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The Bear’s Den, February 19, 2021

Allen Robinson sounds like he’s ready for life after Chicago, while Carson Wentz sounds like he never wanted a life in the Windy City.

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Darnell Savage #26 of the Green Bay Packers moves to tackle Anthony Miller #17 of the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on January 03, 2021 in Chicago
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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

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10 quarterbacks Bears could get after Carson Wentz trade to Colts - RSN - Carson Wentz is off the board. No matter how you feel about the Bears missing out the Eagles QB, the fact is Ryan Pace must now turn his attention elsewhere to find the next team’s next starting quarterback.

Carson Wentz trade: Bears fans express joy that Eagles QB going to Colts - RSN - You’d think the Bears won the trade, even though they weren’t involved.

Chalk Talk: Whose Bears record did Hall of Fame RB Walter Payton break? - ChicagoBears,com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses who Walter Payton supplanted as the Bears’ all-time leading rusher, NFL quarterbacks who are due to become free agents next month and the Bears’ top 10 all-time sack leaders.

Three Mocks and a Strange, Recurring Theme - Da Bears Blog - Sometimes as a silly hobby, specifically in years where the Bears might draft an early quarterback, I find myself scouring mocks in February to see which way the wind is blowing. Yesterday, I looked at three such mocks.

Emma: Bears should trade for Teddy Bridgewater - 670 The Score - Still in the market for a new quarterback after bypassing on Carson Wentz, the Bears should turn their attention to the Panthers’ Teddy Bridgewater, whom they had interest in during the 2020 offseason.

Robinson: Bears haven’t given me viable contract option - 670 The Score - It’s been well-documented that Bears top receiver Allen Robinson and the team have been at a standstill in contract extension negotiations since last September. On Thursday, we learned more details about the stalemate.

What’s next for the Bears at quarterback? - Chicago Sun-Times - The Eagles’ decision to trade Carson Wentz to the Colts on Thursday took away another seat in the NFL’s unprecedented offseason round of quarterback musical chairs, leaving the Bears with one fewer option as they scramble to upgrade the most important position in sports.

NFL raises salary cap minimum to $180 million - Chicago Sun-Times - In a memo sent to clubs Thursday and obtained by The Associated Press, the league says a decision to increase the floor by $5 million came after discussion with the union about 2020 revenues and projected attendance for 2021.

Column: Chicago Bears’ never-ending QB search continues - Chicago Tribune - For the better part of the last two weeks, Chicago was given an opportunity to consider and debate the idea of Carson Wentz as the next Bears starting quarterback.

Carson Wentz traded to Indianapolis Colts: report - Chicago Tribune - Carson Wentz reportedly was traded to the Indianapolis Colts, raising more questions at the quarterback position for the Chicago Bears.

Carson Wentz traded to Colts: Why Bears were smart to wait, stand pat - RSN - The Bears didn’t land Carson Wentz. But that might not be a bad thing.

Eagles plan a QB competition with Jalen Hurts - ProFootballTalk - The Eagles’ decision to trade quarterback Carson Wentz to the Colts paves the way for Jalen Hurts to become the starter in 2021, just as he was at the end of the 2020 season. But the job isn’t being handed to Hurts.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Eagles get value for a bad Carson Wentz contract - ProFootballTalk - The Eagles made a series of mistakes with Carson Wentz. They ultimately avoided another mistake by cutting their losses when they could.

Eagles agree to trade Carson Wentz to Colts - ProFootballTalk - Carson Wentz is heading to Indianapolis.

NFL, NFLPA agree to increase salary cap to at least $180 million - ProFootballTalk - Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the league has advised all teams that the NFL and NFLPA have agreed to bump the minimum salary cap per team to $180 million.

Colts roll dice that Carson Wentz, Frank Reich will turn back the clock - ProFootballTalk - If you’d told the average Colts fan a year ago that the team would have Wentz in 2021, the average Colts fan would have become extremely excited. Given that the Colts paid Rivers $25 million in 2020 and will pay Wentz $25.4 million in 2021, that would have been regarded as a steal.

2021 NFC cut candidates: Viable releases and potential surprises - NFL.com - Strong candidates for release

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Bears rank behind Vikings, well ahead of rest of class on 2020 NFL rookie report card - NFL.com - Which NFL team had the best rookie class in 2020? The worst? Gennaro Filice and Nick Shook rank every single group, from No. 1 to No. 32.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong's Chicago Bears 2021 Roster Turnover: Can a young cornerback emerge? - 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 2021 season. We’ll speculate on who stays, who goes, and some potential additions we’d like to see general manager Ryan Pace make.

Wiltfong: Could the QB carousel end with Sam Darnold in Chicago? - Windy City Gridiron - One NFL analyst is predicting the Chicago Bears will make a trade for Sam Darnold.

Wiltfong: Eagles trade Carson Wentz to the Colts - Windy City Gridiron - Depending on your point of view, the Chicago Bears either dodged a bullet or they lost out on one of the better available quarterbacks this offseason, but regardless of your take, the Bears will no...

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