Player News - Bears

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"At least ten" former members of the Lovie Smith and Marc Trestman coaching staffs told ESPN Chicago the Bears "can't consistently compete for championships" with Jay Cutler as the quarterback.

Two Bears teammates also said they consider Cutler "a divisive figure with whom they'd rather not continue to play." Beat writer Michael C. Wright still expects the Bears to give Cutler "one last shot," something his contract almost requires they do. It's no secret Cutler essentially sabotaged Trestman's offense, refusing to operate within the confines of the system. When asked about his willingness to adhere to any offensive structure, several ex-Bears coaches used the terms "renegade" and "rogue" to describe Cutler's play.
Mar 3 - 1:13 PM

Bears re-signed TE Zach Miller to a one-year contract.

Miller, 30, was set to become a free agent. He had a monster preseason opener last fall, reeling in 6-of-6 targets for 68 yards and two touchdowns while working with the starters. He suffered a Lisfranc injury a week later and missed the season. Miller will compete for a roster spot in training camp.
Feb 27 - 12:21 PM

Bears re-signed CB Demontre Hurst to a two-year contract.

Hurst enjoyed a mildly productive rookie year, logging 29 solo tackles and ten more assists. He could see his playing time reduced in 2015 if Charles Tillman comes back healthy.
Feb 20 - 10:52 AM

The Bears are unsure what Shea McClellin's role will be in their new 3-4 defense.

The Bears ran a 4-3 under Lovie Smith and Marc Trestman, but that will change with John Fox at the helm. McClellin switched to outside linebacker last season after playing defensive end his first two years in the league. McClellin has experience on the inside from his time at Boise State but profiles best as a weak outside linebacker. 2015 is the last year of McClellin's rookie contract.
Feb 19 - 8:36 AM

Coach John Fox confirmed the Bears will install the 3-4 defense in 2015.

As expected. DC Vic Fangio ran the 3-4 scheme in San Francisco with great success. It's unclear how many pieces the current Bears roster has for the new system, but DL Lamarr Houston would seem to be a building block. DL Jeremiah Ratliff also has experience as a 3-4 nose tackle from his Dallas days, but that was a one-gap scheme as opposed to the two-gap system Fangio prefers. Fangio has a tall task on his hands to fix the Chicago defense.
Feb 18 - 11:27 AM

Coach John Fox and GM Ryan Pace were both noncommittal Wednesday when asked about Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall's futures with the Bears.

"I don't think there's any question there's ability and talent there," Fox said of Cutler. "But there's a lot more that goes into it." Fox and Pace also both hinted at reservations about Marshall's participation on HBO's in-season Inside the NFL show, with Pace stating "football needs to be the No. 1 priority." Combined with the NFL's quarterback shortage, Cutler's contract still makes it likely the Bears retain him. Marshall's future is less assured because the Bears could save cap dollars by moving on. It sounds like the Bears haven't made final decisions on either player. Marshall would be more likely to get the boot.
Feb 18 - 11:22 AM

CSN Bay Area reports Vic Fangio would not have left if the 49ers hired Adam Gase as their head coach.

Gase had been in line to be the Niners' next coach, but the team insisted he retain Tomsula as defensive coordinator. Obviously, that didn't happen. According to the report, Fangio had no interest in staying after Tomsula was given the head coaching job. Fangio and Gase both landed in Chicago, where they will have their work cut out for them. The Bears were one of the worst teams in football in 2014.
Feb 16 - 1:25 PM

Brandon Marshall's 2015 base salary of $7.5 million becomes guaranteed on March 12.

The Bears can clear $3.95 million in cap room if they release Marshall before that date, and $7.7 million if they designate him a post-June 1 cut. Marshall recently met with new coach John Fox and GM Ryan Pace, and was "assured nothing" about his future following the meeting. If the Bears do release Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, Martellus Bennett, and Marquess Wilson's fantasy outlooks would all improve significantly for 2015.
Feb 15 - 1:52 PM

ESPN Chicago expects Ka'Deem Carey's role to increase under new coach John Fox.

The Bears are moving to a more run-based scheme after being among the most pass-heavy teams last year. A fourth-round pick, Carey has a limited skill-set and struggles in pass protection, but will be a candidate for a slight uptick in snaps in his second season. Carey should return as the top handcuff to Matt Forte. He's a low-upside RB5/6 in Dynasty leagues.
Feb 13 - 4:43 PM

Bears CB Tim Jennings recently underwent arthroscopic knee surgery.

It was reportedly a "simple clean-out," and Jennings is expected to be fine in a matter of weeks. A Pro Bowler in 2012 and 2013, Jennings took a huge step back in 2014 and he is now 31 years old. Jennings was also popped for DUI, reckless driving, and speeding in Georgia just after the season.
Feb 13 - 1:27 PM

Brandon Marshall recently sat down with new coach John Fox and GM Ryan Pace to discuss his future with the Bears, but was "assured nothing."

Most expect Marshall back with Chicago in 2015, but the people closest to the situation (Marshall, Fox, and Pace) haven't come out and assured that the receiver will be back in a Bears uniform. Marshall continues to say that he wants to remain with the team. He's also openly supported the hire of OC Adam Gase.
Feb 11 - 3:20 PM

ESPN Chicago's Michael C. Wright expects Brandon Marshall back with the Bears in 2015.

Wright wrote in late January that "nobody knows" whether Marshall would return, but now expects him back in the Windy City. As Wright notes, new Bears coach John Fox has a history of working with dramatic receivers after coaching Steve Smith Sr. for many years in Carolina. Marshall turns 31 in March.
Feb 8 - 9:57 AM

Bears re-signed CB Al Louis-Jean to a two-year contract.

Louis-Jean played 122 snaps as an undrafted rookie out of Boston College this past season. He was torched in coverage, giving up a 10-146-2 line on 13 targets. Louis-Jean was set to be an exclusive rights free agent.
Feb 4 - 3:34 PM

Bears LE Lamarr Houston's 2015 salary of $5.95 million became fully guaranteed on Tuesday.

The Bears seemed unlikely to cut Houston anyway, but now he's locked in. Houston became Twitter famous back in Week 8 when he tore his ACL celebrating a sack of Jimmy Garoppolo with the Bears down 25 points. Boneheaded sack celebration aside, Houston is actually a pretty good player. He's scheme-versatile and one of few building blocks for new DC Vic Fangio.
Feb 4 - 9:04 AM

Bears re-signed LB DeDe Lattimore to a two-year contract.

He was scheduled for exclusive rights free agency. Lattimore, 24, went undrafted out of South Florida last year. He recorded three special teams tackles across seven appearances during his rookie season.
Jan 30 - 1:28 PM


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