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Jay Cutler - QB Posted 7/11/14 5:24pm et
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler believes he's more familiar with second-year head coach Marc Trestman's offense. Cutler said he should be able to think less and play faster now that he's become more acquainted with concepts and formations.
Huddle Up: Cutler put up solid fantasy numbers despite being limited by injury last season. With the same offense, the same cast of receivers, and an improving offensive line he's poised for even more--especially if he's thinking less.

Jay Cutler - QB Posted 6/29/14 2:21pm et
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler has made tremendous strides cleaning up his fundamentals this offseason, according to quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh. 'I've seen incredible progress,' Cavanaugh said. 'When we got in here last year & evaluated him we had a real good conversation with him about certain things that every quarterback should do. We said, 'Jay it might not be natural, but we want you to try it.' And he did. 'To his credit, he's taken every suggestion we've given and he's embraced it. From how he holds the ball to how he lines up in the`Gun pre-snap to how he drops back, to his throwing base to his follow-through. Every little fundamental we�ve talked to him about, he's embraced, and it's like night & day.'
Huddle Up: It seems as if Cutler is a perennial tease only to usually wind up in QB2 territory, but don't let him fall too far in your draft. If he can play close to a full season -- he missed 5 games a year ago -- with the weaponry he has in the Windy City, he's a legit threat to crack the top 10. Doubt it? Just add his numbers with those of backup Josh McCown last season and see where that lands in the fantasy QB ranks.

Marquess Wilson - WR Posted 6/25/14 3:14pm et
The Chicago Bears want WR Marquess Wilson to win the slot receiver role. The job is his to lose unless he falters drastically in training camp.
Huddle Up: Before you get too excited, consider that Wilson has two career NFL catches and that last season the WR3 gig in Chicago--stat-blocked by Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, as well as RB Matt Forte and TE Martellus Bennett--accounted for just 243 yards and four TDs last year.

Jay Cutler - QB Posted 6/10/14 7:19pm et
Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman said QB Jay Cutler has made his durability a priority this offseason, and the quarterback has become bigger and stronger as a result. 'He's bigger, he's stronger than a year ago, and he has really focused on staying physically well for the entire season. That's No. 1 -- we've got to keep him standing, keep him safe. And we see the improvements he's made in working on different issues in his mechanics, and I think he's feeling very comfortable back there in Year 2,' Trestman said.
Huddle Up: Staying healthier is a must for Cutler, who's missed a combined 12 starts over the past 3 seasons. And if he does, he has the supporting cast to make a real fantasy splash.

Matt Forte - RB Posted 6/9/14 12:11am et
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte said he believes the team could have the top offense in the NFL this upcoming season. 'If we keep working hard we're going to take this offense, hopefully, to the top of the league,' Forte said. 'There's no ceiling. There's no limit that you can put on it.'
Huddle Up: Forte isn't exactly out on a limb as the Bears finished second in the league in scoring (445 points) and eighth in total yards (6,109) last season, and that was with Jay Cutler missing almost a third (5 starts) of the season.

Marquess Wilson - WR Posted 6/8/14 5:55pm et
The Chicago Bears are giving WR Marquess Wilson the first chance to win the No. 3 wide receiver job, and the coaching staff appears to be confident that he will earn the job.
Huddle Up: Wilson, a 2013 7th-round pick, caught only 2 passes for 13 yards in 10 games as a rookie, and remains in a tough fantasy spot with target-hogs Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffrey (313 combined in 2013) holding down the starting WR spots in Windy City.

Jimmy Clausen - QB Posted 6/5/14 7:48pm et
Updating a previous report, the Chicago Bears have signed free-agent QB Jimmy Clausen (Panthers) to a one-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed. The team also waived LB Lawrence Wilson.
Huddle Up: Clausen, a 2010 2nd-round pick of the Panthers, hasn't thrown a pass since his rookie season, but will be in the thick of the hunt to back up Jay Cutler considering free-agent Jordan Palmer, 6th-round pick David Fales and undrafted free agent Jerrod Johnson currently round out the Bears' QB depth chart.

Micheal Spurlock - WR Posted 6/3/14 11:43pm et
The Chicago Bears signed free-agent WRs Micheal Spurlock (Cowboys) and Armanti Edwards (Browns) to undisclosed contracts Tuesday, June 2.
Huddle Up: With offseason signee Domenik Hixon recently retiring the Bears' already-suspect WR depth got even shallower, and the team simply is sifting through the waiver-wire journeymen, looking to fill in the back end of the depth chart.

Domenik Hixon - WR Posted 5/28/14 12:18am et
Chicago Bears WR Domenik Hixon (knee) announced on his Facebook account Tuesday that he tore his ACL for the third time, and he indicated that he will retire from the NFL.
Huddle Up: Sad news for Hixon, who was trying to catch on as a reserve in Chicago after spending the last two seasons with the Panthers and Giants, respectively.

Brandon Marshall - WR Posted 5/22/14 10:41pm et
Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall said the trade that sent him to the Bears was "career saving" for him.
Huddle Up: Apart from his continued, mammoth on-field production, Marshall seemingly has taken some noticeable strides off the field, settling down and ridding himself of the unwanted headlines that cropped up regularly during his days in Denver and Miami.

Brandon Marshall - WR Posted 5/19/14 3:19pm et
The Chicago Bears signed WR Brandon Marshall to a new three-year, $40 million contract extension Monday, May 19. Marshall's new deal includes $23 million in guaranteed money.
Huddle Up: After wearing out welcomes in Denver and Miami, Marshall seems to have found a home in Chicago. The new contract suggests Jay Cutler will be tossing to the twin towers of Marshall and Alshon Jeffrey for the foreseeable future.

Ka'Deem Carey - RB Posted 5/13/14 11:54pm et
The Chicago Bears agreed to terms with RB Ka'Deem Carey Tuesday, May 13. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: The Bears have wasted little time in coming to terms with most of their late-round picks, and Carey certainly will attract some late-round fantasy draft attention given the fourth-rounder already is pencilled in as the handcuff to starter Matt Forte.

Jordan Lynch - QB Posted 5/11/14 6:27pm et
The Chicago Bears have agreed to terms with undrafted free agent QB Jordan Lynch (Northern Illinois). He worked at multiple positions in front of scouts at the NFL Scouting Combine, and is expected to work mainly at RB in Bears camp.
Huddle Up: Lynch got his wish as he was offered a contract by his favorite NFL team, but early indications are that he'll be tried first at the RB position with Jordan Palmer and new sixth-round pick David Fales currently slated to back up starter jay Cutler. Lynch rushed for 4,343 yards and 48 yards in 4 years at NIU.

Julius Peppers - DE Posted 5/5/14 12:11am et
Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson said there is no evidence of DE Julius Peppers slowing down, even at 34 years old. 'Well, 34 is not so old,' Thompson said. 'Not for some of us. There's no evidence of any decline in his play, in our opinion. He still has the same athletic traits that he had coming out. He's had a remarkable history in the NFL in terms of durability. We're looking forward to it. I think he is, too.'
Huddle Up: According to game logs, Peppers has missed only 6 contests in 12 NFL seasons -- and none since 2007 -- and his 2013 numbers (7.5 sacks, 46 total tackles) are right at or just below his career season averages. Doesn't appear a precipitous drop is forthcoming this fall.

Marquess Wilson - WR Posted 4/25/14 2:02am et
Chicago Bears WR Marquess Wilson is considered the leading candidate for the No. 3 wide receiver job this upcoming season.
Huddle Up: Wilson, a 2013 7th-round pick who caught 2 passes for 13 yards as a rookie, will have some veteran FAs to beat out in Josh Morgan (Redskins) and Domenik Hixon (Panthers). Even then, there's still the matter of targets with Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, Martellus Bennett and Matt Forte at the top of the mix.

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.

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