Player News - Bears

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Former Bucs GM and current ESPN NFL Insider Mark Dominik believes Mike Glennon can be "Joe Flacco-esque or better."

A quarterback can be better than elite? "I believe Glennon is one of those quarterbacks like a Joe Flacco," Dominik said. "There will be moments when he can play really well, and sometimes maybe it’s an 8-8 season." Dominik, who spent a third-round pick on Glennon in 2013, also praised the quarterback's leadership, work ethic, and arm strength. After signing him to low-end starter money, the Bears would be ecstatic if Glennon developed into a Flacco-caliber starter.
Source: ESPN
Mar 28 - 8:21 AM

Bears CB Deiondre' Hall and Packers CB Makinton Dorleant were arrested in Cedar Falls, Iowa on Saturday night.

Both played college football at Northern Iowa. Hall was cited for disorderly conduct, public intoxication, and interference, while Dorleant was booked for interference. Witnesses told KWWL in Iowa that they believed Hall was hit with a taser by Cedar Falls police. The incident reportedly happened at a bar called "Sharky's" near or on the University of Northern Iowa campus.
Source: KWWL Iowa
Mar 26 - 7:56 PM

Bears agreed to terms with QB Mark Sanchez, formerly of the Cowboys, to a one-year, $2 million contract with $1 million guaranteed.

The deal carries a maximum value of $4 million and comes with a $750,00 signing bonus. He slides in as the No. 2 behind Mike Glennon. Unproven, Glennon is one of the league's worst starters on paper, so there's a chance Sanchez makes 2017 starts. The No. 5 overall pick of the 2009 draft, Sanchez has attempted just 109 passes over the past two seasons. The 30 year old is a mediocre backup.
Mar 23 - 8:49 PM

Bears OLB Pernell McPhee underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder after the season.

The good news is the problem was not with his troublesome knee, but it is yet another injury for a player who has struggled to stay on the field since joining the Bears in 2015. The Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs expects him to be ready for training camp, but the Bears will likely take it slow. Chicago has the makings of a dominant front seven, but they need McPhee to stay healthy.
Mar 23 - 9:40 AM

Free agent QB Mark Sanchez will visit the Bears on Thursday.

It's Sanchez's first action of free agency. Nothing more than a clipboard-holder at this point in his career, Sanchez would slide in behind Mike Glennon.
Mar 21 - 10:25 PM

Bears signed RB Benny Cunningham, formerly of the Rams, to a one-year contract.

It's a solid, under-the-radar signing for the Bears. Cunningham is a dependable pass-catching and pass-protecting runner out of the backfield who didn't get many opportunities behind Todd Gurley in L.A. Cunningham can also return kickoffs; he has a 27.1 average on 95 career returns. His addition could spell trouble for Jeremy Langford and/or Ka'Deem Carey behind Jordan Howard.
Mar 21 - 9:04 PM

Bears re-signed WR Deonte Thompson.

Pressed into duty by injuries in front of him, Thompson caught a career-high 22 passes last season. He's primarily a return man. The 28 year old will again compete for one of the Bears' final roster spots.
Mar 21 - 4:39 PM

Free agent RB Benny Cunningham will visit the Bears on Tuesday.

Cunningham met with the Jets earlier this month, but he did not land a deal. The Bears appear set in the backfield with Jordan Howard, Jeremy Langford, and Ka'Deem Carey, but Cunningham can contribute as a kick returner.
Mar 21 - 10:12 AM

Bears re-signed DT C.J. Wilson.

A journeyman who has bounced around the league the last couple years, Wilson played 128 defensive snaps in six games with the Bears last season. He will compete for a rotational role in camp.
Mar 20 - 6:19 PM

Bears re-signed S Chris Prosinski.

Prosinski stays in Chicago to play special teams.
Mar 20 - 5:56 PM

Bears signed NT John Jenkins, formerly of the Seahawks, to a one-year contract.

Jenkins was expected to meet with the Colts after his visit with the Bears but saw everything he needed to see in Chicago. The 27-year-old fared poorly over 217 snaps for the Seahawks and Saints last season.
Mar 17 - 12:39 PM

Free agent NT John Jenkins is visiting the Bears on Thursday.

A behemoth at 6'3/343, Jenkins is a true nose tackle. The former third-round pick of the Saints turns 28 this summer but has yet to really get his career off the ground. Jenkins played 217 snaps for the Seahawks last season. After his visit with Chicago, Jenkins is expected to head to Indianapolis.
Mar 16 - 11:04 AM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports Markus Wheaton's contract with the Bears amounts to a one-year deal at $6 million.

The full contract is for two years at $11 million with $5 million guaranteed, and apparently $6 million in year one. It sounds like the second year on Wheaton's deal amounts to a team option. So the Bears gave Wheaton a deal similar to Brandon Marshall's, who landed a two-year, $11 million contract from the Giants with another $1 million available through incentives. Reports out of Chicago had the team struggling to woo free agents due to organizational instability coming off a 3-13 season. The Bears were forced to severely overpay backup-caliber players Wheaton, CB Marcus Cooper, TE Dion Sims, and QB Mike Glennon.
Mar 12 - 6:11 PM

Bears signed WR Kendall Wright to a one-year, $4 million contract.

Wright was underused as the Titans' slot receiver last year, but he has the talent to make an impact in Chicago. His signing makes Eddie Royal's $5 million cap hit expendable. Cameron Meredith, Kevin White, and Wright should open 2017 as Chicago's top three wideouts, with Markus Wheaton competing for a roster spot. The 20th overall pick in the 2012 draft, 27-year-old Wright offers vertical ability in the slot. He underachieved in Tennessee due to clashes with several different coaching staffs and hard-luck injuries.
Mar 11 - 7:16 PM

Bears signed CB Marcus Cooper to a three-year, $16 million contract with $8 million guaranteed.

Cooper is also getting a $1.5 million signing bonus. It's a fallback signing after Chicago struck out on Stephon Gilmore and A.J. Bouye. Cooper has plus size (6'2/192) for DC Vic Fangio's scheme and had four interceptions as a 13-game starter in Arizona last year, but he got flamed in coverage. Out of 120 qualified cornerbacks at Pro Football Focus, only six had worse pass-coverage grades than Cooper. Ideally, Cooper would be the Bears' No. 4 corner behind Tracy Porter, Prince Amukamara, and Bryce Callahan.
Mar 11 - 6:26 PM


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