Bears Rumors & News

  • Report: Goodell earned $32M in 2015

    The Score "The NFL paid commissioner Roger Goodell $32 million for 2015, according to a tax filing obtained by Daniel Kaplan of Sports Business Journal. Since the NFL changed its status from a non-profit to a profitable venture, this is the last year Goodell's salary will be on public record. " June 30

  • Former NFL coach, defensive guru Buddy Ryan dies at age 82

    ESPN "Former NFL head coach and influential defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan has died, agent James Solano confirmed Tuesday. He was 82. Ryan, who coached in the NFL for 35 seasons, was known for building some of football's top defenses behind a relentlessness that focused on creating havoc on the..." June 28

  • NFL offseason arrests less frequent than years past

    Sportsnaut "Negative press dominates headlines, but the NFL is seeing a positive development when it comes to players getting arrested in the offseason. As detailed by Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, only nine NFL players have been arrested this year since January 1, which is down from 13 last year, 21..." June 27

  • The Refrigerator’s stubborn spiral

    SI "We can start with this: Everybody loves the Fridge. William Perry could have been called the Car or the Shed or the Washing Machine or even the Water Heater. But he wasn’t. The Refrigerator it was—Fridge, for short—ever since his days as a 300-plus-pound All-America nosetackle at Clemson...." June 27

  • NFL owners haul in $222.6 million each for 2015 shared revenue

    Sportsnaut "The NFL, and its owners, just keep getting richer. In a report by Eben Novy-Williams of Bloomberg, the league divided up $7.1 billion in revenue, which is an increase of six percent from the previous year. ESPN’s Darren Rovell has done the math, and as we can see each NFL team owner received a..." June 27

  • Soft tissue injuries and what the Bears are doing to prevent them

    Windy City Gridiron "The Chicago Bears, as well as other NFL teams, have been plagued by key players missing significant playing time due to soft tissue injuries. Alshon Jeffery famously suffered four different soft tissue injuries in 2015, and while he did fight through them, they cut into both his playing time and..." June 26

  • Who will be the Chicago Bears' offensive triplets at the end of the 2016 season?

    Windy City Gridiron "The term "triplets" in football has been popular ever since the Dallas Cowboys' threesome of Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin and Troy Aikman led them to three Super Bowl championships in the 1990s. Those three were Hall of Fame players at running back, wide receiver and quarterback..." June 22

  • John Fox: Jay Cutler ‘had an outstanding year’ in 2015

    Sportsnaut "The Chicago Bears finished with an abysmal 6-10 record, landing them to the bottom of the NFC North last season. Although, this did not deter head coach John Fox from heaping on the praises of quarterback Jay Cutler. “I thought Jay had an outstanding year,” Fox said, per Peter King of..." June 21

  • Report: Bears, Jeffery still discussing long-term deal

    The Score "Alshon Jeffery has already signed his franchise tender, but the possibility of a long-term agreement still exists. The Chicago Bears are continuing to discuss a multi-year contract with their star wide receiver as the July 15 negotiation deadline approaches, reports Jeremy Fowler of..." June 21

  • NFL takes unusual step of involving position coaches in looking at more kickoff rule changes

    USA Today "The NFL is assessing the viability of further rules changes on kickoffs with unprecedented input from the league’s special teams coordinators, who want to save the exciting play from extinction. Dean Blandino, the NFL’s vice president of officiating, recently held a conference call with special..." June 21

  • Bears sign tight end Tony Moeaki

    Chicago Tribune "The Bears devoted considerable time looking for tight end options after Zach Miller and added another option Thursday when local product Tony Moeaki was signed to a one-year contract. Moeaki, whose career got off to a fast start with the Chiefs after they drafted him in the third round in 2010,..." June 17

  • Bears WR Alshon Jeffery still wants a long-term deal

    ESPN "Chicago Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery said on Tuesday that finalizing a long-term contract with Chicago is a priority, but he added that he would be OK playing under the franchise tag in 2016 if the two sides cannot strike a deal before the July 15 deadline. "[A long-term deal] is the goal, but..." June 16

  • Jay Cutler on Dowell Loggains, Alshon Jeffery and running backs without Matt Forte

    Chicago Tribune "Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler met with reporters Tuesday for the first time in 2016. There was a lot to get at with the 11th-year veteran, who is beginning his eighth year in Chicago. Since Cutler last spoke publicly, the Bears promoted Dowell Loggains from quarterbacks coach to..." June 15

  • Alshon Jeffery reports for start of mandatory minicamp

    Chicago Tribune "Receiver Alshon Jeffery reported to Halas Hall on Monday, as expected, for the start of the Bears' mandatory minicamp, the team announced. The former Pro Bowler, who carries the Bears' franchise player tag and is seeking a long-term contract, stayed away from the eight-week voluntary portion of..." June 13

  • Former Bear Bryan Robinson found dead in Milwaukee motel room

    Chicago Tribune "Former Bears defensive lineman Bryan Robinson, a 14-year NFL veteran, has died. Robinson was discovered late Saturday in a Milwaukee motel room. He was 41." June 13

  • Report: Bears offered Jermaine Gresham $12M guaranteed and he turned it down

    Windy City Gridiron "When the Chicago Bears decided to trade tight end Martellus Bennett to the New England Patriots, they had a couple of free agency plans in mind to replace him. Jermaine Gresham, who ended up re-signing with the Arizona Cardinals, was plan A, and restricted free agent Josh Hill of the New Orleans..." June 12

  • Bears' White facing no setbacks with leg after missing rookie year

    The Score "Chicago Bears wide receiver Kevin White missed his entire rookie season due to a fractured tibia, but says he's pain free entering the 2016 campaign. White, selected seventh overall by the Bears in 2015, figures to become a vital part of the team's passing game after watching from the sidelines..." June 11

  • Bears release QB Matt Blanchard, sign QB Dalyn Williams

    Windy City Gridiron "Per the Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs, the Chicago Bears have informed quarterback Matt Blanchard that he will be released. In a corresponding roster move, the Bears will sign undrafted free agent Dalyn Williams, a quarterback from Dartmouth. Blanchard was on his second stint with his hometown..." June 09

  • Bears sign 3rd round pick Jonathan Bullard

    Windy City Gridiron "The Chicago Bears have announced the signing of 3rd round draft pick Jonathan Bullard to a 4 year deal. Bullard, a defensive lineman out of the University of Florida, was the last of the Bears draft picks to sign. He was picked 72nd overall and Pro Football Focus recently called him the best..." June 07

  • NFL owners, coaches say a developmental league is needed and here's what's brewing

    CBS Sports "The limos were lined up bumper-to-bumper around the sprawling driveway and the private planes waited on tarmacs nearby as NFL owners scrambled to get back home after wrapping up another league meeting. In a nearby ballroom, commissioner Roger Goodell began addressing the media, his statements..." June 07

  • NFL Twitter Hacked, Announces Roger Goodell's Death

    Deadspin "Some gremlin got access to the NFL’s Twitter account today and announced the death of commissioner Roger Goodell. NFL PR flack Brian McCarthy quickly corrected the record: The other two tweets were also deleted. The NFL appears to have regained control of its account. The fake cause of..." June 07

  • 20 Different Players to Take Part in Celebrity Family Feud NFL Edition This Summer

    Total Pro Sports "If you enjoyed the Gronkowski Family‘s appearance on Celebrity Family Feud last summer, you’ll love what the NFL has in store for you this year. ABC is mixing up the format of Celebrity Family Feud for Season 2. While many of the episodes will feature celebrities and their actual families, a..." June 07

  • NFL curious about marijuana as potential medical alternative

    Sporting News "While it’s not saying so publicly, the NFL is exploring the viability of marijuana as a medical option for its players. In a profile on Ravens offensive tackle Eugene Monroe’s marijuana advocacy, the Washington Post reports NFL senior vice president for player health and safety Jeff Miller and..." June 07

  • Danny Trevathan says Broncos flew him coach to White House

    Larry Brown Sports "Former Denver Broncos linebacker Danny Trevathan now plays for the Chicago Bears, but he still wanted to fly with his former teammates to meet the president on Monday. Now that he is no longer part of the organization, did the Broncos make him fly coach? Trevathan sent a tweet on Monday about..." June 06

  • Six Bears who must elevate play in Year 2 under Ryan Pace and John Fox

    Chicago Tribune "Bears general manager Ryan Pace and coach John Fox have transformed the team in their first 17 months, making it younger and jettisoning players who don't fit their schemes or desired culture. Fans attending training camp in Bourbonnais will need a copy of the 90-man roster to keep everything..." June 05

  • Bears expecting big things, big plays from Adrian Amos in Year 2

    Chicago Sun-Times "Bears coaches often spoke glowingly about safety Adrian Amos during his rookie season. When Amos secured the starting job for Week 1, defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said he “looks like an NFL safety should look in all phases.”" June 03

  • Bears Signing OT Nate Chandler

    NFL Trade Rumors "Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Bears are signing OT Nate Chandler to a contract. The Bears apparently brought in Chandler along with veteran OT Jake Long for workouts on Thursday. However, it appears as though Chandler was the more impressive of the two. Chandler just recently..." June 02

  • Bears, Alshon Jeffery Unlikely To Ink New Deal This Summer

    Pro Football Rumors "The fact that Jeffery’s chosen to train independently in Miami has helped dissuade the Bears from engaging in substantial long-term extension discussions, Jason Cole of Bleacher Report notes (video link). Although Jeffery and Jay Cutler have played together for four seasons, the second-year power..." June 02

  • Bears hosting Jake Long

    Pro Football Talk "Although some have mistaken them for siblings at various points during their careers, tackle Jake Long and guard Kyle Long aren’t brothers. They could be playing together in 2016, however. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Jake Long will spend part of Thursday working out for the Bears, who..." June 02

  • Bears waive 2015 sixth-round pick Tayo Fabuluje

    Pro Football Talk "Bears General Manager Ryan Pace oversaw his first draft in Chicago in 2015 and added six players to the Bears roster. On Wednesday, the team parted ways with one of those players. The Bears announced that tackle Tayo Fabuluje has been placed on waivers, making him the first player picked by..." June 01

  • “Near Certainty” Alshon Jeffery Plays Out 2016 Season Under Franchise Tag

    NFL Trade Rumors "According to Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune, it’s a “near certainty” WR Alshon Jeffery will play out the 2016 season under the franchise tag. Wiederer adds that there have been no indications that the Bears will push to get a long-term deal done with Jeffery this summer. Instead, Wiederer..." May 31

  • Bears agree to terms with 1st-round pick Leonard Floyd

    CSN Chicago "The Bears' first-round pick is signed. The team announced Friday afternoon that it agreed to terms with Leonard Floyd, the linebacker out of Georgia the Bears selected with the No. 9 pick in this year's draft." May 28

  • An upgrade from within? Hroniss Grasu bigger, better in Year 2

    Chicago Sun-Times "After a challenging rookie season in which he started eight games but failed to establish himself as the Bears’ center for the next decade, Hroniss Grasu is bigger and stronger — but more importantly, smarter. The 2015 third-round draft pick from Oregon is on a mission to gradually gain “good”..." May 27

  • Jeremy Langford: Bears need me to make plays with Matt Forte gone

    ESPN "Jeremy Langford knows the pressure is on compared to last season. "It’s a lot different," Langford said at organized team activities. "It’s up to me, how I deal with it. Last year, it was more, 'Let’s see what he can do,' and now it’s 'We need you out there to make plays.' A fourth-round..." May 26

  • Roger Goodell on NFL’s concussion issue: ‘This is our No. 1 priority’

    Sportsnaut "Holding a press conference at this week’s NFL spring meetings, commissioner Roger Goodell had to answer questions involving an Outside the Lines report suggesting that the league attempted to influence a government study on concussions. Primarily focusing on what seems to be league-mandated PR..." May 25

  • Three ways the Bears offense is changing

    Chicago Sun-Times "Asked about Kyle Long last week, Bears offensive line coach Dave Magazu casually mentioned the three-time Pro Bowler has more to learn. “We’ve changed offensively,” he said. How so? “You gotta watch the tape,” he said. Game film is four months away, but the Bears’ offense will continue..." May 23

  • Can Zach Miller be a break out star for the Bears?

    Windy City Gridiron "When the Chicago Bears traded away Martellus Bennett, they did so with the notion that a returning Zach Miller could step in and fill some of the void at tight end. Miller may not come close to the 65 receptions and 685 receiving yards that Bennett has averaged over the last four years, then..." May 21

  • Competition underway as Bears seek to replace Matt Forte by committee

    Chicago Tribune "The line of people waiting for Jeremy Langford's autograph extended beyond three snaking rows out into Columbus Drive. He was a main attraction on a chilly, overcast Friday afternoon in Draft Town. Attention is just part of life for the Bears' first-string running back, even if the title applies..." May 20

  • Bears to charge more for tickets to Packers game

    Chicago Tribune "Bears single-game tickets go on sale at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, and the team also announced the debut of tiered pricing. Not surprisingly, the Packers game on Dec. 18 has been set at the highest premium as the Bears use variable pricing for the first time. For Section 209 along the 50-yard line,..." May 20

  • Report: NFL to move Pro Bowl to Orlando

    Orlando Sentinel "The National Football League is moving its Pro Bowl all-star game to Orlando, according to a report by The Bloomberg report cited three people familiar with the matter confirming that Orlando has beaten out the event's traditional home of Honolulu, as well as Houston and Sydney,..." May 19

  • 10 undrafted free agents who could make an impact in the NFL

    SB Nation "Carving out a spot on an NFL roster filled with veterans, free agent acquisitions and new draft selections is a lot for undrafted free agents to overcome. But every year players are able to pull it off. In 2015, there were 56 undrafted rookies who snagged a spot on a 53-man roster after..." May 17

  • NFL names new czar of discipline for on-field conduct

    Sporting News "Former All-Pro offensive tackle Jon Runyan was named the NFL's new czar of discipline for on-field conduct, the league announced Tuesday. Runyan, who also served as a congressman (R-New Jersey) from 2011-15, played 14 seasons in the NFL for four teams, most notably with the Philadelphia..." May 17

  • Ranking NFL's divisional worst-to-first contenders

    Tennessean "Optimism is never in short supply throughout the NFL offseason, even for the league's most moribund franchises. In a parity-driven league, a sudden rise never seems far off. The Washington Redskins were last season's lone worst-to-first story, but they proved it's possible to shed the standards..." May 17

  • Best offseason acquisitions for all 32 NFL teams

    ESPN "From free agents to coaches and draft picks to general managers, NFL Nation reporters select the top offseason pickup for every team: AFC EAST Buffalo Bills Outside linebacker Shaq Lawson Drafting Lawson at No. 19 overall was a steal for the Bills -- general manager Doug Whaley never..." May 16

  • Vic Fangio upbeat about ‘better pieces to work with’ on Bears’ D

    Chicago Sun-Times "The Bears were desperate for speed in the offseason, but the “football gene” was a close second when it came to giving Vic Fangio what he needs to invigorate the Bears’ defense. Though Fangio has a reputation for putting players in position to succeed, the players who have a knack for getting..." May 15

  • Jonathan Bullard knows 'job available' at defensive end for Bears

    Chicago Tribune "Jonathan Bullard has more in common with Alex Brown than he knows. Both defensive ends hail from the South and were drafted in the middle rounds by the Bears out of the University of Florida where they were All-Americans. Bullard, whom the Bears picked in the third round (72nd overall),..." May 15

  • Malik Jackson’s identical twin, Marquis, trying out for Bears

    Chicago Sun-Times "If Marquis Jackson turns out to be anything close to his identical twin, the Bears will be thrilled. As it is, the 6-4, 280-pound defensive lineman is trying out this weekend. His brother, Malik, dominated on the Broncos before signing a six-year, $90 million deal with the Jaguars this..." May 14

  • Bears' Kevin White compared to Andre Johnson, Reggie Wayne by WR coach

    The Score "The Chicago Bears were quite disappointed not to have the services of first-round receiver Kevin White in their lineup last season, but the wait has only grown the hype. White is back on the field this spring for the Bears' offseason workouts, after missing his rookie season due to injury, and..." May 14

  • Bears DC Fangio unconcerned about Leonard Floyd's weight

    The Score "The Chicago Bears traded up to the ninth overall pick to ensure they'd get linebacker Leonard Floyd, but their selection was followed by questions about how he'd fit into their scheme. The Bears' 3-4 defense means Floyd will be asked to play outside linebacker, but his relative lack of size at..." May 14

  • Dowell Loggains: ‘Mutual respect’ key to working with Jay Cutler

    Chicago Sun-Times "Bears offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains opened with a short joke. “First time in my life I’ve looked down on people like this,” Loggains, who’s 5-5, said while standing on a platform made for media interviews. “I figured I’d beat you guys [the media] to it before coach [John] Fox..." May 14