BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!
Ken’s Note: Here’s one last picture of the Bears beating Detroit... it’s time to move on, who should I pick next? Oh yeah, it’s GOTTA be Green Bay, right? There comes a point in time when all mocking has to turn towards the cheeeezzzeee...
Zeglinski: A quiet place - A more hushed Bears’ off-season is a sign of progress – The Rock River Times - For the first time in years, the Bears are in a place where they don’t have to spend a smorgasbord in free agency. With largely most of their Super Bowl roster locked in, they don’t even have the resources in cap space or draft capital to do so if they wanted to strike at the heart of ambition.
Medina: Bears Expected to Release TE Dion Sims, Clearing Up Some Space Under the Salary Cap - Bleacher Nation - It looks like Dion Sims is heading elsewhere.
Medina: Bears Named One of the Likely Landing Spots for Antonio Brown - Bleacher Nation - Antonio Brown catching passes from Mitch Trubisky is the stuff Super Bowl dreams are made of. Ken’s Note: With all due respect (and I do mean that, I’m not just saying it) the statement “It’s a surprise to be sure, given the team’s cap situation and the perception of limited assets … “ is rather like saying “The Pacific Ocean is a really big puddle, and kinda wet”. Brown isn’t a fit in the locker room, he isn’t a fit in the budget and we don’t have the assets to get him even if he was.
Medina: Adrian Amos Says the Bears Want Him Back, But the Broncos Could Be an Option - Bleacher Nation - Adrian Amos wants to keep the good times rolling with the Bears and the feeling is mutual. But coming to a deal seems complicated.
Wood: Putting Anthony Miller’s Rookie Season in Proper Context - Da Bears Blog - On the surface, Anthony Miller had a quiet rookie season. He had 54 passes come his way, catching 33 for 423 and 7 touchdowns. This tied him for 127th in the NFL in catches, 111th in yards, and 16th in receiving touchdowns. On the Bears, he was 5th in catches and yards, but led the team in receiving touchdowns.
Adrian Amos Hopes To Re-Sign With Bears - 670 The Score - The Bears have been talking with Amos’ agent, he said.
Gabriel: Should Bears Prioritize Adrian Amos Or Bryce Callahan? - 670 The Score - The Bears have limited cap space and two key defensive backs hitting free agency.
Report: Bears Expected To Release Dion Sims - 670 The Score - The move will free up around $6 million in cap space.
Talarico: Bears Should Let Jordan Howard Prove Himself in Contract Year - The Chicago Audible - Even though Howard wasn’t nearly as productive as the Bears would have liked in 2018, he still showed flashes of what he could be in this offense
Bears grades and needs: Is offensive line consistency a good thing? - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears will bring back all five starters on their offensive line, presuming they decide to keep Kyle Long around.
Stankevitz: Bears reportedly to cut Sims, save $6 million in cap space - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears will release tight end Dion Sims, as expected, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. The move will net the Bears significant cap savings as they head into free agency.
Under Center Podcast: What should the Bears aim to accomplish at the NFL Combine? - NBC Sports Chicago - JJ Stankevitz, Cam Ellis and Paul Aspan look at if the Bears should still focus their draft strategy on taking the best players available, or if needs at running back and/or kicker should supersede that.
Bears grades and needs: Improved depth necessary at tight end - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears have to be able to better handle losing their top “U” (Trey Burton) and “Y” (Adam Shaheen) tight ends in 2019, something they weren’t necessarily able to do in 2018.
Mayer: Nichols determined to build off rookie year - ChicagoBears.com - After exceeding expectations as an unheralded rookie in 2018, Bears defensive tackle Bilal Nichols is determined to take his game to the next level in his second NFL season.
Chalk Talk: Who has Pace picked in middle rounds? - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses the players GM Ryan Pace has selected in Rounds 3-5 of the draft, the last time the Bears didn’t pick until the third round and the last time the Bears hosted the Packers in a night game in Chicago.
2019 Offseason Outlook: It Certainly Feels Like Change is Coming to the Bears’ Backfield - Bleacher Nation - It seems like signs are pointing to the Bears adding a third dynamic rusher to bring the running backs room together.
Medina: Le’Veon Bell Will Be an Unrestricted Free Agent … Hello, Bears? - The Steelers are going to have a new look in 2019. Ken’s Note: Again with all due respect, this would be a really, really bad idea, spending every dime of cap space we have left and then some on a me-first guy that even doesn’t run behind our blocking scheme. We run a ZBZ/Inside & Outside scheme, while Pittsburgh runs an entirely different Hybrid Stretch-Zone/Power scheme. That’s a really big deal.
Brandt: Callahan one of ten defensive backs worth pursuing via free agency/NFL draft - NFL.com - Need help in the secondary? After scanning the available veterans and prospects, Gil Brandt ranks the top 10 defensive backs worth pursuing in free agency and the 2019 NFL Draft.
Finley: Bears expected to release tight end Dion Sims: report - Chicago Sun-Times - Dion Sims, a blocking tight end who never found his footing as a pass catcher, was due to make $6 million in 2019.
Biggs: Bears reportedly will cut ties with tight end Dion Sims to create salary-cap space - Chicago Tribune - The Bears are expected to terminate the contract of tight end Dion Sims, freeing up $6 million in salary-cap space. Sims suffered two concussions last season and spent half the year on injured reserve.
Biggs’ Bears Q&A: Will Robbie Gould return? Will Eddie Goldman be traded? How can Ryan Pace create more salary-cap space? - Chicago Tribune - Brad Biggs answers your Bears questions weekly. Folks can’t stop wondering about the possibility of Robbie Gould returning. What are some ways GM Ryan Pace could create more salary-cap space? Plus, questions on the draft and free agency.
Why NFL referees no longer salute - Pride Of Detroit - 64 years ago, the gesture we know as “unnecessary roughness” was adopted. Ken’s Note: Read this one, interesting stuff here!
Scouts buzzing about NFL draft prospect who’s blind in right eye - NFL.com - Who is Kahzin Daniels? Mike Garafolo brings us the remarkable story of the pass-rushing prospect who’s generating buzz in NFL circles despite being blind in his right eye.
KNOW THY ENEMY
5 free agent safeties the Detroit Lions should have an eye on - Pride Of Detroit - Detroit needs a replacement for Glover Quin.
Detroit Lions should take a chance on Antonio Brown - Detroit Free Press - The Detroit Lions likely won’t trade for Antonio Brown, but why not? Shawn Windsor thinks GM Bob Quinn should take a shot. Ken’s Note: The Lions signing Brown would lead to the next in a long line of HOF NFL greats retiring early from Detroit in disgust.
2019 NFL Franchise Tags: Tracking news and updates on which players are tagged - Acme Packing Company - Keep an eye on all the tag-related news from around the NFL here.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON
Zeglinski: Chicago Bears to release “two-way” tight end Dion Sims - Windy City Gridiron - It probably won’t be a very happy birthday for Sims.
Wiltfong: Who is your second favorite team? - Windy City Gridiron - We thought we’d take these next few WCG roundtables in a different direction and go for some likes and dislikes.
Sunderbruch: Phil Emery’s Draft Legacy - Windy City Gridiron - Phil Emery left behind a lot of frustration in Chicago. However, with a bit of perspective, it’s possible to see that the former GM for the Bears had at least a few victories.
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