Bears Rumors & News

  • Bears decline 2018 option on guard Josh Sitton, who says he has 'prime years' left in his career

    Chicago Tribune "The Bears are shaking up their offensive line, having informed four-time Pro Bowl left guard Josh Sitton they will decline the 2018 option in his contract. That makes Sitton, 31, a free agent in search of his third team after two seasons with the Bears and a successful run in Green Bay. “I..." February 21

  • Bears will 'probably' move on from Markus Wheaton, per ESPN

    247 Sports "The Chicago Bears already made some news on Thursday by releasing Jerrell Freeman and not picking up Josh Sitton's $8 million option for 2018 and that appears to be just the tip of the iceberg for the organization this offseason. ESPN's Jeff Dickerson in a piece for the site on Wednesday noted..." February 21

  • Pernell McPhee, Markus Wheaton among expensive Bears likely to get cut

    Pro Football Talk "The Bears are already near the top of the league in available cap space for 2018, with about $50 million to spend. And they’re likely to have a lot more space available when they get done cutting expensive veterans. Mike Glennon has a team-high cap hit of $16 million for 2018, and it goes..." February 21

  • 15 NFL players who could be cut before free agency

    Larry Brown Sports "The official start to the new league year is less than a month away, which means all 32 NFL teams are gearing up for their annual free agency frenzy. In preparation for said frenzy, each team is currently deep in evaluation mode, looking not just at the crop of impending free agents, but also..." February 21

  • The Bears have options but no easy decisions on tagging Kyle Fuller

    NBC Sports Chicago "The Bears need long-term solutions at cornerback, and have one of the NFL’s most reliable players at that position in 2017 about to hit free agency. But that doesn’t mean Ryan Pace has an easy decision on his hands when it comes to applying the franchise tag on Kyle Fuller. Fuller was one of..." February 20

  • Bears won’t pick up Josh Sitton’s option "Veteran offensive guard Josh Sitton will get another chance to test the free-agent market next month. The Chicago Bears are declining to pick up Sitton's $8 million contract option for next season, sources informed of the situation told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network's Tom..." February 20

  • Josh Sitton feels he has “prime years” left

    Chicago Tribune "The Bears are shaking up their offensive line, having informed four-time Pro Bowl left guard Josh Sitton they will decline the 2018 option in his contract. That makes Sitton, 31, a free agent in search of his third team after two seasons with the Bears and a successful run in Green Bay. “I..." February 20

  • Fox is reportedly pushing for a stronger TNF schedule, might move some Sunday matchups to Thursday

    Awful Announcing "Whether Fox’s move to acquire rights to Thursday Night Football for the next five years at an estimated rate of $550 million per year is a good one or not may have a whole lot to do with how good the schedule is. TNF has taken a lot of criticism over the past few years for a weaker schedule than..." February 20

  • NFL Rumors: Who will get cut in 2018 among former Pro Bowl players?

    Sporting News "Plenty of talented veterans will be available in the current 2018 NFL free agency pool. But those players will soon get some big-time company on the open market from notable names cut by their teams to help save money under the salary cap. For some teams, cutting a former Pro Bowler or two make..." February 20

  • Bears release Jerrell Freeman, LB with two PED busts

    Chicago Sun-Times "The Bears released linebacker Jerrell Freeman, who in October was busted for his second violation of the NFL’s performance enhancing drug policy in a calendar year, sources confirmed Tuesday. A defensive captain, Freeman tore his chest muscle on the first defensive play of the Bears’ season..." February 20

  • Fox: Bears on 'brink' of winning when I was fired "John Fox finished dead last in the NFC North in each of his three seasons as the Chicago Bears head coach, earning just 14 wins to 34 losses. Under Fox, the Bears were one of the worst teams in the NFL, compiling a .292 winning percentage (30th in the league since 2015), scoring 18.3 points per..." February 20

  • NFL Rumor: Chicago Bears could cut Pernell McPhee to save $7 million

    Clutch Points "The Chicago Bears did not have the highest of expectations going into the 2017 NFL season. Still, their 5-11 finish was hardly what they had in mind for a rebuild moving forward. As a result, the Bears will be looking to get rid of several undesirable contracts this offseason. According to..." February 18

  • At a position of flux, Kyle Fuller helped Bears cornerbacks excel

    Chicago Tribune "It didn’t play out the way the Bears imagined after overhauling the cornerback position for 2017, but the results had to be as good as they could have believed possible. General manager Ryan Pace made a concerted effort to import two starters at the outset of free agency, signing Marcus Cooper..." February 18

  • Kyle Long claps back at Fox News' Laura Ingraham for LeBron James criticism

    Chicago Tribune "Bears guard Kyle Long and his brother Chris came to the defense of LeBron James Friday after a Fox News host advised the Cavaliers star to stay out of politics and “shut up and dribble.” In a video for Uninterrupted, James and Kevin Durant questioned President Trump’s leadership — James said he..." February 17

  • Kyle Fuller won't be returning to the Bears

    247 Sports "Kyle Fuller proved to the Chicago Bears in 2017 that he can more than handle his own in defensive coordinator Vic Fangio's scheme. After missing the entire 2016 season due to a knee injury, Fuller looked the part of the first-round pick he was back in 2014 this past season. Now he is set to hit..." February 16

  • NFL free agency rumors: Who will get cut in 2018 among former Pro Bowl players?

    Sporting News "Plenty of talented veterans will be available in the current 2018 NFL free agency pool. But those players will soon get some big-time company on the open market from notable names cut by their teams to help save money under the salary cap. For some teams, cutting a former Pro Bowler or two make..." February 14

  • Chicago Bears expected to release QB Mike Glennon

    UPI "The Chicago Bears are expected to part ways with quarterback Mike Glennon, per a published report. Glennon was signed to a three-year, $45 million contract by the Bears less than one year ago with the initial plans for him to be the team's starter. Chicago, however, elected to select fellow..." February 14

  • Jarvis Landry's 5 best non-Dolphins fits in NFL free agency

    Sporting News "Jarvis Landry has 400 career catches in only four seasons with the Dolphins. As Miami's premier slot wide receiver is set to hit NFL free agency, several other teams could use his services. Landry, only 25, has a specific set of skills that add up to his unique production. He led the league..." February 14

  • Ravens, Bears to open 2018 NFL preseason in Hall of Fame Game

    Sporting News "The 2018 NFL preseason will begin with the Ravens and Bears facing off in Canton, Ohio. The league announced Tuesday that Baltimore and Chicago will meet Aug. 2 in the annual Hall of Fame Game at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. The Hall of Fame Game matchup typically brings together two..." February 13

  • NFL Rumors: Who will be most active teams in NFL Free Agency?

    Fanrag Sports "We’re roughly one month from the NFL‘s annual free-agent shopping spree, when — despite general managers’ best efforts to build rosters primarily through the draft — executives often cannot resist the temptation of landing splashy free agents. With Kirk Cousins, Ziggy Ansah, Le’Veon Bell and..." February 13

  • Sorting through options for 25 Bears slated to become free agents

    Chicago Tribune "With thrilling Super Bowl LII wrapped up all 32 teams have turned their focus to the 2018 season and while the next major event is the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis at the end of the month, planning for free agency is on the front burner. The Bears have 51 players under contract with..." February 10

  • Brad Childress To Join Bears’ Staff

    Pro Football Rumors "Last month, Brad Childress left the Chiefs and was said to be headed toward retirement from the coaching ranks. That retirement did not last long. The Bears are set to hire the former Vikings head coach as an offensive consultant, Adam Caplan of reports (on Twitter). The obvious..." February 05

  • Bears great Brian Urlacher elected to Hall of Fame on first ballot

    Chicago Tribune "The greatest Bears player since their iconic Super Bowl XX team more than three decades ago received the highest honor Saturday: Brian Urlacher was selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Urlacher, 39, becomes the 28th Hall of Famer to represent the Bears for all or the primary portion of..." February 03

  • NFLPA: More concussion evaluations says we’re smarter about delivering care

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL announced last month that players were diagnosed with 281 concussions in 2017, which represented a new high since the league started tracking total concussions six years ago and was a number that NFL Chief Medical Officer Allen Sills called a “disappointment.” During a press conference..." February 02

  • Zach Miller hopes to play football again after injury

    Fanrag Sports "Chicago Bears tight end Zach Miller suffered one of the most gruesome injuries you could possibly imagine earlier this season when he dislocated his knee and tore an artery in the process. Nine surgeries later, Miller is fully recovered, and he hopes to get back on the gridiron one day — if that’s..." February 01

  • Howard hoping Nagy can change 'basic' Bears offense "Jordan Howard is tired of running into eight-man boxes. He's hoping Matt Nagy's creative play-calling can change that for him. The Chicago Bears star running back said on Good Morning Football on Thursday that the Bears' offense was too basic and too predictable under John Fox in 2017. With new..." February 01

  • Kyle Long says he's done with offseason work on his body

    Chicago Tribune "Bears offensive lineman Kyle Long indicated he had his final offseason surgery in a Twitter post Thursday when he said he is “done with work on my body for the offseason.” Long previously had neck surgery in December and posted a photo of himself on Instagram on Wednesday apparently headed into..." February 01

  • Report: Fox paying $550 million a year for Thursdays

    Pro Football Talk "Here’s why Thursday Night Football isn’t going anywhere, anytime soon. According to John Ourand of Sports Business Daily, the winning bid submitted by Fox for the NFL’s Thursday Night Football package is worth $550 million a year. He also reports that the top Fox broadcast team of Joe Buck and..." January 31

  • The NFL Lost $30 Million In Ad Revenue Thanks To Plummeting TV Ratings in 2017

    Total Pro Sports "It has been an ongoing issue for two seasons now with the NFL losing viewers for various reasons. While many pointed to Colin Kaepernick and his stance to kneel during the National Anthem which caused hundreds of other players to follow suit, you’d also have to count in the fact that many people..." January 31

  • Fox reportedly near deal to win broadcast rights to Thursday Night Football

    Awful Announcing "Scott Soshnick and Lucas Shaw of Bloomberg report that Fox is close to a deal for the broadcast rights to Thursday Night Football. Fox’s Thursday Night Football bid is reportedly higher than the $45 million per game price ($450 million over 10 games) that CBS and NBC combined to pay last..." January 31

  • Will Bears great Brian Urlacher be a first-ballot Hall of Famer?

    Chicago Sun-Times "It was sound strategy. In the days when the Bears introduced their defensive starters at Soldier Field, they’d save their most popular player for last. Soldier Field would vibrate with cheers as he ran out of the tunnel, and the Bears hoped the momentum would carry over to..." January 30

  • Roger Goodell: NFL is prepared for legalized gambling

    Sportsnaut "The NBA might very well be fully supportive of legalized sports gambling around the United States, but that doesn’t mean the NFL will fall in line. The league has consistently opposed any expansion of legalized sports gambling, something that’s not going to change any time soon. But NFL..." January 30

  • Roger Goodell 'concerned' about NFL catch rule "The confounding catch rule is the bane of many football fans' existence. Count NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell as one of those perturbed viewers fixated on simplifying and clarifying the rule this offseason. "I'm not just somewhat concerned. I am concerned," Goodell told FOX Sports' Colin..." January 29

  • How much do Super Bowl commercials cost in 2018?

    Sporting News "Super Bowl 52, also known as Super Bowl LII, is set for Sunday, Feb. 4, at U.S. Bank Stadium, home of the Minnesota Vikings since the 2016 season. The game will be the first Super Bowl hosted by Minnesota since Super Bowl XXVI on Jan. 26, 1992. This year it's the Eagles vs. the Patriots, but..." January 29

  • NFL Pro Bowl ratings up 28% from last year

    247 Sports "The NFL's decision to move the Pro Bowl to an afternoon slot paid dividends when it comes to the game's ratings. A considerable amount of people tuned into watch this year's Pro Bowl than in 2017, as the league decided to kickoff their all-start game this past Sunday at 3:00 p.m. The Pro Bowl..." January 29

  • Which quarterbacks will be released or traded?

    Sporting News "Free agency and quarterbacks normally are not words used together, but this year could be different, as a few passers should make their way to the open market. Here we look at some of the top quarterback free agents and players who could be released or traded in 2018. Kirk Cousins,..." January 29

  • Offensive line decisions big dominoes at start of Bears' offseason

    Chicago Tribune "During a three-block walk late Tuesday night, a college scout who has studied Alabama extensively, discussed the pluses of Crimson Tide wide receiver Calvin Ridley. He compared Ridley favorably to the Raiders’ Amari Cooper, a former Alabama star, and reminded me the program hasn’t had a..." January 28

  • NFL ratings decline leads to an increase in makegoods, $300 million drop in ad revenue

    Awful Announcing "Whatever the reasons behind the NFL’s decline in ratings, and they’re likely myriad, it was always going to be tough for that big of a drop to not impact the bottom line. According to AdWeek, that’s exactly what happened: It didn’t happen until the final month of the regular season, but the..." January 26

  • Once again, the Chicago Bears won't increase ticket prices

    Yardbarker "The Chicago Bears might be continuing to put out an inferior product on the football field. But unlike other downtrodden franchises, they’re not out here making sure fans pay top dollar for a bad product. For the third time in four years, Chicago’s only NFL franchise will not increase tickets..." January 25

  • XFL 2.0: Vince McMahon’s company teases “major sports announcement”

    Pro Football Talk "Vince McMahon’s plans to give the XFL a second try appear closer than ever, with a “major sports announcement” set for today. Alpha Entertainment, the sports business McMahon funded by selling $100 million of WWE stock, today said it will have a major announcement at 3 p.m. Eastern. That..." January 25

  • A.J. Bouye turned down more money from Bears last offseason

    247 Sports "The Chicago Bears entered last offseason knowing they needed some help at the cornerback position and had their sights set on A.J. Bouye in free agency. Despite the Bears pursuing him, Bouye decided to join the Jacksonville Jaguars as a free agent instead. Last week he explained exactly why he..." January 24

  • Report: NFL could keep teams in locker room for anthem in 2018

    247 Sports "Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett and his teammates may have to find a different way to protest racial inequality in 2018. According to ESPN's Jim Trotter, the NFL plans to keep all players in the locker room during the playing of the national anthem next season, which would the..." January 24

  • Bears hire Brock Olivo as assistant special teams coach

    Pro Football Talk "The Bears are hiring Brock Olivo as assistant special teams coach to help new special teams coordinator Chris Tabor, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports. The Broncos fired Olivo after the season. He worked with new Chicago head coach Matt Nagy in Kansas City while serving as the..." January 20

  • Bears Expected To Retain Dave Ragone As QBs Coach

    NFL Trade Rumors "Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports that the Bears are expected to retain QBs coach Dave Ragone, despite showing interest in some available coaching the past few days. Some of the names linked to the Bears in recent days include Darrell Bevell, Pat O’Hara and Todd Downing. Ragone, 38,..." January 19

  • 2018 Salary Cap Could Exceed $180M?

    NFL Trade Rumors "Mike Jurecki recently spoke to a source who suggested that the 2018 NFL salary cap could end up exceeding $180 million once it’s finalized for the upcoming league year. Last we heard, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported a month ago that the NFL distributed 2018 salary cap projections to teams..." January 19

  • NFL could reportedly force players to stay in locker room during anthem in 2018

    Larry Brown Sports "Forcing players to stand for the national anthem has never really been an option for the NFL, but the league could still explore other means of preventing protests prior to the 2018 season. According to ESPN’s Jim Trotter, the NFL is considering implementing a policy that would require players..." January 18

  • Bears called 'real players' for wide receiver Jarvis Landry

    247 Sports "Jarvis Landry is set to become a free agent this offseason and the Chicago Bears reportedly already have them on their wishlist. According to Pro Football Focus' Sam Monson, he believes the Bears could be in the running for Landry if he becomes available in March. While listing the top needs..." January 18

  • Bears Interviewing Former Raiders OC Todd Downing For QBs Coach Position

    NFL Trade Rumors "Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports that the Bears are interviewing former Raiders OC Todd Downing for their quarterbacks’ coach position. Downing, 37, began his NFL coaching career as an offensive quality control coach with the Vikings back in 2005. He then served as a defensive..." January 17

  • Bears to hire Shane Toub as offensive quality control coach

    Pro Football Talk "The Bears are hiring Shane Toub as an offensive quality control coach, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports. Toub is the son of Chiefs special teams coordinator Dave Toub. Shane Toub worked for Lovie Smith as a graduate assistant at the University of Illinois last season. He began..." January 17

  • Mother of Brian Urlacher's child files $125M suit against him

    247 Sports "The mother of one of Brian Urlacher's children is now suing him. According to TMZ, Tyna Karageorge is suing Urlacher for $125 million, claiming "the ex-NFL star has conspired with attorneys and a news reporter to paint her as a murderer." Urlacher and Karageorge had a child together in 2005...." January 17