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Windy City Gridiron 12 hours ago

Ten Thoughts on the NFL: Chicago Bears and beyond

Check out my latest Thoughts on all things NFL and be sure to leave a few of your own in the comment section. 1) The extra point that football fans have known forever appears to be changing in the NFL. Nothing was done officially at the owners meetings last week, but there was enough chatter that the owners are sure something will be done in two months when the owners next meet. What are you hoping to see happen with the extra points this season? 2) One big change that was approved is the NFL will now have medically trained safety spotters at every game, and they will be on the lookout for...
Windy City Gridiron 18 hours ago

Which new Bears player will have the biggest impact?

The Bears have more or less finished up their free agency business as attention now shifts solely to the draft. Looking back over free agency and the players the team added, which is likely to have the biggest impact in 2015? The Bears weren't as active in the initial stages of free agency as they have been in recent years. Instead of getting out and targeting the big fish and bringing in Brinks trucks worth of guaranteed money, they shrewdly went out and targeted players they knew fit their needs without overspending. The highest price additions they made were OLB/DE Pernell McPhee and WR...
Windy City Gridiron Mar 29, 2015

Which Ring-Less Current and Former Bears are Hall of Famers?

Brad Gagnon ranked some of the NFL's aging stars without a Super Bowl ring by their Hall of Fame chances. Which current and former Bears do you think have a shot? We've had the discussion here many times of the Hall of Fame viability of several current and former Bears, especially as one of the best defenses in recent memory went without a Super Bowl win (those 2005 and 2006 squads...). CBS Sports' Brad Gagnon decided to look at some of the Hall of Fame chances of 30 players over the age of 30 who haven't won the Super Bowl but might have a shot at the Hall of Fame, and as you might expect,...
Windy City Gridiron Mar 27, 2015

2015 NFL Draft: Chicago Bears 7 Round Mock Draft 2.0

Just as we did last year, our friends over at Fanspeak are allowing us to play around with their On The Clock Premium Draft Simulator. So in the weeks leading up to the draft, we'll go through a few different scenarios to learn more about some of the players the Chicago Bears could select. Thanks to the folks over at Fanspeak, we have access to their wonderful On The Clock Draft Simulator again this year. It's a fun tool to help us go through the draft process and learn about some potential prospects for the Chicago Bears. A couple weeks ago I simmed through a full 7 round mock draft for...
Windy City Gridiron Mar 27, 2015

The Chicago Bears have signed cornerback Alan Ball

The Chicago Bears have announced another free agent signing for their reworked defense. Cornerback Alan Ball has inked a 1 year deal. Even though the Chicago Bears have been linked to a few veteran corners during this free agency period, this signing came out of nowhere. Alan Ball (6'2", 197) was one of the cornerbacks that GM Ryan Pace was rumored to be talking to, but there were no "sources" way out in front with any info on this one. The Bears scooped the media this time. #Bears have signed CB Alan Ball to a 1-year contract. Ball has played 8 NFL seasons with Cowboys, Texans and Jaguars....
Windy City Gridiron Mar 26, 2015

The Chicago Bears' defense is starting to take shape (on paper at least)

With a bunch of new players added to the team via free agency, just how seamless will the transition be to a 3-4 defense for the Chicago Bears? Join us as we look over the personnel fits for Chicago's D so far. The Chicago Bears will have a number of their returning front seven defenders switching positions as they move towards a 30 front as their base defense for the 2015 season. They will still have a weak-side outside linebacker (Will) and a strong-side outside linebacker (Sam), but their responsibilities differ slightly from the previous 4-3 defense in Chicago. The Will is the premier...
Big Blue View Mar 26, 2015

2015 Big Blue View Community Mock Draft: Bears take Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson, seventh overall

The Bears move to put some teeth back in their defense. The seventh pick of the Big Blue View Community Mock Draft is in. The Pick 7) Chicago Bears GM: MayhapsPick - Vic Beasley, OLB/DE, Clemson Explanation The Bears have picked up some depth in free agency, so it's likely they try to go for best player available here. With the two big name wide receivers already gone, they've already got enough weapons on offense to focus on fixing their defense. While there's some push for Danny Shelton here with the defense transitioning to a 3-4 base, new defensive coordinator Vic Fangio had success...
Windy City Gridiron Mar 25, 2015

Mocking The Mocks: WCG's own Dane Noble is on the clock at 7 for the Chicago Bears

For the 9th straight year SB Nation is running through a writers mock draft with all 32 NFL team sites. Check out the Chicago Bears selection right here and in true Mocking The Mocks fashion, let us know if this is the direction you'd have gone. There's one thing that's for certain in the 2015 NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears have a number of valid directions they could go with the 7th overall pick. We've looked at a number of other mock drafts these last few weeks here on Windy City Gridiron, but today we're putting our very own Dane Noble on the clock in the 9th annual SB Nation writer mock...
Bears Gab Mar 25, 2015

Should the Chicago Bears draft Marcus Mariota at 7?

True or false – Jay Cutler is not the answer at QB long term for the Bears? Find out who’s the new NFL betting Favorite after free agent moves at Mybookie.ag, as each team is going to tweak their draft board after they tried to fill some holes with free agents. If you are like […]

Mason Foster agrees to terms with Chicago Bears, removing him from 49ers pool

The San Francisco 49ers lost out on one free agent option at inside linebacker. Mason Foster is headed to Chicago. It looks like we can remove one free agent from the San Francisco 49ers pool of potential inside linebacker competition. Linebacker Mason Foster has agreed to terms with the Chicago Bears, according to his agent. Earlier Tuesday, Trent Baalke said the team was interested in Foster, and other linebackers. Lance Briggs, Brandon Spikes and Erin Henderson are the three most high profile linebackers on the 49ers radar at this point. The 49ers head into the offseason workout program...
Windy City Gridiron Mar 24, 2015

Report: Chicago Bears to sign linebacker Mason Foster

The Chicago Bears continue to plug holes in their line up via free agency, today adding former Tampa Bay Buccaneers middle linebacker Mason Foster. Middle linebacker has been a sore spot for the Chicago Bears since Brian Urlacher last patrolled the middle of Chicago's defense. With the team switching to a 3-4 defense, they no longer need to find his heir apparent, but they do need to identify 2 inside linebackers that can start in 2015. They may have found one with their latest free agent signing of former Buccaneer Mason Foster. As reported earlier here; In other news, Mason Foster is...
Windy City Gridiron Mar 24, 2015

Report: Chicago Bears to sign defensive end Ray McDonald

The Chicago Bears continue to retool their defense through free agency, with their latest signing being former San Francisco 49ers defensive end Ray McDonald. After the Bear Report's Aaron Leming reported that the Chicago Bears were close to signing Ray McDonald earlier this morning, we now have confirmation from ESPN that's it's happening. Yes, Bears are signing former 49ers DT Ray McDonald. Play for new Bears DC Vic Fangio before being cut in December — Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) March 24, 2015 Ray McDonald, the latest Chicago Bears defensive lineman, has played his entire...

Ray McDonald signing with the Chicago Bears

The former San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle is reuniting with defensive coordinator Vic Fangio. Vic Fangio departed the San Francisco 49ers this offseason, and it would appear he will be bringing along one of his former players. Former 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald is set to sign a one year deal with the Chicago Bears, according to Aaron Leming (later confirmed by Chris Mortensen). The 49ers will get no compensation in the comp pick formula given that they released McDonald last season. McDonald had two run-ins with the law, with the latter resulting in his release by the 49ers....
Windy City Gridiron Mar 24, 2015

Report: Chicago Bears to sign Defensive End Jarvis Jenkins

The Chicago Bears are set to add a defensive lineman to their new 3-4 defense, with five year pro Jarvis Jenkins. #Bears have agreed to terms with DE Jarvis Jenkins on a 1-year contract. It will be official after he passes his physical later today.— Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) March 24, 2015 Jarvis Jenkins was a 2nd round draft pick of the Washington Redskins in the 2011 draft out of Clemson. He missed his entire rookie year with a torn ACL, but rebounded to start 14 of 16 games in the 2012 season. In 2013 he was suspended the first 4 games of the year for violating the league's substance...
Windy City Gridiron Mar 23, 2015

Ten Thoughts on the NFL: Chicago Bears and beyond

Check out my Thoughts on the NFL and be sure to add a few of your own in the comment section. 1) Hall Of Famer Chuck Bednarik, one of the true legends to ever play the game of football, died on March 21st at 89 years old. He was one of the last great two-way players in the NFL, excelling both at linebacker and center for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1949-1962. To the casual NFL fan, Bednarik is probably best known for his hit on the Giants' Frank Gifford, as seen here; The hit that knocked Frank Gifford out of football for over 18 months. RIP Chuck Bednarik. #Eagles...
Windy City Gridiron Mar 23, 2015

Do you want tickets to the 2015 NFL Draft in Chicago?

If you are planning to attend the 2015 NFL Draft in Chicago, there's only one way to get tickets for the annual event. The NFL has finally announced how you can obtain tickets to the 2015 NFL Draft, which takes place in Chicago from April 30th - May 2nd. You have to register right here (www.nfl.com/drafttown) for a chance to win 2 tickets to attend the event. Registration will begin on Tuesday, March 24th at 12:00 p.m. ET and go until Sunday, April 5th at 11:59 p.m. ET. All winners will be selected at random and this is the only way to "legally" obtain tickets. Don't be fooled by online...
Windy City Gridiron Mar 23, 2015

2015 NFL Free Agency: Chicago Bears news and rumors for Monday, March 23

As we begin the third week of NFL free agency, let's take a look at where the Chicago Bears are and let's see where they may be heading. It would be fair to say that Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace is slow-playing his first free agency period. Some fans are worried that the Bears are missing out on the top level talents available, while others understand the process and realize that the best teams in the NFL aren't always the most active in free agency. Take a look at the last seven Super Bowl champions; New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks, Baltimore Ravens, New York Giants,...
Windy City Gridiron Mar 22, 2015

After Last Season, How Quickly Can the Bears Right the Ship?

The Bears have a lot of work ahead of them heading into the draft. How fast do you think they can become a contender? Thankfully, last year's gone and evaporated into dust, so unless you've put the entirety of the Bears' 2014 season on DVR (and really, why would you?), you'll never have to watch another down of last year's 5-11 squad. Which is all well and good, but the Bears' new front office and coaching staff have to figure out how to put a winner on the field in a fairly expedient fashion. That being said, the pieces currently on the field may be more ready to win than many think. But...
Windy City Gridiron Mar 20, 2015

2015 Chicago Bears first round draft pick: Offense or defense

With the bulk of free agency in the rear-view mirror, its time to turn our attention to the next big offseason event: The NFL Draft. The Bears have filled a few needs which gives them flexibility for their first pick, so which side of the ball should they address? New general manager Ryan Pace said that the goal of a team in free agency is to address needs in such a way that they could be free to spend their draft picks on the best available player rather than pigeon-holing them to a player that fills their need. Pace was able, for the most part, to do just that in free agency. He picked up...
Windy City Gridiron Mar 19, 2015

Chicago Bears bring back Dante Rosario on one-year deal

It's not a flashy move but the Bears reunite veteran tight end Dante Rosario with head coach John Fox, as a blocker and core special teams player. The initial splashy phase of the free agency period may be over, but the Chicago Bears still have additions to make to the roster.  Today they announced they re-signing of veteran backup tight end Dante Rosario, who was originally acquired from the Dallas Cowboys before the start of the 2013 season for a seventh-round pick by then-GM Phil Emery, to a one-year contract. Rosario was initially drafted by John Fox's Carolina Panthers in the fifth...

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