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The Bear’s Den, March 19, 2021

Here’s the news from yesterday & last night. I would say “enjoy!”, but... yeah, no.

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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

BEARRRSSSS

Report: Bears give Akiem Hicks permission to seek trade - 670 The Score - Top cornerback Kyle Fuller may not be the only Bears defensive stalwart on the way out due to the team’s salary cap crunch. The Bears have also given defensive lineman Akiem Hicks permission to seek a trade.

Report: Bears to release CB Kyle Fuller - 670 The Score - The Bears will release cornerback Kyle Fuller, NFL Media reported Thursday evening. His departure is expected to save the team $11 million in cap space.

Source: Allen Robinson accepts franchise tag from Bears - 670 The Score - Bears star receiver Allen Robinson has officially accepted the franchise tag from the organization, a source confirmed to 670 reporter Chris Emma on Thursday evening.

Bears cutting star CB Kyle Fuller to create salary-cap space - Chicago Sun-Times - One of the last vestiges of the previous regime, Fuller was general manager Phil Emery’s last first-round pick.

Bears’ Andy Dalton ‘not worried’ about reception after failed Russell Wilson trade - Chicago Sun-Times - Thursday, the Bears’ newest quarterback danced nimbly across a topic that crushed wishful Bears fans earlier this week: a failed trade for superstar Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

Chicago Bears release cornerback Kyle Fuller in cost-cutting move - Chicago Tribune - The Chicago Bears released cornerback Kyle Fuller in an attempt to clear up salary cap and cut costs.

What Andy Dalton's own words say about the Bears' plans at quarterback – The Athletic - Andy Dalton said the Bears have told him he would be their starter in 2021, but he's open to being a mentor for a rookie quarterback.

As Mitch Trubisky heads to Bills, what will the Bears regret? – The Athletic - Now that Trubisky has officially left Chicago in the rearview mirror, how could his future affect the way the Bears view what went wrong?

Report: Bears cut cornerback Kyle Fuller - RSN - Fuller was the Bears' first-round draft pick in 2014.

Andy Dalton knows Bears fans are disappointed, but hopes to win them over - RSN - Dalton hopes fans will get to learn more about him as a player and a person this year.

NFL Free Agency 2021: Bears inquire about Raiders' Marcus Mariota - RSN - The Bears recently inquired about Las Vegas Raiders backup quarterback Marcus Mariota.

Chicago Bears Cut Kyle Fuller to Gain Cap Space - Sports Illustrated - The 14th player chosen in the 2014 draft was dispatched by the team due to salary cap concerns, saving the Chicago Bears about $11 million in space but depriving them of a two-time Pro Bowl player.

Andy Dalton excited to be new Chicago Bears starting QB - ChicagoBears.com - Introduced to the media via a 22-minute Zoom call Thursday, new Bears quarterback Andy Dalton exuded confidence, excitement and an eagerness to make the most of an opportunity he vowed not to take for granted.

Torn: How to Handle QB Position Between Now and September - Da Bears Blog - This is one of the more bizarre off-seasons in Bears history.

Andy Dalton sees opportunity as Bears’ starting quarterback - 670 The Score - Veteran quarterback Andy Dalton joined the Bears on a one-year, $10-million deal earlier this week, and he’s embracing his opportunity to be a starter once again – even if that’s not what the fan base wants.

Former Bears DL Brent Urban to sign with Cowboys - ChicagoBears.com - Former Bears defensive lineman Brent Urban will sign with the Cowboys on a one-year deal, he revealed on Twitter. Urban is the second loss for Chicago from its defensive line in recent days.

Andy Dalton: Bears told me I’m their starting quarterback - 670 The Score - New Bears quarterback Andy Dalton signed in Chicago with assurances that he’ll be the team’s starter in 2021. He added that he doesn’t have any issues with the Bears potentially drafting a quarterback in April.

Report: Golladay meets with Bears in free agency process - 670 The Score - The Bears recently retained a star receiver in Allen Robinson by applying the franchise tag on him. Could they now be looking to add another playmaker on the outside?

Allen Robinson accepts his franchise tag - ProFootballTalk - All it took was a simple flirtation with Kenny Golladay to get Allen Robinson to squeeze the bird in the hand.

After Kenny Golladay visit, Allen Robinson quickly reconsiders his stance - ProFootballTalk - Bears receiver Allen Robinson knows that the winds have changed. And he’s preparing to react accordingly.

Report: Bears give Akiem Hicks permission to seek a trade - ProFootballTalk - The Bears are strapped for cap space, which is why they released cornerback Kyle Fuller on Thursday. The move saves $11 million in cap space.

Bears WR Allen Robinson accepts $18 million franchise tag; report - Chicago Sun-Times - He and the Bears can still negotiate a long-term extension, or he could be traded.

Mitch Trubisky signs 1-year deal with Buffalo Bills - Chicago Sun-Times - Any thought Trubisky could return to the Bears was shot down when they agreed to sign quarterback Andy Dalton on Tuesday.

Source: Bears adding DT Angelo Blackson - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears agreed to sign defensive tackle Angelo Blackson to a two-year deal, a source confirmed to the Sun-Times late Wednesday night.

Andy Dalton: Chicago Bears 'told me I was the starter' - Chicago Tribune - New Chicago Bears quarterback Andy Dalton met with media members via video conference call Thursday afternoon after agreeing to a one-year, $10 million contract. Here are highlights from his introductory news conference.

Pompei: Russell Wilson was a Bears fairy tale and Andy Dalton is a reality better than you may think – The Athletic - The options for a new quarterback in Chicago weren't as vast as many believed, but there is merit in the signing they made.

Gardner Minshew, Anthony Miller, Kyle Fuller: What's the next Bears move? – The Athletic - After signing Andy Dalton, the Bears must figure out their cap situation and decide how to acquire another quarterback

Bill Lazor connection key for Andy Dalton - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears’ offensive coordinator was Dalton’s quarterbacks coach in 2016 and his offensive coordinator in 2017 and 2018 with the Bengals. "Bill and I have a great relationship," Dalton said.

NFL cuts lucrative new deals worth $100B through 2033 season - Chicago Tribune - Making official what long has been anticipated, the NFL and its media partners announced TV and streaming deals spanning 2023 to 2033 that are as notable for what isn’t changing as what is.

Following the Promise of Russell Wilson Doesn't Faze Andy Dalton - Sports Illustrated - Andy Dalton left no doubt about his role with the Bears.

Did Russell Wilson Trade Talk Really Die for Chicago Bears? - Sports Illustrated - After the reports of the clandestine meeting between Bears GM Ryan Pace and Seahawks GM John Schneider and rejection of a trade offer by Seattle based on Pete Carroll's wishes, Schefter kept on beating the drum by emphasizing the phrase "at this time."

What Angelo Blackson Signing Could Mean for Chicago Bears - Sports Illustrated - The Bears signed Angelo Blackson to a two-year contract but this could mean more in the grand scheme of things than replacing Roy Robertson-Harris or Brent Urban because of Akiem Hicks' cap situation.

Bears met with WR Kenny Golladay: report - Chicago Sun-Times - Golladay is a St. Rita and NIU alum.

New QB Andy Dalton says Bears assured him he’s their starter for 2021 - Chicago Sun-Times - That assurance indicates the team is done with its pursuit of Russell Wilson and others.

Andy Dalton: Bears told me I was the starter - ProFootballTalk - “They told me I was the starter. That was one of the reasons why I wanted to come here,” Dalton said, via Kevin Fishbain of TheAthletic.com.

Report: Kenny Golladay met with Bears Wednesday night - ProFootballTalk - The Giants are meeting with wide receiver Kenny Golladay on Thursday, but they reportedly aren’t the first team to visit with the free agent this week.

Bills sign Mitchell Trubisky - ProFootballTalk - Mitchell Trubisky is signing with the Bills, the team announced.

POLISH SAUSAGE

NFL announces new TV deals with NBC, CBS, FOX, ESPN, Amazon - ProFootballTalk - The NFL has completed its long-awaited new television deals, and to viewers at home they will look a lot like the old TV deals.

NFL confirms investigation of Deshaun Watson, contacts accusers' attorney - ProFootballTalk - The NFL is investigating allegations that Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson sexually assaulted multiple women.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Lions set to sign Charles Harris - ProFootballTalk - Defensive end Charles Harris is on his way to Detroit.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong's Chicago Bears Free Agency news and rumor tracker - Windy City Gridiron - It’s happening right now!

Householder: Report - Bears WR Allen Robinson to accept and sign his franchise tag - Windy City Gridiron - After earlier reports that he wouldn’t sign it, Robinson has come around...a sign of another shoe about to drop?

Zeglinski: Chicago Bears release two-time Pro Bowler and 2018 All-Pro Kyle Fuller - Windy City Gridiron - Under the constraints of a tight salary cap, the Bears have made the difficult decision to release their No. 1 cornerback.

Zeglinski: Chicago Bears’ Andy Dalton - “They told me I was the starter” - Windy City Gridiron - The new Bears quarterback was officially introduced at Halas Hall on Thursday. The Andy Dalton era is here!

Wiltfong: Brent Urban to sign with the Dallas Cowboys - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears are losing a key depth piece from their defensive line as six year pro, and air-guitar rocker, Brent Urban is signing a one-year deal with the Dallas Cowboys. His wife Kate was...

Sunderbruch: Bears Meet With Golladay - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears might be looking to add to the skill positions in order to improve the offense no matter who ends up throwing the ball.

Wiltfong: Bears re-sign Patrick Scales - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears bring back their long-time long snapper and now all three specialists have returned for the 2021 season.

Wiltfong: Mitch Trubisky signs a 1-year, $2.5M contract with the Buffalo Bills - Windy City Gridiron - The Trubisky era is over in Chicago as he signs to be the QB2 in Buffalo.

Sunderbruch: Scrambling for a Quarterback - The Bears and the 2021 Draft - Windy City Gridiron - If history has taught fans anything about Ryan Pace, it’s that he really likes to make trades in the draft in order to be able to pick "his" players. How likely is it he’ll have the chance to pick a top quarterback?

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