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Jordan Howard trade rumors swirl around the Bears as Free Agency approaches

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Chicago Bears running back Jordan Howard (24) and Chicago Bears linebacker Khalil Mack (52) celebrate against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half at State Farm Stadium. 
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Stankevitz: Trade ‘discussions ongoing’ for Bears’ running back Jordan Howard - NBC Sports Chicago - Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, multiple teams have expressed interest in trading for Jordan Howard and those discussions are ongoing.

Cox: Jordan Howard: What would Chicago Bears RB be worth in a trade? - Bear’s Wire - The Chicago Bears are reportedly involved in ongoing trade discussions for running back Jordan Howard. What would he be worth?

Mayer: Rodgers named NFL d-line coach of year - ChicagoBears.com - Bears defensive line coach Jay Rodgers was honored by his peers last week at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis as the 2018 NFL defensive line coach of the year.

Medina: Robertson-Harris Might Be in the Latest Trade Rumors, But … Why? - Bleacher Nation - Roy Robertson-Harris’ breakthrough year flew under the radar, which could explain why other teams might have interest in trading for him.

Medina: The Bears May Be Taking a Page Out of Dave Toub’s Playbook in Their Big Search for a Kicker - Bleacher Nation - Two former Dave Toub understudies appear to be applying their old boss’ philosophies to the Bears’ current kicking problem.

Sources - Teams discuss trade for Bears’ Howard - ESPN - Bears running back Jordan Howard, who rushed for 935 yards and scored nine TDs on 250 carries last season, has drawn trade interest from several teams, sources told ESPN.

Hoge and Jahns: Jordan Howard Trade Rumors, Listener Q&A, and Dionne Miller Joins The Show - WGN Radio - 720 AM - The Jordan Howard trade rumors are heating up and the guys are here to talk about it. What kind of return would the Bears get in a trade and who would replace Howard? Adam Hoge and Adam Jahns also answer questions from listeners and ABC-7’s Dionne Miller joins the podcast to talk Bears and recap Jay Cutler’s performance on Very Cavallari.

Finley: Jordan Howard trade update: Bears approached by teams at combine, per report - Sun Times - Questions about Jordan Howard’s future with the Bears continued to linger Thursday.

NFL Combine Recap and a Deep Dive Into the 2018 Chicago Bears Offense - Chicago Audible Podcast - In this episode, the guys bring on draft experts Steve Letizia and Chris Bocker to recap the NFL Combine. Plus, author Bobby Peters drops by to discuss his book The 2018 Chicago Bears Complete Offensive Manual.

Letizia: Winners and Losers from the 2019 NFL Combine: Defense - Chicago Audible Podcast - Here are the defensive winners and losers from the 2019 NFL Combine at three positions the Chicago Bears need: Edge, Cornerback and Safety.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Washington gets Case Keenum in swap of late-round picks – ProFootballTalk - Washington didn’t have to give up much to get quarterback Case Keenum. It sent a sixth-rounder in 2020 to Denver, with Washington getting the Broncos’ seventh-rounder in 2020, Mike Klis of Denver’s 9News reports.

Steelers lock up Maurkice Pouncey, Ramon Foster - NFL.com - Pittsburgh signed Maurkice Pouncey to an extension through 2021 making him the highest-paid center in the NFL while also signing guard Ramon Foster to a two-year, $8.25 million deal.

RB situations across NFL: Who needs Le’Veon Bell? Who’s set? - NFL.com - What is the current state of each NFL backfield? Marc Sessler takes a quick look at all 32 RB rooms, slotting each current situation into one of five categories.

Under-the-radar NFL free agents in line for a healthy payday - NFL.com - Tom Pelissero digs into the lower-profile NFL free agents who are in position to secure relatively hefty contracts when free agency opens, like Tyrell Williams and Trey Flowers.

Shawn Oakman hoping to play in the NFL after sexual assault acquittal – ProFootballTalk - After an excellent season at Baylor in 2014, Shawn Oakman was viewed as a future first-round draft pick. After a less successful season in 2015 and a mediocre performance at the 2016 Scouting Combine, his stock had fallen, and when he was accused of rape shortly before the NFL draft, no team would e...

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Packers re-sign DL Fadol Brown to one-year contract, per report - Acme Packing Company - The deal avoids any hassle with exclusive-rights free agency.

Breaking down Romeo Okwara’s sneaky 2-year extension with Detroit Lions - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions’ new cap manager is already flexing his muscle.

2019 NFL free agency: 5 tight ends the Detroit Lions should avoid - Pride Of Detroit - Free agent wide receivers the Lions should avoid

Will the Packers sign a safety in free agency this offseason? - Acme Packing Company - More than a dozen starting caliber safeties will hit the open market this offseason. Has the league decided most safeties simply aren’t worth paying, or are they recognizing a paradigm shift at the position?

Packers should pursue trade for Browns guard Kevin Zeitler - Acme Packing Company - The Browns reportedly will look to trade Kevin Zeitler this offseason, and the Packers have plenty of reasons to partner on a deal.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Leming: 2019 Chicago Bears mock free agency and mock draft - Windy City Gridiron - Free agency starts next week and the Chicago Bears are looking to complete their Super Bowl contending roster. What will Ryan Pace do? We’ll project it here for you.

Zeglinski: Jordan Howard rumors - Multiple teams approached Bears about trading for Howard at NFL Combine - Windy City Gridiron - A throwback runner’s days in Chicago look numbered.

Link & Wood: Trubisky is Dr. Strangelove or - How Bears fans Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb! - Windy City Gridiron - This is the second of a series of collaborations between film guru Andrew Link of Windy City Gridiron and stats guy Johnathan Wood of Da Bears Blog. We’re excited to be working together to bring fans of both sites great content by combining our approaches.

Berckes: Adrian Amos and the Stacked Free Agent Safety Market - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears are in excellent shape to resign Amos or find his replacement with limited resources

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