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The Bear’s Den, February 5, 2024

Johnson impresses at Pro Bowl, speaks about contract expectations

NFL: Pro Bowl Media & Practice
Chicago Bears cornerback Jaylon Johnson (33) and Philadelphia Eagles running back D’andre Swift (0) participate in the AFC versus NFC Pro Bowl practice and media day at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck
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THE DAILY SPONGIE JAYLON JOHNSON CONTRACT SPECIAL

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Jaylon Johnson on free agency: My heart is in Chicago, but my mind is on money - NBC Sports - Bears cornerback Jaylon Johnson said late in the regular season that he can’t see himself playing anywhere other than Chicago, but it sounds like his minds is a bit more open to the possibility as the start of the new league year draws closer.

NFL’s wheel of fortune spins for Luke Getsy — and Bears - Chicago Sun-Times - Getsy is closing in on a deal to become the Raiders’ offensive coordinator — a chance to prove he was not the problem in Chicago. The Bears think they have an upgrade in Shane Waldron, who made a QB out of Geno Smith. “He’s gonna win a lot of games,” Smith said.

Bears’ Jaylon Johnson ready to play some hardball - Chicago Sun-Times - With Pro Bowl and All-Pro recognition, Johnson has a higher price tag and seems intent on the Bears paying it. “We’ll definitely see where I stand in the organization sometime soon,” he said.

Did Caleb Williams leave a Bears Easter egg on social media? - Chicago Sun-Times - With almost three months to go before the NFL Draft, Bears fans are parsing every little detail about the No. 1 overall pick on social media.

Bears’ ’04 schemes are `all about speed’ – Chicago Tribune - The Lovie Smith-coached Bears expect to do things differently and faster than the Dick Jauron Bears on both offense and defense. But as coordinators Terry Shea and Ron Rivera outlined points of their systems Thursday, the inescapable question was whether the current players can execute the schemes or will the coaches have to cut back […]

2024 Senior Bowl: Top observations from Day 2 as the pass rushers apply pressure - Here are some of the top takeaways after the second Senior Bowl practice in Mobile, Alabama.

Bears mock draft: Poles passes on Caleb Williams, trades No. 1 pick – NBC Sports Chicago - This doesn’t mean Justin Fields is sticking around as the Bears QB

Bears’ Jaylon Johnson contract negotiation update from Pro Bowl – NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears star cornerback has previously said he’d sign a new deal to stay in Chicago before hitting free agency.

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Report: Giants interviewed Vikings assistant Daronte Jones for DC job - NBC Sports - The Giants interviewed Vikings defensive backs coach Daronte Jones for their defensive coordinator job, Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Saints fire offensive line coach Doug Marrone - NBC Sports - Longtime NFL coach Doug Marrone will be looking for work after he was fired by the Saints.

Bill Belichick thanks Patriots fans with full-page ad in Boston Globe - NBC Sports - Belichick closes the book on 24 years in New England.

Jed York: Chargers will be "very, very successful" with Jim Harbaugh - NBC Sports - The 49ers had a great coach in Jim Harbaugh.

Luke Getsy nearing deal to run Raiders offense - Chicago Sun-Times - The rest of the NFL didn’t seem to blame Getsy for the Bears’ offensive problems the past few years.

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