Team Notebook: Chicago Bears
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Bears | Alan Ball joins team
Bears | Jay Cutler to face open competition
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler will head into the offseason as the team's No. 1 quarterback on the depth chart, but head coach John Fox said there will be an "open competition" at the quarterback spot between Cutler and QB Jimmy Clausen during training camp and offseason workouts. The current coaching staff and general manager Ryan Pace have nothing vested in Cutler, and they've made it clear that money isn't the sole driver of their decisions.
Bears | Shea McClellin to work inside
Bears | Jay Cutler lacking confidence?
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler seemed to lack confidence last season, according to head coach John Fox. "I think maybe he got to the point where he lacked confidence a year ago. To build that back up, it's going to take time, daily. It takes trust, like any relationship."
Bears | Ray McDonald will be held accountable
Chicago Bears DE Ray McDonald will be held accountable for his off-field actions after signing a one-year deal with the team, according to head coach John Fox. McDonald was released last year by the San Francisco 49ers after he was under investigation on suspicion of sexual assault, and the case remains open. McDonald received a strong recommendation from defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, who worked with McDonald in San Fran.
Bears | Mason Foster update
Updating a previous report, Chicago Bears LB Mason Foster signed a one-year deal Tuesday, March 24. Financial terms were undisclosed. Additionally, a fully healthy Foster, who separated his shoulder last season, is expected to be a favorite to start at middle linebacker.
Bears | Mason Foster agrees to deal
Bears | Ray McDonald update
Bears | Mason Foster to sign?
Bears | Ray McDonald signing
Bears | Jarvis Jenkins expected to be five-technique
Bears | Jarvis Jenkins signs with Chicago
Bears | Dante Rosario re-signed
Bears | Thomas Gafford signs
Bears | Thomas Gafford expected to sign
Bears | Interested in Dan Connolly
Bears | May look at Mason Foster
Bears | Vladimir Ducasse signs
Bears | Eddie Royal financials
Bears | Eddie Royal contract terms
Chicago Bears WR Eddie Royal signed a three-year deal Thursday, March 12. Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed. Royal had a team-high 22 catches on third down for the San Diego Chargers last year and played a full 16 games for the first time since 2010. He had his best season as a rookie in 2008 with the Denver Broncos and then-QB Jay Cutler.
Bears | Antrel Rolle joins the Bears
The Chicago Bears and free-agent FS Antrel Rolle (Giants) agreed to terms on a three-year, $11.25 million contract Wednesday, March 11, his agent confirmed. His contract calls for $5 million to be guaranteed.
Bears | Eddie Royal headed to Chicago
Free-agent WR Eddie Royal (Chargers) is going to sign with the Chicago Bears, a source said Wednesday, March 11. He has familiarity with QB Jay Cutler from their time in Denver, and he also is familiar with members of the coaching staff.
Bears | Jay Cutler to remain starter in Chicago
Bears | Ron Parker to visit
Bears | D.J. Williams won't be back
Free-agent MLB D.J. Williams (Bears) has been told by the team it is going in a different direction and Williams won't be back for the 2015 season.
Bears | Eddie Royal to visit Chitown
Free-agent WR Eddie Royal (Chargers) traveled to Illinois Tuesday, March 10, to meet with the Chicago Bears and potentially sign a contract, a league source confirmed. He also played one season with QB Jay Cutler with the Denver Broncos, and Royal posted 91 receptions for 980 yards and five touchdowns that season.
Bears | Antrel Rolle to visit
Bears | Chicago tailoring playbook to Jay Cutler
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler, who is fully expected to be a part of the team's plans in 2015, will have the playbook tailored to his strengths by head coach John Fox and offensive coordinator Adam Gase. Cutler will earn $15.5 million this year on a contract that is fully guaranteed, but the new coaching regime may not hesitate to go in another direction if Cutler struggles early in the year. It's likely that the coaching staff sat down with Cutler and discussed his expectations for this season and how to reduce turnovers and bad decisions in a new scheme.
Bears | Ron Parker on the radar
Bears | Jay Cutler staying in Chicago
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler is fully expected to be the starting quarterback in 2015, according to sources with knowledge of the team's thinking. One source was adamant that there was "absolutely zero truth" to recent reports that Cutler was being actively shopped for a potential trade.
Bears | Jeremiah Ratliff an option at nose tackle
Chicago Bears DT Jeremiah Ratliff is an option to help the team fill the void at nose tackle in 2015, according to head coach John Fox. However, Ratliff, at age 33, might be near the end of his career. DT Ego Ferguson is another candidate for the position.
Bears | To make push for Terrance Knighton?
Denver Broncos impending free-agent DT Terrance Knighton is expected to be pursued heavily by the Chicago Bears. ESPN's Josina Anderson reported that the Bears have "serious interest" in Knighton to be the anchor of defensive coordinator Vic Fangio's 3-4 front. Knighton played the last two years for new Bears head coach John Fox in Denver. Knighton is regarded as one of the better run stoppers in the league.
Bears | Pernell McPhee agrees with Chicago
Baltimore Ravens impending free-agent OLB Pernell McPhee agreed to a five-year deal worth nearly $40 million with the Chicago Bears Monday, March 9. The deal includes nearly $16 million guaranteed, according to a source.
Bears | Chicago looking for WRs
The Chicago Bears are unlikely to use the seventh overall pick of the NFL Draft on a wide receiver, but the upcoming class of receivers gives them many options to complement WR Alshon Jeffery. They could look to University of Miami WR Phillip Dorsett, who ran a 4.33-second 40-yard dash in the second round. The Bears also hosted free-agent WR Brian Hartline (Dolphins) for a visit this week. After trading WR Brandon Marshall, the current roster features WRs Josh Bellamy, Marc Mariani, Josh Morgan and Marquess Wilson. Jeffery may be moved to the No. 1 receiver role, but he averaged just four catches in the last three games with Marshall injured in 2014.
Bears | Re-sign Jimmy Clausen
Bears | Receive draft pick for Brandon Marshall
Bears | Trade Brandon Marshall to Jets
Bears | Brandon Marshall seems unlikely to return
Bears | Decision on Jay Cutler looming
Bears | Brandon Marshall being shopped
Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall is being shopped by the team with the idea of trading him, according to a league source. Another league source said his belief is that the team is taking calls on Marshall. The team could move Marshall for a mid-round pick.
Bears | Brian Hartline visiting Chicago
Bears | Zachary Miller signed
Bears | Demontre Hurst signs
Bears | Chicago may pursue David Harris
Bears | John Fox non-committal on Jay Cutler
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler did not receive a vote of confidence from head coach John Fox. Fox said the team is still evaluating the position. Fox said he wants to get to know Cutler as part of that evaluation. "We're not up against a deadline," Fox said. "My experience has always been that you need to gather the information and in turn, you usually make better decisions. We're in that process, and we'll keep you posted."