Player News - Bears

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Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times expects the Buccaneers to monitor Mike Glennon "closely" this offseason.

It's a near certainty that Glennon will be cut this offseason after losing his starting job to Mitchell Trubisky and the Bucs are looking for a signal-caller to back up Jameis Winston. Glennon began his career in Tampa before joining the Bears on a three-year deal last offseason. The Bucs could also look to re-sign Ryan Fitzpatrick, who served as Winston's backup in 2017.
Feb 23 - 3:29 PM

ESPN's Jeff Dickerson admits the Bears will "probably" release WR Markus Wheaton.

The Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs said the same thing last week, and it's actually amazing the beat writers aren't considering it a given that it will happen. Wheaton was an utter bust as a free-agent signing last offseason, catching three passes in 11 games. He was one of GM Ryan Pace's many whiffs in free agency. There's no way Pace can justify paying Wheaton $5 million in 2018.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 21 - 10:13 AM

ESPN's Jeff Dickerson believes Bears OLB Pernell McPhee will have to take a pay cut to return in 2018.

McPhee is due a $200,000 roster bonus in June but has a massive $7.2 million salary and has been completely unable to stay healthy with Chicago. When on the field, McPhee plays tough and still has gas in the tank, but he's entering his age-30 season on a rebuilding Bears squad that may not consider him necessary. Dickerson thinks McPhee's leadership could keep him around.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 21 - 10:09 AM

The Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs hints it's more likely than not that the Bears release Markus Wheaton.

Biggs didn't come out and flat-out say it, but the Bears are not going to pay Wheaton $5 million after a disastrous first year with the team where he couldn't stay healthy. He was bad in Pittsburgh before that. GM Ryan Pace had a truly awful free-agent crop in 2017. Figuring out the receiver position is at the top of the to-do list for Pace and new coach Matt Nagy.
Feb 16 - 9:52 AM

ESPN Bears reporter Jeff Dickerson believes the "writing is clearly on the wall" that Mike Glennon won't be back with the team for the 2018 season.

The Bears have already paid Glennon $16 million, and the plan is for that to be all he gets from them before he's due a $2.5 million roster bonus later this offseason. For $16 million, Glennon made four starts for Chicago, completing 93-of-140 passes (66.4%) for 833 yards (6.0 YPA) and a 4:5 TD:INT ratio while losing three fumbles. The Bears aren't going to pay him $15 million to be a backup.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 14 - 10:25 AM

The Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs believes it's "likely" the Bears release TE Dion Sims prior to March 16, when $4 million of Sims' contract becomes guaranteed.

Sims received a "three-year, $18 million" deal from the Bears last offseason that included $10 million guaranteed. He already received $6 million of that in 2017 when Sims caught just 15 balls for 180 yards and one touchdown. Sims is paid too much, even though he's one of the best end-of-the-line pass blockers at his position. He was targeted one or zero times in seven games.
Feb 9 - 10:35 AM

Bears hired Brad Childress as offensive consultant.

Childress "retired" from the Chiefs last month. Evidently Andy Reid didn't want him back as assistant head coach. Childress is "very close" to ex-Chiefs coordinator and new Bears coach Matt Nagy. "Chilly" turns 62 in June.
Feb 5 - 2:04 PM

Jordan Howard said he's excited to work with new head coach Matt Nagy.

Howard was still productive in 2017 — he topped 1,000 yards rushing for the second straight year — but grew frustrated with the Bears' predictable offense. "Everybody knew what we were going do, they knew what was coming pretty much every play so it was pretty easy for them to stop us," Howard said Thursday. "Now, I feel like we're going to be a lot more creative and have defenses off balance." The Chiefs' offense took off after Nagy assumed play-calling duties in 2017.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 1 - 12:31 PM

Bears RG Kyle Long has confirmed he's undergoing left shoulder surgery in addition to his neck operation.

Long has been dealing with labrum issues for some time. Now 29, Long figures to miss most, if not all, of the Bears' offseason program.
Jan 26 - 1:42 AM

Bears re-signed DC Vic Fangio to a three-year contract.

Fangio interviewed for Chicago's head-coaching vacancy last week but lost out to Chiefs OC Matt Nagy. He was also linked to defensive coordinator openings in Green Bay and Los Angeles (Chargers), but those jobs have since been filled. The Bears' defense was sneaky-good under Fangio this past season, ranking in the top-10 in passing yards allowed (seventh), points allowed (ninth) and total yards (10th). 2018 will be his fourth season in Chicago.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 12 - 3:17 PM

Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune confirms the Bears are expected to retain DC Vic Fangio.

There was speculation Fangio could join forces with Pat Shurmur if he lands a head-coaching job this offseason—Shurmur is viewed as the favorite to replace Bruce Arians in Arizona—but instead it looks like he'll be back for a fourth season in Chicago. Despite a 5-11 record, the Bears ranked 10th in the league in total defense while generating 22 takeaways in 2017. Excluding a one-year stint at Stanford in 2010, Fangio has coached continuously in the NFL since 1986.
Jan 12 - 2:21 PM

Bears hired Mark Helfrich as offensive coordinator.

This does not come as a surprise after 670 The Score's Mike Mulligan reported the two sides were close to a deal on Thursday morning. Helfrich served as Chip Kelly's coordinator at Oregon before being promoted to the lead job in 2013. New coach Matt Nagy will call the plays for Chicago, but Helfrich should help with game planning and work closely with Mitchell Trubisky. With DC Vic Fangio expected to stick around, the Bears have the makings of a quality coaching staff.
Jan 11 - 9:41 AM

670 The Score's Mike Mulligan reports the Bears are "very close" to hiring ex-Oregon coach Mark Helfrich as their new offensive coordinator.

Helfrich made his name as Chip Kelly's coordinator at Oregon, and he took over the head coaching job at the program in 2013. According to reports, Kelly is also pursuing Helfrich to coordinate his offense at UCLA, so the Bears do have some competition. New coach Matt Nagy is expected to call his own plays.
Jan 11 - 9:12 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Bears new coach Matt Nagy is expected to retain DC Vic Fangio.

Spots are filling up, and the Packers have settled on Mike Pettine for their DC position, a spot Fangio was a contender for earlier Tuesday. Fangio won't have many other options if he doesn't go back to Chicago, though he's one of the best defensive play callers in the league. Things have gone best-case scenario for the Bears, getting young Nagy to hopefully be their version of Sean McVay, while Fangio and his No. 9 total defense appear to be staying in the Windy City.
Jan 9 - 9:55 PM

New Bears coach Matt Nagy plans to call his own plays in 2018.

The longtime Andy Reid assistant had never called his own plays until late in the 2017 season, but he helped turn the Chiefs' slumping offense around. The challenge will be considerably steeper with the Bears, who have extremely little talent around Mitchell Trubisky.
Jan 9 - 2:14 PM


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