Alshon Jeffery - WRPosted 7/17/16 10:01pm ET
Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery and the Bears did not agree to a long-term deal before the deadline Friday, July 15. ESPNChicago.com's Jeff Dickerson said the disconnect between both sides is obvious, and he questioned if the Bears view Jeffery as a No. 1 wide receiver.
Huddle Up: Jeffery has missed a total of 13 games over his first four seasons, including nearly half a season (seven games) last year, and the Bears are content to forge ahead, especially with 2015 No. 1 pick due to debut this year.
Alshon Jeffery - WRPosted 7/11/16 10:52pm ET
Updating previous reports, Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery would have to dramatically decrease his salary expectations for a long-term deal to be completed by the July 15 deadline for franchise-tagged players. The scenario is unlikely to happen.
Huddle Up: The Bears appear to be playing this in much the same way they played the Brandon Marshall and Martellus Bennett situations--and neither is still with the team. If last year's first-round pick Kevin White emerges as a viable option at wideout, expect Jeffery to follow a similar path out of town.
Alshon Jeffery - WRPosted 7/8/16 2:14pm ET
Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery is far apart in talks on a long-term deal, and there isn't much optimism a deal will get done. 'I sense that both sides really don't feel strongly about this one,' said NFL Network's Mike Garafolo. 'That's because Jeffery's got a $14.6 million tag. The Bears wanted to come in a couple of million below that.'
Huddle Up: While Jeffery certainly has been productive when he's on the field, he's had a few too many missed games (13 over his first four seasons, including nearly half the season a year ago) and the Bears appear as if they want to see more before doling out a long-term deal.
Connor Shaw - QBPosted 7/3/16 12:10pm ET
Free-agent QB Connor Shaw has been claimed off waivers by the Chicago Bears.
Huddle Up: Shaw, the former Browns QB, joins the Windy City backup mix behind Jay Cutler, but he faces a long battle to make the roster with Brian Hoyer and David Fales already on the depth chart.
Jeremy Langford - RBPosted 6/28/16 1:24am ET
Chicago Bears RB Jeremy Langford led all running backs in drop rate last season, with eight of 30 catchable targets hitting the ground.
Huddle Up: That's not good for a guy who hopes to be the Bears' feature back, and whose fallback plan is to be their pass-catching back. It's something to keep an eye on in training camp; if Langford continues to struggle catching the football, it's going to cut into his workload.
Alshon Jeffery - WRPosted 6/21/16 4:16pm ET
Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery has continued to talk about a long-term contract, and a new deal is possible for the receiver, who received the franchise tag.
Huddle Up: Like most franchise-tag deals, talks likely will come down to the last few hours of the July 15 deadline. Stay tuned ...
Marquess Wilson - WRPosted 6/15/16 9:42am ET
Chicago Bears WR Marquess Wilson (undisclosed) left minicamp early Tuesday, June 14. Head coach John Fox did not disclosed if Wilson had suffered an injury.
Huddle Up: It's far too early for concern about the availability of a depth receiver in a John Fox offense.
Alshon Jeffery - WRPosted 6/15/16 9:42am ET
Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery said he plans to report to training camp on time. Jeffery is participating in minicamp, but did not report for organized team activities earlier this month. He is awaiting a long-term contract agreement.
Huddle Up: Jeffery has already seen how this situation played out for Brandon Marshall and Martellus Bennett, so expect him to do the bare minimum until the Bears give him a new deal.
Zach Miller - TEPosted 6/3/16 4:19pm ET
Chicago Bears TE Zach Miller said he expects to be one of the offense's main weapons in the 2016 season. 'I think everyone as a playmaker, you expect to be that,' he said. 'I'm going to have an opportunity to show that ability and really kind of just take over from how we left off last season. I showed there were opportunities where I could make plays. That's kind of how I'm going to approach how we begin the year.' Miller accumulated 34 catches for 439 yards and a team-high five touchdown receptions in 2015.
Huddle Up: No. 1 TE Martellus Bennett averaged 100.7 targets, 69.3 receptions, 704.7 yards and totaled 14 TDs during the last three seasons with the Bears, and while Miller doesn't necessarily possess the same skills, the opportunity will definitely be there for him in the Bears' offense.
Alshon Jeffery - WRPosted 6/2/16 11:10am ET
Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery was absent at organized team activities Wednesday, June 1, and he continues to stay away from the team facility to train in South Florida. Jeffery already signed his franchise tag tender and is expected to rejoin the team for the veteran mandatory minicamp beginning June 14.
Huddle Up: Jeffery saw the Bears jettison Brandon Marshall and Martellus Bennett, and with no long-term deal he's doing the bare minimum to earn his one-year salary before likely exiting Chicago as well. Let's hope that at least means he'll be motivated to put up some big numbers heading into a free agent offseason.
Jay Cutler - QBPosted 6/1/16 10:29am ET
Chicago Bears WR Kevin White (shin) is building chemistry with QB Jay Cutler during organized team activities (OTAs), and the rapport building is in the early stages. As far as his health is concerned, he said Tuesday, May 31, that he has felt 100 percent for months.
Huddle Up: White's rookie season was a disaster as he never made it to the field for any significant work with Cutler. The two are making up for lost time, which is important given the departures of Brandon Marshall and Martellus Bennett and the tenuous Alshon Jeffery situation.
Kevin White - WRPosted 5/26/16 11:12am ET
Chicago Bears WR Kevin White (shin) has not been limited during organized team activities. White said he is trying to use as much energy as he can and run as fast as he can after not playing at all in 2015.
Huddle Up: The Bears got nothing from their 2015 first-rounder, so they have to be thrilled to see him on the field fully participating. Anything he can do in OTAs to get on Jay Cutler's radar will pay dividends--fantasy and otherwise--this year.
Jeremy Langford - RBPosted 5/20/16 6:14pm ET
Chicago Bears RB Jeremy Langford will battle with RBs Jordan Howard, Ka'Deem Carey and Jacquizz Rodgers for touches in a crowded backfield during offseason workouts. Head coach John Fox is intent on running with a committee approach after the departure of RB Matt Forte. Langford has a leg up after scoring seven touchdowns in his rookie season. However, he had only 3.6 yards per carry and 1.13 yards after contact, which ranked second to last out of 47 players with 100 carries, according to ESPN Stats and Information. Langford must also work on improving his hands after struggling with drops in 2015. Howard's bruising style appeals to the team as a complement to Langford's speed. Carey is the only back that wasn't acquired by the current coaching staff, and he's being pushed to become more versatile and to play better on third downs. Rodgers it the veteran and could be trusted more than any other rusher on third downs early in the year.
Huddle Up: Despite the crowded depth chart, it is definitely Langford's gig to lose, and he is currently the Huddle's 21st-ranked RB at the moment as we head into the thick of OTAs.
Kevin White - WRPosted 5/15/16 2:15pm ET
Chicago Bears WR Kevin White was compared to Indianapolis Colts Andre Johnson by Bears wide receivers coach Curtis Johnson. Johnson coached Johnson at the University of Miami. 'He's very similar to him. They're both big and physical and fast,' Johnson said. 'That doesn't all go together sometimes. White has hands similar to [former Indianapolis Colts] WR Reggie Wayne. So he was one of those guys where when you looked at the draft and watched television, you say this guy is going to be a bona fide player.'
Huddle Up: Definitely don't forget about the 2015 seventh-overall pick, who figures to get ample opportunity in the Bears' offense with TE Martellus Bennett and pass-catching RB Matt Forte now gone.
Jay Cutler - QBPosted 5/15/16 2:37pm ET
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler will work with an offense that has the same shell and language as last season, according to offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains, and Loggains said his strong relationship with Cutler will help offset the departure of Adam Gase.
Huddle Up: Of course, the season that Cutler is projected to have the same offensive scheme for a change, he loses two of his primary weapons in Matt Forte and TE Martellus Bennett. He does gain 2015 first-round pick Kevin White, who missed his rookie season due to injury, so expect a more WR-dependent passing game for Cutler and the Bears.
Jordan Howard - RBPosted 5/12/16 1:07pm ET
Chicago Bears RB Jordan Howard's rookie deal is worth $2,588,024 with a signing bonus of $248,024.
Huddle Up: The fifth-round pick from Indiana has quickly gathered steam as a rookie sleeper to watch with the Bears' backfield wide open after the departure of Matt Forte.
Alshon Jeffery - WRPosted 5/6/16 12:37pm ET
Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery has not made much progress in contract talks with the Bears at this point. The two sides have until July 15 to reach a long-term agreement.
Huddle Up: These situations usually pick up a lot more urgency late in June and early July, so no sweat yet.
Alshon Jeffery - WRPosted 4/26/16 2:24pm ET
Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) did not show up for offseason workouts, according to a source. He is training in South Florida with the Bears' permission. Jeffery has already signed his franchise tag and is training in order to fix the soft tissue problems in his hamstring that plagued him in 2015. He is expected to report for mandatory minicamp from June 14-16, if not sooner, according to the source.
Huddle Up: After back-to-back seasons of 85-plus catches and at least 1,133 yards, Jeffery struggled through a 54-80-7-4 season in nine games last season, and the Bears are going to take every measure to prevent a repeat with their No. 1 target, who's more important than ever with the offseason departures of Matt Forte and TE Martellus Bennett.
Kevin White - WRPosted 4/17/16 2:37pm ET
Chicago Bears WR Kevin White (shin) will not have any limitations when the team starts their offseason workouts Monday, April 18.
Huddle Up: Fantasy GMs have two additional first-year WRs in the mix this season with the the 2015 rookie seasons of White and the Ravens' Breshad Perriman completely wiped out by injuries. White is particularly intriguing given he was the seventh-overall pick a year and the Bears' need for WR help outside of Alshon Jeffery.
Alshon Jeffery - WRPosted 4/12/16 10:22pm ET
Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery is expected to seek a deal upwards of five years and $55 million, which is the deal Kansas City Chiefs WR Jeremy Maclin signed when he joined the Chiefs.
Huddle Up: Jeffery is currently signed under the franchise tag now, which would be $14.6 million this coming season, so a longer-term deal would give the Bears some much-needed cap space. However, too many years on the deal, though, would be an iffy proposition given Jeffery's injury history as he played only nine games this past season.
Robbie Gould - PKPosted 4/6/16 9:57am ET
Chicago Bears PK Robbie Gould is looking to add a few pounds for the 2016 season, and he is eating junk food trying to achieve his goal. 'I just know that putting on weight for me is difficult and I'm not a junk food eater,' Gould said Tuesday, April 5. He is hoping the added weight will mean added strength.
Huddle Up: Now there's an offseason training regimen the vast majority of fantasy footballers can relate to.
Deonte Thompson - WRPosted 3/24/16 4:11pm ET
Free-agent WR Deonte Thompson re-signed with the Chicago Bears on a one-year deal Thursday, March 24.
Huddle Up: With only 17 career receptions in three NFL seasons, Thompson is little more than back-end WR depth and a kickoff returtner -- a role which is steadily being phased out by the league and its seemingly annual rules changes.
Kevin White - WRPosted 3/22/16 6:22pm ET
Chicago Bears WR Kevin White (shin) is 100 percent healthy, according to general manager Ryan Pace. White missed all of his rookie season last year following surgery on a stress fracture in his left shin. Pace said it's up to White to now be mentally confident enough to play at full speed. Even though he's at full health, the Bears are still going to be cautious with White so as not to jeopardize his long-term future. White will be limited during the offseason if needed.
Huddle Up: The 2015 seventh-overall pick's rookie season was a wash, but he's definitely a wideout to keep in mind on fantasy draft day as the Bears will be looking to replace the passing-game targets they lost with the off-season departures of TE Martellus Bennett and RB Matt Forte.
Martellus Bennett - TEPosted 3/17/16 10:39am ET
Chicago Bears TE Martellus Bennett has been traded to the New England Patriots in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick, according to sources. The Bears also traded a sixth-round pick.
Huddle Up: The Patriots add another quality pass-catching tight end, allowing them to return to the days of the Rob Gronkowski/Aaron Hernandez tandem. Bennett's trade also opens the door for Zach Miller to become a fantasy factor in Chicago.
Matt Forte - RBPosted 3/15/16 10:17am ET
New York Jets RB Matt Forte said he hasn't talked about specifics of his role on the team this year, but he expects to have a substantial role in the offense. 'They see me as an every-down back,' Forte said in his first interview since signing a three-year, $12 million contract.
Huddle Up: Forte should at minimum be the lead dog in the Jets' committee, but they have capable role players and depth in Bilal Powell and Khiry Robinson so he won't be the only back in the stable. That said, with no quarterback in place the Jets could be even more run-heavy this season than last year which would mean plenty of touches for everybody.
Marc Mariani - WRPosted 3/10/16 8:52am ET
Free-agent WR Marc Mariani (Bears) is a hot property, as sources indicate at least four teams are interested in in his services.
Huddle Up: Mariani's greatest asset is his ability in the return game, though he could be a serviceable back-end-of-the-rotation receiver as well.
Alshon Jeffery - WRPosted 3/8/16 5:02pm ET
Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery signed his franchise tender Tuesday, March 8. Jeffery can still sign a long-term deal by July 15.
Huddle Up: The Bears definitely wanted to hold on to Jeffery and will be looking for a healthier un ahead from the wideout, who missed seven games this past season.
Matt Forte - RBPosted 3/7/16 9:45am ET
Chicago Bears impending free-agent RB Matt Forte is being recruited to the Green Bay Packers by LB Julius Peppers.
Huddle Up: Forte to the Packers would be a good fit for the offense, but it would be a killer to Eddie Lacy's fantasy value. Or maybe Peppers has seen Lacy's offseason training regimen and is skeptical he'll be in fighting shape by the start of next season.
Martellus Bennett - TEPosted 3/4/16 10:46am ET
Chicago Bears TE Martellus Bennett's agent, Kennard McGuire, and the team are working to trade Bennett to an agreeable landing spot Friday, March 4.
Huddle Up: This divorce was expected, but if Bennett goes and Zach Miller doesn't return via free agency it leaves a void in the Chicago offense.
Alshon Jeffery - WRPosted 3/1/16 10:06am ET
Chicago Bears impending free-agent WR Alshon Jeffery has received the franchise tag, according to a source, after a long-term deal could not be settled despite multiple discussions with Jeffery's agent during the NFL Scouting Combine. Jeffery is still involved in ongoing talks with the Bears regarding a long-term deal, though there is still distance to cover in negotiations.
Huddle Up: Makes sense for the Bears to cling to their only known offensive weapon, with Matt Forte already released. And it sounds as if both sides are interested in a long-term deal, so consider the franchise tag a placeholder as they work through negotiations. Meanwhile, Jay Cutler has his top target back for at least one more season.
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