11:59 AM EST, Fri March 05, 2021
21 mins ago
Column: Ryan Pace and the cap-crunched Chicago Bears have heavy lifting ahead of them as they plan for a QB — and many other parts — heading into free agency

Column: Ryan Pace and the cap-crunched Chicago Bears have heavy lifting ahead of them as they plan for a QB — and many other parts — heading into free agency

All of the focus surrounding the Chicago Bears is on acquiring a quarterback, but not to be forgotten is what the team can do to improve the roster around that position. The Bears are among a group of teams that will be hit hard by a reduced salary cap, which will limit their options in free agency.
1 hour ago

Brent Seabrook, who won 3 Stanley Cups with the Chicago Blackhawks, announces his retirement after 15 seasons because of injuries: ‘After several surgeries ... it will not be possible for me to continue playing hockey.’

Through 15 seasons, Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook had been as renown for his aggressive play and toughness. But injuries have forced the 3-time Stanley Cup winner to retire.
12 hours ago
Chicago Blackhawks let a 2-0 lead slip away and fall to the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 on a goal with one-tenth of a second left in overtime

Chicago Blackhawks let a 2-0 lead slip away and fall to the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 on a goal with one-tenth of a second left in overtime

Defenseman Victor Hedman scored with one-tenth of a second left in overtime, lifting the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday at the United Center. An official review confirmed the puck crossed the line before time expired.
14 hours ago
Photos: Chicago Blackhawks vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Photos: Chicago Blackhawks vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Photos from the Chicago Blackhawks-Tampa Bay Lightning game March 4, 2021, at the United Center.
17 hours ago
Jimmy Graham says he was ‘unscathed’ in a Thursday car crash: ‘Just wanted to ... tell everybody I’m fine,’ the Chicago Bears tight end tweets

Jimmy Graham says he was ‘unscathed’ in a Thursday car crash: ‘Just wanted to ... tell everybody I’m fine,’ the Chicago Bears tight end tweets

Chicago Bears tight end Jimmy Graham said he walked away “unscathed” from a car crash Thursday morning in Miami. Graham said he crashed while trying to avoid a disabled vehicle in the center lane.
18 hours ago
The Chicago Blackhawks matured quickly after going through ‘growing pains,’ Tampa Bay Lighting coach says ahead of the teams’ 3-game series at the United Center

The Chicago Blackhawks matured quickly after going through ‘growing pains,’ Tampa Bay Lighting coach says ahead of the teams’ 3-game series at the United Center

The Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning play three games in four nights beginning Thursday. The defending-champion Lightning outscored the Hawks 10-3 in two wins to open the season, but the Hawks have gone 12-5-4 since then. “It’s a measuring stick, and we’re excited about it,” coach Jeremy Colliton said.
20 hours ago
Tracking the latest NFL quarterback moves: Ben Roethlisberger restructures his contract and will return to the Pittsburgh Steelers for an 18th season

Tracking the latest NFL quarterback moves: Ben Roethlisberger restructures his contract and will return to the Pittsburgh Steelers for an 18th season

The NFL quarterback dominoes began to fall early this offseason with the Jan. 30 blockbuster trade agreement that sent the Detroit Lions’ Matthew Stafford to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for Jared Goff and three draft picks.
Mar 4, 2021

5 things to watch for during the Chicago Blackhawks’ 3-game ‘mini-playoff’ series against the Tampa Bay Lightning

The Tampa Bay Lightning are the most formidable team the Chicago Blackhawks could possibly face — at least that’s what the numbers say. The teams will face each other three times in four nights starting Thursday.
Mar 4, 2021
Chicago Bears Q&A: Who will start at QB in Week 1? Why can’t they reach an extension with Allen Robinson? Will they try to lower the cap hits of Akiem Hicks and Kyle Fuller?

Chicago Bears Q&A: Who will start at QB in Week 1? Why can’t they reach an extension with Allen Robinson? Will they try to lower the cap hits of Akiem Hicks and Kyle Fuller?

With the arrival of March, a new league year and free agency are on the horizon for the Chicago Bears. Brad Biggs digs into his weekly mailbag to field questions about the Bears’ strategy for the coming weeks.
Mar 3, 2021

What are the Chicago Bears’ best quarterback options — and can they upgrade at receiver? The Bear Download podcast breaks it down.

The Chicago Bears have a steep hill to climb from 8-8 to Super Bowl contention. To have a chance, they'll have to upgrade at quarterback (it will be shocking if Mitch Trubisky returns) as well as at receiver through the draft and free agency, and possibly via trade.
Mar 3, 2021
Chicago Bears free-agency tracker: Offensive lineman Alex Bars and 4 others re-sign as exclusive-rights free agents

Chicago Bears free-agency tracker: Offensive lineman Alex Bars and 4 others re-sign as exclusive-rights free agents

As the Chicago Bears sign players and others join new teams, the Tribune’s team will track the moves and provide insight into what they mean. NFL free agency begins March 17, and the window to negotiate contracts with impending free agents opens two days earlier.
Mar 3, 2021

Column: Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy face a pivotal 2 months to reboot the Chicago Bears. And they must put critical thinking ahead of wishful thinking.

Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy must understand that these next nine weeks are as pivotal as any they’ve experienced together since 2018. With the Chicago Bears general manager and coach eyeing a turnaround, they must assess their roster with brutal honesty and a realist’s understanding of its many flaws.
Mar 2, 2021
Column: The Chicago Bears have a plan — multiple plans, in fact — to attack their quarterback dilemma. But how many of them inspire confidence?

Column: The Chicago Bears have a plan — multiple plans, in fact — to attack their quarterback dilemma. But how many of them inspire confidence?

Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy says he loves the process of evaluating the team's long list of quarterback possibilities. The 2021 season probably will hinge on whether Nagy looks back on this as an enjoyable experience.
Mar 2, 2021

Chicago Bears haven’t made ‘a firm decision’ on using the franchise tag on Allen Robinson, but GM Ryan Pace says ‘we want to keep our good players’

The Chicago Bears have one week before the NFL deadline to use the franchise tag on a player, but general manager Ryan Pace said Tuesday the team has not made “a firm decision” on whether it will use it on wide receiver Allen Robinson.
Mar 2, 2021

Chicago Bears GM Ryan Pace won’t be afraid to take multiple swings to fix the QB position: ‘We have a plan in place. Now it’s about executing that plan.’

Heading into his seventh offseason acquisition cycle with the Chicago Bears, GM Ryan Pace’s inability to solidify the quarterback position has been a major issue.