Bears Rumors & News

  • NFL Owners Only Care About Money, Not Activism, Says NFLPA's DeMaurice Smith

    TMZ "The head of the NFL Players Association says NFL owners only care about one thing -- money. DeMaurice Smith -- executive director of the NFLPA -- was speaking at George Washington University when the issue of Colin Kaepernick and his kneeling demonstration came up. Smith pointed to the..." April 26

  • Ryan Pace on letting Cameron Meredith go: We lean on our medical staff

    Pro Football Talk "After his two-year deal with the Saints became official, wide receiver Cameron Meredith said he saw no reason why he wouldn’t be able to play at the start of the 2018 season after tearing his ACL and partially tearing his MCL last summer. It seems the Bears aren’t so sure about that. There was..." April 24

  • Matt Forte: Devin Hester should be a first-ballot Hall of Famer

    Pro Football Talk "The Bears recognized running back Matt Forte and kick returner Devin Hester at a retirement ceremony on Monday, and Forte made the case that Hester should get a bust in Canton. Forte said that even though Hester was a punt and kickoff returner and played only sparingly outside special teams,..." April 24

  • Bears should give Mitch Trubisky what he needs — a first-round receiver

    Chicago Sun-Times "You’ve been inundated with draft-day possibilities, to the point where you firmly believe that the Bears could take any of 24 players with their first-round pick. The only thing you can rule out, having read our 12-part series on college punters and the women who love them, is the team using..." April 23

  • Bears have a golden opportunity to get defensive with the No. 8 pick

    Chicago Tribune "Certainly Bears defensive end Akiem Hicks is in the minority in Chicago, a football-minded grinder in a football-crazed city with little to no interest in the upcoming NFL draft. Asked Tuesday whether he at least takes a glance at the ubiquitous prognostications of whom the Bears might select with..." April 21

  • Bears To Sign WR Marlon Brown

    Pro Football Rumors "While Marlon Brown won’t be as likely to make the Bears’ 53-man roster as the franchise’s other offseason additions at this spot, he reached an agreement to compete for a spot. The Bears signed the former Ravens supporting-cast wideout on Thursday, Adam Caplan of ESPN.com tweets. Brown has not..." April 20

  • Bears cut Mekale McKay, sign Nicholas Williams

    Pro Football Talk "The Bears waived receiver Mekale McKay and signed defensive end Nicholas Williams on Friday. Williams, 28, has not played in the NFL since 2016 when he played in five games with the Chiefs and five games with the Dolphins. In three seasons, he has appeared in 21 games. McKay, 24, spent the..." April 20

  • Saturday flex could be a strong hint for the next MNF deal

    Pro Football Talk "The 2018 schedule includes the inevitable flexing of two late-season Sunday games to Saturday. This is not, in my own personal view uninfluenced by anything I’ve heard or not heard from anyone at NBC, an insignificant development. For the first time ever (except in the event of inclement..." April 20

  • Matt Nagy sees “big ceiling” with Kevin White

    Chicago Sun-Times "One of Bears coach Matt Nagy’s goals for his first minicamp was for his team to leave it with confidence. It’s why he has held practice indoors the last two days: so his players could play their best without distraction and feel good about it later. No one needs that boost more than wide..." April 19

  • Mitch Trubisky takes potshot at former head coach John Fox

    Sportsnaut "It’s safe to say Mitch Trubisky is a huge fan of new head coach Matt Nagy and his staff, based on a comment he made on Thursday. What’s just as apparent is that the second-year quarterback is thrilled to have gotten away from former head coach John Fox. Here’s what Trubisky had to say about his..." April 19

  • Why Tarik Cohen is so excited to be a part of Matt Nagy's offense

    NBC Sports Chicago "We’re a little under five months away from the first meaningful snap of the Matt Nagy era, but since it’s April, it’s a good time to daydream about what the Bears’ offense could look like in 2018. So let’s add to that what Tarik Cohen had to say on Wednesday about his early impressions of..." April 19

  • Bears Signing Matt Forte & Devin Hester To One-Day Contracts To Retire With Chicago

    NFL Trade Rumors "The Chicago Bears announced Wednesday that they’re signing RB Matt Forte and WR/KR Devin Hester to one-day contracts next week to retire as members of the franchise. This explains why the Jets recently released Forte. Forte, 32, is a former second-round pick of the Bears back in 2008. He..." April 18

  • Bears' Tarik Cohen ready to become household name in second season

    ESPN "Chicago Bears all-purpose threat Tarik Cohen wasn’t just an ordinary rookie last season. The 119th overall pick of the 2017 NFL draft, Cohen became the first NFL rookie since Gale Sayers in 1965 to score touchdowns via rushing, receiving, passing and punt return in a single season. Cohen..." April 18

  • Strahan, Bradshaw, Long to work Thursday night pregame for FOX

    Pro Football Talk "FOX still hasn’t announced who will be in the booth on Thursday Night Football this season, but it has announced who will be on the pregame set. Michael Strahan, Terry Bradshaw and Howie Long will work the pregame show on Thursday nights, FOX announced today." April 18

  • NFL to release 2018 regular-season schedule Thursday

    NFL.com "The 2018 NFL regular-season schedule will soon be here. The schedule will be announced exclusively on NFL Network during the 2018 NFL Schedule Release Presented by Verizon at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday as part of a two-hour long special. The special will be hosted by Scott Hanson and feature NFL..." April 18

  • Bears enjoying consistency on defense, but reinforcements are coming via NFL Draft

    NBC Sports Chicago "The Bears’ defense not only retained its entire coaching staff from 2017, but it also has, for now, only one new player in a significant role (outside linebacker Aaron Lynch). And there’s a benefit to that, as Akiem Hicks explained on Tuesday. “I like to see the same faces and have that..." April 17

  • Bryce Callahan signs restricted free agent tender with the Bears

    247 Sports "The Chicago Bears will not have a Cameron Meredith situation with defensive back Bryce Callahan. Chicago placed an original-round tender on him just before the start of free agency, and while he did reportedly receive some interest from the Minnesota Vikings earlier this offseason, the market was..." April 17

  • Jordan Howard: Bears Say They Won’t Trade Me

    Pro Football Rumors "Despite some rumblings this offseason of a potential Jordan Howard deal, the running back has been assured that he is staying put. When asked about the speculation on Tuesday, Howard told reporters that Bears executives told his agent that they have “no plans” to trade him (Twitter link via Rich..." April 17

  • NFL, NFLPA announce ban of 10 helmet models after laboratory study

    CBS Sports "The NFL and NFLPA released a joint statement Monday that they have banned 10 helmet models from being used in the future. Six of the 10 helmet models are banned immediately, while four are only permitted to be worn by the players that wore them in 2017. The results of the laboratory testing,..." April 16

  • Four things to watch when Bears coach Matt Nagy begins his first minicamp

    Chicago Sun-Times "When John Fox held his first voluntary veteran minicamp three years ago, he did so with only two familiar faces still on staff — receivers coach Mike Groh and outside linebackers coach Clint Hurtt. When Matt Nagy starts his own three-day camp Tuesday, he’ll do so with a whopping seven —..." April 15

  • No, Dez Bryant doesn't make sense for the Bears (and the Bears don't make sense for him)

    NBC Sports Chicago "The Bears need a wide receiver, and one of the biggest names in the league just became a free agent. But Dez Bryant isn’t a fit for the Bears, and the Bears aren’t a fit for Dez Bryant. Let’s start with the latter part of that: Why would Bryant want to come to Chicago? He already made it clear..." April 13

  • Bears To Sign WR Bennie Fowler

    Pro Football Rumors "In an offseason that’s seen the Bears overhaul their receiving corps, another name will be added to the mix. Chicago will bring in Bennie Fowler on a one-year deal, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com tweets. The Broncos non-tendered Fowler last month, sending the former UDFA into the veteran sector of..." April 13

  • Bears In “Prime Position” To Trade Down In Round 1?

    NFL Trade Rumors "According to Tony Pauline of DraftAnaylst.com, the belief around the NFL is that the Bears will be in “prime position” to trade down from No. 8 overall, regardless of whether the top-four quarterbacks are off the board. Pauline says that Chicago would like to recoup some of the picks they gave..." April 11

  • Letting Cameron Meredith walk for free proves the Bears still don't get it

    Yardbarker "The Chicago Bears have had themselves a nice little offseason. Adding the likes of wide receivers Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel, as well as tight end Trey Burton, seemingly sets second-year quarterback Mitchell Trubisky up well heading into the 2018 campaign. Letting the Green Bay Packers..." April 11

  • Bears letting Cameron Meredith sign with New Orleans has big implications for draft, Kevin White

    NBC Sports Chicago "The Bears on Wednesday declined to match the New Orleans Saints’ two-year, $9.6 million offer sheet to Cameron Meredith, according to multiple reports, meaning the wide receiver will have Drew Brees throwing to him in 2018, not Mitch Trubisky. The surface-level optics of this decision could..." April 11

  • The NFL is reportedly dumping its Color Rush uniforms this year

    Awful Announcing "NFL fans expecting to see the ridiculously colored “Color Rush” uniforms during Thursday Night Football this season appear to be in for a rude awakening. According to sports radio guru Jason Barrett of Barrett Sports Media, Fox Sports EVP of Programming, Research and Content Strategy Bill..." April 11

  • Ravens Made Offer To Cam Meredtih

    Pro Football Rumors "The Ravens have made a concerted effort to revamp their receiving corps this offseason, and to that end, they extended an offer to Bears’ restricted free agent Cameron Meredith, per Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com. Meredith, however, ultimately decided to sign an offer sheet with the Saints, and..." April 08

  • Bears To Bring Back DT John Jenkins

    Pro Football Rumors "For the third time in a year, John Jenkins has reached an agreement to sign with the Bears. Adam Caplan of ESPN.com reports (on Twitter) the veteran defensive tackle will return to the Windy City. Jenkins agreed to terms with the Bears in March of 2017 but did not make the initial roster out of..." April 07

  • Bears' Mitchell Trubisky: I was built for this offense

    NFL.com "The Chicago Bears' No. 1 offseason goal was to buffer the support for franchise quarterback Mitchell Trubisky heading into Year 2. Step one of the process was importing new coach Matt Nagy, an offensive mind who helped unleash Alex Smith and develop Patrick Mahomes in Kansas City last season...." April 06

  • Saints Signing Bears RFA WR Cameron Meredith To Two-Year, $10M Offer Sheet

    NFL Trade Rumors "Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting that the Saints are signing Bears’ restricted free-agent WR Cameron Meredith to an offer sheet on Friday. Ian Rapoport reports that the Saints have signed Meredith to a two-year deal worth $9.6 million plus incentives and includes $5.4 million in..." April 06

  • FOX Sports Working on Plan to Have Michael Strahan Host 'Thursday Night Football' Pregame Show in New York

    SI "A source tells SI.com that FOX’s plan for its “Thursday Night Football” pregame show is to bring it to New York City with a scaled down version of its regular “FOX NFL Sunday” cast. The network, whose Sunday NFL pregame show is based Los Angeles, is expected to air Thursday’s show from the Big..." April 06

  • Jordan Howard causes stir by deleting Bears-related posts from Instagram

    Larry Brown Sports "Jordan Howard is participating in a sacred offseason tradition: an athlete causing a mild hysteria with potentially-ominous activity on social media. The Chicago Bears running back created a bit of a stir on Wednesday when many noticed he had deleted all of his Bears-related posts from..." April 05

  • After 3 surgeries, Bears G Kyle Long expects ‘no limitations’ during season

    Chicago Sun-Times "Bears guard Kyle Long woke up after having neck surgery in December and put both hands over his head. His father, Hall of Famer Howie Long, gave him a knowing look — his son hadn’t been able to do that in a long time. The three-time Pro Bowl player had three surgeries this offseason: to fix..." April 04

  • Josh Bellamy signs RFA tender with Bears

    Chicago Sun-Times "Josh Bellamy signed his restricted free agent tender Wednesday, rejoining the team for $1.907 million next year. The Bears placed an original-round tender on the receiver last month, reserving the right to match any offers he’d receive on the free agent market. Bellamy seemingly deemed a return..." April 04

  • Bears Expected To Sign G Earl Watford

    NFL Trade Rumors "Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports that the Bears are expected to sign veteran G Earl Watford to a contract. Watford, 27, is a former fourth-round pick of the Cardinals back in 2013. He played out his rookie contract with Arizona before signing a two-year, $5 million contract with the..." April 03

  • No Sweatpants in Public: Inside the Rule Books for N.F.L. Cheerleaders

    New York Times "Cheerleaders for the Carolina Panthers, known as the TopCats, must arrive at the stadium on game days at least five hours before kickoff. Body piercings and tattoos must be removed or covered. Water breaks can be taken only when the Panthers are on offense. TopCats must leave the stadium to change..." April 02

  • Veteran running back Benny Cunningham visits Saints, but agrees to return to Chicago

    The Advocate "The New Orleans Saints continue to work on the second and third level of free agency. New Orleans hosted veteran Benny Cunningham for a visit on Monday, a source told The Advocate, but the running back will not be coming to the Saints. Cunningham agreed to terms to return to Chicago, the..." April 02

  • Why Matt Nagy sees the Bears’ history as a motivation for all

    Chicago Sun-Times "A dinner in downtown Chicago had to wait. Bears general manager Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy wanted the coaching staff to see something, to experience the vibe they’re trying to create and spread. So on Wednesday, March 21, members of Nagy’s first Bears staff went to Soldier Field together..." April 01

  • Bears plan to give WR Kevin White ‘every opportunity to succeed’

    Chicago Sun-Times "Bears coach Matt Nagy’s opinion of receiver Kevin White hasn’t changed in the last several weeks. Echoing statements he made at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Nagy said last week at the NFL’s annual meetings in Orlando, Florida, that White will get his shot at redemption. ‘‘For..." March 31

  • Bears plan to give WR Kevin White ‘every opportunity to succeed’

    Chicago Sun-Times "Bears coach Matt Nagy’s opinion of receiver Kevin White hasn’t changed in the last several weeks. Echoing statements he made at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Nagy said last week at the NFL’s annual meetings in Orlando, Florida, that White will get his shot at redemption. ‘‘For..." March 31

  • Goodell: Helmet should be for protection, not a weapon

    NFL.com "A day after the NFL broadened the helmet-hit rule, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell expanded on the decision the league hopes will help make the game safer. "Our focus is how to take the head out of the game and make sure that we're using the helmet as protection, and it's not being used as a..." March 28

  • NFL Competition Committee may consider eliminating kickoffs

    Larry Brown Sports "Kickoffs may be the next NFL stalwart to go out the window in the name of player safety. Green Bay Packers president Mark Murphy, a member of the NFL Competition Committee, said that if nobody can find a way to reduce injuries on kickoffs, the committee will strongly consider eliminating them..." March 28

  • Mark Sanchez A Possibility For Seahawks’ Backup QB Job?

    NFL Trade Rumors "Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times has heard that veteran QB Mark Sanchez could be a possibility for the Seahawks’ backup quarterback job. The Seahawks waived QB Trevone Boykin on Tuesday shortly after news of domestic violence allegations surfaced involving him, so they could clearly use some..." March 28

  • Bears bringing back orange jerseys for 2018 season

    Chicago Tribune "he Bears are going back to orange for their alternate look. The team’s third jersey in 2018 will be orange, chairman George McCaskey said at the NFL owners’ meetings. They previously had an orange alternate jersey from 2005-11. " March 28

  • NFL institutes 15-yard penalty, possible ejection for lowering head to make hit

    ESPN "NFL owners passed an unexpected rule Tuesday that will expand penalties for helmet-to-helmet contact, one that is more significant and far-reaching than the NCAA's targeting rule. Under the change, a player will be penalized 15 yards and potentially ejected any time he lowers his head to..." March 27

  • NFL gives officiating office authority to eject players remotely

    Pro Football Talk "Ejections are no longer at the sole discretion of the on-field officials. The NFL’s owners voted today on a new rule that authorizes a designated member of the officiating department to instruct on-field game officials to eject a player who commits “a flagrant non-football act,” if a foul for..." March 27

  • CBS says fewer ad breaks in NFL games will stay for the 2018 season

    Awful Announcing "Last season, the NFL and its television partners reduced the amount of ad breaks from five per quarter to four. That was in hopes of stopping the silly score-commercial-kickoff-commercial sequence. While it did reduce the number of those silly sequences, the change didn’t get rid of them..." March 27

  • Owners unanimously approve simplified catch rule

    ESPN "NFL owners approved new rules and bylaws on Tuesday, including unanimously approving the proposal to change the league's catch rule and authorizing in-game ejections from the league's officiating office. The owners also made permanent the rule change that teams start from the 25-yard line after..." March 27

  • Brice Butler has visits with Seahawks, Bears, Jaguars, Cardinals

    Pro Football Talk "Former Cowboys receiver Brice Butler has yet to find a new home, but he knows he will have one. He has visits scheduled to Seattle, Chicago, Jacksonville and Arizona, Jane Slater of NFL Network reports. Butler declared in January he was not returning to Dallas if he wasn’t a starter." March 27

  • The Redskins make signing of OLB Pernell McPhee official

    NBC Sports Washington "About a week after he visited Redskins Park, edge rusher Pernell McPhee has decided that he wants to stay. The Redskins announced that they have signed the 29-year-old McPhee. There were a few strong hints that this was going to happen. Shortly after McPhee left Redskins Park there was a report..." March 26

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