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Jahns: Bears remain 'aggressive' in their contract talks with cornerback Kyle Fuller - Chicago Sun-Times - Ryan Pace described the Bears' negotiations with Fuller, who turned 26 on Feb. 16, as "constantly ongoing."
Morrissey: Bears general manager Ryan Pace warning about 'reckless' spending is rich - Chicago Sun-Times - This is not about free agency being inherently risky, as Pace is trying to frame it. It’s about Pace not being good at finding quality free agents.
Jahns: Mitch Trubisky 'obsessed with being great' for Bears - Chicago Sun-Times - For better or worse, the Bears aren't tempering their expectations for Trubisky in his second season -- and that's despite all the changes made.
Finley: Five things we learned from Bears GM Ryan Pace at the NFL Scouting Combine - Chicago Sun-Times - With a new coach, a young quarterback and a contract extension, Bears general manager Ryan Pace discussed his team’s future Wednesday a
Matt Forte thanks Bears fans and McCaskey family in announcing his retirement - Chicago Tribune - After 10 seasons in the NFL, former Bears running back Matt Forte has announced his retirement.
Biggs: Bears release Willie Young, freeing up $3.6 million in cap space - Chicago Tribune - Willie Young was a quality addition in free agency in 2014 and produced 26 sacks in four seasons, converting from defensive end to outside linebacker in 2015.
Wiederer: Bears GM Ryan Pace on Kyle Fuller's status, Alshon Jeffery's Super success and more - Chicago Tribune - Bears general manager Ryan Pace met with Chicago media on Wednesday morning, the first full day of activities at the NFL scouting combine.
Biggs: Jets coach Todd Bowles pledges support for Bears coach Matt Nagy 'I've known Matt since he was yay high' - Chicago Tribune - Jets coach Todd Bowles has known new Bears coach Matt Nagy since he was a toddler and Nagy's father Bill was an assistant on his high school team. Bowles pledged to be a sounding board for Nagy if he needs any help in his new role.
Kane: Matt Nagy on his offensive vision for Bears, his evaluation of Mitch Trubisky and more - Chicago Tribune - On Wednesday at the NFL scouting combine, Matt Nagy shared his progress in installing the new regime at Halas Hall.
Wiederer: Bears to release quarterback Mike Glennon on first day of new league year - Chicago Tribune - In the least surprising news of the Bears’ offseason, general manager Ryan Pace revealed Wednesday morning that the team will be releasing quarterback Mike Glennon on the first day of the NFL’s new league year in March.
Wiederer: Bears coach Matt Nagy eager to accelerate Mitch Trubisky's growth - Chicago Tribune - As new Bears coach Matt Nagy gets acclimated, he's eager to begin working with Mitch Trubisky. Also, what are we to make of Jordan Howard and his guarantee that the Bears will play the playoffs? And what does the release of Willie Young reveal about the team's direction?
Campbell: Bears' 'aggressive' talks with Kyle Fuller produce no resolution — yet - Chicago Tribune - Kyle Fuller’s future with the Bears remained uncertain Wednesday as general manager Ryan Pace avoided specifics when discussing the cornerback whose contract is about to expire.
Kane: Bears will be 'really mindful' about who they select to back up Mitch Trubisky - Chicago Tribune - The Bears will bear in mind Mitch Trubisky’s continued development as they consider their options for backup quarterback after releasing Mike Glennon.
Haugh: Ryan Pace sounds like a GM starting a new job more than guy returning to old one - Chicago Tribune - Ryan Pace spoke for 20 minutes about the changing dynamic at Halas Hall and a revolving roster pared to 46 players, sounding like a guy enthusiastically taking over a new job more than resuming his old one.
Hoge & Jahns Podcast: What did Bears brass say at NFL scouting combine? - Chicago Sun-Times - The Chicago Sun-Times' Adam L. Jahns and WGN Radio's Adam Hoge are live from the NFL Scouting Combine.
Biggs: Abundance of cap space for Bears should come with reminder - Free agency has been dangerous - Chicago Tribune - The Bears cut Willie Young and will part ways with Mike Glennon soon, which will give them more than $80 million in projected salary-cap space. They're set up to be a player in free agency, but the club has struggled in that area recently.
Bears GM says he'll release QB Mike Glennon and linebacker Willie Young - Daily Herald - Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace confirmed Wednesday the team will release quarterback Mike Glennon before the league year starts ion March 14, and also said linebacker Willie Young will be released later today.
Podcast: Pace and Nagy's Combine Pressers, Completed Coaching Staff, Roster Cuts (And More) - Da Bears Blog - Listen as Da Bears Brothers discuss Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy's combine press conferences, the completed Bears coaching staff, every roster cut, and more.
SportsTalk Live Podcast: Ryan Pace continues to clear out cap space and the Bulls are tanking well | NBC Sports Chicago - Nick Friedell, Nick Shepkowski and Jordan Bernfield join David Kaplan to talk about the end of the Mike Glennon era and the Bulls' tanking efforts.
Stankevitz: Does Mark Sanchez make sense to back up Mitchell Trubisky? - NBC Sports Chicago - Mark Sanchez was inactive for all 16 of the Bears' games last year but could make some sense to return as Mitchell Trubisky's backup in 2018.
Mullin: Bears losing DE Willie Young changes the math on need at pass rusher - NBC Sports Chicago - After parting ways with Willie Young Wednesday, the Bears are now in desperate need of a rush-linebacker.
Stankevitz: Ryan Pace wants to avoid relying on 'risky' free agency, but the Bears aren't there yet - NBC Sports Chicago - General manager Ryan Pace wants to avoid relying on the risky free-agency process each and every offseason, but the Bears aren't yet in a position to take that strategy.
Emma: Bears To Continue Turnover With Release Of Mike Glennon, Willie Young - CBS Chicago - Cutting ties from Glennon will clear $11.5 million more in salary cap space for the Bears.
Emma: Bears, Kyle Fuller Evaluating Options On New Contract - CBS Chicago - The Bears have until March 6 to tender the franchise tag on Fuller. If they don't, he's set to hit the open market.
Former Bears Running Back Matt Forte Announces Retirement: ‘Time For The Workhorse To Finally Rest In His Stable’ - CBS Chicago - Forte compiled 8,602 rushing yards and 12,718 all-purpose yards, both second to only Walter Payton in Bears history.
Emma: Ryan Pace Faces Needs To Convert In Free Agency For Bears To Halt Cycle Of Losing - CBS Chicago - The Bears are set to enter the new league year with more than $80 million in cap space.
Hub Arkush: Good times start for Nagy, but Pace's honeymoon is over - Pro Football Weekly - Bears must show progress in draft and free agency
LeGere: Chicago Bears' need for edge rushers increased - Pro Football Weekly - Release of McPhee, Young leaves Bears pass rush shorthanded
LeGere: Chiefs' Reid believes protege Nagy is right guy for Chicago Bears - Pro Football Weekly - Long-time assistant ready to take on Bears' rebuilding gig
Chicago Bears notes: Pace confirms Glennon will be released March 14 - Pro Football Weekly - And Bears great Forte announces retirement after 10 NFL seasons
Hub Arkush: Does Chicago Bears GM Pace have too many eggs in Trubisky basket? - Pro Football Weekly - Trubisky's promise is real, but is the Bears' young QB more than that yet?
Hub Arkush: Nagy focused on NFL Head Coaching 101 - Pro Football Weekly - Classes seem to be going well so far
Cox: 29-year-old Kyle Long is currently Bears’ oldest player - Bears Wire - After the Chicago Bears released outside linebacker Willie Young, guard Kyle Long officially became the team's oldest player under contract.
Cox: Former Bears RB Matt Forte announces retirement - Bears Wire - Former Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte announced his retirement from the NFL after 10 seasons.
Mayer: Forte retires from NFL after 10 seasons - ChicagoBears.com - Former Bears running back Matt Forte, who ranks second on the franchise’s all-time rushing list behind Hall of Fame Walter Payton, announced his retirement from the NFL Wednesday after 10 seasons.
Mayer: Bears to release Glennon next month - ChicagoBears.com - Speaking to reporters Wednesday at the NFL Combine, general manager Ryan Pace revealed that the Bears intend to release quarterback Mike Glennon after the new league year begins March 14.
Mayer: Pace believes Bears need to bolster pass rush - ChicagoBears.com - With the Bears releasing Willie Young Wednesday, general manager Ryan Pace acknowledged that pass rusher is "a position of need for us and it’s something we're looking into."
Former Bears running back Matt Forte announces retirement in emotional letter - WGN-TV - One of the greatest running backs in the history of the Bears is deciding to call it a career. On Wednesday, Matt Forte announced on Twitter that he is retiring immediately, this after he finished his 10th year in the NFL with the New York Jets in 2017.
Bears release linebacker Willie Young, with quarterback Mike Glennon soon to follow - WGN-TV - This week is the time when NFL franchises are looking ahead to players who could shape the future of their franchise. As the NFL Combine begins in Indianapolis, the Bears are also taking some time to put a few others in the past.
Dannehy: Players to Watch At The Combine - Da Bears Blog - The NFL’s annual meat market is here. Don’t listen to anyone who tells you it doesn’t matter. The Bears, in particular, seem to value athleticism with their early picks and there’s no reason to think this year will be any different. Here are a few players to watch when the combine really gets rolling later this week.
Alper: Steelers say they aren’t trading Martavis Bryant – ProFootballTalk - A report last week had the Steelers taking calls from other teams about trading wide receiver Martavis Bryant, but General Manager Kevin Colbert said on Wednesday that nothing is going to come from them.
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Gates: Joe Berger won’t retire after all, will explore free agency - Daily Norseman - The long-time Viking could return to the purple
Reisman: Lions GM Bob Quinn throws support behind Ameer Abdullah - ‘He’s a guy that we like’ - Pride Of Detroit - Quinn still has confidence in the Lions’ No. 1 back from 2017.
Reisman: 5 biggest takeaways from Matt Patricia, Bob Quinn NFL Combine press conferences - Pride Of Detroit - A look at the most illuminating points made by Bob Quinn and Matt Patricia on Wednesday.
PODcast breaks down Ziggy’s franchise tag, digs the proposed rule changes - Pride Of Detroit - The PODcast tackles the Lions’ biggest roster move.
Western: Brian Gutekunst says Packers will be aggressive in free agency, maintain drafting strategies - Acme Packing Company - The new Packers GM discussed some approaches that will change and others that should stay the same under his watch in Green Bay. Ken's Note: $16.5 million in cap space before the Rodgers extension, the accounting is going to have to get creative in Green Bay.
Western: Packers’ Brian Gutekunst on Aaron Rodgers’ new contract, Nelson, & Cobb - Acme Packing Company - It seems that the Packers are indeed likely to reach a contract extension with their biggest star sometime this spring.
Hasan: Minnesota Vikings Podcast Episode 226 - The Flying 20 & the NFL Combine - Daily Norseman - Arif and James are back to discuss women’s hockey, men’s curling, wrestling, and the Vikings QB spring cleaning! Also should tampering be a thing once the confetti flies at the Super Bowl?
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Wiltfong: Chicago Bears announce 2018 offseason dates - Windy City Gridiron - On Tuesday the Chicago Bears announced some key offseason dates, including their 2018 minicamps and OTAs. Earlier this month the NFL announced their offseason dates, so I’ll intertwine the two...
Infante: Mike Glennon expected to be released soon - Windy City Gridiron - The least surprising move of the Bears’ 2018 offseason has just been made.
Zeglinski: “Communication ... without a doubt” - Analyzing Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy at the 2018 Scouting Combine - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears general manager and head coach kicked off Chicago’s work for one of the biggest draft events of the year. Analyzing what was discussed.
Zeglinski: An under-appreciated workhorse, Matt Forte retires from the NFL - Windy City Gridiron - One of the Bears’ greatest running backs ever in Forte is walking away from football. What he did with Chicago, and in the game itself, should be appreciated.
Wiltfong: Chicago Bears have released Willie Young - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears part ways with the fan favorite pass rusher.
BloggerX: Thanks to Matt Forte - Windy City Gridiron - For being a great Bear on and off the field. On a team known for all time great running backs, including the greatest, you solidified your place among them. I look forward to seeing you be as...
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