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Michael Ford - RB Posted 4/20/14 4:36pm et
The Chicago Bears probably will select a running back in the later rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft to compete with RB Michael Ford for the No. 2 running back job. The team could also add a running back or two after the draft.
Huddle Up: Yeah, it's safe to say that Ford, a 2013 college free agent from LSU who didn't log a carry last season, will have some competition for the No. 2 job behind stud starter Matt Forte.

Jay Cutler - QB Posted 3/27/14 10:36pm et
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler restructured his deal Thursday, March 27, to free up $4 million in salary cap space.
Huddle Up: A key for Cutler will be his health as he hasn't played a full season since 2009 -- his first year in the Windy City -- missing a combined 13 games over the past 4 campaigns.

Jared Allen - DE Posted 3/26/14 2:08pm et
Updating an earlier report, Chicago Bears DE Jared Allen agreed to a four-year, $32 million deal with $15.5 million guaranteed. The deal can void to three years and $24 million.
Huddle Up: Allen fills the Julius Peppers role in Chicago's pass rush. He also remains in the NFC North, which can't make Aaron Rodgers and/or Matthew Stafford happy.

Marquess Wilson - WR Posted 3/23/14 9:21pm et
Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman indicated WR Marquess Wilson likely will be given the chance to compete for the No. 3 wide receiver spot during training camp.
Huddle Up: Earl Bennett is out and Domenik Hixon is in and, as it stands now, he figures to be the chief competition for Wilson, who caught 2 passes for 13 yards this past season after making the team as a seventh-round pick.

Devin Hester - WR Posted 3/20/14 1:41pm et
The Green Bay Packers could show interest in free-agent WR Devin Hester (Bears) if they are comfortable with his asking price. The team has not pursued Hester at this point.
Huddle Up: Could Hester follow the lead of Julius Peppers and become the second ex-Bear to join the rival Packers this offseason? Green Bay recently lost WR James Jones, but Hester has had mixed success at best out wide and his reported $4 million asking price may be too rich for G.B.

Devin Hester - WR Posted 3/20/14 7:38pm et
The Atlanta Falcons agreed to terms with WR Devin Hester (Bears) on a 3-year contract Thursday, March 20. Financial terms were not immediately disclosed.
Huddle Up: Hester, who wasn't used as WR last season in Chicago, will find targets hard to come by if the Falcons' top wideouts (Julio Jones, Roddy White and Harry Douglas) are all healthy, but the Falcons insist there are "creative" ways to get Hester involved in the offense. Remain somewhat skeptical for now.

Earl Bennett - WR Posted 3/18/14 6:16pm et
The Chicago Bears officially released WR Earl Bennett Tuesday, March 18 after he refused to take a pay cut.
Huddle Up: While Bennett hasn't been usable in most fantasy leagues of late, averaging only 28.3 catches over the past 3 seasons, he provided a valuable role as the team's No. 3 WR behind stud starters Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. That role is up for grabs at the moment, with recent FA signee Domenik Hixon very much in the running.

Charles Tillman - CB Posted 3/14/14 10:51pm et
The Chicago Bears re-signed CB Charles Tillman to a one-year contract Friday, March 14. Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Tillman failed to generate much interest on the open market, so he'll be back ball-hawking in Chicago.

Domenik Hixon - WR Posted 3/13/14 3:28pm et
The Chicago Bears signed free-agent WR Domenik Hixon (Panthers) to an undisclosed 1-year deal Thursday, March 13.
Huddle Up: Hixon, who hasn't topped 40 or more receptions in the past 4 seasons, could see kick return work, but don't look for any fantasy impact as a wideout with the Bears already well set at the position with Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery and Earl Bennett.

Josh McCown - QB Posted 3/11/14 7:54pm et
The New York Jets are scheduled to meet with free-agent QB Josh McCown (Bears).
Huddle Up: McCown, who threw for 1,829 yards, 13 TDs and only 1 interception while filling in for the injured Jay Cutler last season, also reportedly will meet with the Texans and Bucs and would have a good shot to start for all 3 teams. Stay tuned to see what develops.

Josh McCown - QB Posted 3/10/14 2:13pm et
The Houston Texans are interested in free-agent QB Josh McCown (Bears).
Huddle Up: Doesn't sound like Matt Schaub is coming back to Houston, so the Texans will want a veteran quarterback in place even if they spend an early pick on a signal caller. McCown will be a popular option, though he may have other opportunities with a brighter long-term future as a starter.

Jordan Palmer - QB Posted 3/9/14 11:05pm et
The Chicago Bears have re-signed free-agent QB Jordan Palmer and DT Nate Collins to one-year deals. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: With Josh McCown expected to test the market, Palmer-- who's attempted 15 passes in his NFL career -- could find himself backing up starter Jay Cutler.

Devin Hester - WR Posted 3/6/14 1:34pm et
The Chicago Bears will not re-sign free-agent WR Devin Hester, according to Hester. He said the team wants to go in a different direction.
Huddle Up: The Bucs, now guided by former Bears coach Lovie Smith, remain an obvious landing spot for Hester, who for fantasy purposes, is strictly a kick returner after failing to catch a pass last season in Chicago.

Devin Hester - WR Posted 3/4/14 4:00pm et
There have been no attempts at re-signing Chicago Bears impending free agent WR Devin Hester. Hester is likely to hit free agency.
Huddle Up: Even though he'll turn 32 this fall, Hester remains a kick-return force with 18 combined kickoff- and punt-return scores in his career. His WR production, however, is a another story with his numbers dipping each season since establishing a career high with 57 grabs for 757 yards and 3 TDs in 2009. Even a possible reunion with former Bears coach Lovie Smith in Tampa is reportedly a longshot, according to an NFL Network report.

Josh McCown - QB Posted 3/3/14 1:18am et
Chicago Bears impending free-agent QB Josh McCown said he is willing to test the free-agent market this offseason because of the contract he could get from another team.
Huddle Up: It's now-or-never time for the soon-to-be 35-year-old QB, who made 5 starts, had 3 300-year games and a 13-1 TD-to-interception ratio in place of the injured Jay Cutler last season.

Josh McCown - QB Posted 2/23/14 7:43pm et
The New York Jets have interest in Chicago Bears impending free agent QB Josh McCown should he hit free agency. The Jets are looking for a backup in case QB Geno Smith regresses.
Huddle Up: The Jets -- well at least coach Rex Ryan -- has expressed interest in having Mark Sanchez return, but with appearing to be a longshot, look for the team to pursue McCown or another veteran backup.

Charles Tillman - CB Posted 2/20/14 1:36pm et
Chicago Bears CB Charles Tillman said he thinks the team wants him to return in 2014. Tillman does not have the impression the team does not want him back. "No, I don't think that's the case," Tillman said. "I don't think that they don't want me back. Hell, I know they want me back. I think it's a matter of finances and everything working out."
Huddle Up: Tillman soon will turn 33 and is coming off a season in which he played in only half of the team's games, so there have to be some reservations. Still, it sounds like the Bears could bring the veteran back at a price more to their liking.

Josh McCown - QB Posted 2/15/14 8:47pm et
The Oakland Raiders could express interest in Chicago Bears impending free-agent QB Josh McCown this offseason, because they are looking for a shorter-term solution from a veteran starting quarterback.
Huddle Up: With Jay Cutler signed long-term in Chicago, McCown is likely to seek a starting gig elsewhere--and Oakland certainly has an opening. McCown was a fantasy contributor when throwing to Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery; the Raiders receivers are a step down, but the cupboard is far from bare with Denarius Moore, Rod Streater and Andre Holmes all potential stars.

Jay Cutler - QB Posted 2/11/14 11:46pm et
Former Chicago Bears general manager Jerry Angelo, the GM that pulled off the trade to acquire QB Jay Cutler in 2009, said Cutler has all the tools except for the fact that he isn't clutch. 'Has all the physical tools, but inconsistent in the clutch,' Angelo wrote. 'Mostly due to a lack of poise. He's not comfortable reading defenses and consequently locks onto a favorite or pre-determined target, that may or may not be the right choice. The less he's asked to see the better he is. A better half-field general, than a full-field one.'
Huddle Up: Clutch or not, any Cutler shortcomings can't be blamed on the surrounding talent anymore as the arrival of TE Martellus Bennett, the emergence of WR Alshon Jeffery and continued excellence of wideout Brandon Marshall and RB Matt Forte gave the QB one of the best arsenals in the league this past season.

Marquess Wilson - WR Posted 2/9/14 10:43pm et
Chicago Bears WR Marquess Wilson is expected to receive the opportunity to compete for more playing time next season. Wilson likely will need to light it up during training camp if he wants to move above WR Earl Bennett on the depth chart.
Huddle Up: Wilson, a 6-3, 194-pound 7th-round pick in 2013, had only catches for 13 yards on 3 targets and will find it hard to gain fantasy relevance behind WRs Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery and TE Martellus Bennett, even if he is able to overtake Earl Bennett on the depth chart.

Devin Hester - WR Posted 1/31/14 12:59am et
Tampa Bay Buccaneers special teams coach Kevin O'Dea said finding a difference-maker in the return game will be a high priority for the team this offseason. The team could show interest in Chicago Bears impending free-agent WR Devin Hester or Kansas City Chiefs impending free-agent WR Dexter McCluster this offseason.
Huddle Up: Hester will be 32 this November, but new Bucs coach Lovie Smith certainly is familiar with him, having coached Hester for 7 seasons in Chicago.

Mel Tucker - DC Posted 1/12/14 10:22pm et
Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman announced Sunday, Jan. 12, that defensive coordinator Mel Tucker will return for the 2014 season.
Huddle Up: It was a transition year for the aging Bears' D, and that showed in the stats with Chicago allowing the second-most points (478) and third-most yards (6,313) in the league. So Tucker got a reprieve, but he has a lot of work ahead of him, particularly with the Bears' rushing defense, which surrendered a league-high 2,583 yards and 5.3 yards per carry.

Jay Cutler - QB Posted 1/2/14 12:35pm et
The Chicago Bears re-signed QB Jay Cutler to a seven-year deal. Terms were not officially disclosed, but reports say the deal will pay Cutler an average of $18 million per season over the first three years.
Huddle Up: The Bears quickly assessed the quarterback landscape and figured they were much better with Cutler than forging ahead with a new QB. The team had to overpay, but that's how it goes with QBs in NFL 2014. In any case, the immediate future is bright for Cutler with the Bears' stockpile of talent (WRs Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, TE Martellus Bennett and RB Matt Forte) around him, giving him the tools he needs to be a top-10 fantasy QB, provided he stays healthy.

Jay Cutler - QB Posted 1/1/14 12:29pm et
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler said Tuesday, Dec. 31, in a radio interview that his representation and the club will try and work on a new deal so he can remain with the team, but he is still uncertain about his future in Chicago. 'We'll find equal ground. We'll get it worked out,' Cutler said. 'I don't know when it's going to happen. And eventually it might not happen. But we're going to take a crack at it, I'm sure.'
Huddle Up: Still seems like the Titans, if they aren't sold on Jake Locker, would make a financial run at the former Vanderbilt QB if given the opportunity. So it's up to the Bears to make sure that opportunity doesn't present itself.

Jay Cutler - QB Posted 12/31/13 4:01pm et
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler is confident that he'll reach an agreement with the team on a multi-year contract before the start of the 2014 NFL league year March 11. 'I'm confident in our ability (to get a deal done), and (in Bears general manager) Phil (Emery) and (team Chairman) George (McCaskey) and everyone over there that we'll find equal ground and get it worked out,' Cutler said. 'I don't know when it's going to happen, and eventually, it might not happen. But we're going to take a crack at it for sure.'
Huddle Up: The Bears won't break the bank to keep Cutler around, but there's no question they'd prefer to have him under center. The key might be for Chicago to lock Cutler up before the Titans have a chance to throw money at him in an attempt to get him to return to Nashville, where he played his college ball.

Lance Briggs - LB Posted 12/27/13 10:12pm et
Chicago Bears LB Lance Briggs (shoulder) fully practiced Friday, Dec. 27 and is probable.
Huddle Up: Briggs returned last week from a 2-month absence but only finished with 1 tackle in the loss to the Eagles. The Bears and Briggs' IDP owners will be looking for more Sunday against the Packers.

Marc Trestman - HC Posted 12/20/13 12:23am et
The Chicago Bears may be faced with a situation where they could rest some of their starters in Week 16 against the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday night. If the Detroit Lions lose to the New York Giants and the Green Bay Packers win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Bears' game won't matter much in the grand scheme. The Bears and Packers would decide the division in Week 17 regardless of what happens to the Bears in Week 16. 'Winning does take us to a different place in terms of potential seeding, which is critically important,' head coach Marc Trestman said. 'That's enough to reason on how we would play the game. Now could that change? Certainly. But right now we're focused on winning a game."
Huddle Up: The Giants winning in Detroit seems the most unlikely part of this equation, but who knows where the Lions' focus is at following back-to-back tough losses. In any case, benching a Matt Forte, Alshon Jeffery or Brandon Marshall during fantasy championship time seems to be a rash decision at best.

Earl Bennett - WR Posted 12/18/13 11:34am et
Chicago Bears WR Earl Bennett can earn back all of his $1 million pay cut with 10 more catches this season. He earned $500,000 with his 30th catch in Week 15 and can earn the other $500,000 if he reaches 40 catches.
Huddle Up: Bennett has emerged as a viable third target with both Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery blowing up; another 10 catches over the next couple of weeks is hardly a stretch.

Jay Cutler - QB Posted 12/12/13 4:19pm et
Updating a previous report, Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler (ankle) will start in the team's Week 15 game.
Huddle Up: True to their word, the Bears are going back to Cutler and sending Josh McCown and his 13/1 TD/interception ratio back to the bench. Hopefully you have rostered both QBs, and as for the team's talented pass-catchers, it shouldn't affect them much one way or the other.

Jay Cutler - QB Posted 12/11/13 1:57pm et
Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman said the team will name a starting quarterback Thursday, Dec. 12, after QB Jay Cutler (ankle) participates in the team's walkthrough Wednesday, Dec. 11. Trestman said he is optimistic that Cutler will be able to play Week 15.
Huddle Up: Keep an eye on this situation tomorrow, in case you might have Jay Cutler itching to get into your starting lineup.

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