Bears Rumors & News

  • Josh McCown thinks Jay Cutler can play at a very high level

    Scout "The end is near for Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears. Following eight relatively disappointing seasons in Chicago, and with very little guaranteed money remaining on his contract, the Bears will almost certainly release Cutler at some point this off-season. GM Ryan Pace will try to trade..." February 24

  • Retirement option floated for Jay Cutler

    Pro Football Talk "Yes, Bears (for now) quarterback Jay Cutler has plenty of leverage when it comes to a possible trade. And he seems to be ready to use it. Or at least to threaten to. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network explained on (shocker) NFL Network that Cutler is “still considering” whether he wants to play, not..." February 23

  • Bears Actively Trying To Trade QB Jay Cutler

    NFL Trade Rumors "Jeff Darlington of ESPN is reporting that the Bears have begun actively seeking a trade partner for QB Jay Cutler. Darlington doesn’t say who could have interest in Cutler or what the odds are of them finding an interested team willing to acquire him, but you can’t blame the Bears for trying to..." February 21

  • Could the Cardinals be targeting Jay Cutler?

    Sportsnaut "The Arizona Cardinals may just be the next team to try and mold Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler into their field general. In his weekly column for The MMQB, Peter King presented the logic for a potential Cutler-Bruce Arians hookup. “Name the counter-culture coach who likes to take..." February 20

  • NFL sets cap percentages for franchise tags

    Pro Football Talk "The franchise-tag crop report has arrived. Sort of. Prior to 2011, the non-exclusive franchise tenders were determined by averaging the five highest cap numbers at each position from the prior year. Starting in 2011, the tenders are determined by the aggregate sum of the salary cap for the five..." February 15

  • Alshon Jeffery, Brian Hoyer headline Bears' unrestricted free agents

    ESPN Chicago "In a recent letter to season ticket holders, Chicago Bears President and CEO Ted Phillips wrote that the club is "positioned for an exciting offseason with ... one of the best salary-cap situations in the NFL heading into free agency." NFL teams prioritize re-signing their own players, but the..." February 14

  • NFL Would Boost TV Ratings, Ad Revenue If US Ban On Sports Betting Lifted, New Report Says

    Legal Sports Report "MoffettNathanson Research released a report called NFL Season Recap – It’s All Over But the Crying (paywall), looking back at 2016-17. Part of the analysis focused on sports betting, and opportunities missed by the NFL to generate more interest and revenue. The NFL has generally tried to..." February 14

  • Some late-season Thursday Night Football games could move to Saturday

    Awful Announcing "With the 2016-17 NFL season, it’s time for the league’s TV’s partners to look ahead for the next season and what teams they’ll lobby for. Due to the Dallas Cowboys’ effect on the ratings in the second half of last season, there’s no doubt that all of the networks will want to maximize the number..." February 14

  • Jay Cutler has durability issues, too

    Pro Football Talk "Two of the biggest names at quarterback since 2006 likely will be available in 2017, via trade or otherwise. Between Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, Romo widely is regarded as the more risky option from an injury standpoint. As John “Moon” Mullin recently pointed..." February 13

  • Bears sign tight end Justin Perillo

    Pro Football Talk "The Bears have plenty of work to do this offseason, so they might as well start early. Per the league’s transaction wire, the Bears have signed former Packers tight end Justin Perillo. He spent parts of the past three seasons with the Packers, including stints on the practice squad. " February 10

  • Eagles expected to pursue Alshon Jeffery

    CBS Sports "It doesn't take long in the NFL offseason for "conventional wisdom" to take hold. You hear something a few times and read something a few times, and then before you know it, like a byzantine game of telephone, it begins to get repeated over and over. It becomes the gospel for the..." February 10

  • Could Jay Cutler be a fit for Jets?

    Larry Brown Sports "An under-the-radar coaching hire made Wednesday by the New York Jets could be evidence that quarterback Jay Cutler could be a fit for the team. The Jets announced that they were hiring Jeremy Bates as quarterback coach. Bates most recently held the same position with the Chicago Bears, and he..." February 09

  • Details on How Much DirecTV is Raising The NFL Sunday Ticket Package in 2017

    Black Sports Online "The 2016 campaign ended in epic fashion, as the New England Patriots came back from down 25 points against the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI. As football fans wait several months until the game returns, they’ll have to get ready for prices rising for the Sunday Ticket package on..." February 09

  • Worst NFL free-agent pool ever won't stop desperate teams from diving in wallets first

    CBS Sports "NFL free agency is fool's gold. Always has been. Always will be. Now more than ever. Forever and forever. Amen. I've been singing this chorus and preaching this sermon for roughly a decade now, and nothing has changed. Except, well, the free-agency classes grow shallower and shallower...." February 08

  • DIRECTV raising Sunday Ticket prices for 2017 season

    Sportsnaut "It’s all about supply and demand. And despite what was a perceived regression in terms of television ratings during the 2016 NFL season, the demand is surely still there. It’s the most popular sport in North American. That’s not even up for debate at this point. So leave it to cable and..." February 08

  • Will the 49ers try to acquire Cutler?

    San Jose Mercury News "Add another potential quarterback target to the 49ers’ reported wish list. Jay Cutler is expected to be targeted by San Francisco, according to NFL insider Jason Cole of Bleacher Report, a week after rumors surfaced about 49ers GM John Lynch liking the Bears quarterback. Cole cited two..." February 07

  • Top 10 biggest boom or bust players in 2017 NFL Draft

    Sportsnaut "Heading into the 2017 NFL Draft, there are a few players who find themselves in the “no doubt about it” category. Texas A&M EDGE defender Myles Garrett comes to mind when discussing that type of player. Other prospects quality as flyers and potential steals. There’s a whole other category,..." February 07

  • NFLPA threatens to deter players from signing with Bears if Illinois passes bill

    CBS Sports "The Bears, a team that's won a total of 14 games in the past three seasons, are in need of good football players. But they might have some trouble signing free agents in the future if an Illinois bill related to workers' compensation benefits is passed. On Friday, DeMaurice Smith, the executive..." February 04

  • Bears will make strong push for Garoppolo

    Yardbarker "The market for New England Patriots backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is already starting to take shape, and the Chicago Bears are believed to be one of the strongest suitors. The Bears are expected to move on from Jay Cutler this offseason, and they are in desperate need of stability at the..." February 02

  • President Trump on Roger Goodell: ‘The commissioner is a dope. He’s a stupid guy’

    Sportsnaut "President Donald Trump isn’t one afraid to ruffle some feathers. It’s his outspoken attitude and ability to go away from the norm that caught the attention of those who voted him into office. As divisive as Trump himself might be, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is an equally divisive figure..." February 01

  • Roger Goodell indicates NFL looking into cutting commercials during broadcasts

    Sportsnaut "NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell addressed the public in a pre-Super Bowl press conference on Wednesday. He covered many issues including the possibility of the league reducing the number of commercials during a game. The task at hand would be to shorten the time it takes to watch an entire NFL..." February 01

  • Goodell defends Thursday Night Football: Lower injury rate, 'high-quality football'

    CBS Sports ""Thursday Night Football" isn't on its way out. As NFL commissioner Roger Goodell made clear at his press conference Wednesday, it's here to stay. To do so, Goodell cited lower injury rates and "high-quality football." "They're slightly lower than any other games," Goodell said of injury..." February 01

  • 2017 Salary Cap Could Increase By As Much As $15M

    NFL Trade Rumors "NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told reporters (per Kyle Meinke) on Wednesday that the 2017 salary cap could go up by as much as $15 million per team. A few months ago, Tom Pelissero of USA Today reported that NFL teams were informed that the 2017 cap is expected to be between $166 million –..." February 01

  • Head of NFL refs union: Barbs from players 'very concerning'

    USA Today "The NFL has fined multiple players this season for criticizing individual officials, and the head of the NFL Referees Association doesn’t want to see such incidents become a trend. Scott Green, the former NFL referee and recently appointed NFLRA executive director, told USA TODAY Sports on..." February 01

  • Jay Cutler could be in play for the 49ers

    Pro Football Talk "With Kyle Shanahan destined to become the next coach of the 49ers, Kirk Cousins may not be destined to become the next quarterback. That honor could go to Jay Cutler. Apart from the fact that Shanahan’s father, Mike, drafted Cutler to Denver, 49ers G.M. John Lynch played with Cutler in Denver..." February 01

  • Report: NFLPA reviewing relationship with Uber after ‘strike busting tactics’

    Sportsnaut "According to Albert Breer of MMQB, the NFL Players Association is reviewing its relationship with ride-share company Uber in wake of its decision to operate in New York City when the city’s taxis went on strike over the weekend to protest the Trump administrations immigration policy. The strike..." January 31

  • Bears Mobile-ize efforts to identify, acquire

    CSN Chicago "Back from a week in Alabama that should help them identify Day Two and Three draft candidates three months from now (yes…it's still three months away!), Ryan Pace and John Fox's coaching staff now start ping-ponging back and forth for several weeks in targeting potential draft and free agent..." January 30

  • NFL won’t commit to Orlando Pro Bowl

    Pro Football Talk "This year’s Pro Bowl was more successful than usual, due in part to a sold-out crowd in Orlando and an inexplicably successful effort (fueled by Ray Lewis) to get the players to cast aside their best interests and risk injury by playing hard. Still, the new home of the game won’t necessarily be..." January 30

  • Bears say Senior Bowl experience was “tremendous” and “revealing”

    Pro Football Talk "The Bears and Browns coaching staffs were selected to coach in the Senior Bowl because they had the worst 2016 records among teams that retained their head coaches. So, while it’s not exactly something Bears coach John Fox will put on his list of top career achievements, Fox believes the Bears..." January 29

  • Sold-out Pro Bowl means it surely will continue

    Pro Football Talk "From time to time, the NFL huffs and puffs about the quality of the Pro Bowl. But the Pro Bowl’s house isn’t going to be blown down any time soon. (Even though it should be.) This year, the NFL has offered standing-room only tickets at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, site of this year’s..." January 29

  • Bears depending on Ryan Pace to hit when he drafts quarterback for first time

    CSN Chicago "The true intrigue surrounding the Bears' 2017 draft plans for a quarterback concern not simply which quarterback – or "quarterbacks," plural – the Bears select, but also on how astute a judge of the position the main man in the draft room is: GM Ryan Pace. How good is he at finding a potential..." January 28

  • NFL and medical marijuana: A Q&A with former Eagles OL Todd Herremans

    ESPN "The conversation about marijuana's place in the NFL is heating up. Earlier this week, it was revealed that the NFL Players Association is working on a proposal that would amend the current drug policy to take a "less punitive" approach to recreational marijuana use among players, and the..." January 28

  • The Super Bowl Sex-Trafficking Myth: Is it the crisis it's cracked up to be?

    SI "Oh, man, we’re about to get robbed. That was Ryan Murphy’s thought when the two sedans ominously pulled up on either side of the car he was sitting in. From the front passenger’s seat of the Ford Fusion parked at a gas station, he breathed a sigh of resignation and reached for his wallet...." January 28

  • Coordinator Vic Fangio to coach outside linebackers for Bears also

    Pro Football Talk "When the 49ers reportedly showed interest in Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, the Bears denied their request. And considering they’re asking him to do even more this year, that seems reasonable. According to Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times, the Bears are in no hurry to replace..." January 26

  • NFL TV viewership fumbles for the first time in 4 years

    New York Post "NFL TV viewership fell last season for the first time in four years — and you can’t blame Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton for the slide. Sure, the number of people tuning into NFL games fell 14 percent through Week 9 of the 2016 season — which ended a day before Election Day — but they were..." January 24

  • T.J. Lang pulls out of Pro Bowl, Josh Sitton takes his place

    Pro Football Talk "Josh Sitton and T.J. Lang spent five seasons as the starting tandem of guards for the Packers before the run ended with Sitton’s release ahead of the start of the 2016 season. Sitton landed in Chicago shortly after being released, where he started 12 games for the Bears and garnered enough..." January 23

  • Country star Luke Bryan to sing national anthem in Houston

    CBS Sports "The NFL announced Sunday that country music star Luke Bryan will perform the national anthem ahead of Super Bowl LI in Houston. Bryan, a two-time Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year, will take center stage on Sunday, Feb. 5, to belt out "The..." January 22

  • NFL teams may have to jam cell signals in locker rooms

    Pro Football Talk "As the Antonio Brown Face Book Live fiasco prepares to yield to an actual football game (during which it will be “fair or not” to point out the potential social-media infraction distraction if Brown struggles), there’s a lingering question about the situation that gave rise to the..." January 22

  • 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

    Covers.com "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