Player News - Bears

Date: Team: Pos:

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Jay Cutler (shoulder) is expected to be medically cleared by March.

Cutler underwent surgery for a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder in early December. It's typically a three-month rehab, but don't expect Cutler to do much throwing before training camp. He's expected to be able to pass a physical sometime next month. The Bears will likely release Cutler before or shortly after the start of the new league year on March 9.
Feb 22 - 11:06 AM

The Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs expects the Bears to hang onto CB Kyle Fuller "to see what he can do" before moving on.

Fuller missed all of last season on I.R. after undergoing a minor knee scope in August. DC Vic Fangio called him out for showing no desire to return to the field late in the year. But with the Bears' needs at cornerback, it makes sense to hold Fuller at his cheap salary either until replacements are found or they see that he can/can't play at a high level.
Feb 22 - 10:47 AM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora continues to report the Jets have "some interest" in Jay Cutler if/when he's released by the Bears.

"They believe he can play in the elements that are a reality in the AFC East, and they like his moxie and arm talent," writes La Canfora. "And that was well before the Jets hired Jeremy Bates as their quarterback coach." Bates and Cutler have mutual affinity after working together in Denver and Chicago. The current Jets regime needs to find a way to put wins on the board to save their jobs. No quarterback currently on the roster or in the draft will be able to do that, so Cutler makes some sense as a veteran bridge. La Canfora also mentions the Bills, 49ers, Dolphins, Texans, Jaguars, and Browns as potential landing spots for Cutler.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 22 - 9:35 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Bears have "actively started seeking" a trade partner for Jay Cutler.

The Bears will try their darnedest to get something for Cutler, though there's a good chance they'll end up cutting him. Cutler plateaued and arguably regressed after a promising beginning to his career in Denver, and hasn't played a full 16-game season since 2009. With that said, a quarterback-needy team like the Jets could be desperate enough to take the bait. The Bears are expected to target Jimmy Garoppolo, but they'll face plenty of competition.
Feb 21 - 6:12 PM

Kent Somers of AZCentral Sports reports the Cardinals have "zero interest" in Jay Cutler.

MMQB's Peter King wrote he "wouldn't be shocked" if Cutler ended up with the Cardinals, but Somers makes it clear that is not a real option. It also never made much sense for Cutler to sit for at least a year behind Carson Palmer when he should have starting options even if the Bears decide to move on. Even though they are not interested in Cutler, the Cardinals have to find their quarterback of the future this offseason.
Feb 21 - 10:47 AM

MMQB's Peter King "wouldn't be shocked" if Jay Cutler ends up with the Cardinals.

That would mean Cutler chooses to settle for a backup job behind Carson Palmer for 2017 with an eye on taking over as the starter in 2018 if Palmer retires. It would be somewhat shocking to see Cutler take a back seat when there are so many open jobs out there, but his fit in Bruce Arians' gunslinger offense makes sense. The Cardinals have said finding a quarterback is their No. 1 goal this offseason. The Jets and 49ers could also be landing spots for Cutler.
Source: MMQB
Feb 20 - 10:36 AM

In addition to Matt Schaub, the Sacramento Bee's Matt Barrows names Brian Hoyer as a free agent quarterback the 49ers might pursue.

Schaub has been previously speculated as a fit in San Francisco after spending the last two years with Kyle Shanahan in Atlanta. Hoyer played for Shanahan in Cleveland, and has been far more effective in recent years than Schaub. Barring an unlikely-if-intriguing match with Kirk Cousins, the 49ers will be scraping the bottom of the barrel for veteran quarterback options. Barrows didn't rule out the Niners signing both Hoyer and Schaub in free agency.
Feb 17 - 8:41 PM

Bears re-signed C/G Eric Kush to a two-year, $2.7 million contract.

The deal includes $500,000 guaranteed. Kush was one of the more entertaining personalities on an overly-dry Hard Knocks season last summer with the Rams. He ended up being a part of final cuts and was claimed off waivers by the Bears. Kush made four starts at left guard and will be back to compete for an interior reserve job.
Feb 15 - 11:58 AM

Franchise tagging free agent Alshon Jeffery for the second straight year would cost the Bears $17.5 million.

While the Bears could theoretically fit that number under their cap, it is an exorbitant amount for a wide receiver, particularly one who has missed 11 games over the past two seasons to injuries and a suspension. Tagging Jeffery again seems unrealistic, which means the Bears would likely have to sign him long term to keep him. 27 years old and the clear-cut top receiver available, it is in Jeffery's best financial interest to test the open market.
Feb 14 - 12:26 PM

ESPN's Jeff Dickerson believes impending free agent Brian Hoyer is a "logical" bridge quarterback if the Bears draft a developmental prospect.

Dickerson wrote Hoyer is "open to mentoring younger players" and "has a strong relationship with offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains." Hoyer also played reasonably well in five starts before landing on injured reserve with a broken forearm. If the Bears try to address their quarterback need in the draft, it will not be surprising to see Hoyer re-signed.
Source: ESPN
Feb 14 - 9:54 AM

Bears signed TE Justin Perillo.

Perillo was cut by Green Bay late in the season. The former Maine Black Bear has caught 15 passes for 137 yards and one touchdown since entering the league as an undrafted free agent in 2014. He gives Chicago some depth behind Zach Miller, who is coming off a broken foot.
Feb 10 - 4:59 PM

According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, "several league sources anticipate" the Eagles making a run at impending free agent Alshon Jeffery.

The Eagles desperately need an upgrade at wide receiver and Jeffery is easily the best wideout on the market. DeSean Jackson has also been linked to Philadelphia (where he played from 2008-13) while Torrey Smith could be an option if the 49ers make him available. The Eagles have a promising young quarterback in Carson Wentz. Now they just need to give him some weapons.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 10 - 3:22 PM

ESPN New York's Rich Cimini reports the Jets "won't be suitors" for Jay Cutler.

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported the Jets were a "possibility" for Cutler, but he might have just been connecting dots after New York hired QBs coach Jeremy Bates, who has a long history with Cutler. Cutler did not have a good relationship with Brandon Marshall at the end of their time together in Chicago, however, and the Jets are not just a veteran quarterback away from competing. It is highly unlikely Cutler remains in Chicago, but it does not look like he will be heading to New York.
Source: ESPN
Feb 9 - 10:34 AM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports the Jets are a "possibility" to acquire Jay Cutler.

The Jets hired Jeremy Bates as their new QBs coach on Wednesday. He and Cutler have a long history together, and by most accounts, the two really like working with each other. Bates was Cutler's QBs coach in Denver early in his career when he went to the Pro Bowl, and then Bates was brought over to Chicago in 2012 to work with Cutler again. On top of Bates, the Jets also currently employ former Bears teammates Matt Forte and Brandon Marshall. It could be a match. The Bears are fully expected to release Cutler over the next month.
Feb 8 - 2:28 PM

Zach Miller (foot) anticipates being ready for OTAs.

Miller suffered a Lisfranc fracture in his right foot back in November. It's a long recovery process, but Miller has been through it before after blowing out his left Lisfranc in 2014. Miller is entering his age-33 season. The Bears can't count on him staying healthy. Look for them to explore tight ends in the draft.
Source: CSN Chicago
Feb 8 - 10:50 AM


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