Bears Rumors & News

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 10 players on the roster bubble heading into training camp

    The Score "The most exciting stage of free agency has come and gone, but there are still plenty of moves to be made before the 2016 season gets underway. With the NFL draft now in the books, and teams having added plenty of competition to their respective rosters, a number of veteran players will be..." May 11

  • Study reveals interesting data about NFL player suicide rate

    The Comeback "According to government research, NFL players are less likely to commit suicide than the average man in the general population. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health performed research on over 3,000 retired players, and that research showed that NFL players were less likely..." May 11

  • 10 NFL players who are destined for breakout seasons in 2016

    USA Today "As rookie camps and OTAs get going around the league, prepare yourself for hype season. You know, that’s the time of the year when you start to hear that Young Player X is dominating in practice and primed for a big year. We’ve picked out ten players who will undoubtedly create that buzz over the..." May 11

  • Will Jeremy Langford step up?

    Windy City Gridiron "Jeremy Langford probably isn't ready for the 2016 football season. Perhaps more accurately, he is probably not ready to be the key player in an offense that needs him to take the next step forward. While some worry about Langford's 3.63 yards per carry, good for 41st among running backs in the..." May 10

  • Get to know the Bears’ undrafted free-agent signings

    Chicago Sun-Times "Don’t underestimate the value of undrafted free-agent signings. At various points last season, Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio started seven players who went undrafted to start their NFL careers: linebackers John Timu, Christian Jones, Jonathan Anderson and LaRoy Reynolds, safety Harold..." May 09

  • N.F.L. Concussion Payouts Have Lenders Circling

    New York Times "The offers seem too good to pass up: Loans worth tens of thousands of dollars with no money down and no time limit for paying it back. The main catch, sometimes buried in the fine print, is the interest rate of 40 percent or higher. “We take the weight off your shoulders,” reads one pitch,..." May 09

  • Bears finally sign a draft pick

    Pro Football Talk "In past years, the Bears were among the first to get their draft picks signed. This year, they’re lagging. Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports that the Bears have signed cornerback Deiondre’ Hall, the first draft pick under contract from this year’s class." May 07

  • Bears raise stakes for Hroniss Grasu with release of Matt Slauson

    Chicago Tribune "With the Bears planning to move Kyle Long back to right guard, there are a multitude of options for center and left guard even after the team said goodbye to Matt Slauson on Sunday. There are four primary candidates for the two starting positions, and if anything is clear it's that the Bears..." May 07

  • Bears sign eight undrafted free agents

    Pro Football Talk "The Bears signed eight undrafted free agents on Friday. The eight are tight end Joe Sommers (Wisconsin-Oshkosh), tight end Ben Braunecker (Harvard), center Dan Bucholz (Duquesne), cornerback Taveze Calhoun (Mississippi State), linebacker Don Cherry (Villanova), wide receiver Derek Keaton..." May 07

  • Matt Slauson inks two-year deal with Chargers "The San Diego Chargers have added a quality piece to their offensive line. ESPN's Adam Kaplan reported Saturday that the Chargers have signed veteran guard Matt Slauson to a two-year contract. Slauson visited with both the Bolts and the Bills after being released by the Bears last..." May 07

  • NFLPA warns players against meat that could trigger positive PED test

    Fox Sports "Almost every athlete who tests positive for a banned PED says he must have ingested something unknowingly, and now there’s evidence that can actually happen – if you eat a lot of meat in China or Mexico. The NFL Players Association sent a letter to its members this week warning them that eating..." May 03

  • Antrel Rolle rips Bears after being released, plans to 'bust their ass'

    CBS Sports "Less than 24 hours after being released by the Bears, Antrel Rolle is already planning his revenge against the team. "Whatever team I go to, I hope that Chicago's on the table because I'm coming to bust their ass," Rolle told 670 the Score in Chicago on Monday. The 33-year-old was released..." May 02

  • Bears' draft takeaways: 1st-round moves show faith in Vic Fangio

    Chicago Tribune "Some thoughts about the Bears' draft, Ryan Pace's second as general manager: Whether you agree with Ryan Pace's trade up to select outside linebacker Leonard Floyd in the first round, or you think a boom-or-bust prospect isn't worth trading a fourth-round pick for, there should be no problem..." May 02

  • Report: Bears to sign QB Brian Hoyer

    Chicago Sun-Times "After not drafting a quarterback, the Bears instead landed their backup late Saturday. According to CBS Sports’ Jason LaCanfora and multiple reports, they signed former Texans quarterback Brian Hoyer to a 1-year contract." May 01

  • Bears round out running back committee with Jordan Howard

    The Score "The Chicago Bears have selected running back Jordan Howard out of Indiana in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Howard is a power runner who will compete with Ka'Deem Carey to be the bell-cow back in Chicago with Jeremy Langford filling the role of speed back." April 30

  • Bears don’t rule out moving Kyle Long to left tackle

    Pro Football Talk "After the Bears signed right tackle Bobby Massie in free agency, many (including Kyle Long) thought that Kyle Long would be moving back to right guard. That move may be temporary. Addressing the media after the second day of the 2016 draft, Bears G.M. Ryan Pace didn’t rule out flipping Long to..." April 30

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    Manish Mehta @MMehtaNYDN

    Bears traded up to select Georgia OLB Leonard Floyd at No. 9... Jets would have grabbed Floyd in a heartbeat. Turned out to be pipe dream

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    Mike Sando, @SandoESPN

    Wonder if this is the Leonard Floyd pick for Bears.

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    Rick Stroud @NFLSTROUD

    #Bucs receive the Bears 4th round pick to fall back two spots, No. 106 overall. #NFLdraft

  • Bears trade up, draft Georgia LB Leonard Floyd

    Daily Herald "With the ninth overall draft pick in Thursday night's first round, the Bears selected Georgia linebacker Leonard Floyd, who possesses the pass-rush skills that could translate to double-digit sacks in the NFL. The 6-foot-6, 244-pound Floyd played outside linebacker in Georgia's 3-4 defense, and..." April 28

  • Cris Collinsworth to call Thursday Night Football with Mike Tirico

    Awful Announcing "It’s been widely reported that Mike Tirico will be joining NBC and calling Thursday Night Football this season. According to the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson, his partner will be Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth: At the NFL owners meetings in Boca Raton last month, NBC Sports..." April 28

  • Bears wish Alshon Jeffery was at workouts, still talking contract "The Bears have been hard at work with voluntary workouts at Halas Hall, but there’s one notable absence. Top receiver Alshon Jeffery is training individually in Florida, rather than joining the Bears at their facility in Lake Forest. General manager Ryan Pace addressed this issue one day before..." April 27

  • Matt Forte would be ‘disappointed’ if Ryan Fitzpatrick is not back with Jets

    Newark Star-Ledger "Matt Forte, the Jets' new running back, offered some thoughts Tuesday about quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick's contract standoff with the organization. Forte, appearing on CBS Sports Radio's "Tiki and Tierney," said he'd be "disappointed" if Fitzparick isn't back with the Jets in 2016. Here's..." April 27

  • Ezekiel Elliott says the Bears have fallen in love with him

    CBS Sports "In a time that's seen the value of a running back decrease, Ohio State's Ezekiel Elliott is looking to become the second running back to be selected within the top 10 in a second consecutive draft. The Rams took Todd Gurley a year ago with the 10th pick, and two of our four mock drafters see..." April 26

  • From DeflateGate to tampering, how 4 teams forfeited picks in the 2016 NFL Draft

    SB Nation "Forfeited draft picks are a rare occurrence in the NFL, but they do happen -- just not as frequently as they did this year. In fact, the 2016 NFL Draft will have four teams forced to give up a pick due to various infractions. This is the biggest amount of lost picks since 2012, when the New..." April 26

  • Alshon Jeffery hasn’t been at Bears voluntary workouts

    Chicago Sun-Times "Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery has not been participating in the Bears’ voluntary team activities, which began last week. ESPN, which first reported the absence, said the receiver told the team in advance that he planned to train in Florida instead." April 26

  • Report: Mike Tirico is leaving ESPN for NBC

    Sports Business Daily "Mike Tirico, one of ESPN’s best known on-air voices, is leaving the network for NBC, according to several sources. Tirico has been a mainstay with ESPN since '91, and given his many roles at ESPN, he will be an incredibly difficult talent to replace. Tirico has been ESPN's on-air face of the NFL,..." April 25

  • Brandon Marshall says he hasn't seen Jay Cutler; Bromance is over

    TMZ "Add Jay Cutler & Brandon Marshall to the rash of shocking celebrity break-ups lately ... 'cause Marshall says he hasn't seen ... or heard so much as a peep from his old running mate since he left Chicago. Marshall & Cutler played together on the Bears from '12-14 during which time the two guys..." April 25

  • Goodell: NFL Draft likely to leave Chicago, Denver, Atlanta want to host

    Chicago Sun-Times "Though commissioner Roger Goodell was thrilled with Chicago’s staging of the NFL draft last year — and is bracing for a bigger event downtown next week — he expects it to be held elsewhere in 2017. During an informal meeting with Associated Press Sports Editors, Goodell said Thursday it’s “very..." April 24

  • NFL players investing in cannabis pain-management

    Denver Post "The former Broncos’ quarterback and other retired and active NFL players believe Cannabidiol, or CBD, a nonpsychoactive compound in cannabis, could be an alternative to potent painkillers used by players in the league. Nestled at the base of the Flatirons and tucked behind a dog park is Jake..." April 23

  • Bears draft preview: Arkansas QB Brandon Allen one to watch

    Chicago Sun-Times "Representatives from every NFL team watched Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen at his college’s pro day last month. But the Bears sent someone significant — to them and to Allen. Offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains, a former Razorbacks quarterback and holder, has known Allen, the son of a..." April 20

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