THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL
Biggs: Chicago Bears are in a salary-cap crunch - Chicago Tribune - All of the focus surrounding the Chicago Bears is on acquiring a quarterback, but not to be forgotten is what the team can do to improve the roster around that position. The Bears are among a group of teams that will be hit hard by a reduced salary cap, which will limit their options in free agency. Jack’s note: Here’s the juicy part: “The thinking among multiple sources is the Bears have prioritized making a run at Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.” !!!!!!!!!!
Russell Wilson trade: Bears expected to ‘take their shot’ - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears are expected to “take their shot” at a trade for Russell Wilson.
Chalk Talk: Mike Pettine’s role, predicting QBs who will be selected in 2nd or 3rd round of NFL Draft - Chicago Bears Official Site - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses what new senior defensive assistant Mike Pettine will bring to the Bears, quarterbacks who could be available in the second or third round.
Chicago Bears, general manager Ryan Pace prepping for unique free agency period - Chicago Bears Official Site - With a glut of salary cap casualties expected to hit the open market, general manager Ryan Pace vowed that the Bears will be ready to react quickly to what promises to be an unprecedented free agency period.
Hardy: 2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report, Trey Lance QB NDSU - 247 Sports - We break down the scouting report for North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance and how he could be a fit for the Chicago Bears.
Kyle Long believes Bears ‘will stop at nothing’ in QB search - 670 The Score - Former Bears offensive lineman Kyle Long envisions his old team making a major move at quarterback this offseason, believing a trade for Deshaun Watson or Russell Wilson could be coming.
Contrary to a report, no decision has been made on Rashaad Coward, per sources. He’s a restricted free agent, and the Bears do have a history of not tendering but re-signing players, which could ultimately be the case here.— Kevin Fishbain (@kfishbain) March 5, 2021
State of the Chicago Bears: Defense (Part 1) - Chicago Audible Podcast - Listen as the guys begin to analyze the current state of the Chicago Bears’ Defense and determine what positions need the most attention this offseason.
Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy's thoughts on the organization - Chicago Tribune - Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy knows last season’s 8-8 record and wild-card-round loss wasn’t much of an achievement. Far from it. Nagy offered his thoughts on the state of the organization in an exclusive interview.
Most contested catches on 20+ yard throws since 2019:— PFF (@PFF) March 5, 2021
Allen Robinson II - 11
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Arkush: Bears GM Ryan Pace’s main focus just might be on salary cap - Daily Herald - Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace was as secretive and vague as ever this week, but he dropped one thought that may say a lot about what he’s thinking.
Bears TE Jimmy Graham ‘walked away unscathed’ from accident - Chicago Sun-Times - Bears tight end Jimmy Graham wrote on Twitter that he was fine after getting in a car accident Thursday morning.
District attorney declines to charge Denver Broncos LB Von Miller after investigation - ESPN - No charges will be filed against Von Miller in regard to a criminal investigation by police in Parker, Colorado.
Bills sign safety Micah Hyde to two-year extension through 2023 - NFL.com - The Buffalo Bills have signed safety Micah Hyde to a two-year extension, the team announced Friday. The deal is worth $19.25 million, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, as Hyde is now under contract through 2023.
Jason Kelce makes it official: He’s back for 2021 - PhiladelphiaEagles.com - The Eagles’ Pro Bowl center returns for an 11th season, ending any questions about his future. And he thinks the offensive line is a strength for the team in the campaign ahead.
Broncos tag safety Justin Simmons for second year in a row - NFL.com - Denver isn’t letting Justin Simmons go anywhere. The Broncos are placing the franchise tag on their starting safety Friday, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported.
Washington Football Team releases quarterback Alex Smith - ESPN - Quarterback Alex Smith, who helped Washington win the NFC East title while becoming the league’s Comeback Player of the Year, has been released by the team.
Raiders cutting Richie Incognito - ProFootballTalk - The Raiders will release Incognito, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Maia Chaka becomes first Black woman named to NFL’s officiating staff - NFL.com - Maia Chaka is the latest trailblazing woman in the NFL. Chaka became the first Black woman in league history to be named to the NFL’s officiating staff.
McShay’s predictions for all 32 first-round picks heading into NFL free agency - ESPN+ - As we approach free agency, Todd McShay projects Round 1 of the 2021 NFL draft - and our NFL Nation reporters explain how the picks fit each roster.
KNOW THINE ENEMY
Report: Detroit Lions part ways with VP of player personnel Kyle O’Brien - Pride Of Detroit - Not surprising, but the Lions are moving on from one of the bigger players from the Bob Quinn era.
Report: Lions restructuring Jamie Collins’ contract, ‘significantly’ reducing cap hit - Pride Of Detroit - Details aren’t out yet, but the Lions likely have saved over $5 million in cap space for 2021.
BLACKHAWKS (Jack’s note: This is too heavy to pass on, sorry non-Hawks fans)
Brent Seabrook, Chicago Blackhawks great retires - Chicago Tribune - Brent Seabrook, who won 3 Stanley Cups with the Chicago Blackhawks, says his playing career is over.
Seabrook Left It All on the Ice, And Then Some - Blackhawks Official Site - Veteran defenseman details his injury troubles and the decision to end his playing career after 15 seasons.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON
Infante's Draft Q&A: Who do Bears target if they trade for Russell Wilson? - Windy City Gridiron - Lead Draft Analyst Jacob Infante answers your questions about the Bears’ plans for the 2021 NFL Draft, and what recent trade rumors would do to their draft outlook.
Rule of 3 Podcast: Let’s talk about Russell Wilson and the Salary Cap - Windy City Gridiron - Rule of 3 went live on Locker Room yesterday to discuss recent rumblings about a potential Bears’ blockbuster trade
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