Play Trubisky If Team Has Bad Start

May 6, 2017 1:50 AM

Former Bears quarterback-turned-Fox analyst Jay Cutler advised against Chicago playing 2017 second overall pick Mitchell Trubisky if the club gets off to a bad start.

"If it's going downhill, there is no way I'm playing him," Cutler said on ESPN 1000's Waddle and Silvy Show. "For what? So he can go out there and take a beating and get off to a rough start as an NFL quarterback?"

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Jay Cutler Hired By Fox Sports As Color Commentator

May 5, 2017 11:04 AM

Fox Sports has hired Jay Cutler as a color commentator.

Cutler found his free agent market tepid this offseason, which prompted the move. Cutler isn't prepared to fully say he's done with football.

"I don't know if retirement is the right word; I don't feel that anyone ever really retires from the NFL," Cutler told ESPN's Jeff Darlington. "You are either forced to leave, or you lose the desire to do what's required to keep going. I'm in between those situations at this point in my life."

Two NFL general managers of QB-needy teams say they did not anticipate Cutler getting a role that would allow him to compete for a starting job. An injury could give Cutler a shot to return.

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Teams Tried To Trade Up For Mitch Trubisky, But Not As High As No. 2
The Bears weren't the only team that wanted to trade up to select Mitch Trubisky, but they were the only team willing to move all the way up to No. 2.

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Mike Glennon Feels 'Cheated On' After Mitchell Trubisky Pick
Mike Glennon wasn't thrilled to see the Bears move up to draft Mitchell Trubisky with the second overall pick last Thursday.

Rich Campbell/Chicago Tribune

49ers Thought Bears Were Targeting Solomon Thomas
The Bears refused to tell the 49ers who they were targeting at No. 2.

Peter King/Sports Illustrated

Bears Select Three Of Five Players Below FBS Level
The Bears drafted Ashland University tight end Adam Shaheen in Round 2.

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Bears May Have Been Competing Against Themselves Trading Up
John Fox even was unaware of the Bears' plans to draft Trubisky until a few hours before the draft.

Michael Lombardi/The Ringer

Week 13 Win Over 49ers Cost Bears Three Draft Picks
The Bears traded up to the No. 2 pick to take Mitchell Trubisky on Thursday night.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Full List Of 2017 NFL Draft, First Round
John Ross went ninth overall, one of three wide receivers selected in the top-9.

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Bears Trade Up To No. 2 To Select Mitchell Trubisky
The 49ers want to trade down again.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

49ers, Bears 'Most Antsy' To Trade Down In First Round
The 49ers and Bears are the "most antsy" teams looking to trade down in the first round of this month's NFL Draft.

Peter King/TheMMQB

Mark Sanchez Signs With Bears
Last season with the Cowboys, Mark Sanchez saw action in two contests throwing for 93 yards passing on 10-of-18 attempts.

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Bears To Hold Private Workout With DeShone Kizer
The Bears signed Mike Glennon in the offseason but he's considered a bridge quarterback.

Dan Parr/NFL.com

Alshon Jeffery Agrees To One-Year, $14M Deal With Eagles
The Bears elected not to use their franchise tag on Alshon Jeffery this offseason.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Bears Release Jay Cutler
Jay Cutler asked for his release Thursday morning and it was granted by the Bears.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Bears, Mike Glennon Reach Three-Year, $43.5M Deal
The deal carries a $14.5 million annual average and the guaranteed value isn't yet known.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Alshon Jeffery, Bears Have 'Positive Meeting'
Alshon Jeffery has said that he wants to sign with a contender.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Alshon Jeffery Wants To Sign With Contender
Alshon Jeffery says that he's looking to sign with a contender when the free agent market opens.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Bears Unlikely To Tag Alshon Jeffery
Despite playing under the $14.599 million franchise tag in 2016, Alshon Jeffery caught only 52 balls for 821 yards and 2 touchdowns in 12 appearances.

Jeff Dickerson/ESPN

Bears Begin Seeking Trade For Jay Cutler
While Jay Cutler's contract does not include a no-trade clause, there remains a widespread belief that a deal will require both Cutler and the Bears to agree on the suitor.

Jeff Darlington/ESPN

Jets Unlikely To Pursue Jay Cutler
The Jets' new quarterbacks coach has ties to Jay Cutler.

Rich Cimini/ESPN

Bears Make Acquiring Jimmy Garoppolo Top Offseason Priority
Jimmy Garoppolo is a native of Illinois and the Bears would like to move on from Jay Cutler.

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