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Honoring contracts, Martellus Bennett and the problem with NFL deals

The offseason is a time when headlines are often about which players are happy with their contract situations and which ones are not. The workout portion of the offseason headlines are dominated by who shows up and who doesn't. Players have some legitimate gripes about the NFL contract situation and often become the subject of scorn when they try to do something about it. Yesterday, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson made some waves when he took to Twitter to complain about his current stand off situation with the team. He made some good points and was fair with his criticism, yet the...
Windy City Gridiron May 29, 2015

Chicago Bears Top 5 players at 25 years of age or younger

Fox Sports recently looked at the top 25 players in the NFL at age 25 or younger and one Chicago Bears' player made the list, wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, who checked in at number 12. Our sister site that covers the New York Giants, Big Blue View, took the Fox Sports idea and gave it a Giants spin by looking at their top 5 players 25 and under. They excluded the lone Giant that made the cut from their top 5, Odell Beckham Jr., and also excluded the rookie class of 2015. I thought this was a great topic of debate for our readers, so here are my picks for the top 5 Chicago Bears that are...

49ers draft take from former Bears Director of College Scouting

We have another take on the San Francisco 49ers 2015 draft class, this time from a former NFL scout. The folks over at National Football Post have done a good job in recent years of rounding up some notable scouting talent. They have a variety of former scouts, executives and agents providing insight into numerous aspects of football. They are not the be-all, end-all of analysis, but this group of writers can add a little context to our understanding of a given topic. One such writer is Greg Gabriel, the Chicago Bears former Director of College Scouting, and a man who spent 30 years in NFL...
Windy City Gridiron May 28, 2015

Poll Of The Day: Should the Chicago Bears give Martellus Bennett a raise?

Chicago Bears tight end Martellus hasn't shown up to any of the voluntary workouts as he seeks a new contract. Do you think the Bears should meet his demands? Last season the Chicago Bears' Martellus Bennett led all tight ends in receptions with 90. He also had the 3rd most receiving yards at his position, 916, and his 6 touchdowns were tied for 7th most at TE. In 2015 Bennett's base salary is $4.9 million, which ranks 5th at the position. When Martellus signed his 4 year deal in 2013, it included $5,125,000 in guaranteed money. That guaranteed cash now ranks 18th among tight ends. If you...
Bears Gab May 28, 2015

Matt Forte Says He’ll Come to Bears Camp Despite Not Getting a New Deal

Former Pro Bowl running back Matt Forte confirmed on Wednesday that he will report to training camp on time despite the Chicago Bears’ refusal to extend his contract, Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago reports. “Yeah, [I’ll report to camp on time without a new deal],” Forte said. The 29-year-old Forte can earn a maximum of […]
Windy City Gridiron May 27, 2015

George McCaskey on Ray McDonald and other Chicago Bears OTA news

Earlier today after the Chicago Bears wrapped up the first of their OTAs for this week, and team Chairman George McCaskey addressed the media on the Ray McDonald situation. If you were following his mini-press conference on Twitter, it was interesting to see how the exact same quotes affected different members of the media differently. Some praised McCaskey for his handling of the situation, while others were calling for his head. If you want to read the full transcript of McCaskey's comments, you can check out the Chicago Sun Times. Here are a few highlights from the transcript. He was...

49ers assistant trainer headed to Chicago Bears

This is very much an under-the-radar piece of news, but it is worth mentioning. The San Francisco 49ers will be on the lookout for a new assistant athletic trainer. Current assistant athletic trainer Nate Breske is headed to the midwest to join the Chicago Bears as their head trainer, according to Bears beat writer Brad Briggs. According to Matt Maiocco, Breske was hired in 2008. Matt Barrows had this interesting tidbit about Breske: Nate Breske was a QB at Northern St. Perhaps best known to #49ers fans as guy who helped get Michael Crabtree up to speed after '09 holdout. — Matt Barrows...
Windy City Gridiron May 27, 2015

Chicago Bears start OTAs today so here's a look at the roster

The Chicago Bears have one roster spot remaining after the release of Ray McDonald, but here are the 89 current players that will begin Phase 3 of the OTAs today. DEFENSIVE LINEJeremiah Ratliff DE/NT, Jarvis Jenkins DT, Ego Ferguson DE, Will Sutton DE, Eddie Goldman NT, Cornelius Washington DE, Terry Williams NT, Brandon Dunn DE, Olsen Pierre DE What to look for: The Bears have to hope that rookie 2nd round draft pick Eddie Goldman can take control of the nose tackle position early. If he does that it frees up Ratliff to showcase his versatility all along the defensive line. Undrafted free...
Windy City Gridiron May 26, 2015

Ten Thoughts on the NFL: Chicago Bears and beyond

Check out my weekly Ten Thoughts on the NFL and make sure you leave a few of your own in the comment section. Consider this your catch-all comment thread for any and all NFL related thoughts you may want to share. 1) It looks like the Houston Texans will be given the Hard Knocks treatment on HBO. I'm guessing this will catapult J.J. Watt to becoming an even bigger star than he already is. I can see the NFL pushing for him to be one of faces of the league. 2) Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is still griping about wanting to be traded, with his latest power move being a hint...
Windy City Gridiron May 25, 2015

Ray McDonald arrested yet again on charge of domestic violence

Former 49ers defensive end Ray McDonald continues his pattern of poor decision-making, being arrested for violence against women for a third time in nine months. Well, so much for a slow news day.  Former San Francisco 49ers defensive end Ray McDonald, who was signed by the Chicago Bears to a low-cost one-year deal has been arrested on charges of domestic violence and child endangerment, according to Santa Clara police. The 30 year old veteran was previously arrested on August 31st on suspicion of felony domestic violence, but was not charged over the incident, nor has anything concrete...

Eagles hire former Bears college scouting director Marty Barrett

According to a report from Brad Briggs of the Chicago Tribune, the Philadelphia Eagles have made another addition to their front office. Former Chicago Bears college scouting director Marty Barrett has been hired as the Eagles' West Coast scout. More on Barrett: "Barrett worked for the Bears for the last 18 seasons and was promoted to college scouting director under former general manager Phil Emery. He was a West Coast scout before that promotion and was credited with helping the team land a pair of third-round draft picks that turned into perennial Pro Bowl performers in center...
Windy City Gridiron May 24, 2015

How Optimistic Were You After the 2014 Offseason?

Last year's Bears underachieved by nearly every measure. However, at this point last season, how did you feel about the club? Did you think more of the team during 2014's offseason or this year's? Hindsight is 20/20, as the saying goes. Last offseason saw a team full of promise unravel completely at every seam and collapse into a 5-11 unmitigated disaster. It was an offseason that saw Brandon Marshall complete his seventh consecutive year of 80 receptions and 1000 yards, Alshon Jeffery entering his third season and coming into his own, Matt Forte putting up a career high in yards from...
Windy City Gridiron May 22, 2015

What is holding the Bears back from being contenders?

With a new coaching staff, new general manager and a myriad of roster issues, few are expecting the 2015 Chicago Bears to make a deep playoff run, if at all. Which position group or player(s) are keeping the team from being very good? The Chicago Bears have spent the entire offseason, from Black Monday up until after the draft a few weeks back, making over their organization and their roster. The outgoing regime of Phil Emery and Marc Trestman left a lot of holes and deficiencies on the roster, as well as few games won. The Bears needed an infusion of youth, talent, and coaching, and new GM...
Windy City Gridiron May 21, 2015

Five Questions With The Only Colors about Jeremy Langford

We're visiting the SB Nation college sites of the Chicago Bears' rookie class to gain some insight on their newest players. Today we'll talk to Joe Tuohey of The Only Colors, about fourth round draft pick Jeremy Langford of Michigan State. Thanks to our affiliation with SB Nation, we have access to hundreds of other experts that cover both the NFL and college football. This series of Five Questions With... will focus on not only the 2015 draft class for the Chicago Bears, but some of the undrafted free agents as well. This series of articles has become one of my favorites to do here at...
Windy City Gridiron May 20, 2015

How would you grade the Chicago Bears' off season so far?

When you take into account all the personnel moves by the Chicago Bears so far this off season, what grade would you give them? When the final whistle blew on the 2014 NFL season, the Chicago Bears immediately went to work to reshape their franchise. General manager fired, head coach fired, assistant coaching staff turned over, players allowed to walk, numerous free agents brought in, new blood added via the draft and through undrafted rookies. The Bears are not only reshaping their roster, they're installing new schemes on offense and defense. The West Coast Offense; Gone with Marc...
Windy City Gridiron May 20, 2015

Five Questions With Bruins Nation about Anthony Jefferson

We're visiting the SB Nation college sites of the Chicago Bears' rookie class to gain some insight on their newest players. Today we'll talk to Greg Burcham of Bruins Nation, about undrafted free agent defensive back, Anthony Jefferson of UCLA. Thanks to our affiliation with SB Nation, we have access to literally hundreds of other experts that cover both the NFL and college football. This series of Five Questions With... will focus not only on the 2015 draft class for the Chicago Bears, but some of the undrafted free agents as well. This series of articles has become one of my favorites to...
Windy City Gridiron May 19, 2015

Five Questions With Underdog Dynasty about Jacoby Glenn

We're visiting the SB Nation college sites of the Chicago Bears' rookie class to gain some insight on their newest players. Today we'll talk to Chas Short and Mitchell Alexander of Underdog Dynasty about undrafted free agent Jacoby Glenn, a cornerback from the University Of Central Florida. Thanks to our being part of the SB Nation network, we have access to literally hundreds of other experts that cover both the NFL and college football. This series of Five Questions With... will focus on not only the 2015 draft class for the Chicago Bears, but some of the undrafted free agents as well....
Windy City Gridiron May 19, 2015

Who will be the top Chicago Bears for your 2015 fantasy team?

NFL teams haven't even set their 53 man regular season roster yet, but that won't stop us from talking about your fantasy football team. ESPN recently came out with their Fantasy Football top 300 for 2015, and there are a few Chicago Bears amongst the 300. The highest ranked Bear is Matt Forte, who checks in at 9th overall and the 8th running back. Fantasy football is all about opportunities and Forte's ability to catch the ball out of the backfield will always boost his value. ESPN's next ranked Bears' player is wide out Alshon Jeffery, who is the number 9 receiver and their 21st player...
Windy City Gridiron May 18, 2015

Five Questions With Josh Graham of Inside ECU Sports about Terry Williams

In an effort to bring you the most in depth coverage of the Chicago Bears' rookie class, we're talking with some of the writers that has covered their entire collegiate career. Today we're reaching outside the SB Nation network to chat with Josh Graham, publisher of Inside ECU Sports, about nose tackle Terry Williams. Last week we had the chance to talk with Josh Graham, who is the publisher of InsideECUSports.com about Chicago Bears' undrafted free agent quarterback Shane Carden. After rookie mini-camp the Bears signed one of Carden's East Carolina teammates, nose tackle Terry Williams,...
Windy City Gridiron May 18, 2015

Ten Thoughts on the NFL: Chicago Bears and beyond

Check out my weekly Ten Thoughts on the NFL and make sure you leave a few of your own in the comment section. Consider this your catch-all comment thread for any and all NFL related musings you may have. 1) New England Patriots' owner Robert Kraft is angry about the penalties handed down in the never-ending deflated balls saga. In a recent interview with The MMQB, Kraft expresses his unhappiness. "I just get really worked up. To receive the harshest penalty in league history is just not fair. The anger and frustration with this process, to me, it wasn't fair." He has a point. There were...

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