Team Notebook: Chicago Bears

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Bears | Alan Ball joins team
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 11:53:28 -0700

Free-agent CB Alan Ball (Jaguars) signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears Friday, March 27. Financial terms were not disclosed.


Bears | Jay Cutler to face open competition
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:20:28 -0700

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
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 21:39:07 -0700

Chicago Bears LB Shea McClellin will start inside at linebacker, head coach John Fox said Wednesday, March 25. Fox added that McClellin will also be worked outside as well.


Bears | Jay Cutler lacking confidence?
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 14:01:06 -0700

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
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 13:31:26 -0700

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
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 15:55:24 -0700

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
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 15:06:17 -0700

Free-agent LB Mason Foster (Buccaneers) has agreed to terms with the Chicago Bears Tuesday, March 24, according to Foster's agent.


Bears | Ray McDonald update
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 14:00:53 -0700

Updating a previous report, Chicago Bears DE Ray McDonald's deal is one year in length, pending a physical. Financial terms were not disclosed.


Bears | Mason Foster to sign?
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 11:41:50 -0700

Free-agent LB Mason Foster (Buccaneers) could sign a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears in the near future. If Foster signs, he would likely play as an inside linebacker.


Bears | Ray McDonald signing
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 10:53:36 -0700

Free-agent DE Ray McDonald (49ers) is signing an undisclosed deal with the Chicago Bears Tuesday, March 24.


Bears | Jarvis Jenkins expected to be five-technique
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 09:14:02 -0700

Chicago Bears DE Jarvis Jenkins is expected to line up in the five-technique spot in the team's current defensive scheme.


Bears | Jarvis Jenkins signs with Chicago
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 07:38:20 -0700

Free-agent DE Jarvis Jenkins (Redskins) agreed with the Chicago Bears Tuesday, March 24, on a one-year deal.


Bears | Dante Rosario re-signed
Thu, 19 Mar 2015 15:15:37 -0700

The Chicago Bears re-signed free-agent TE Dante Rosario to a one-year deal Thursday, March 19. The financial terms were not disclosed.


Bears | Thomas Gafford signs
Wed, 18 Mar 2015 16:17:50 -0700

Free-agent LS Thomas Gafford (Chiefs) signed an undisclosed deal with the Chicago Bears Wednesday, March 18.


Bears | Thomas Gafford expected to sign
Tue, 17 Mar 2015 11:38:32 -0700

Kansas City Chiefs LS Thomas Gafford is expected to sign with the Chicago Bears, according to a source.


Bears | Interested in Dan Connolly
Tue, 17 Mar 2015 10:59:12 -0700

Free-agent OG Dan Connolly (Patriots) is receiving interest from the Chicago Bears at the center position.


Bears | May look at Mason Foster
Tue, 17 Mar 2015 04:51:02 -0700

Free-agent LB Mason Foster (Buccaneers) has drawn interest from the Chicago Bears, but the teams have not discussed a multi-year contract or any sort of deal.


Bears | Vladimir Ducasse signs
Mon, 16 Mar 2015 16:02:47 -0700

Free-agent OG Vladimir Ducasse (Vikings) signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears Monday, March 16. Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed.


Bears | Eddie Royal financials
Thu, 12 Mar 2015 13:36:39 -0700

Chicago Bears WR Eddie Royal's three-year deal is worth $10 million, including a 2015 roster bonus of $4 million, with salaries of $1.5 million, $4.5 million and $5 million, respectively.


Bears | Eddie Royal contract terms
Thu, 12 Mar 2015 09:03:50 -0700

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
Wed, 11 Mar 2015 20:12:19 -0700

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
Wed, 11 Mar 2015 20:11:48 -0700

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
Wed, 11 Mar 2015 12:21:35 -0700

Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler will remain the starting quarterback in 2015, according to general manager Ryan Pace.


Bears | Ron Parker to visit
Wed, 11 Mar 2015 09:28:22 -0700

Free-agent SS Ron Parker (Chiefs) is visiting with the Chicago Bears Wednesday, March 11.


Bears | D.J. Williams won't be back
Wed, 11 Mar 2015 04:54:51 -0700

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
Tue, 10 Mar 2015 20:15:31 -0700

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
Tue, 10 Mar 2015 13:29:06 -0700

Free-agent FS Antrel Rolle (Giants) is scheduled to meet with the Chicago Bears.


Bears | Chicago tailoring playbook to Jay Cutler
Tue, 10 Mar 2015 11:43:21 -0700

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
Tue, 10 Mar 2015 09:19:21 -0700

Impending free-agent CB Ron Parker (Chiefs) is on the radar of the Chicago Bears.


Bears | Jay Cutler staying in Chicago
Tue, 10 Mar 2015 05:51:57 -0700

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
Mon, 09 Mar 2015 10:35:12 -0700

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?
Mon, 09 Mar 2015 10:34:18 -0700

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
Mon, 09 Mar 2015 06:41:51 -0700

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
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 14:33:31 -0800

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
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 08:35:41 -0800

Chicago Bears QB Jimmy Clausen re-signed with the team, per a league source. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.


Bears | Receive draft pick for Brandon Marshall
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 08:33:59 -0800

Updating a previous report, Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall was traded to the New York Jets in exchange for a fifth-round pick, pending a physical, per a league source.


Bears | Trade Brandon Marshall to Jets
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 08:15:31 -0800

Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall will be traded to the New York Jets, pending a physical, according to a league source.


Bears | Brandon Marshall seems unlikely to return
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 06:39:18 -0800

Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall is being shopped for a mid-round draft pick, and sources indicate that the Bears could release Marshall if they can't strike a deal.


Bears | Decision on Jay Cutler looming
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:39:32 -0800

Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler's contract is a concern, with the $10 million he's due for 2016 becoming fully guaranteed in one week.


Bears | Brandon Marshall being shopped
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 08:20:41 -0800

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
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 06:03:20 -0800

Free-agent WR Brian Hartline (Dolphins) will visit the Chicago Bears Wednesday, March 4. He could decide between the Bears and the Cleveland Browns within 24 hours.


Bears | Zachary Miller signed
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 23:53:59 -0800

Free-agent TE Zachary Miller (Bears) was re-signed by the Chicago Bears on Friday, Feb. 27.


Bears | Demontre Hurst signs
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:02:27 -0800

The Chicago Bears signed CB Demontre Hurst to a two-year contract Wednesday, Feb. 25. Financial terms were not disclosed.


Bears | Chicago may pursue David Harris
Fri, 20 Feb 2015 13:51:41 -0800

New York Jets impending free-agent LB David Harris is expected to receive interest from the Chicago Bears if he hits the free-agent market, according to a source.


Bears | John Fox non-committal on Jay Cutler
Wed, 18 Feb 2015 11:43:05 -0800

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."


Chicago Bears

Allen Jared DL
Annen Blake TE
Ball Alan CB
Bass David DL
Bates Jeremy AC
Bellamy Josh WR
Bennett Martellus TE
Boffeli Conor OG
Bostic Jonathan LB
Brinkley Curtis RB
Brown Jonathan LB
Bushrod Jermon OT
Cain Jeremy LS
Carey Ka'Deem RB
Chiles John WR
Clausen Jimmy QB
Cole Adrien LB
Cunningham B.J. WR
Cutler Jay QB
DeBord Mike AC
Donatell Ed AC
Drayton Stan AC
Ducasse Vladimir OG
Dunn Brandon DT
Fales David QB
Fangio Vic DC
Ferguson Ego DL
Forte Matt RB
Foster Eric DL
Foster Mason LB
Fox John HC
Fuller Kyle CB
Gabriel Greg TO
Gafford Thomas LS
Garnes Sam AC
Garza Roberto C
Gase Adam OC
Gould Robbie PK
Greene Khaseem LB
Groh Mike AC
Groy Ryan OG
Haley Brick AC
Hardegree Bo AC
Hiestand Harry AC
Houston Lamarr DL
Hurst Demontre CB
Hurtt Clint AC
Jeffery Alshon WR
Jenkins Jarvis DL
Jennings Tim CB
Jones Christian LB
Jones Rusty AC
Kim Joe TO
Lane Austen DL
Lattimore Devekeyan LB
Lawrence Rashad WR
Lee Lloyd AC
Leno Jr. Charles OT
Lindeman A.J. OL
Loggains Dowell AC
Lonergan P.J. C
Long Kyle OG
Louis-Jean Albert CB
Lucas Josh TO
Magazu Dave AC
Mariani Marc WR
Maxwell Jacob TE
McCaskey George TO
McClellin Shea LB
McCray Danny SS
McDonald Ray DL
McManis Sherrick CB
McPhee Pernell LB
Merrell Jamil DL
Miller Zachary TE
Mills Jordan OT
Mitchell Terrance CB
Mundy Ryan FS
O'Donnell Patrick P
Ola Michael OT
Owens Montell RB
Pace Ryan GM
Patrick Tana LB
Peete Skip AC
Perry Senorise RB
Pires Glenn AC
Pressley DeMario DL
Ratliff Jeremiah DL
Reynaud Darius RB
Rodgers Jay AC
Rodgers Jeff AC
Rolle Antrel FS
Rosario Dante TE
Ross Draylen TE
Royal Eddie WR
Russell Brent DL
Scott Trevor DL
Sharpton Darryl LB
Slauson Matt OG
Smith Frank AC
Sutton Will DL
Swinton Derius AC
Trahan Patrick LB
Tucker Mel DC
Vereen Brock FS
Walters Anthony FS
Washington Cornelius DL
Weaver Jason OT
Wilkerson Ben AC
Wilks Steven AC
Wilson Marquess WR
Young Willie DL