Player News - Bears

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The Sacramento Bee reports the 49ers were interested in bringing Bears DC Vic Fangio back to San Francisco for the same position, but that the Bears blocked the move.

In other words, coach-in-waiting Kyle Shanahan reached out to Fangio, but was rebuffed by Fangio's current boss, John Fox. With the 49ers yet to even hire a general manager, it's an indication Shanahan will have wide latitude if/when he gets the job. Fangio did an excellent 2016 job with an undermanned unit.
Jan 19 - 7:39 PM

Bears hired ex-49ers OC Curtis Modkins as RBs coach.

Modkins served one season as the 49ers' OC but was shipped out along with the rest of ex-coach Chip Kelly's staff. Kelly called the plays for the Niners. Modkins has mostly been an RBs coach for the past 15 years. He replaces Stan Drayton in Chicago after Drayton left for the University of Texas.
Jan 18 - 11:20 AM

Bears signed WR Rueben Randle to a reserve/future contract.

Reserve/future deals aren't typically handed out to former second-round picks, but Rueben was eligible after spending 2016 on the street. Randle is barely two years removed from a 938-yard campaign, but didn't even come close to making the receiver-needy Eagles' 53-man roster last summer. Randle turns 26 in May.
Jan 10 - 4:33 PM

Bears GM Ryan Pace believes impending free agent Alshon Jeffery "did a good job taking care of his body this year."

That was not the case last season, when Jeffery was only available for nine games. Jeffery did miss four games this season due to suspension, but Pace said Jeffery's commitment to staying in shape off the field was more important than the ban. It still seems likely Jeffery has played his final snap with the Bears, but these comments suggest Pace is at the very least considering bringing him back. Jeffery played 2016 on the franchise tag.
Jan 5 - 11:35 AM

Bears GM Ryan Pace said Jay Cutler is "significantly ahead of schedule" in his rehab following shoulder surgery.

Cutler suffered a labrum tear in his right (throwing) shoulder in late November and missed the final six games of the season. The Bears are expected to move on from Cutler this offseason, but any effort to trade him could be undone by the injury. The quarterback has no guaranteed money left on his deal, however, so the Bears could carry him on the roster until he is healthy if they choose. Still, the most likely scenario is Cutler is released before free agency.
Source: ESPN
Jan 5 - 11:17 AM

Bears GM Ryan Pace said ILB Danny Trevathan (knee) is a candidate to open 2017 on the reserve/PUP list.

It seems like a good bet that will be the case. Trevathan suffered a ruptured right patellar tendon in Week 12. It's an injury that has become one of the toughest to come back from, although Jimmy Graham and Morris Claiborne have completed the journey in recent seasons. Trevathan was a big signing for the Bears last offseason and received strong marks from PFF for his run defense.
Jan 4 - 12:31 PM

Coach John Fox said Wednesday that both DC Vic Fangio and OC Dowell Loggains will be back with the team in 2017.

Fangio was a real question mark after it was reported last month that he was on the outside looking in at keeping his job. The Bears just wrapped up a franchise-worst 3-13 year, and Fangio's defense was 22nd in DVOA, checking in at 17th against the pass and 28th versus the run. Much of the problems can be attributed to injuries up front and lack of talent on the back end. Fangio is one of the better coordinators in the league. The Bears have made some minor staff changes, firing OL coach Dave Magazu and assistant DBs coach Sam Garnes. RBs coach Stan Drayton has left to take the same job at the University of Texas.
Jan 4 - 12:13 PM

Bears signed RB David Cobb, CB De'Vante Bausby, CB Jacoby Glenn, OL Cornelius Edison, WR Dres Anderson, OT William Poehls, CB Rashaad Reynolds and OG Cyril Richardson to reserve/future contracts.

Titans bust Cobb couldn't crack anyone's 53-man roster in 2016. He'll be a long shot next summer.
Jan 3 - 4:47 PM

Kevin White (leg) expects to be ready for the offseason program.

The No. 7 overall pick of the 2015 draft, White has played in four games in two seasons and was not impressive in those limited snaps. A healthy offseason would be a step in the right direction, but White has a lot to prove in his third season. With Alshon Jeffery likely on the way out, White will compete with Cameron Meredith for the No. 1 role.
Jan 2 - 12:25 PM

Alshon Jeffery caught 1-of-3 targets for 10 yards in the Bears' Week 17 loss to the Vikings.

Jeffery again battled nagging injuries early in the season, particularly hamstring and knee problems, and was then slapped with a four-game PEDs ban in November before returning for the final three games. Jeffery ended up playing all 12 games he was allowed to, but he wasn't 100 percent in a few of those and finished with a four-year-low 52 catches for 821 yards and just two touchdowns. Jeffery appeared to take a back seat to Cameron Meredith in December with the Bears looking toward the future. Jeffery played 2016 on the franchise tag and will be a free agent in March. He won't be tagged a second time and probably played his final snap for the Bears. Jeffery will be one of the top free agents on the market as he turns 27 in February.
Jan 1 - 5:55 PM

Daniel Brown caught 2-of-2 targets for 18 yards in the Bears' Week 17 loss to the Vikings.

After Zach Miller went on I.R. in Week 12, Brown took over as the default No. 1 tight end. He played zero snaps Weeks 1-11. Brown made very little noise, turning his 20 targets into 16 catches for 124 yards and one score. Brown will likely be brought back for the offseason program but isn't a roster lock.
Jan 1 - 5:40 PM

Cameron Meredith caught 4-of-6 targets for 61 yards in the Bears' Week 17 loss to the Vikings.

He also completed a two-yard touchdown pass to Matt Barkley on a trick play. Meredith is a former college quarterback at Illinois State and just wrapped up his second NFL season after going undrafted in 2015. Meredith really came out of nowhere to emerge as the Bears' No. 1 receiver by the time the season came to a close. He saw at least six targets in five of the final six games and mixed in four 100-yard games on the year to finish with a 66-888-4 line despite essentially playing just 12 games. With Alshon Jeffery set to hit free agency, the Bears may have found a new No. 1 wideout. Meredith has good size and speed at 6'3/200 and is under cheap team control for two more years. It would be hard for Chicago to downgrade at quarterback after running a combo of Jay Cutler, Brian Hoyer, and Matt Barkley out there this season. Meredith's arrow is screaming upward as a 24-year-old with a ton of raw ability.
Jan 1 - 5:22 PM

Jeremy Langford rushed 10 times for 26 yards in the Bears' Week 17 loss to the Vikings, adding three catches for 41 yards.

Langford opened the season as the Bears' clear-cut No. 1 back, but he completely underwhelmed Weeks 1 and 2 before suffering an ankle injury in Week 3. That opened the door for Jordan Howard to take the reins, and he never looked back on his way to setting the Bears' rookie rushing record. Langford simply didn't look like a starting-caliber back at any point after a strong preseason. He finished with 62 carries for 200 yards (3.22 YPC) and four touchdowns, while Howard averaged 5.21 YPC and piled up over 1,300 yards. Langford added 19 catches for 142 yards. He has two years left on his rookie deal and should open 2017 as Howard's No. 2.
Jan 1 - 5:04 PM

Jordan Howard rushed 23 times for 135 yards in the Bears' Week 17 loss to the Vikings.

Despite not even really getting an opportunity to play until late in Week 3, Howard set the Bears' rookie rushing record, finishing the year with 252 carries for 1,313 yards (5.21 YPC) and six touchdowns. He added 29 catches for 298 yards and another score. Howard opened the year as the No. 3 back behind Jeremy Langford and Ka'Deem Carey, but took over every-down, lead-back duties around Week 4 and never really looked back besides a minor Weeks 6-7 hiccup. Howard had seven 100-yard rushing games and another four with at least 77 yards. He was ultra consistent as an every-week RB1 the final two-plus months. Howard, the No. 150 pick in 2016, turned 22 in November and is one of the top young running backs in the league heading into the offseason.
Jan 1 - 4:39 PM

Matt Barkley completed 10-of-14 passes for 125 yards, no touchdowns, and two interceptions in the Bears' Week 17 loss to the Vikings.

Barkley was benched in the fourth quarter in favor of David Fales. Barkley ultimately made six starts this season for a Bears team that finished 3-13, the worst record in franchise history since the NFL expanded to a 16-game schedule. The former fourth-rounder looked serviceable in his first few starts, but completely imploded the final three weeks, turning the ball over 11 times in three losses. Barkley isn't the future in Chicago and will have to compete for a roster spot if he's brought back. The Bears' main goal this offseason will be to find a quarterback.
Jan 1 - 4:12 PM


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