BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!
Emma: Bears Offseason Outlook: Wide Receiver - 670 The Score - Quality and continuity returns at receiver for quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.
Kyle Shanahan Expects Robbie Gould Back With 49ers - 670 The Score - The Bears could be among teams in pursuit of Gould if he hits free agency.
Emma: Bears To Raise Season Ticket Costs In 2019 - 670 The Score - After going 12-4, the Bears are elevating season ticket costs 4.1 percent.
Medina: It Would Be a Bummer, But 49ers Coach Expects Robbie Gould Back in 2019 - Bleacher Nation - The 49ers could tear up the Hollywood ending before the script really gets going.
The Bears Have Just $3.6 Million in Cap Carry Over and Project to Have About $10 Million in Total Cap Space - Bleacher Nation - When it comes to the salary cap, the Bears look to be up against it.
Thompson: Julius Peppers thanks Bears and fans in retirement letter - 'I’ll always love the city of Chicago' - Chicago Tribune - The former defensive end, who also played for the Panthers and Packers, thanked Brian Urlacher, John Fox, Aaron Rodgers and other influences from his 17-year NFL career.
Allardyce: Former Bear Julius Peppers retires after 17-year career - NBC Sports Chicago - Julius Peppers, a former Bear from 2010 to 2013, is retiring after a Hall of Fame worthy career that spanned 17 years.
Ellis: "Bearman" one of three super-fans elected into "Hall of Fans" - NBC Sports Chicago - 3 decades of Bears games have finally paid off.
Mayer: Ex-Bears QBs coach Wilson passes away - ChicagoBears.com - Former NFL player and coach Wade Wilson—who served as Bears quarterbacks coach for three seasons from 2004-06—passed away Friday on his 60th birthday.
Mayer: ‘Bearman’ to be enshrined in Ford Hall of Fans - ChicagoBears.com - Bears superfan Don “Bearman” Wachter on Friday was informed that he will be inducted into the brand-new Ford Hall of Fans during Hall of Fame festivities this summer in Canton, Ohio.
Mayer: Bears announce ticket changes for 2019 season - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears announced ticket prices for the 2019 season along with the news that the club will move to mobile-only ticket entry for games at Soldier Field in 2019.
Mayer: Peppers retires after illustrious 17-year career - ChicagoBears.com - Former Bears star defensive end Julius Peppers on Friday announced his retirement from the NFL after 17 seasons. Peppers was voted to three Pro Bowls in four years with the Bears from 2010-13.
Mayer: Pagano likes what he sees on tape of defense - ChicagoBears.com - New defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano has discovered that the Bears defense—which led the NFL in several key categories in 2018—is just as impressive on video as it is on paper.
Eurich: Robbie Gould remains as only Bear in NFL from Super Bowl XLI - 247Sports - Devin Hester made Robbie Gould the last member of the Chicago Bears historic run to Super Bowl XLI to still be in the NFL when he officially retired from the league in late 2017. Gould still remains one of the league's best kickers and is set to become a free agent this offseason. The Bears appear to be a team in the market for a kicker this offseason.
Ron Rivera says if he regrets not being in Super Bowl Shuffle - 247Sports - It has been decades since the Chicago Bears knocked off the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XX, but the Super Bowl Shuffle remains one of the most beloved moments from
Finley: 'Bearman' to be honored by Pro Football Hall of Fame - Sun Times - Don Wachter, whose "Bearman" costume has made him among the franchise's most devoted and unique fans, is headed to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Finley: Julius Peppers retires - Former Bears star ends career with eyes on Hall of Fame - Sun Times - Julius Peppers, who reached the Pro Bowl is three seasons with the Bears and was a bona fide star for most of his 17 years in the NFL, is retiring.
Finley: What separates the Bears and Rams? The difference that meant a Super Bowl berth - Sun Times - No team in the NFL has followed a more similar path to the NFC champion Rams than the Bears, though they’re a year behind.
Biggs: Don't fall for the 'Today' show smoke screen with Cody Parkey. For the Bears, it's all about his misses. - Chicago Tribune - In the last of his 11-part review of the 2018 Bears, Brad Biggs looks at special teams. The Bears had a Pro Bowl returner in Tarik Cohen, but three factors hurt their rankings: kicker Cody Parkey, a poor kickoff return game and one very bad performance vs. the Patriots.
Thompson: Bears superfan from Plainfield gets into the inaugural Hall of Fans - Chicago Tribune - Bearman, the superfan persona of Plainfield’s Don Wachter is headed to Canton, Ohio, as one of three fans inducted into the Ford Hall of Fans museum at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Kane: Bears to raise season ticket prices by an average of 4.1 percent and will have mobile-only entry in 2019 - Chicago Tribune - After a 12-4 season and an NFC North title in 2018, the Bears are raising ticket costs by an average of 5.6 percent for non-club seats and 1.6 percent for club seats.
Biggs: Top-tier ball skills have made Eddie Jackson one of the NFL's elite safeties - Chicago Tribune - Eddie Jackson's ball skills go beyond making the catch when it is there to be made. More importantly, his instincts put him in position to complete those plays on the ball. His football IQ has helped him become one of the league's best.
Farmer: How Walter Payton's Super Bowl ring ended up in a college kid's couch - Chicago Tribune - A Super Bowl ring is the most coveted prize in the nation’s most popular sport, and the Rams and New England Patriots will battle Sunday for the right to wear the newest one. There are all sorts of stories about rings being lost and found. Perhaps the strangest involves Walter Payton.
Jay Cutler disputes his apathetic reputation: 'If I didn't care, I would have quit' - Chicago Tribune - Former Bears quarterback Jay Cutler disputed his apathetic reputation during a podcast interview this week.
17 and Out By Julius Peppers - The Players Tribune - While I have you here, I do want to open up and say a few words before I shut it down.
Julius Peppers announces his retirement – ProFootballTalk - Julius Peppers is leaving the NFL the way he came into it — quietly. But the legacy he leaves will speak volumes, until his eventual induction into the Hall of Fame.
Finley: Allen Robinson and Tarik Cohen talk Bears, Kareem Hunt and a Super Bowl drive - Sun Times - Robinson and Cohen said Friday that they weren't over the team’s playoff loss to the Eagles yet.
Potash: Bears abandon all hard-copy tickets, pivot to mobile passes only - Sun Times - Prices for season tickets for the 2019 season will increase an average of 4.1 percent.
Finley: Could the Bears bring back kicker Robbie Gould? We asked him - Chicago Sun-Time - He’ll become a free agent on March 13 unless the 49ers re-sign him or assign him the franchise tag.
Super Bowl picks: Who will win, Patriots or Rams? - Chicago Tribune - Who will win Super Bowl LIII? The Rams or Patriots
KNOW THY ENEMY
2019 NFL salary cap: Detroit Lions will carry over 4th most 2018 cap space in NFC - Pride Of Detroit - It’s not a ton of cap space, but relatively so, it’s not bad.
Minnesota Vikings among favorites to sign Bo Levi Mitchell - Daily Norseman - But they have got some competition
Packers 2018 Roster Grades: Offensive Line was average as Packers struggled - Acme Packing Company - However, David Bakhtiari did confirm that he’s the elite left tackle in the NFL.
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Zeglinski: The anonymous and apathetic culture of the NFL - Windy City Gridiron - America’s favorite pro sports league has no worthwhile flair. Let’s work to change that.
Mitchell: Chicago Bears Fan Bearman Don Wachter Named An Inductee For Ford Hall Of Fans At Pro Football Hall Of Fame - Windy City Gridiron - The Bearman, with the help of thousands of Chicago Bears supporters, will be enshrined in August.
Wiltfong's Chicago Bears 2019 Roster Turnover: Cody Whitehair, center of the future! - Windy City Gridiron - In this 13 part series we’ll take an in depth look at each position group for the Chicago Bears with an eye towards the 2019 season. We’ll speculate on who stays, who goes, and some potential additions we’d like to see general manager Ryan Pace make.
Zeglinski: Chicago Bears raise ticket prices for 2019 season, go to mobile tickets exclusively - Windy City Gridiron - The price of winning has arrived.
Wiltfong: Julius Peppers retires from the NFL - Windy City Gridiron - All-time great, Julius Peppers, retires from the NFL. Next stop the Pro Football Hall Of Fame.
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