Bears Rumors & News

  • Shanahan won’t land Fangio as 49ers DC

    San Francisco Chronicle "Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio won’t reunite with the 49ers. Fangio was believed to be a prime candidate to serve as the defensive coordinator on Kyle Shanahan’s yet-to-be assembled staff with the 49ers, but the Bears didn’t allow Fangio out of his contract, a source said. Fangio was..." January 20

  • Bears to hire Curtis Modkins as running backs coach

    Pro Football Talk "The Bears need a new running backs coach with Stan Drayton taking a job at the University of Texas and they’ve reportedly found their man. Adam Caplan of ESPN reports that the team is expected to hire Curtis Modkins to fill the position on John Fox’s staff. Modkins spent the 2016 season as..." January 18

  • Bears expected to hire Jeremiah Washburn as offensive line coach

    Pro Football Talk "Jeremiah Washburn spent seven years coaching offensive linemen with the Lions and it appears he’s headed back to the NFC North after spending last season in Miami. Alex Marvez of Sporting News reports that the Bears will hire Washburn as their offensive line coach. They parted ways with Dave..." January 16

  • Josh McDaniels not leaving Patriots to be 49ers head coach

    ESPN "Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is withdrawing his name from consideration for the San Francisco 49ers' head coaching job and will remain with New England in 2017. McDaniels said he was impressed with 49ers CEO Jed York and the front office personnel who pitched him. "They did..." January 16

  • The NFL's Drug of Choice

    Bleacher Report "They didn't ask questions. If something hurt, NFL players simply stepped in line behind dozens of others waiting for the same drug. One by one, for years, players have taken a shot of Toradol to the rear or swallowed the drug in pill form to play football on Sunday. The game-day ritual was..." January 11

  • Pacific Pro Football League for non-NFL-eligible players to debut

    ESPN "A new pro football league announced Wednesday it plans to begin hiring players in winter 2017 and staging games in summer 2018. The Pacific Pro Football League is for players who have graduated from high school but aren't in college and haven't been out for three years in order to make..." January 11

  • Super Bowl ad spending for first 51 years totals almost $5 billion

    Awful Announcing "The Super Bowl is an event where the ads are almost as important as the game. Over the years, attention to the commercials has grown to the point where you can preview them on YouTube and other sites before the Big Game. Because the Super Bowl draws the year’s biggest television audience, it’s no..." January 11

  • Bears sign Rueben Randle

    Pro Football Talk "The offseason brings expanded rosters for teams around the NFL and expanded chances for players trying to revitalize stalled careers. Wide receiver Rueben Randle is one such player and he’ll get an opportunity in Chicago this offseason. The Bears announced Tuesday that they have signed Randle..." January 10

  • Jets hire former Bears assistant Clint Hurtt

    Pro Football Talk "The Jets have begun filling in the blanks after making some significant if not wholesale changes on their defensive staff. According to Alex Marvez of the Sporting News, the Jets are giving a two-year deal to Bears assistant Clint Hurtt to be their new outside linebackers coach. He’ll..." January 07

  • Chris Berman stepping down from ESPN NFL studio role

    Larry Brown Sports "Sundays are going to look and feel a lot different at ESPN next fall, as longtime broadcaster Chris Berman is stepping down from his current in the network’s NFL studio. ESPN announced on Thursday that Berman will no longer be hosting ESPN’s NFL studio programming following the playoffs. He..." January 05

  • NFL TV viewership dropped an average of 8 percent this season

    ESPN "Broadcasters of NFL games saw television viewership drop by an average of 8 percent for the 2016 regular season, as a typical game was watched by 1.4 million fewer people than last season (16.5 million versus 17.9 million), according to league data obtained by ESPN. Prime-time broadcasts were..." January 05

  • It's no joke: A barista and a farmer walk into a Vegas sportsbook, and come out with $1.2 million "So, a barista and a farmer walk into the Las Vegas Superbook… It sounds like the setup for a great joke, right? Well, it’s no joke, although the barista and the farmer are now laughing all the way to the bank. That’s because the two finished No. 1-2 in the prestigious SuperContest, the..." January 05

  • Bears chairman willing to be patient with coach and G.M.

    CSN Chicago "After two dismal seasons under coach John Fox following two dismal seasons under coach Marc Trestman, Bears fans – and their team’s chairman – might be forgiven for a blunt question about when their football team would return to watchability: “So how long is all this going to take?” Best..." January 05

  • Bears commend Alshon Jeffery for bold Super Bowl declaration

    ESPN "Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery raised eyebrows last weekend when he guaranteed the Chicago Bears (3-13) would win the Super Bowl next year. To a portion of the frustrated fan base, Jeffery's comment -- "I guarantee you we'll win the Super Bowl next year" -- felt ill-timed. The Bears had just..." January 04

  • Bears don’t rule out Jay Cutler returning in 2017

    Sportsnaut "The Chicago Bears didn’t exactly have the most ideal of seasons. The same could be said for quarterback Jay Cutler. Cutler started only five games after enduring various injuries that finally landed him on IR in early December. This leads to the topic of conversation that typically takes place..." January 04

  • Everything on the Table for the Bears QB Situation

    CSN Chicago "Bears GM Ryan Pace wouldn't reveal the team's plans regarding the quarterback situation in 2017, but during Wednesday's season-ending press conference Pace made it clear that the organization will explore all options. While Pace didn't get into specifics, he said that "everything is on the..." January 04

  • Agent's Take: 10 NFL stars who could be in different uniforms in 2017

    CBS Sports "A player getting released because his performance doesn't justify his salary is a way of life in the NFL, where contracts aren't fully guaranteed. When a player is released or traded, the remaining proration of the salary components that are treated like signing bonus immediately accelerate into..." January 04

  • John Fox, Bears to coach top NFL prospects at 2017 Senior Bowl

    CSN Chicago "For the fourth time in franchise history, the Bears — along with the Cleveland Browns — will coach in the 2017 Reese's Senior Bowl later this month. It allows John Fox and his coaching staff to get an early look at the top prospects in the upcoming NFL Draft, which is important for a team that..." January 04

  • Finalists for 2017 Hall of Fame class include LaDainian Tomlinson, Jason Taylor, Brian Dawkins

    ESPN "First-year eligibles LaDainian Tomlinson, Jason Taylor and Brian Dawkins are among 15 modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Also making the finals are Morten Andersen, Tony Boselli, Isaac Bruce, Don Coryell, Terrell Davis, Alan Faneca, Joe Jacoby, Ty Law, John Lynch, Kevin..." January 04

  • 'Hard Knocks' 2017: Which teams are eligible for this year's HBO show?

    Sporting News "HBO's "Hard Knocks," a well-produced show that gives fans get a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of training camp, is a popular series. There's always intrigue before the show starts in the summer, as producers must first select a team for the season. The league in 2013 mandated..." January 03

  • Ezekiel Elliott, Jordan Howard first NFL rookies to finish 1-2 in rushing

    Pro Football Talk "For the first time in NFL history, two rookies stand atop the list of rushing leaders. Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott easily won the NFL’s rushing title, finishing with 1,631 yards despite taking Week 17 off. And in something no one could have seen coming at the start of the season, Bears..." January 03

  • Bears QB Brian Hoyer: ‘I would love to stay here’

    Chicago Tribune "With four quarterbacks on the roster or injured reserve that are coming out of contract and veteran Jay Cutler, the Chicago Bears have a multitude of decisions to make at the NFL’s most important position. This much is certain: Veteran Brian Hoyer would embrace the opportunity to return for a..." January 03

  • Alshon Jeffery: 'I guarantee you we are going to win the Super Bowl next year' "Receiver Alshon Jeffery wasn’t so confident about his future with the Bears after a season-ending loss Sunday, but he’s certainly feeling optimistic about the organization’s chances next season. “I guarantee you we’re going to win the Super Bowl next year,” Jeffery told reporters after Chicago..." January 02

  • Bradford tosses 3 TDs as Vikings rout Bears

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- On the field, the Minnesota Vikings were putting together one of their most complete efforts of the season, turning a season-high five takeaways into a season-high 38 points. High above, behind one end zone, two individuals hung from a support beam along with a banner protesting the..." January 01

  • John Fox expected to remain with Chicago Bears "The second-year turnaround did not happen for John Fox. The Bears coach, who twice in his career has turned in triumphant rebuilds in his second season, will try to win just his fourth game Sunday against the Vikings. But, according to those who know him well, Fox will have the opportunity to..." January 01

  • After surprising coordinator, Bears’ Jordan Howard nears record

    Chicago Sun-Times "As a kid, Jordan Howard idolized LaDainian Tomlinson. In college, he switched to Marshawn Lynch. “How difficult it was to bring him down,” he said. The switch is indicative of the rookie’s running style — and, perhaps, his NFL success. Howard needs 61 yards Sunday against the Vikings to..." December 29

  • Heisman winner Rashaan Salaam died of gunshot to head, coroner says

    Sporting News - NCAAF "Former Colorado running back and Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, the Boulder County Coroner's Office reported Thursday (via The Denver Post). The nature of Salaam's death hadn't been made public, although his mother said at the time of..." December 29

  • Hall of Fame game moved to Thursday night to start preseason

    ESPN "The Hall of Fame game will be played on Aug. 3 -- a Thursday night -- next summer, two days before the inductions into the pro football shrine. On Wednesday, the hall announced the change in schedule. Previously, the game was played on a Sunday, one night after the inductions. Participants..." December 28

  • John Fox thinks Bears are “closer than people think”

    Chicago Tribune "The Bears’ home finale on Christmas Eve provided the sparse crowd with some painful images that will linger until next summer. A 20-point losing margin on the scoreboard. Opposing players running all over the field with the ball, whether it was returning one of five interceptions or piling up 478..." December 28

  • Redskins demolish Bears, keep playoff hopes alive

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- The Washington Redskins desperately wanted to pick up their running game to balance out their passing-driven attack. Just about everyone on the Redskins' offensive unit took that to heart on Saturday, especially quarterback Kirk Cousins. Cousins ran for two touchdowns and..." December 24

  • Bears activate Jerrell Freeman following PED suspension

    Pro Football Talk "The Bears on Friday activated linebacker Jerrell Freeman, promoted offensive lineman Cornelius Edison from the practice squad and placed defensive lineman Eddie Goldman on their injured-reserve list. Freeman had been suspended the last four games for a violation of the NFL’s policy on..." December 23

  • New Spring League isn’t an NFL production

    Pro Football Talk "Yes, there’s a new spring football league coming. No, it’s not an NFL production. A series of tweets from SiriusXM NFL Radio declares that “[t]he NFL will have a spring league starting in the spring of 2017, structured around four squads of veteran free agent players.” Per a source with..." December 22

  • Report: NFL to debut spring league in 2017

    Sportsnaut "In unprecedented news Thursday, the NFL announced plans to start a “spring league,” using four teams comprised of veteran NFL free agents. Seemingly a take on the FXFL that ran for two seasons in 2014 and 2015, as well as the veteran free agent combine that was a magnificent bust last year, the..." December 22

  • NFL vows to apply Rooney Rule informally to some coordinator openings

    Washington Post "The NFL has vowed to apply a new best practice to the hiring process for some coordinator jobs based upon its minority interviewing standard known as the Rooney Rule, according to the diversity group that works with the league on its hiring practices. The change, which will not constitute a..." December 22

  • 8 NFL head coaches who could be fired this season

    Fox Sports "Winter is the worst season for NFL head coaches. Pressure mounts, tensions run high and job security is a hot topic. Most coaches' jobs are safe. For others, however, firings are certainly possible. Just look at Jeff Fisher and Gus Bradley – both of whom were terminated in the past two..." December 21

  • The odds of legalized sports betting in Trump's America "The surprise election of Donald Trump as the next U.S. president was one of the biggest betting upsets in recent years, with the Republican nominee cashing in as big as a 200/1 long shot this past November. That underdog run to the White House has now sparked hope for another political long..." December 21

  • NFL announces 2017 Pro Bowl rosters "A league-best seven Oakland Raiders have been selected to play in the 2017 Pro Bowl, according to rosters released by the NFL on Tuesday. Derek Carr, Amari Cooper and Khalil Mack are among the standouts who will be representing the resurgent Raiders in the annual gridiron all-star fest, which..." December 21

  • NFL to expand fan access at combine, opens ticket registration

    ESPN "The NFL is greatly expanding access for fans to its scouting combine, letting them witness the bench press up close, watch media interviews and even allow them to try their hand at running the 40-yard dash. The league opened up applications to free tickets to the event, which takes place at..." December 20

  • Bears send Eddie Royal to injured reserve

    Pro Football Talk "The Bears have made frequent use of the injured reserve list this season and they added another name to the rolls on Monday. Coach John Fox announced that wide receiver Eddie Royal’s season is over due to a toe injury. Royal last played in Week 12 and played in just nine games this..." December 19

  • Matt Barkley takes cue from Tom Brady, decides to wear wet suit under uniform

    Fox Sports "Sunday has a chance to be the coldest Chicago Bears game ever with temperatures hovering around 5 degrees and wind chill creating sub-zero conditions. Staying warm will obviously be a huge challenge for everyone at Soldier Field, and extreme measures are being taken by Bears quarterback Matt..." December 18

  • Rodgers engineers Packers' late win over Bears

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- If experience taught Jordy Nelson anything, it is that if Aaron Rodgers has time and downs at his disposal, the Green Bay Packers will always have a chance. Sunday added another dramatic ending to that narrative. Working with no timeouts late in the fourth quarter, Rodgers..." December 18

  • Bears activate Alshon Jeffery

    Pro Football Talk "The Bears have made a wide receiver change in advance of tomorrow’s game against the Packers. Alson Jeffery, who had been on the exempt list after serving a four-game PED suspension, has been moved to the active roster. Marquess Wilson has been placed on injured reserve. Even though he’s..." December 17

  • Marquess Wilson breaks foot for third time in a little over a year

    Pro Football Talk "Bears wide receiver Marquess Wilson has shown some potential when he’s been healthy over the last four years, but the staying healthy part has been an issue for him. Wilson missed 20 games during his first three seasons and he’s missed 10 games this year with three more to come. His left foot..." December 16

  • John Fox: Be intelligent, not macho, and wear sleeves in the cold

    ESPN "Pernell McPhee hates sleeves. McPhee -- the captain of the Bears' defense -- was emphatic that he will not wear sleeves under his shoulder pads on Sunday when the Chicago Bears play host Green Bay in what is expected to be bitter cold weather. The forecast calls for a high of 1 degree,..." December 16

  • NFL finds one form of progress with personal conduct policy, but concerns remain

    USA Today "It has been two years since the NFL unveiled a tougher, more comprehensive personal conduct policy as the key response to the fallout from the Ray Rice episode. By one measure, the policy is having a positive impact for a league that for so long failed miserably in addressing domestic..." December 15

  • Sunday could be coldest game in Bears history when they host Packers

    CBS Sports "The average low in Chicago in December is 23 degrees. On Sunday at noon, when the Bears host the Packers, the temperature is expected to -2. You read that right: Two degrees below zero. The high for the day? Zero, with a low of -15. Added bonus: 15 mph winds. Taken together and the game could..." December 15

  • Bears Defensive Pieces Inherited by Vic Fangio 'Weren't Built For Anything'

    CSN Chicago "A storyline that developed over the past couple of weeks was that Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio was at odds with coach John Fox. Fangio scoffed at suggestions that a rift existed to the point of his planning to leave the Bears at the end of this season. The “frustration” part of the..." December 15

  • 2017 Salary Cap Projected To Increase By $11M-$15M

    NFL Trade Rumors "Tom Pelissero of USA Today is reporting that NFL teams were informed Tuesday that the 2017 salary cap is expected to be between $166 million – $170 million. The current salary cap is set at $155.27 million, which means we could be looking at increases of $10.73 million – $15 million when..." December 14

  • Several shoot down Bill Polian-to-Bears report, including Polian

    Pro Football Talk "The Bears got a head start on refuting offseason rumors a month before the offseason began, and here comes another one. According to Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune, Hall of Fame personnel man Bill Polian has told colleagues that he’s not going to be joining the Bears in an advisory role,..." December 13

  • NFL introduces Pro Bowl Skills Showdown, will feature dodgeball

    Sportsnaut "The new location and return to an old format will not be the only changes made to the Pro Bowl in 2017. Pro Bowl week will also feature The Pro Bowl Skills Showdown. Jerome Bettis and Ray Lewis will co-captain an AFC squad against Tony Gonzalez and Charles Woodson, who will lead the NFC..." December 13