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Bears OLB Lamarr Houston has not yet been cleared to return from his October ACL tear.

Houston infamously tore his ACL while celebrating a garbage-time sack of Jimmy Garoppolo. A defensive end throughout his career, Houston is expected to transition to outside linebacker in new Bears DC Vic Fangio's 3-4. Once Houston is cleared, he'll compete for a starting job opposite Pernell McPhee.
May 31 - 5:22 PM

Jeremiah Ratliff could start at left end following the release of Ray McDonald.

The Bears axed McDonald last week after another domestic violence arrest. Ratliff finished sixth out of 81 qualifiers last season in PFF's defensive tackle ratings but the Bears may opt to use him on the outside. Second-round pick Eddie Goldman and Ego Ferguson are also candidates to start at left end.
May 31 - 11:44 AM

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole said the Bears are "more than willing" to let TE Martellus Bennett "go the distance" with his hold out.

Owed just under $10 million over the final two years of his deal, Bennett has been absent to this point in the Bears' offseason program. Bennett is making his point clear by missing voluntary events, but he can prove he is serious about the holdout by skipping Chicago's mandatory minicamp on June 16. Bennett set career highs in receptions (90), yards (916) and touchdowns (6) last season.
May 30 - 9:34 AM

Martellus Bennett did not appear at OTAs Wednesday as he continues to hold out for a new contract.

He hasn't been at any of the Bears' practices over the last five weeks. At his current annual salary, Bennett is the league's 13th highest-paid tight end. The 2014 Pro Bowler deserves a raise but the Bears don't have to give him one as he's still under contract for two more seasons. Bennett set career-highs in catches (90), yards (916) and touchdowns (six) last season.
Source: ESPN.com
May 27 - 3:45 PM

Matt Forte reported for the start of Bears OTAs on Wednesday.

Forte had already said he had no plans of holding out, even though he would prefer a new contract. While Forte is expected to see far fewer looks as a pass catcher under new OC Adam Gase, he's still expected to be a true workhorse.
May 27 - 12:40 PM

Ego Ferguson and Jeremiah Ratliff are candidates to start at defensive end now that Ray McDonald has been cut.

The Bears were relying on McDonald to be a starter and major player for them at 3-4 end next to rookie nose tackle Eddie Goldman and bookend Jarvis Jenkins. They're now scrambling as Ferguson is more of a tackle and Ratliff turns 34 years old in August.
Source: CSN Chicago
May 26 - 8:05 AM

Bears DC Vic Fangio said he prefers big players on his defensive line.

That is bad news for second-year DT Will Sutton. "Only" 6-foot, 303 pounds, Sutton is not big enough to play nose tackle and does not have the skill set to be a two-gap lineman. After playing 465 snaps as a rookie, Sutton will see his role greatly diminished this season.
Source: ESPN.com
May 23 - 10:17 AM

ESPN Bears reporter Jeff Dickerson says Marquess Wilson "needs a strong preseason to ensure he’s on the 53-man roster."

Wilson was a pet project of the Phil Emery regime, but we'd still expect him to stick under Ryan Pace and John Fox. Wilson is a promising size/speed prospect with untapped potential who won't turn 23 years old until September. The Bears should keep him as their No. 4 wideout behind Alshon Jeffery, Kevin White and Eddie Royal. At the same time, it's worth considering that Wilson is a holdover seventh-round pick who didn't exactly light it up in six 2014 starts, no matter what Drew Dinkmeyer tells you. Wilson needs to make an impression in preseason games.
May 21 - 9:27 AM

ESPN Chicago’s Jeff Dickerson believes Ka’Deem Carey needs a strong preseason to secure his roster spot.

The Bears signed veteran role player Jacquizz Rodgers in free agency and drafted Jeremy Langford early in the fourth round. A holdover from the failed Phil Emery regime, Carey has lost his support system with rookie GM Ryan Pace and new OC Adam Gase now calling the shots. Many teams carry only three running backs. Carey may need to show special teams value to stick around.
May 20 - 5:39 PM

An NFL personnel director told ESPN Bears reporter Jeff Dickerson TE Martellus Bennett's contract situation hurts his trade value.

Bennett is unhappy with the $9.985 million owed to him over the final two years of his deal, and he made that discontent known by skipping the Bears' voluntary workouts. Bennett's desire for a new contract could hurt his trade value, as any team which trades for him would also need to work out a long-term extension with the inconsistent and eccentric playmaker. With the draft already in the books, the most likely scenario is Bennett plays out 2015 under his current contract before revisiting a new deal next offseason.
Source: ESPN.com
May 16 - 10:00 AM

Bears No. 7 overall pick Kevin White reportedly had a "dominant" rookie camp.

Longtime Bears reporter Dan Pompei described White as "easily the most impressive rookie wide receiver I’ve ever seen walk through the doors at Halas Hall." White is supposed to dominate later-round DBs and UDFAs at rookie camp, but it's a good sign nonetheless. Also learning all three receiver positions, White is a good bet to flirt with 60-plus receptions as a rookie.
May 11 - 5:00 PM

Bears signed QB Pat Devlin.

The journeyman will be a camp arm.
May 11 - 3:12 PM

Coach John Fox said he's not opposed to riding Matt Forte as a true workhorse.

Fox has a long history of using a committee at running back, from DeAngelo Williams/Jonathan Stewart to Knowshon Moreno/Montee Ball to C.J. Anderson/Ronnie Hillman. The difference in Chicago is that Matt Forte is so far ahead of backups Ka'Deem Carey and Jeremy Langford in terms of talent. Forte won't play 92.3 percent of the snaps like he did last year or even 87.9 like he did in 2013, but a season in the range of 280-310 total touches is a fair projection.
Source: ESPN.com
May 11 - 11:17 AM

ESPN Chicago considers the status of disgruntled Bears TE Martellus Bennett "unresolved."

Bennett wants more money and has yet to report for offseason activities. "The answer is not going to change much -- it is voluntary," coach John Fox said on the final day of rookie minicamp. "I prefer guys be here, but if they’re not, they’re not." The Bears will know Martellus is willing to play hardball if he doesn't report to their mandatory minicamp in June, for which Bennett can be fined if he skips.
May 10 - 1:43 PM

Bears DC Vic Fangio is confident Jared Allen's move from 4-3 end to 3-4 outside linebacker can "revitalize" the 33-year-old's career.

Fangio says Allen "did well" at OLB in Chicago's pre-draft minicamp. "I think he can have a rebirth to his career here playing a little bit of a new position." Fangio also explained Allen's position won't be all that different because the Bears will mostly lean on sub-packages, where Allen will continue to rush the passer with his hand in the dirt. With Lamarr Houston (ACL) and Willie Young (Achilles') coming off major injuries, Allen is the favorite to start opposite Pernell McPhee.
May 9 - 7:40 PM


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