Player News - Bears

Date: Team: Pos:

Bears placed T/G Nate Chandler on the reserve/retired list.

Beset by injuries, it appears Chandler is hanging up his cleats at age 27. Chandler made 19 starts in his brief NFL career, all with the Panthers.
Jul 23 - 3:47 PM

Dan Durkin of the Chicago Athletic agrees with the notion that the Bears will use a committee at running back this season.

One of the better football analysts in Chicago, Durkin notes that a John Fox team has only once had a running back log 60 percent of the carries, and fifth-round power back Jordan Howard "closely resembles the physical profile Fox looks for at the position." Durkin anticipates Jeremy Langford opening the season atop the depth chart, but foresees the Bears "(riding) the hot hand on game day."
Jul 22 - 2:26 PM

Bears signed OG Amini Silatolu to a one-year contract.

Silatolu started 15 games as a rookie in 2012, but he's made just 13 starts in the three years since with his career derailed by injuries. He'll compete for the final guard spot in Chicago behind starters Cody Whitehair and Kyle Long.
Jul 20 - 3:25 PM

According to ESPN Bears reporter Jeff Dickerson, second-year WR Kevin White looked like a "beast" in spring practices.

This somewhat contradicts the Chicago Sun Times' Adam Jahns, who said White "looked like a work in progress" at OTAs, where he dropped too many passes. By all accounts, White fared much better at minicamp after knocking off the rust at OTAs and having Alshon Jeffery back opposite him. After missing his entire rookie year, White will be a fun player to watch in camp and preseason.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 20 - 12:41 PM

Free agent OG Amini Silatolu is visiting the Bears on Wednesday.

Silatolu has made a number of visits this offseason, with the Bears being his fifth after meetings with the Seahawks, Cardinals, Chiefs, and 49ers. The former No. 40 overall pick is working his way back from a November torn ACL.
Jul 20 - 10:05 AM

Former Bears and Panthers CB Charles Tillman announced his retirement from the NFL after 13 seasons.

Drafted 35th overall by the Bears in 2003, Tillman spent his first 12 seasons in Chicago before inking a one-year deal with Carolina and going to the Super Bowl last season. Tillman made one Pro Bowl and was named a first-team All-Pro in 2012. He recorded 38 career interceptions, but was probably best known for the "Peanut Punch" with 44 forced fumbles. Tillman turned 35 back in February but suffered a torn ACL in Week 17 last year and was questionable to be ready for the start of 2016. He said the only team he'd play for is the Panthers.
Jul 18 - 6:43 PM

Bears DL coach Jay Rodgers said third-round DE Jonathan Bullard is "really bright."

That intelligence should allow Bullard to pick up the playbook and be ready to contribute once training camp starts. The rookie will likely open his career as a rotational lineman, but he could push Mitch Unrein for the starting job right out of the gate. The other two spots on the defensive line are locked in, with Eddie Goldman at the nose and free-agent addition Akiem Hicks at the other end spot.
Jul 18 - 9:58 AM

The Chicago Tribune's Rich Campbell reports the Bears plan to use a "committee approach" at running back.

"It promises to be hell for fantasy football owners," Campbell wrote, "but Fox wants to limit backs' workload and play the so-called hot hand." Jeremy Langford projects to be the starter after Matt Forte bolted in free agency, but it has become abundantly clear he will cede work to both Ka'Deem Carey and fifth-round rookie Jordan Howard. Veteran Jacquizz Rodgers could be involved as well. Langford's ADP is sinking like a stone, but his RB23 price is still tough to swallow.
Jul 18 - 9:37 AM

ESPN Chicago's Jeff Dickerson questions whether the Bears view Alshon Jeffery as "a true No. 1 receiver."

"Chicago’s approach in negotiations suggests they view Jeffery more as a "1A" or elite No. 2 wideout," Dickerson continued. The Bears certainly were not willing to give Jeffery elite money this summer, but it was assumed his injury history was the main concern. Perhaps the Bears also question his ability, but his 5.6/82/.5 per-game average over the last three seasons would seem to fly in the face of those concerns. If Jeffery stays healthy this season, he is going to get paid No. 1 money by someone next spring. He is still only 26 years old.
Jul 16 - 11:33 AM

The Bears failed to reach a long-term deal with franchise-tagged WR Alshon Jeffery before Friday's deadline.

Jeffery wanted Dez Bryant money but that was never going to happen after his injury-plagued 2015 campaign. The 26-year-old still offers WR1 potential and could be in for a massive payday if he stays healthy in 2016. He'll play this year under the $14.599 million franchise tag.
Jul 15 - 4:25 PM

The Chicago Tribune's Dan Wiederer reports "it would take a dramatic twist" for Alshon Jeffery and the Bears to reach a long-term deal before the July 15 deadline.

Jeffery wants to be paid like an elite receiver, and the Bears want to see a healthy and effective season before they hand over that kind of money. Both positions are perfectly reasonable, but they also make a long-term contract impossible. Unless something drastic happens, Jeffery will play out this year under the tag.
Jul 11 - 10:13 AM

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports both the Bears and franchise-tagged WR Alshon Jeffery are "not confident" that a long-term deal will be reached by next Friday.

Jeffery is slated to earn $14.599 million on the franchise tag this year, so he's going to want his annual average to come in somewhere close to that on a long-term agreement. Per Garafolo, Jeffery wants more than $12 million annually, while the Bears want him to settle into the Allen Hurns-Doug Baldwin-Keenan Allen range around $10-11 million per year. The two sides have until next Friday, July 15 to reach a long-term contract.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 8 - 9:25 AM

Bears claimed QB Connor Shaw off waivers from the Browns.

Shaw was waived by Cleveland on Thursday. The Saints and Seahawks also put in claims for Shaw but the Bears had a higher priority. The 24-year-old started one game for Cleveland in 2014, completing 14-of-28 passes for 177 yards and an interception against Baltimore in Week 17. He spent all of 2015 on injured reserve after breaking his thumb in a preseason game. Shaw has an outside shot to make the team as the No. 3 quarterback behind starter Jay Cutler and backup Brian Hoyer.
Jul 1 - 4:20 PM

Browns waived QB Connor Shaw.

A 2014 undrafted free agent, Shaw had more name recognition than he probably should have because of the Browns' sorry quarterback situation. He spent all of 2015 on injured reserve with a thumb injury. Shaw was an extremely tough player at the University of South Carolina, but lacks the tools to extend his NFL career much further.
Jun 30 - 2:49 PM

The Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs expects Marquess Wilson (foot) to open the season on reserve/PUP.

Wilson re-broke his left foot at minicamp last week and underwent surgery earlier this week. He's going to be sidelined for months. If Wilson does end up on PUP, he won't be eligible to return until after Week 6. With Wilson sidelined, Biggs expects Josh Bellamy to be next man up as the No. 4 receiver.
Jun 22 - 10:29 AM


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