Matt Forte - RBPosted 4/14/15 11:31pm ET
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte didn't make a big deal out of his absence during the team's voluntary offseason program. Forte stressed the voluntary aspect of the workouts and said he'll be present when it counts.
Huddle Up: Normally, this wouldn't be much of an issue, but the Bears are installing a new offense this offseason so Forte will be best served by staying up to speed and at least attending the mandatory workouts.
Matt Forte - RBPosted 4/13/15 11:07pm ET
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte was not present for the start of the offseason workouts Monday, April 13, according to sources. Forte is entering the final year of his contract and is looking for a new contract.
Huddle Up: Ah, the time-honored tradition of veterans in a contract year holding out to get their deal re-worked. There are likely to be no ramifications for Forte, but the Bears do have a new coaching staff and new offense so it might take him a little longer to get up to speed if his holdout stretches into training camp.
Jay Cutler - QBPosted 3/26/15 4:55pm ET
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler seemed to lack confidence last season, according to head coach John Fox. 'I think maybe he got to the point where he lacked confidence a year ago. To build that back up, it's going to take time, daily. It takes trust, like any relationship.'
Huddle Up: We'll see what Fox and new OC Adam Gase can do with Cutler, who threw a league high-matching 18 interceptions and lost six fumbles but did notch Chicago career-highs with 3,812 passing yards and 28 TDs.
Jay Cutler - QBPosted 3/26/15 11:28pm ET
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler will head into the offseason as the team's No. 1 quarterback on the depth chart, but head coach John Fox said there will be an 'open competition' at the quarterback spot between Cutler and QB Jimmy Clausen during training camp and offseason workouts. The current coaching staff and general manager Ryan Pace have nothing vested in Cutler, and they've made it clear that money isn't the sole driver of their decisions.
Huddle Up: Having an open competiion is perfectly understandable given Cutler's continued and maddening inconsistency nine seasons into his career, but Clausen isn't exactly the most threatening of threats with 11 starts, five TDs, 10 interceptions and a 60.2 rating so far in his five-year career.
Brandon Marshall - WRPosted 3/24/15 4:20pm ET
New York Jets WR Brandon Marshall could be in line for a breakout season in 2015, according to head coach Todd Bowles. Bowles said he thinks Marshall remains a 'top-flight receiver.' 'He understands the game. He's a student of the game. He understands when he has small guys on him. He can get vertical when he needs to get vertical. He's a sharp route runner. He has great hands. He knows how to block. He brings a work ethic and he brings a fire to us that we need on the other side of the ball,' Bowles said.
Huddle Up: Partly due to injury and missing three full games, Marshall hit eight-year lows in targets (106), receptions (61) and receiving yards (721) this past season. He's certainly capable of a decent stat uptick, but given the Jets' QB situation and the toll he's paid as a physical WR, his 100-plus catch, 1,300-yard days likely will remain on hold.
Dante Rosario - TEPosted 3/19/15 11:21pm ET
The Chicago Bears re-signed TE Dante Rosario to a one-year deal Thursday, March 19. The financial terms were not immediately disclosed.
Huddle Up: Rosario will return for a third season in Chicago, but he remains well off the fantasy radar with only 16 receptions for 129 yards and no scores backing up stud starter Martellus Bennett.
Jay Cutler - QBPosted 3/11/15 8:55pm ET
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler will remain the starting quarterback in 2015, according to general manager Ryan Pace.
Huddle Up: Couldn't find a taker, or maybe a replacement they felt was an upgrade, so Cutler returns to a Bears offense that gave away Brandon Marshall in the offseason. That alone could lead to more "I just ate a lemon" expressions from Cutler this season.
Brandon Marshall - WRPosted 3/10/15 1:59pm ET
Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall passed his physical, and the trade sending him to the New York Jets will become official Tuesday, March 10.
Huddle Up: Sounds like Marshall is all clear after his scary rib and lung injuries late last season and he can pair with Eric Decker in giving the Jets an actually potent 1-2 WR punch. Now about that QB situation ...
Jay Cutler - QBPosted 3/10/15 1:59pm ET
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler is fully expected to be the starting quarterback in 2015, according to sources with knowledge of the team's thinking. One source was adamant that there was 'absolutely zero truth' to recent reports that Cutler was being actively shopped for a potential trade.
Huddle Up: Reading between the lines, here's betting the Bears and their new regime weren't exactly bowled over by any of the offers they received for Cutler -- and with no suitable Plan B in place anyway -- they'll forge ahead with the up-and-down QB.
Jay Cutler - QBPosted 3/7/15 10:29am ET
If the Chicago Bears decide to try and trade QB Jay Cutler, one NFL source said Friday, March 8, that the Tennessee Titans are the only realistic destination in terms of a trade. If Cutler is on the roster Thursday, March 12, a $10 million guarantee for 2016 kicks in.
Huddle Up: Cutler played his college ball in town for Vanderbilt, and the Titans aren't exactly rock-solid at the quarterback position with Zach Mettenberger atop their depth chart. If the Bears are giving Cutler away at the same rock-bottom price they sold off Brandon Marshall, it's above that makes sense for Tennessee--and immediately helps the fantasy prospects of Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter.
Brandon Marshall - WRPosted 3/6/15 12:48pm ET
The Chicago Bears have agreed to trade WR Brandon Marshall to the New York Jets pending a physical, according to a league source. It is believed the Bears will receive a fifth-round pick in return.
Huddle Up: Marshall, the nine-year vet and five-time Pro Bowler, is on the move again as he'll be traded for the third time in his career when the league year opens Tuesday. The 30-year-old WR is coming off an eight-year-low 612 catches and 721 receiving yards in an injury-addled season that was cut short by fractured ribs/punctured lung but Marshall will further upgrade the Jets' WR corps which added Eric Decker a season ago. Still, unless Geno Smith can take some strides forward or the Jets address their QB situation, Marshall's fantasy value will take a hit. Meanwhile, this move also appears to signal the end of Percy Harvin's brief stay in the Big Apple.
Jimmy Clausen - QBPosted 3/6/15 4:27pm ET
Chicago Bears QB Jimmy Clausen re-signed with the team Friday, March 6. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Not the big QB news out of the Windy City that we're all waiting for, but good news for Clausen, whose only start last season with the Bears resulted in a concussion. Overall, the former second-round pick of the Panthers finished 26-of-48 for 223 yards, two TDs and an interception last season and now owns a 1-10 career record as a starter.
Alshon Jeffery - WRPosted 3/6/15 10:23pm ET
The Chicago Bears are unlikely to use the seventh overall pick of the NFL Draft on a wide receiver, but the upcoming class of receivers gives them many options to complement WR Alshon Jeffery. They could look to University of Miami WR Phillip Dorsett, who ran a 4.33-second 40-yard dash in the second round. The Bears also hosted free-agent WR Brian Hartline (Dolphins) for a visit this week. After trading WR Brandon Marshall, the current roster features WRs Josh Bellamy, Marc Mariani, Josh Morgan and Marquess Wilson. Jeffery figures to be moved to the No. 1 receiver role, but he averaged just four catches in the last three games with Marshall injured in 2014.
Huddle Up: A burner such as Dorsett or a smaller, quicker WR would seemingly make the most sense opposite Jeffery, who ranks seventh in targets (293), eighth in receptions (174) and fifth in receiving yards (2,554) among WRs over the last two seasons.
Brandon Marshall - WRPosted 3/5/15 4:01pm ET
Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall is being shopped by the team with the idea of trading him, according to a league source. Another league source said his belief is that the team is taking calls on Marshall. The team could move Marshall for a mid-round pick.
Huddle Up: B-Marsh already has been traded twice since entering the league in 2006, and there are several notable franchises reportedly interested this time around, including the two most recent Super Bowl participants and the WR-desperate Chiefs. Trades can officially take place beginning next Tuesday (March. 10), and another date to keep in mind is March 12 when Marshall's $7.5 million 2015 base salary becomes guaranteed.
Jay Cutler - QBPosted 3/5/15 10:47pm ET
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler's contract is a concern, with the $10 million he's due for 2016 becoming fully guaranteed in one week.
Huddle Up: It was reported Thursday, March 5 by NFL Media's Ian Rapoport that if Cutler is on the Bears' roster at the start of the new league year next Tuesday, that $10 million of his 2016 salary will be guaranteed, meaning the team and the new coaching regime headed by John Fox will be staring at a two-year commitment to the QB. To that end, "teams certainly know that Cutler is available," Rapoport reported Thursday, but if they want to move him they have to find a buyer for his hefty contract which starts with $15.5 million in 2015 guarantees. In short, the Bears have a lot on their plates, but we should definitely have a good idea within a week as to what their QB plans are.
Zach Miller - TEPosted 3/1/15 10:19pm ET
Free-agent TE Zachary Miller has been re-signed by the Chicago Bears.
Huddle Up: Miller is simply a low-cost insurance option with upside behind starter Martellus Bennett. Miller did garner headlines last summer with 6 catches for 68 yards and two scores in the Bears' exhibition opener but didn't make it out of the preseason with a season-ending foot injury and has only appeared in four regular-season contests overall since 2010 due to various maladies.
Brandon Marshall - WRPosted 2/19/15 9:18am ET
Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall's standing with the team for the upcoming season may be in question, but new head coach John Fox was non-committal about Marshall when asked Wednesday, Feb. 18.
Huddle Up: Chicago media is reading the tea leaves to state that Marshall won't be back with the Bears next year, but it would seem foolish for a new coach to kick one of the few working parts on his team to the curb. It may just be a way for the Bears to strong-arm Marshall into dropping some of his media side gigs and focus more of his time and effort on football.
Brandon Marshall - WRPosted 1/30/15 3:48pm ET
Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall may not return to the team in 2015, in the opinion of ESPNChicago.com's Michael C. Wright. The thinking is that Marshall and WR Alshon Jeffery are too similar of receivers, and the team needs more diversity at the position. Wright also wrote that this was strictly a possibility, and he expects Marshall to be on the team in 2015.
Huddle Up: Not so far-fetched as the Bears could use a burner on the outside and Marshall already has been traded twice in his nine NFL seasons.
Jay Feely - PKPosted 1/29/15 3:51pm ET
Chicago Bears PK Jay Feely said QB Jay Cutler isn't a leader off of the field. 'That's not who he is. You're going to have a vacuum there,' Feely said on Mad Dog Sports Radio. 'So you have to know that as a general manager or a head coach, 'Hey, we're not going to have that leadership from this position, so we've really got to have other guys that are going to step up and are going to be our verbal leaders.''
Huddle Up: Ouch -- nothing like a fill-in kicker pontificating on the starting QB's leadership abilities.
Jay Cutler - QBPosted 1/25/15 10:32pm ET
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler reportedly once touted new quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains to be the quarterbacks coach in 2012. The two had a 'strong, personal relationship.'
Huddle Up: Loggains and new OC Adam Gase are the latest -- and possibly last -- chances to make something out of Cutler's Windy City career. The QB looked to be on track after his first year under former coach Marc Trestman in 2013 but regressed this past season.
Adam Gase - OCPosted 1/22/15 3:47pm ET
Former Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase was hired by the Chicago Bears as their new offensive coordinator. Gase will receive a 3-year deal.
Huddle Up: In Denver, Gase (and Peyton Manning) co-coordinated the most productive offense in NFL history in 2013, but it'll be highly interesting to see if he can make a successful transition from working with Manning to the not-so-fundamentally refined Jay Cutler.
Vic Fangio - DCPosted 1/20/15 3:19pm ET
Updating a previous report, free-agent defensive coordinator Vic Fangio (49ers) will be the Chicago Bears defensive coordinator. Fangio was previously the San Francisco 49ers' defensive coordinator.
Huddle Up: A good coup for the new John Fox regime, but the problem -- at least initially -- is that Fangio might find the talent a little lacking in the Windy City compared to what he had to work with in San Fran.
John Fox - HCPosted 1/16/15 4:39pm ET
The Chicago Bears have hired former Denver Broncos coach John Fox as their new head coach, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Fox is a veteran, likable presence who was able to quickly turn things around in both of his previous stops in Carolina and Denver, although he was never able to get either over the top. Of course, Fox's most intriguing fantasy hire will be his offensive coordinator given the Jay Cutler situation and the talented skill-position players on that side of the ball.
Jay Cutler - QBPosted 12/30/14 2:13am ET
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler's fate will be determined by the team's next general manager and head coach, according to team president Ted Phillips.
Huddle Up: With the Bears' regime gone, the new staff will have an opportunity to decide if they want to proceed with Cutler or start over with their own quarterback. In Chicago Cutler would still be a viable fantasy option given the talent around him; elsewhere would be a bit more risky of a proposition.
Matt Forte - RBPosted 12/29/14 9:24am ET
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte caught his 102nd pass in 2014, passing former NFL FB Larry Centers for the most receptions in a season by a running back.
Huddle Up: One shining light in what ended up being a lost season for the Bears. We'll see how the versatile Forte adapts to potentially a new quarterback--and maybe even a new coach and new offense--in 2015.
Jimmy Clausen - QBPosted 12/22/14 5:12pm ET
Chicago Bears QB Jimmy Clausen (concussion) suffered a concussion in Week 16 and has been ruled out for Week 17.
Huddle Up: Jay Cutler will start against the Vikings. Cutler threw for 330 yards and three touchdowns against Minnesota in Week 11 but a lot has happened in Chicago since then. The Minnesota defense is more of a plug and play this week than Cutler.
Jay Cutler - QBPosted 12/19/14 12:27am ET
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler hopes to stay with the team beyond the 2014 season. Cutler signed a seven-year, $126.7 million extension a few months ago and was benched Wednesday, Dec. 17, in favor of QB Jimmy Clausen.
Huddle Up: After missing out on the playoffs for a fourth straight season, the Bears appear headed for an off-season of upheaval, and there will likely be a whole new regime calling the shots. Cutler's fate is most certainly up in the air, and he's put himself there with a poor 2014 performance.
Alshon Jeffery - WRPosted 12/18/14 5:48pm ET
Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (non-injury related) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 18.
Huddle Up: No immediate word on what kept Jeffery out, but there's no reason to think it's anything too serious, either.
Jay Cutler - QBPosted 12/17/14 7:19pm ET
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler will be benched in favor of QB Jimmy Clausen in Week 16 against the Detroit Lions, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Amazingly, it probably won't make a big difference. The Bears offense was awful with Cutler under center Monday night and it will likely be awful Sunday against Detroit. The team has given up and Marc Trestman can't be fired soon enough for Bears fans. The Lions are a Top 3 fantasy defense this week.
Robbie Gould - PKPosted 12/13/14 5:55pm ET
Chicago Bears PK Robbie Gould (quadriceps) is questionable for Week 15.
Huddle Up: Jay Feely will be the Bears kicker if Gould can't go. There are better fantasy options out there this week for owners to choose from than Feely.
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