File this away under "You Know Things Are Bad When..."
Several Bears players - Charles Tillman, Corey Wootton and Rashied Davis - volunteered as coaches for a football camp former linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer put on at Northwestern. One of the kids asked Davis "Are we going to have football on Sunday?"
"Yes," Davis replied. "You're going to have football on Sundays."
Now, we know Davis can't tell a kid there won't be football, but he did expand on his quote, and talked about the possibility of a deal being done in time for the Bears to head to Bourbonnais as planned. Follow me below the jump for more.
"Both sides have made progress. It would take a deal getting done next week. I don't know if it's going to happen. I think it's possible."
And of course, Hillenmeyer gave his input...
"The last email I sent the guys, and it was reflected in an email (player rep) Robbie (Gould) sent out (Friday), was 'Don't believe what you see on television. We are not on the cusp of a deal. The sides have gotten closer and we're continuing to talk and we're taking less breaks between talks..."
"All of those things are good signs, but we don't want guys to think, 'Good, a deal is going to get done next week so I can start spending money like I would if I was going to be getting a paycheck in a month.' The biggest thing that cold undermine the players, in terms of us not sticking together, is if guys got themselves in situations where they simply had to cave just to get a paycheck."