THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL
Kyle Long Sees a Major Shift in Athletes Realizing, Utilizing their Platforms - The Sports Bank - Kyle Long: "athletes in the NFL, and other sports leagues are realizing the platform that they have, the impact they can have"
Bears, Colts in a Carson Wentz bidding war - NBC Sports Chicago - There are wild rumors that the Bears are exploring a trade with Carson Wentz.
Bucs’ success of Brady signing has NFL eyeing massive QB movement - NFL.com - “With all these quarterbacks out there, and all those young guys who’ll be in this draft, it’s gonna be a fascinating offseason as far as the quarterback position,” Nagy said. “And once one goes, it’s gonna be like a domino effect.”
Bears’ Alex Brown remembers playing in the Super Bowl - NBC Sports Chicago - Former Bear Alex Brown recalls the time he went to the Super Bowl with the Bears and what the feeling was like.
Richard Dent’s Big Game Memory - NBC Sports Chicago - Richard Dent was MVP of the Bears’ win over the Patriots in January 1986, and the Hall of Famer reminisced about a shot he took early in the game that helped him refocus en route to a dominant performance.
Chicago Bears legend Jim McMahon remembers death threats during Super Bowl XX | WGN-TV - Bears legendary quarterback Jim McMahon talked with WGN’s Jarrett Payton ahead of Sunday’s big game. The two touched on his relationship with Andy Reid stemming from his playing days at BYU to Mitch Trubisky and his tenure in Chicago.
Arkush: Enhance your Super Bowl experience by scouting for future Bears - Daily Herald - Enhance your Super Bowl experience scouting for the Bears as the Chiefs, Bucs will feature several pending free agents that could be of interest for the team next season.
Finley: Would Carson Wentz make sense for the Bears? Yes and no - Chicago Sun-Times - Almost a week after Matthew Stafford and Jared Goff came off the trade market, another veteran quarterback is up for debate: the Eagles’ Carson Wentz.
Biggs: Chicago Bears are desperate for QB, so stay tuned - Chicago Tribune - The Chicago Bears are a desperate team, and until they acquire a quarterback, they’re going to be rumored to be in on all of the top names — including Derek Carr, Carson Wentz and Jimmy Garoppolo, among others. It could make for a dizzying run from this weekend until the start of the new league year March 17.
Bears Rumored To Be In On Carson Wentz - On Tap Sports Net - The Bears seem to be in the middle of trade rumors involving a big-name quarterback yet again. This time, it’s Carson Wentz of the Eagles.
Chamberlain: Weighing the Widom of Bears Deal for Carson Wentz - Sports Illustrated - Carson Wentz isn’t the ideal Chicago Bears quarterback acquisition but considering what could be left for them it might be a move they have to make.
Jimmy Graham wants to finish his career with the Chicago Bears - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears have plenty of questions to address this offseason, including the uncertain future of players including tight end Jimmy Graham. Graham signed a two-year deal worth $16 million with the Bears last offseason.
McClain: Philadelphia Eagles close to trading QB Carson Wentz - The Philadelphia Inquirer - Sources close to the situation have told The Inquirer that the firing of Eagles head coach Doug Pederson last month did not allay Wentz’s concerns about the organization.
Chiefs assistant Britt Reid involved in multi-vehicle accident Thursday - Arrowhead Pride - The Chiefs have released a statement on the incident, which reportedly left two children injured.
Trevor Lawrence set for shoulder procedure, should be ready for training camp - ESPN - Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence is set to undergo a labrum repair on his left shoulder after throwing for teams Feb. 12. Doctors are confident that Lawrence will have recovered in time for training camp.
Rank: Who’ll get the Canton call on Saturday? - NFL.com - Will Calvin Johnson reach the Pro Football Hall of Fame despite playing less than 10 NFL seasons? Adam Rank predicts who’ll enter in the Class of 2021 on Saturday.
Bucs’ TE Cameron Brate’s back injury felt better today than yesterday and, despite being listed as questionable for Sunday, he is expected to play vs Chiefs barring any setbacks, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 5, 2021
Foxworth: The secret to Eric Bieniemy’s unstoppable offense - The Undefeated - When Mecole Hardman muffed a punt in the first quarter of the AFC Championship Game, the Super Bowl favorites found themselves down 9-0 to the Buffalo Bills. The Kansas City Chiefs sideline was chill – except for Hardman himself. But Hardman’s teammates and coaches approached him with a message: Forget it.
Chiefs assistant Britt Reid expected to miss Super Bowl after hitting 2 cars - Chicago Sun-Times - The accident took place Thursday night near the team’s practice facility. Reid is the son of head coach Andy Reid.
Leiser: Buccaneers WR Antonio Brown has his career back after 2 years of self-inflicted setbacks - Chicago Sun-Times - Brown was highly productive for the Bucs after serving an 8-game suspension. He’ll now appear in his second Super Bowl.
KNOW THINE ENEMY
Gates: DeShaun Watson would not waive no-trade clause for Vikings - Daily Norseman
- And, honestly, that makes sense
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer on QB Kirk Cousins: ‘Kirk’s our guy’ - NFL.com - Minnesota isn’t immune to the QB chatter despite signing Kirk Cousins to a two-year contract extension in 2020. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Friday unequivocally he’s confident in his quarterback.
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