1:04 PM EDT, Wed April 23, 2014

Bears draft focus: DE

The Chicago Bears invested $34.45 million guaranteed in defensive ends Jared Allen, Lamarr Houston and Willie Young in free agency, but it’s not guaranteed the team won’t continue to add at the position during the NFL draft, although now that possibility seems less likely. It's worth noting the Bears also added veterans Israel Idonije, Trevor Scott and Austen Lane in free agency to bolster a corps of defensive ends that includes David Bass, Tracy Robertson and Cornelius Washington.

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Chicago Tribune 2 hours ago

Mara: Expanded NFL playoffs unlikely in 2014

New York Giants president John Mara envisions playoff expansion in the near future for the NFL, but he doesn't think this will be the year 14 teams, two more than the current model includes, will qualify for the postseason.

NFL Nation Buzz: Chicago Bears

ESPN.com Bears reporter Michael C. Wright discusses the team’s interest in drafting a defensive tackle.
Chicago Sun-Times 15 hours ago

Small talent pool may spur Bears to select safety first or second

Leading up to the NFL draft, which begins May 8, the Sun-Times will take a position-by-position look at the Bears’ needs and which players might be available to fill them. Louisville’s Calvin Pryor is a thumper, and Alabama’s Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is a more prototypical ballhawk. While draftniks debate who the best safety is — most rank them 1 and 1A, in either order — the Bears likely would be thrilled to see either at No. 14. The team has researched both...

QB Garoppolo among 30 invited to NFL draft

A record 30 players will be on hand for the NFL draft in New York next month.
Chicago Tribune 16 hours ago

QB Garoppolo among 30 invited to NFL draft

A record 30 players will be on hand for the NFL draft in New York next month.

Bears' schedule to be released Wednesday

The wait is nearly over, Bears fans: The NFL will announce the 2014 regular-season schedule at 7 p.m. CT Wednesday, the league said Tuesday. 
Chicago Tribune 19 hours ago

Bears' schedule to be released Wednesday

The wait is nearly over, Bears fans: The NFL will announce the 2014 regular-season schedule at 7 p.m. CT Wednesday, the league said Tuesday. 
Chicago Tribune 22 hours ago

Jaguars player had stroke during game last season but continued playing

Linebacker Russell Allen had a stroke during the Jaguars game against the Chargers last year –- but remained in the game and played even after he was afflicted.

Bears meet with UCLA OLB Anthony Barr

CHICAGO -- The Bears traveled to Los Angeles in late March to conduct a private workout with UCLA outside linebacker Anthony Barr, according to a source with direct knowledge of the situation. ESPN NFL Draft Insider Mel Kiper Jr. projects Barr as being selected by the San Diego Chargers at No. 25 overall in the next month’s draft. Both Kiper and fellow ESPN Draft Insider Todd McShay rank Barr as the second best outside linebacker in the 2014 draft class.
Chicago Tribune Apr 22, 2014

NBC, ESPN get NFL playoff games

NBC will televise an NFL Divisional Playoff game for each of the next eight seasons as part of a nine-year extension with the NFL that begins with the 2014 season and ESPN, which signed an eight-year extension through 2021, will televise its first wild-card playoff game in January.
Chicago Tribune Apr 22, 2014

Trainer: McClellin is 'a different man now'

Optimism abounded Tuesday as the Bears began their 2014 campaign with a 7:30 a.m. meeting to start their voluntary offseason program.

Bears draft focus: DT

Official pre-draft visits and the team’s recent activity indicate the Chicago Bears -- despite investing heavily along the defensive line in free agency -- might still be inclined to at least one selection in the NFL draft to select a defensive tackle. The club re-signed Jeremiah Ratliff in free agency along with Nate Collins, but Henry Melton left to sign with the Dallas Cowboys. Including rising fourth-year veteran Stephen Paea, who is entering the final year of his original rookie contract, Chicago’s roster features just three bona fide defensive tackles, which means there’s a...
Chicago Tribune Apr 21, 2014

Report: Raiders trade Pryor To Seahawks

The Oakland Raiders traded quarterback Terrelle Pryor to the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks on Monday in exchange for a seventh-round selection in next month's NFL draft.
Chicago Sun-Times Apr 21, 2014

Bears wouldn’t mind drafting a QB that Marc Trestman can groom

Leading up to the NFL draft, which begins May 8, the Sun-Times will take a position-by-position look at the Bears’ needs and which players might be available to fill them. Jay Cutler has his lucrative long-term deal, and Jordan Palmer has the confidence of coach Marc Trestman. But the Bears always have been open to adding a young quarterback. It has been up for consideration for some time and likely will be during the draft in May. “The next step in this — we...

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