Bears Rumors & News

  • These four Bears will be featured on 'Meet the Rookies' series

    NBC Sports Chicago "The Chicago Bears will kick off the fourth season of "Meet the Rookies" on June 25, a series that profiles four of the team's 2018 draft picks for a behind-the-scenes look at their journey to the NFL. The four-episode series will air on ChicagoBears.com at 7:00 p.m from..." June 24

  • Matt Forte makes it clear he wasn't joking about wanting a job with the Bears

    Sportsnaut "Last week, former Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte took to his Twitter account letting his former team know he’s available for a job. He was responding to the news that the Denver Broncos had hired DeMarcus Ware as a pass-rushing consultant. June 20

  • Bears’ Tarik Cohen settles it once and for all, tells TMZ: ‘I’m not Jewish’

    Chicago Sun-Times "After all the gossip that circulated on the Internet over the last season, Bears running back Tarik Cohen finally settled it once and for all. “I’m not Jewish necessarily,” Cohen told TMZ, “but I do feel accepted … by the Jewish..." June 17

  • Bears bring back orange jerseys for 2018

    Pro Football Talk "The Color Rush uniforms are (generally) dead, but the Bears are opting for a rush of color in their alternate jersey. Yes, the blaze orange hunting jerseys are back. The team last wore the jerseys in 2011. They also used them in 2005 through 2009. " June 15

  • Ex-NFL QB Erik Kramer Wife Files for Divorce After Domestic Violence Arrest

    TMZ "Former Chicago Bears starting quarterback Erik Kramer's legal problems are piling up ... his wife just filed for divorce on the heels of his arrest for allegedly assaulting her. TMZ Sports has learned Cortney Baird filed for divorce from Kramer Friday in Southern California, the..." June 15

  • Mike Pereira: If the new rules don’t reduce concussions, the kickoff is gone

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL’s new rules designed to reduce the impacts on kickoffs represent a last-gasp effort to keep the play in the sport. That’s the word from former head of officiating Mike Pereira, who believes that if this year’s rule changes don’t result in the desired..." June 15

  • Report: NFLPA exploring legal options for fighting new anthem policy

    The Score "It appears the NFLPA is preparing for a legal battle with the NFL over its new anthem policy. The NFLPA has hired multiple law firms to begin researching potential avenues to fight the league's policy, a source told Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio. Florio..." June 14

  • Mitchell Trubisky prepares for his first year as the clear-cut starter

    Pro Football Talk "The NFC North has three great quarterbacks, and a fourth one who may be on his way. Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky could soon join Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, and Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins as short-list franchise guys. To get..." June 13

  • Here's Brett Favre explaining how he basically invented RPOs because he was bored

    CBS Sports "Over the last few seasons, the run-pass option (RPO) has become increasingly popular in the NFL. The way it allows an offense to react to how the defense lines up and then reacts off the snap of the ball makes it easy to avoid negative plays that flow right into what the defense is doing, and..." June 11

  • Akiem Hicks still expecting big things from Bears’ defense in 2018

    Chicago Sun-Times "You won’t find a more proud guy in the Bears’ locker room than Akiem Hicks. But he knows he’s in the right place at the right time. Coming off a second consecutive career year since turning down the Patriots to sign with the Bears in 2016, Hicks at 28 is looking to..." June 10

  • As Bears break for summer, they ‘feel the new energy’ of the Matt Nagy era

    Chicago Sun-Times "In March, NFL teams buy. In April, leading up to the draft, they lie. Then they spend the next two months talking about how optimistic they are. Bears fans, then, could be forgiven for raising their eyebrows every time they heard players sound downright giddy — about..." June 09

  • 'Creativity brewing' on Bears offense as backup QB Chase Daniel serves as sounding board for Mitch Trubisky

    Chicago Tribune "The Bears signed Chase Daniel to be an answer man for Mitch Trubisky. The veteran quarterback has experience in the offense coach Matt Nagy is installing and has been well-regarded at every stop he has made, including in New Orleans, where he overlapped with..." June 08

  • Donald Trump asks NFL players to suggest people he should pardon

    WEEI Boston "Donald Trump discussed his plan for presidential pardons on Friday and made an offer to NFL players to suggest to him people he should pardon. "What I'm thinking to do, you have a lot of people in the NFL in particular ... they're not proud enough to stand for..." June 08

  • Healthy again, Bears OLB Leonard Floyd ready for Bourbonnais — ‘I feel great’

    Chicago Sun-Times "The Bears’ offseason program ended with one particularly tangible evidence of good news: Outside linebacker Leonard Floyd participated fully in the last two days of the veteran minicamp and expects to be “full-go with everything” when training camp opens July 20 in..." June 08

  • OTAs and minicamps were a success for Kevin White, but what does that mean?

    NBC Sports Chicago "Matt Nagy wasn’t referring to Kevin White — or any player, specifically — when he offered up this line on Wednesday:  “We all can agree that once the pads come on, there are some guys that aren’t showing up right now that will show up, and there are..." June 07

  • Bears chairman McCaskey: Team supports NFL's national-anthem policy, but it 'isn't perfect'

    USA Today "Chicago Bears chairman George McCaskey said Thursday that the team supports the NFL's new national-anthem policy while also acknowledging the issues behind the protests and applauding players' social activism. In a press conference at the team's facility,..." June 07

  • Bears use J.R. Smith's NBA Finals blunder as teaching moment for clock management

    CBS Sports "Before Matt Nagy became the new head coach of the Chicago Bears, he worked under Andy Reid in Kansas City. Before joining the Chiefs, Nagy worked under Reid in Philadelphia. By now, after spending a decade on Reid's coaching staff before branching out on his own this offseason, Nagy appears..." June 06

  • Bears Place TE Zach Miller On Reserve/PUP List

    NFL Trade Rumors "The Chicago Bears announced Tuesday that they’ve officially placed TE Zach Miller on the reserve/PUP list. This means that Miller will miss the entire 2018 season, but since the Bears just re-signed him to a one-year contract, he’ll make $458,000 this..." June 05

  • Bears bring back Zach Miller, despite serious knee injury

    Pro Football Talk "The football career of Bears tight end Zach Millerlikely ended last season, when he suffered a serious knee injury against the Saints. Even thought it’s doubtful that Miller will ever play again, the Bears have brought him back for 2018. Per a source with knowledge of the..." June 04

  • Bears expect plenty from TE Trey Burton on and off the field

    Chicago Sun-Times "In Week 9 of last season, tight end Trey Burton left Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall spinning, then he scored for the Eagles. The play — a 27-yard touchdown from quarterback Carson Wentz — is an example of what Burton can provide coach Matt Nagy, who shares the same..." June 02

  • The Best Remaining NFL Free Agents

    Pro Football Rumors "The biggest names in this year’s free agent class such as Kirk Cousins, Sammy Watkins, Allen Robinson, and Trumaine Johnson have long been spoken for, but plenty of notable players remain on the board here in June. With a hat tip to James Palmer of NFL.com..." June 01

  • Leonard Floyd moved to 7-on-7 work this week

    Pro Football Talk "Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio spoke to reporters after Wednesday’s OTA practice and acknowledged “a little bit of question there of depth and depth quality” when it came to the team’s outside linebackers. The team hoped that they’d solved one..." May 31

  • Vic Fangio acknowledges questions at outside linebacker but believes Bears can rush the passer

    Chicago Tribune "The Bears don’t have quite the personnel they would like to rush the passer, but that doesn’t mean they can’t get in the fast lane to chase opposing quarterbacks. Some have wondered how the organization could leave one of its biggest needs unfilled in a roster..." May 31

  • ‘The main guy’: What will Jordan Howard become in the Bears’ new offense?

    Chicago Sun-Times "The quarterback inside Bears coach Matt Nagy can’t be contained. His inner gunslinger must throw. So at times during practice, Nagy will fire passes to his players, with the idea that certain players need the extra attention. “He throws the ball to me..." May 31

  • Former Patriots/Bears LB Shea McClellin Leaning Towards Retirement

    Pro Football Rumors "Former NFL linebacker Shea McClellin has accepted a high school coaching position in Idaho and is leaning towards retirement, according to Mike Reiss of ESPN.com. “I’m still staying ready, still working out. I’ve learned to never say never, there’s always a..." May 31

  • Allen Robinson (ACL) practices for first time with Bears

    NFL.com "Signed to a three-year, $42 million contract, wide receiver Allen Robinson is the centerpiece of the Bears' revamped offense. Until this week, though, teammates and coaches had yet to glimpse Robinson's potential. The former Jaguars star practiced Wednesday for the first time..." May 30

  • NFL Owner Admits He Changed His Mind On National Anthem Policy Because of Trump

    12 Up "NFL owners may not all be in lock-step over issues surrounding player protests during the National Anthem, but it's clear that the American president has been a driving force in the conflict-- and has influenced at least a few owners' positions on the matter. Former..." May 30

  • Bears run deep with talent at tight end, a year after Ryan Pace called it a position of strength

    Chicago Tribune "When training camp opened last summer, Bears general manager Ryan Pace declared tight end could be a position of strength. Then Zach Miller was lost in October with a catastrophic knee injury. Adam Shaheen was caught up in the adjustment from Division II to the pros. By the end of the..." May 27

  • Why Bears’ offense might hinge on Mark Helfrich, who’s a ‘bag full of tricks’

    Chicago Sun-Times "If his fingerprints are on the Bears’ playbook, offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich joked, they’re just on the outside cover. Coach Matt Nagy designed the whole thing, and he just helps teach it. ‘‘I told him a long time ago [that] whatever’s good is his..." May 26

  • 10 NFL teams that could be poised for a big turnaround

    Larry Brown Sports "While free agent talent remains on the market, the bulk of NFL roster movement is already completed. Teams have signed, traded for, and drafted new players. Now with OTAs in progress, coaches are getting a clear idea of what their teams will look like in 2018. Quick NFL turnarounds..." May 26

  • New Bears coaching staff plans to expand Tarik Cohen’s role — if he can block

    Chicago Sun-Times "Tarik Cohen served as the Bears’ pass-blocking running back in his first NFL game, but only because Benny Cunningham got hurt. “In certain situations, he’s not ready to handle the burden of everything,” then-offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains..." May 25

  • DeMaurice Smith: Anthem rule is about exerting control over players

    Pro Football Talk "NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith says the league’s owners are less interested in showing respect for America than in showing they can control their employees with the new rule requiring players who are on the field for the national anthem to..." May 25

  • If public perception changes on Kevin White, it will be because of his play, not his words

    Chicago Tribune "erhaps Kevin White knows that even a profound monologue on his readiness for a breakout season won’t change public perception until he can show his ability to stay on the field. Perhaps he’s just tired of the narrative of working back from adversity, now in its third..." May 25

  • Report: NFL owners didn’t actually vote on anthem issue

    Pro Football Talk "Question: When is a unanimous vote not unanimous? Answer: When there’s no vote at all. No, this isn’t a Matrix-style exercise in whether or not there is a spoon. (Then again maybe it is.) It’s an example of the kind of casual white-lying that has..." May 24

  • Trump supports new NFL anthem policy, opposes players staying in locker room

    Pro Football Talk "President Trump has weighed in on the NFL’s new national anthem policy, saying the owners took a step in the right direction — but warning that the rule allowing players to remain in the locker room could be problematic. “I think that’s good,” Trump said..." May 24

  • Kevin White hints that Bears have lost faith in him

    Larry Brown Sports "Kevin White has played in just five games for the Chicago Bears since being drafted in 2015, and the team may finally be running out of patience with him. Speaking with reporters on Wednesday, the oft-injured wide receiver hinted that the Bears had lost faith in him. Here is what..." May 23

  • New policy requires on-field players, personnel to stand for anthem

    ESPN "NFL owners have unanimously approved a new national anthem policy that requires players to stand if they are on the field during the performance but gives them the option to remain in the locker room if they prefer, it was announced Wednesday. The policy subjects teams to a fine if a..." May 23

  • NFL expected to enact national anthem policy for '18

    NFL.com "The NFL is expected to enact a national anthem policy in 2018 that requires players on the sideline to stand but gives them the option to remain in the locker room if they don't want to stand, NFL Network's Judy Battista and NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. Under the..." May 23

  • 90% of NFL players who filed claims as part of 2013 settlement are waiting on payments, as league alleges fraud

    The Comeback "In 2013, the NFL agreed to pay $765 million to settle a lawsuit brought by more than 4,500 players and their families who claimed the league had concealed knowledge about the risk of head injuries. Five years later, a reported 90 percent of former players who..." May 23

  • Report: NFL weighing optional observance of anthem, 15-yard penalty for kneeling

    The Score "The playing of the national anthem and how to handle protests during the anthem are reportedly under heavy discussion at the NFL's spring meetings. Protests dominated headlines during the early portion of the 2017 season, but serious talks about the topic were deferred until..." May 23

  • The Bears' defense is ahead of its offense, but Matt Nagy doesn't see that as a problem

    NBC Sports Chicago "Asking players about how the defense is “ahead” of the offense is a yearly right of passage during OTAs, sort of like how every baseball team has about half its players saying they’re in the best shape of their life during spring training. So that Vic Fangio’s defense is..." May 22

  • Matt Nagy is winning over his players by being himself

    NBC Sports Chicago "Despite losing 34 of his 48 games as the Bears’ head coach, John Fox’s players generally liked him and were disappointed to see him fired on New Year’s Day. That’s not to say they were blindsided by it — losing leads to people losing their jobs, even if the culture..." May 21

  • ‘Last Chance U’ grad John Franklin determined to make most of chance with Bears

    Chicago Sun-Times "When you can run like John Franklin, it seems like you’ll always get a chance. A backup quarterback at Florida State (2013-14), East Mississippi Community College (2015) and Auburn (2016) and a wide receiver at Florida Atlantic last season, Franklin parlayed a tryout at the..." May 19

  • Is Danny Trevathan's Bears' future in doubt after NFL Draft? 'It depends on how you look at it'

    NBC Sports Washington "The NFL Draft is a necessary evil if you’re a veteran player, especially if your team just drafted two players at the position you play and your contract doesn’t provide much job security beyond the upcoming season.  That’s the spot Danny Trevathan is..." May 18

  • Gambling could renew push for 18-game season

    Pro Football Talk "With the 49 states that currently don’t have sports wagering now able to launch it, the NFL’s word of choice is “integrity.” As sports wagering takes root, the NFL will have another go-to term. “More.” Yes, the dormant push for an expanded..." May 18

  • Bears' Trey Burton compares 'special' Mitchell Trubisky to Carson Wentz

    CBS Sports "When former Philadelphia Eagles tight end Trey Burton signed a lucrative contract to join the Chicago Bears as a free agent this offseason, he did so knowing he'd be leaving maybe the NFL's top young quarterback in Carson Wentz. A couple months into his tenure with the Bears,..." May 17

  • John Fox sticks up for Mitch Trubisky after rough rookie season

    Sportsnaut "The first year for Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky marked the last for head coach John Fox, who was fired after three poor seasons in Chicago. Now departed and looking back at the Bears’ 5-11 record, Fox spoke up in support of Trubisky on Golic and Wingo. He discussed some of..." May 17

  • Bears WR Allen Robinson on sidelines, but “ahead of the game” in return for 2018

    Chicago Sun-Times "Wide receiver Allen Robinson was on the field but did not participate in the Bears’ organized-team-activity practice Wednesday at Halas Hall. But coach Matt Nagy was upbeat about the team’s prime free-agent acquisition being ready when it..." May 17

  • John Fox joining ESPN as NFL analyst

    Sporting News "Former NFL coach John Fox is set to join ESPN as an NFL analyst this upcoming season. The network announced the hiring Tuesday, adding that Fox will make appearances on NFL Live, SportsCenter and ESPN Radio. "The opportunity to join ESPN and stay..." May 15