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Bears WR Marquess Wilson secured 2-of-3 targets for 18 yards in Sunday's Week 17 loss to the Vikings.

Activated from I.R./recall after breaking his collarbone in preseason, Wilson closed out the year with just one game over 20 receiving yards among seven appearances. Wilson dropped too many passes and is clearly still raw at age 22. Brandon Marshall did show signs of 2014 decline, opening the door for Wilson as a dart-throw 2015 breakout candidate. Marshall will be back with the Bears, but Wilson should remain squarely in the team's plans even if Chicago cleans house in the front office. He's a big receiver who can run and make catches in traffic.
Dec 28 - 4:31 PM

Alshon Jeffery managed two catches for 34 yards on five targets in the Bears' Week 17 loss to the Vikings.

Jeffery was bottled up in this game by Xavier Rhodes, who has emerged as a legitimate shutdown NFL corner. It was still a highly successful age-24 season for Jeffery, who finished with an 85-1,133-10 receiving line while battling a hamstring injury on and off. He's a long-term WR1 in both Dynasty and re-draft leagues. Jeffery will enter a contract year in 2015. The Bears need to prioritize locking up Jeffery with a long-term deal.
Dec 28 - 4:23 PM

Rookie Ka'Deem Carey did not touch the football in the Bears' Week 17 loss to the Vikings.

The fourth-round pick out of Arizona finished his rookie year with 36 carries for 158 yards (4.4 YPC) and five catches. Carey struggled in the preseason, but showed signs of improvement in the real games and has an outside chance to be Matt Forte's eventual replacement in Chicago. Forte, 29, is entering a contract year in 2015. Carey is an RB4/5 in Dynasty leagues.
Dec 28 - 4:20 PM

Matt Forte gained 51 yards on 17 carries and caught eight passes for 23 yards in the Bears' Week 17 loss to the Vikings.

With 102 receptions, Forte broke Larry Centers' record (101) for running back catches, which had stood since 1995. On the ground, Forte finished with 1,038 yards on 266 carries (3.90 YPC). He scored ten all-purpose touchdowns. Although his rushing numbers diminished this year, nothing on Forte's tape suggests he's in decline. He is 29 years old, however, and the Bears may need to begin thinking about a running back of the future. Forte will enter his 2015 contract year owed nearly $8 million. He's worth it.
Dec 28 - 4:16 PM

Martellus Bennett secured 8-of-11 targets for 59 yards in the Bears' Week 17 loss to the Vikings.

In a breakout second season under Marc Trestman, Bennett set career highs in receptions (90), yards (916), and touchdowns (6). Bennett is 27 years old with a secure future in Chicago. His 2015 base salary is a reasonable $4.9 million. Bennett will return as a mid-range to low-end TE1 in fantasy leagues next season. It's worth noting that his 2014 production was a bit puffed up by injuries to Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery over the course of the season, leading to more targets than ever for "Black Unicorn."
Dec 28 - 4:11 PM

Jay Cutler completed 23-of-36 passes for 172 yards and 39 rushing yards in the Bears' Week 17 loss to Minnesota.

And so ends arguably the most disappointing year of Cutler's career, one that saw him benched for Jimmy Clausen late in the season. Cutler "regained" his starting job for Week 17 only because Clausen suffered a Week 16 concussion. Cutler was solid in fantasy -- his TD-to-INT ratio was 28:18 with a completion rate of 66.0 -- but his on-field performance left much to be desired, failing to properly execute Marc Trestman's offense and racking up a ton of production in garbage time. Cutler's 2015 base salary is $15.5 million, all of which is guaranteed. Although there has already been much speculation regarding Cutler's next-season whereabouts, no decisions will be made until the Bears decide on a new corps of decision makers. Ultimately, we suspect Cutler will stay in Chicago because he is very difficult to trade, and would create far too big a cap hit to release.
Dec 28 - 4:05 PM

Bears declared K Robbie Gould, QB Jimmy Clausen, CB Al Louis-Jean, S Chris Conte, OT Charles Leno, DE Austen Lane, and DT Brandon Dunn inactive for Week 17 against the Vikings.

Jay Feely will close out the season as the Bears' kicker.
Dec 28 - 11:42 AM

Pro Football Talk reports Bears GM Phil Emery and team president Ted Phillips are also on the chopping block.

After a disastrous season, it seems the Bears are ready to completely clean house. Coach Marc Trestman already has one foot out the door, Emery's position appears perilous at best and Phillips could get the axe despite being with the team for almost 16 years. Ironically, the one person who may survive is Jay Cutler because his Emery-negotiated contract makes him a headache to trade.
Dec 27 - 10:58 AM

Bears signed C Roberto Garza to a one-year extension through 2015.

Garza turns 36 in March, but the Bears have been pleased by his play despite sub-par marks from Pro Football Focus. Garza remains an effective run blocker, but is PFF's No. 21 center among 40 qualifiers entering Week 17, often getting abused in pass protection. Even if Garza starts for one more year, GM Phil Emery needs to begin considering a center of the future.
Dec 26 - 2:08 PM

Marquess Wilson (knee) was limited on Wednesday.

Wilson missed just seven snaps last week due to his knee injury. It's not a concern for his Week 17 status. Wilson is averaging five catches for 41 yards and a touchdown over the last two games.
Dec 24 - 3:15 PM

Bears signed DE Austen Lane.

He'll take the roster spot of DE Willie Young (Achilles'), who has officially been placed on injured reserve. A 2010 fifth-round pick of the Jags, Lane has made 30 career appearances, but couldn't make it past final cuts with the Bears last summer.
Dec 23 - 5:59 PM

With Jimmy Clausen (concussion) sidelined, Jay Cutler will be back under center for the Bears in Week 17.

Smokin' Jay comes crawling back. He'll be backed up by sixth-round rookie David Fales. Cutler will be facing the Vikings, a team he shredded for 330 yards and three touchdowns in a Week 11 victory. We obviously aren't expecting a repeat performance, but Cutler will be on the DFS radar.
Dec 22 - 2:44 PM

Jimmy Clausen has been diagnosed with a concussion, and will be sidelined for Sunday's finale against the Vikings.

Clausen took a helmet-to-helmet hit from Lions RE Ziggy Ansah in Sunday's loss, and apparently suffered "delayed" symptoms. He didn't miss a snap, but ended up going to the hospital on Sunday evening. The league still has a long way to go with concussions. Clausen's injury means Jay Cutler will be back under center for Week 17, and backed up by sixth-round rookie David Fales. The timing couldn't be worse for Clausen, who didn't put anything persuasive on film Sunday. There's no guarantee he'll get a No. 2 job for 2015.
Dec 22 - 2:33 PM

Robbie Gould (quad) said he won't be available for the Week 17 finale against the Vikings.

Replacement Jay Feely didn't get a field goal chance against the Lions in Week 15.
Dec 22 - 10:54 AM

Bears DE Willie Young tore his left Achilles' tendon during Sunday's Week 16 loss to the Lions.

Young will need surgery to repair the tendon. It's a frustrating end to a breakout season for the ex-Lion, who signed a three-year deal with the Bears in March. Young leads the team with 10 sacks and has been stout in run defense.
Dec 21 - 9:22 PM


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