Bears Rumors & News

  • Goodell says extra point rule made the NFL more exciting in 2015

    Pro Football Talk "NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says Year One of the new extra point rule was a success, and more rules tweaks are on the way. Goodell said the new rule, which moved extra point kicks back 13 yards, is an example of the kinds of changes the league will continue to consider. “From a..." February 10

  • Matt Forte on wanting to return to Bears: Jay Cutler plays 'a huge role'

    CBS Sports "Matt Forte on wanting to return to Bears: Jay Cutler plays 'a huge role' By Sean Wagner-McGough | Staff Writer February 6, 2016 6:30 pm ET Impending free agent Matt Forte hit the dreaded age of 30. He has piled up more than 2,000 carries in his eight-year career, catching nearly 500 passes..." February 07

  • Matt Forte implies he'd take discount to play for contender

    NFL.com "Matt Forte's Chicago future is up in the air. As of early December, the Bears had not offered the impending free agent a new contract, which means the 30-year-old running back is likely heading to the open market. Appearing on Friday's edition of NFL Network's Super Bowl Live, Forte..." February 06

  • Roger Goodell Speaks Out on Concussions, 'Rooney Rule' for Women

    ABC News "NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says there is a “culture change” in the NFL when it comes to concussions and, if he had a son, would have no problem allowing him to play the sport. “The number of concussions went up this year and they're going to go up and they're going to go down in any given..." February 06

  • Brandon Marshall hasn't spoken to Jay Cutler in nearly two years

    CBS Sports "In 2014, Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall were teammates for perhaps the final time in their careers, as the Bears shipped Marshall to the Jets in the offseason after a disastrous year. Since then, Marshall has taken a few not-so-subtle shots at his former quarterback, while Cutler at one point..." February 04

  • NFL to establish Rooney rule for women

    ESPN "NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday the league is going to institute a Rooney rule for women when it comes to all NFL executive positions. He announced the decision in opening remarks at NFL Women's Summit, where roughly 250 men and women associated with the league are gathered to..." February 04

  • NFL to consider putting video on sideline tablets

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL’s embrace of tablet technology has been limited, to date. Soon, the bright blue Microsoft Surface devices that show up on sidelines could do more than simply show images of pre-snap formations. At a Tuesday press conference, NFL executive V.P. Brian Rolapp said that the league will..." February 02

  • Bears TE Zach Miller aims big for new contract

    Chicago Tribune "There have been some robust pay days for tight ends since the end of the season and while those deals are out of the realm of what Zach Miller could command, the veteran is still seeking a big contract. Miller, who had a breakout second half of the season for the Chicago Bears, is asking for $5..." February 02

  • Survey: NFL Players Don't Trust That Team Doctors Have Their Best Interests At Heart

    Deadspin "The Associated Press just released a big report on the relationship between NFL players’ health and the training and medical care they get from their teams. There’s a whole lot of insight into the pervasiveness of injuries and the inadequacies NFL training staffs have with addressing them. Let’s..." February 02

  • If Calvin Johnson does retire, Alshon Jeffery may be one of Lions' targets

    ESPN "Calvin Johnson has told people that 2015 would be his final season in the NFL, sources told ESPN, which would leave a massive hole for the Detroit Lions at receiver. Johnson has a cap number of just over $24 million for 2016. If he follows through on retiring, the Lions would get at least $11.1..." February 01

  • Super Bowl 50 to draw an estimated $4.2 billion in bets — most of them illegal

    Los Angeles Times "It's the one day when many Americans gladly take a gamble: Super Bowl Sunday. As the Denver Broncos meet the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 this Sunday, millions of people will place some type of bet on the game even if they don't care about football. A minority will gamble legally at..." February 01

  • Pro Bowl TV ratings down, again

    Pro Football Talk "The Pro Bowl was on ESPN Sunday night, and people were watching. But not as many people who watched in the past. The Pro Bowl drew a 5.0 overnight rating. That’s down from 5.6 last year and significantly down from the 6.7 rating the Pro Bowl got in 2014 when it was on NBC. Per Austin Karp of..." February 01

  • NFL VP of Officiating says catch rule 'is in a good place right now'

    CBS Sports "Can we all agree that no one knows what a catch is? Dez Bryant still doesn't, more than a year after his infamous non-catch sent the Cowboys home in a playoff game against the Packers. You don't. I don't. The average fan sure doesn't. And yet NFL VP of Officiating Dean Blandino said on Sunday..." February 01

  • NFL should add a skills competition at the Pro Bowl

    Pro Football Talk "As interest in the Pro Bowl flags, there’s an easy addition to Pro Bowl weekend that the NFL could use to spice things up: A skills competition. The other major sports all include a skills competition as part of their All-Star festivities. Baseball has the Home Run Derby. The NBA has the slam..." January 31

  • Dead Bears Fan Took One Final Shot at Jay Cutler in Obituary

    Complex "For some Chicago Bears fans, the hate towards Jay Cutler runs deep. How deep? Try six feet under deep. In a recent obituary for Northbrook, Illinois resident Elizabeth Porter Bowman published in the Chicago Tribune, the 78-year-old woman is remembered for being a "dedicated and involved mother..." January 30

  • Former Bears QB Jim McMahon is smoking a lot of weed these days

    CSN Chicago "In one of the least surprising headlines surrounding the 1985 Bears, former Super Bowl-winning quarterback Jim McMahon is smoking a lot of weed these days. But don't worry, it's all on the up and up. McMahon - one of the largest personalities in Bears history - has been suffering from a lot..." January 30

  • Bears fan uses own obituary to troll Jay Cutler

    The Score "Jay Cutler is probably used to not being the most popular player, with Chicago Bears fans routinely ridiculing his performances, penchant for interceptions, and moody demeanor. However, Elizabeth Bowman, a lifelong Bears fan who died on Monday, apparently despised Cutler to such a degree, that..." January 29

  • So why did the Bears ever get rid of Greg Olsen?

    Pro Football Talk "As Panthers tight end Greg Olsen prepares to play in his first career Super Bowl, Bears fans commemorating the 30th anniversary of the franchise’s only Super Bowl win surely are lamenting the fact that Olsen was shipped out of town. They also may be confused regarding why their team gave up on a..." January 28

  • New York's attorney general reportedly going after NFL ticket market's 'fixed game'

    Sporting News "Need two? If you're in New York, those tickets are going to cost you. So much so that state attorney general Eric Schneiderman's office is conducting an antitrust investigation of the NFL and its price-floor practices on tickets, CNBC.com reported, citing unidentified sources. It's unclear..." January 28

  • Bears lose WR coach Mike Groh to the Los Angeles Rams

    Windy City Gridiron "The Chicago Bears have lost another member of their 2015 coaching staff today when the Los Angeles Rams hired Mike Groh to be their new wide receivers coach. Groh will also serve as the Rams passing game coordinator. He was the WR coach for the Bears from 2013-2015. It was reported that Groh..." January 26

  • The 15 Best Twitter Jokes About Mike Carey After He Blew It Again

    Huffington Post "Another game, another whiffed analysis from CBS “officiating expert” Mike Carey. Carey, who was an NFL referee in another life, has warmed the hearts of Internet trolls everywhere this year by continually blowing calls on big-time broadcasts, making predictions day in and day out that prove..." January 25

  • NFL health officials confronted NIH about researcher selection

    ESPN "Three of the NFL's top health and safety officers confronted the National Institutes of Health last June after the NIH selected a Boston University researcher to lead a major study on football and brain disease, Outside the Lines has learned. The new information contradicts denials by the NFL..." January 20

  • Clete Blakeman to call Super Bowl 50

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL is really not holding the whole flip-or-no-flip thing against Clete Blakeman. According to FootballZebras.com, Blakeman has been tabbed to referee Super Bowl 50, his first shot to officiate the final football game of the year. Blakeman just worked the divisional round game between..." January 20

  • Bears QB Jay Cutler to be inducted into Vanderbilt Hall of Fame

    ESPN "Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler will be among nine former collegiate athletes inducted into the Vanderbilt Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday night. A former SEC Offensive Player of the Year, Cutler starred for the Commodores from 2002-05. Cutler left school as Vanderbilt’s all-time leader in..." January 20

  • How Matt Forte could be back with the Bears in 2016

    Windy City Gridiron "Matt Forte is a Chicago Bears legend at this point. Sure he's played on some less-than fantastic Bears teams, but he's been a solid contributor, turning out yards and being a reliable, and at times, only offensive weapon the team had at its disposal. But all good things must come to an end..." January 19

  • Bears sign DL Keith Browner to a reserve / futures contract

    Windy City Gridiron "The Chicago Bears announced the signing of defensive lineman Keith Browner to a reserve / futures contract. The 6'4", 288 pounder from Cal was originally an undrafted free agent by the Houston Texans in 2012. He spent some time on their practice squad before getting the call up to the 53 man..." January 12

  • White NFL Asst Coaches Twice as Likely to Be Promoted Than Black Asst Coaches

    Black Sports Online "I understand the people who do these studies put many hours, days, weeks and years into their work. I am not trying to put down what they do, but you don’t need a study to know there is systematic prejudice not just in the NFL, but almost every industry in America. I do like that they worked..." January 12

  • 2016 HBO Hard Knocks Candidates Revealed

    SI "Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan could make a return visit to HBO’s Hard Knocks next summer. Or the show could feature a team looking to relocate to Los Angeles. With the regular season concluded, we have some clarity on the NFL teams eligible to be drafted for the 2016 edition of Hard Knocks. They..." January 12

  • Bears promote Dowell Loggains to offensive coordinator

    Pro Football Talk "The Bears are striving for continuity on offense, and toward that end they’ve promoted quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains to offensive coordinator. That move has been expected since it became clear that last year’s offensive coordinator, Adam Gase, was likely to leave for a head-coaching..." January 11

  • Donald Trump Thinks All These Personal Foul Penalties Have Made Football ‘Soft’

    Uproxx "Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is mad as hell, and he’s not going to take it anymore. Why? Because according to what he told a crowd of 2,000 supporters in Reno, Nevada on Sunday, the cherished national pastime of American Football has gone too soft — just like the great country of..." January 11

  • Dolphins hire Adam Gase as coach, sign 5-year deal

    NFL.com "hile six other teams continue to search for their next head coach, the Dolphins have fallen for Adam Gase. Miami has made the Bears offensive play-caller their next coach, the team announced Saturday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported it is a five-year deal for the first-time head coach,..." January 10

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    As a high-ranking #Bears source explained Thur: They knew Adam Gase was gone. They are happy for him. Expected to install Loggains quickly

  • Dolphins expected to offer Adam Gase coaching job

    NFL.com "The Miami Dolphins aren't wasting any time: they've found a candidate they like for their head coaching job and they're circling in on him. Adam Gase is expected to be offered the Dolphins' coaching gig, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday morning. Gase interviewed with the team on..." January 09

  • Jay Cutler says Adam Gase is 'very deserving' of Dolphins job

    CBS Sports "Just over a year ago, Jay Cutler was benched for Jimmy Clausen. Think about that for a second -- and what it would do to the confidence of any player previously considered to be a franchise quarterback. But then-Bears coach Marc Trestman was fired, and he was replaced by John Fox, who brought..." January 09

  • Raiders' Khalil Mack makes history, named All-Pro at two positions

    CBS Sports "People outside Oakland who didn't know about Khalil Mack got their introduction to his talents when he sacked Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler five times in Week 14. On Friday, Mack made history when the Associated Press named him an All-Pro at two positions -- linebacker and defensive..." January 09

  • NFL plans to stream London games in 2016, Apple and Google in talks to buy rights

    New York Daily News "The National Football League is planning to live-stream all three games scheduled to be played in London next season, and Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc subsidiary Google are among the technology companies in talks to buy the rights to conduct the streams, said two sources familiar with the..." January 08

  • Beyonce Will Join Coldplay for Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show

    ET Online "Coldplay will have a very high-profile guest star at the Super Bowl. Sources confirm to Entertainment Tonight that Queen Bey herself, Beyonce, will join the band on-stage during their halftime performance at Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7. Presumably, the group will deliver a live rendition of "Hymn..." January 08

  • Bears GM: 'We have extreme confidence in Jay Cutler'

    NFL.com "Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has worked his way back into the hearts and minds of the Bears' brass. The mercurial passer had a pretty good season under offensive coordinator Adam Gase and head coach John Fox, and despite the mounting charge against him before the season, the team now seems..." January 07

  • Source: Adam Gase not scheduled for 2nd interview with Eagles

    CSN Philly "Contrary to a published report, the Eagles have not scheduled a second interview with Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase for their head coaching vacancy, according to a league source familiar with the Eagles' thinking. NFL Network reported Wednesday that the Eagles were so impressed with..." January 07

  • Major NFL Agent Ben Dogra Banned 3 Years by NFLPA

    The Big Lead "Early Wednesday, per Rand Getlin of NFL Network, the NFL Players Association revoked the operating license of high-profile agent Ben Dogra and fined him $200,000. 38 counts? Yikes. While the players union did not cite any specifics re: the reason for the suspension and fine, the NFLPA did..." January 07

  • Antrel Rolle: Giants would have gone 10-6 if they re-signed me

    Larry Brown Sports "The New York Giants could have easily won a few more games this season if they didn’t botch so many key situations. But if they re-signed defensive back Antrel Rolle, the G-Men would have won their division. This, of course, according to Antrel Rolle. In an interview with WFAN Wednesday..." January 06

  • Jay Cutler on Bears drafting QB: ‘I totally get it’

    Sportsnaut "Jay Cutler put together a career-best season for the Chicago Bears and should be safe as the team’s quarterback, but the franchise must start thinking about the future under center. According to David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune, Cutler said he understands why the Bears might target his..." January 06

  • Dean Blandino: Veteran WRs helping clarify 'catch rule'

    NFL.com "The NFL is working hard to remedy one of the league's most pressing competitive issues and has sought out veterans and legends for advice. Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino told NFL Network's Dan Hellie on Tuesday that the league has reached out to former wide receivers for input and..." January 06

  • 'Work horse' Matt Forte: 'No decisions have been made'

    Chicago Sun-Times "One item hung in Matt Forte’s locker Monday: a cut off navy T-shirt with his number on the back. The name above the number: “Work Horse.” ”You see how tattered and beat up and stuff (it is),” he said Monday at Halas Hall. “It’s not like me. I’m still good. I just wanted to leave it in there..." January 05

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    Jeff Dickerson @DickersonESPN

    #Bears WR Alshon Jeffery says he, "loves Chicago," but stresses that the NFL is a business. Plans to let agents handle the contract stuff.

  • Top 20 picks in draft order set, Titans are on the clock

    Pro Football Talk "Twelve teams have games to prepare for this morning. But for the other 20, the 2016 NFL Draft looms, and with the playoff field set, we know the order of the first 20 picks. The Titans earned the top pick in the draft with yesterday’s loss to the Colts, since they lost to an even worse..." January 04

  • Lions cap 2015 season with 24-20 win at Bears

    Detroit Free Press "Jim Caldwell won’t campaign to return for a third season as Detroit Lions coach, but he continues to build his case nonetheless. Matthew Stafford threw for 298 yards and three touchdowns as the Lions beat the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field, 24-20, to close the season on a three-game winning..." January 03

  • Eagle, Browns, Dolphins all expected to chase Adam Gase

    Pro Football Talk "The first brass ring in the looming coaching carousel likely will go to Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase. Per a league source not connected in any way to Gase, three teams are expected to pursue Gase aggressively: The Eagles, Browns, and Dolphins. Only two of those teams currently have..." January 03

  • Dolphins want to interview Adam Gase for head coach job

    Fox Sports "Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase can expect a call from the Miami Dolphins asking if he will interview for their head coaching vacancy. A source told FOXSports.com on Friday night that Gase is among the candidates Dolphins management hope to speak with after the 2015 regular season..." January 02

  • Jets' Brandon Marshall says he's still 'angry' about how things ended with Chicago Bears

    Newark Star-Ledger "Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall has already spoken openly about how things ended for him with the Bears, who traded him to the Jets this past offseason. And he spoke about that again Friday. Last season was a rocky — and at times spiteful — finish to Marshall's three years with the Bears,..." January 01