Bears Rumors & News

  • Charles Tillman Joining Fox NFL Pre-Pregame Show

    The Big Lead "Charles Tillman is joining Fox NFL Kickoff, a source familiar with Fox Sports television tells The Big Lead. The source requested anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak publicly on the matter. The show will air before Fox’s main NFL pregame show, nationally, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m...." July 21

  • Bears sign Amini Silatolu

    Windy City Gridiron "Adam Caplan of ESPN is reporting that the Chicago Bears have signed offensive guard Amini Silatolu to a one year contract. He's also reporting that the Bears' plan is to have him compete at the left guard position that has been manned by rookie Cody Whitehair during mini camp and OTAs. The 27 year..." July 20

  • An Overwhelming Number Of People Don’t Think Kids Should Play Tackle Football

    Uproxx "The true toll that playing football takes on the brain has come into focus over the last several years. We’ve reached a point where even the NFL is saying that playing can cause irreparable brain damage (Tell the truth! Tell the truth!), so it’s clear that America will need to reckon with the..." July 20

  • Despite Rooney Rule, minority NFL coaches still aren't hired often enough

    Sporting News "The number of minority coaches and assistants in the NFL has flatlined to an incredibly low number, reports. In the past five years, 22 new coaches have been hired, with Todd Bowles being the only minority coach hired despite the parameters set by the Rooney Rule in 2003. Former NFL..." July 19

  • NFL reportedly won't keep track of PSI numbers with microchips in footballs

    CBS Sports "Even after two years of tedious debate over whether or not Tom Brady and the Patriots could have masterminded a plot to mildly deflate some footballs, the NFL does not plan to use microchips installed in footballs to track PSI numbers. The NFL is putting microchips in footballs, though. The..." July 19

  • Matt Forte on Bears exit: 'You're just a jersey number to them'

    Larry Brown Sports "Cordial breakups are apparently not the Chicago Bears’ forte. In a recent interview with, Jets running back Matt Forte discussed his departure from the Bears, the only NFL team he had ever played for. “At first you’re like, why wouldn’t they want a guy who does everything right,..." July 19

  • Cornerback Charles “Peanut” Tillman announces retirement

    Pro Football Talk "Cornerback Charles “Peanut” Tillman has called it a career after 13 NFL seasons. Tillman, 35, played 12 seasons for the Bears. He played last season with the Panthers, starting 12 games. An All-Pro in 2012, Tillman was a two-time Pro Bowler and had 38 career interceptions. He started 164 of..." July 18

  • NFL teaches officials to rule all 'bang-bang' passes incomplete 'when in doubt'

    CBS Sports "Some good news in regards to the constantly confusing catch-rule emerged Monday: NFL officials finally received a simpler way to rule on passes that result in unclear outcomes. Some bad news, however, also surfaced: More incomplete passes might be coming this season. As ESPN's Kevin Seifert..." July 18

  • Roger Goodell never called Mark Wahlberg to complain about 'Ballers', NFL spokesperson says

    USA Today "In an appearance on Mike & Mike last week, Mark Wahlberg claimed that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell took time out of fighting with Tom Brady in court and the other things he does as the NFL Commissioner to call and complain about HBO’s Ballers, which uses a number of storylines from the league..." July 18

  • Franchise tag not a bad deal for Cousins, Jeffery, Berry and Johnson

    Pro Football Talk "NFL players don’t like getting the franchise tag, and it’s easy to understand why: The franchise tag keeps them from finding out how much money they’d actually command on a free market. But for the four players who will play this season on the franchise tag, it’s not a bad deal. Washington..." July 16

  • Deadline passes, Bears' Alshon Jeffery will play under franchise tag

    Chicago Tribune "Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery will play the 2016 season under the franchise tag, as expected. The NFL deadline for players under the tag to sign long-term extensions passed at 3 p.m. Friday, and the negotiating stalemate between Jeffery's camp and the Bears front office did not end. That..." July 15

  • Former NFL players suing Riddell need to understand their own guilt, too

    Sporting News "The customer is not always right, as those who work or have worked in the service industry know. Riddell Inc., America's largest football helmet distributor and official provider for the NFL from 1989-2014, is dealing with some unhappy customers who are both right and wrong. Former Pro Bowl..." July 15

  • Expect the Chicago Bears to stay in the NFC North cellar through 2018

    Windy City Gridiron "According to the annual ESPN NFL Future Power Rankings, we should expect the Chicago Bears to lag behind their NFC North counterparts the next three years. Pfft... What evs... ESPN's panel of NFL experts, Louis Riddick, Mike Sando and Field Yates, are rating every team in five categories..." July 14

  • Bears, Jeffery unlikely to reach extension

    The Score "The contract standoff between the Chicago Bears and franchise-tagged wide receiver Alshon Jeffery will reportedly not be resolved by Friday's 4 p.m. ET deadline. The Bears and Jeffery are not expected to come to terms on a long-term deal barring any unlikely changes in negotiations, reports..." July 14

  • Polian: Next NFL CBA will focus on commissioner power

    Sportsnaut "Roger Goodell has irked the NFLPA with his actions during this current term for the Collective Bargaining Agreement. While the agreement runs through 2021, issues are already popping up as hot topics for the upcoming NFL CBA, set to be negotiated in five years. Bill Polian suggests that the..." July 14

  • Study finds Patriots have the best fans, Jaguars the worst

    The Score "New England Patriots fans have something else to brag about. A study conducted by Emory University professor Michael Lewis has Patriots fans ranked as the best in the NFL, followed by the Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers, and Philadelphia Eagles. The results of the study..." July 12

  • For Alshon Jeffery, new contract will have to wait

    Chicago Tribune "The stage is set for Alshon Jeffery. Sixteen games, $14.6 million and the next five-plus months to prove where he should be categorized among NFL receivers. Those are the dynamics Jeffery now faces, by necessity, as he heads toward a second consecutive contract year, this time wearing the..." July 11

  • Fantasy: 10 breakout candidates to target in your draft

    The Score "Every fantasy owner wants to discover the star player no one saw coming. It gives you bragging rights over the competition and puts you in position to make a run at the title. With only a few weeks left until players report to training camp, let’s take a look at this year’s breakout..." July 11

  • Bears, Alshon Jeffery reach stalemate over long-term deal "There's a stalemate going on in Chicago, and if one side doesn't budge, Alshon Jeffery might find his way out of the Windy City. The wide receiver is unhappy with his contract situation and there's not a sense of optimism that things will get done, according to NFL Media's Mike..." July 08

  • The NFL's Catch Rule Got A Little More Complicated

    Deadspin "The NFL published its updated 2016 rulebook this week, and here’s a list of some of the bigger changes. But c’mon, we all want to see what the ever-evolving, always-baffling catch rule looks like now, so we can pretend we have any idea what we’re talking about when there’s a catch..." July 07

  • Bears Deonte Thompson Dumps GF, Marries Sidechick; GF Blasts Him With IG Vids

    Total Pro Sports "There’s literally nothing you can do anymore without it being blasted on social media. Long gone are the days of the quiet side chick who stuck to her role and kept her mouth shut. Social media has changed the game forever. Chicago Bears wide receiver Deonte Thompson found that out the hard way..." July 03

  • Seahawks tried to claim Connor Shaw

    Seattle Times "It was easy to miss an item from the New Orleans Advocate on Friday that the Seahawks were among three teams to put in a claim for recently-waived quarterback Connor Shaw. It was prematurely reported that the Saints had gotten Shaw (hence the interest in New Orleans on this) before it was..." July 03

  • Forte still reeling after leaving Bears: 'Always just a jersey number'

    Pro Football Weekly "Loyalty in the NFL really has two strains: Loyalty between a franchise and a player, and loyalty between those in the locker room. Sometimes, despite their best wishes, time has a way of slowly detaching franchises from players that have given them wins, records and fans for their..." July 02

  • Bears claim QB Connor Shaw from Browns

    Chicago Sun-Times "Two weeks before the deadline to sign Alshon Jeffery to a long-term deal, the Bears added his former college quarterback. Friday, they claimed South Carolina alum Connor Shaw, who had been waived by the Browns one day earlier. Because the team’s roster was at 89 players, it did not need to make..." July 02

  • Report: Goodell earned $32M in 2015

    The Score "The NFL paid commissioner Roger Goodell $32 million for 2015, according to a tax filing obtained by Daniel Kaplan of Sports Business Journal. Since the NFL changed its status from a non-profit to a profitable venture, this is the last year Goodell's salary will be on public record. " June 30

  • Former NFL coach, defensive guru Buddy Ryan dies at age 82

    ESPN "Former NFL head coach and influential defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan has died, agent James Solano confirmed Tuesday. He was 82. Ryan, who coached in the NFL for 35 seasons, was known for building some of football's top defenses behind a relentlessness that focused on creating havoc on the..." June 28

  • NFL offseason arrests less frequent than years past

    Sportsnaut "Negative press dominates headlines, but the NFL is seeing a positive development when it comes to players getting arrested in the offseason. As detailed by Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, only nine NFL players have been arrested this year since January 1, which is down from 13 last year, 21..." June 27

  • The Refrigerator’s stubborn spiral

    SI "We can start with this: Everybody loves the Fridge. William Perry could have been called the Car or the Shed or the Washing Machine or even the Water Heater. But he wasn’t. The Refrigerator it was—Fridge, for short—ever since his days as a 300-plus-pound All-America nosetackle at Clemson...." June 27

  • NFL owners haul in $222.6 million each for 2015 shared revenue

    Sportsnaut "The NFL, and its owners, just keep getting richer. In a report by Eben Novy-Williams of Bloomberg, the league divided up $7.1 billion in revenue, which is an increase of six percent from the previous year. ESPN’s Darren Rovell has done the math, and as we can see each NFL team owner received a..." June 27

  • Soft tissue injuries and what the Bears are doing to prevent them

    Windy City Gridiron "The Chicago Bears, as well as other NFL teams, have been plagued by key players missing significant playing time due to soft tissue injuries. Alshon Jeffery famously suffered four different soft tissue injuries in 2015, and while he did fight through them, they cut into both his playing time and..." June 26

  • Who will be the Chicago Bears' offensive triplets at the end of the 2016 season?

    Windy City Gridiron "The term "triplets" in football has been popular ever since the Dallas Cowboys' threesome of Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin and Troy Aikman led them to three Super Bowl championships in the 1990s. Those three were Hall of Fame players at running back, wide receiver and quarterback..." June 22

  • John Fox: Jay Cutler ‘had an outstanding year’ in 2015

    Sportsnaut "The Chicago Bears finished with an abysmal 6-10 record, landing them to the bottom of the NFC North last season. Although, this did not deter head coach John Fox from heaping on the praises of quarterback Jay Cutler. “I thought Jay had an outstanding year,” Fox said, per Peter King of..." June 21

  • Report: Bears, Jeffery still discussing long-term deal

    The Score "Alshon Jeffery has already signed his franchise tender, but the possibility of a long-term agreement still exists. The Chicago Bears are continuing to discuss a multi-year contract with their star wide receiver as the July 15 negotiation deadline approaches, reports Jeremy Fowler of..." June 21

  • NFL takes unusual step of involving position coaches in looking at more kickoff rule changes

    USA Today "The NFL is assessing the viability of further rules changes on kickoffs with unprecedented input from the league’s special teams coordinators, who want to save the exciting play from extinction. Dean Blandino, the NFL’s vice president of officiating, recently held a conference call with special..." June 21

  • Bears sign tight end Tony Moeaki

    Chicago Tribune "The Bears devoted considerable time looking for tight end options after Zach Miller and added another option Thursday when local product Tony Moeaki was signed to a one-year contract. Moeaki, whose career got off to a fast start with the Chiefs after they drafted him in the third round in 2010,..." June 17

  • Bears WR Alshon Jeffery still wants a long-term deal

    ESPN "Chicago Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery said on Tuesday that finalizing a long-term contract with Chicago is a priority, but he added that he would be OK playing under the franchise tag in 2016 if the two sides cannot strike a deal before the July 15 deadline. "[A long-term deal] is the goal, but..." June 16

  • Jay Cutler on Dowell Loggains, Alshon Jeffery and running backs without Matt Forte

    Chicago Tribune "Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler met with reporters Tuesday for the first time in 2016. There was a lot to get at with the 11th-year veteran, who is beginning his eighth year in Chicago. Since Cutler last spoke publicly, the Bears promoted Dowell Loggains from quarterbacks coach to..." June 15

  • Alshon Jeffery reports for start of mandatory minicamp

    Chicago Tribune "Receiver Alshon Jeffery reported to Halas Hall on Monday, as expected, for the start of the Bears' mandatory minicamp, the team announced. The former Pro Bowler, who carries the Bears' franchise player tag and is seeking a long-term contract, stayed away from the eight-week voluntary portion of..." June 13

  • Former Bear Bryan Robinson found dead in Milwaukee motel room

    Chicago Tribune "Former Bears defensive lineman Bryan Robinson, a 14-year NFL veteran, has died. Robinson was discovered late Saturday in a Milwaukee motel room. He was 41." June 13

  • Report: Bears offered Jermaine Gresham $12M guaranteed and he turned it down

    Windy City Gridiron "When the Chicago Bears decided to trade tight end Martellus Bennett to the New England Patriots, they had a couple of free agency plans in mind to replace him. Jermaine Gresham, who ended up re-signing with the Arizona Cardinals, was plan A, and restricted free agent Josh Hill of the New Orleans..." June 12

  • Bears' White facing no setbacks with leg after missing rookie year

    The Score "Chicago Bears wide receiver Kevin White missed his entire rookie season due to a fractured tibia, but says he's pain free entering the 2016 campaign. White, selected seventh overall by the Bears in 2015, figures to become a vital part of the team's passing game after watching from the sidelines..." June 11

  • Bears release QB Matt Blanchard, sign QB Dalyn Williams

    Windy City Gridiron "Per the Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs, the Chicago Bears have informed quarterback Matt Blanchard that he will be released. In a corresponding roster move, the Bears will sign undrafted free agent Dalyn Williams, a quarterback from Dartmouth. Blanchard was on his second stint with his hometown..." June 09

  • Bears sign 3rd round pick Jonathan Bullard

    Windy City Gridiron "The Chicago Bears have announced the signing of 3rd round draft pick Jonathan Bullard to a 4 year deal. Bullard, a defensive lineman out of the University of Florida, was the last of the Bears draft picks to sign. He was picked 72nd overall and Pro Football Focus recently called him the best..." June 07

  • NFL owners, coaches say a developmental league is needed and here's what's brewing

    CBS Sports "The limos were lined up bumper-to-bumper around the sprawling driveway and the private planes waited on tarmacs nearby as NFL owners scrambled to get back home after wrapping up another league meeting. In a nearby ballroom, commissioner Roger Goodell began addressing the media, his statements..." June 07

  • NFL Twitter Hacked, Announces Roger Goodell's Death

    Deadspin "Some gremlin got access to the NFL’s Twitter account today and announced the death of commissioner Roger Goodell. NFL PR flack Brian McCarthy quickly corrected the record: The other two tweets were also deleted. The NFL appears to have regained control of its account. The fake cause of..." June 07

  • 20 Different Players to Take Part in Celebrity Family Feud NFL Edition This Summer

    Total Pro Sports "If you enjoyed the Gronkowski Family‘s appearance on Celebrity Family Feud last summer, you’ll love what the NFL has in store for you this year. ABC is mixing up the format of Celebrity Family Feud for Season 2. While many of the episodes will feature celebrities and their actual families, a..." June 07

  • NFL curious about marijuana as potential medical alternative

    Sporting News "While it’s not saying so publicly, the NFL is exploring the viability of marijuana as a medical option for its players. In a profile on Ravens offensive tackle Eugene Monroe’s marijuana advocacy, the Washington Post reports NFL senior vice president for player health and safety Jeff Miller and..." June 07

  • Danny Trevathan says Broncos flew him coach to White House

    Larry Brown Sports "Former Denver Broncos linebacker Danny Trevathan now plays for the Chicago Bears, but he still wanted to fly with his former teammates to meet the president on Monday. Now that he is no longer part of the organization, did the Broncos make him fly coach? Trevathan sent a tweet on Monday about..." June 06

  • Six Bears who must elevate play in Year 2 under Ryan Pace and John Fox

    Chicago Tribune "Bears general manager Ryan Pace and coach John Fox have transformed the team in their first 17 months, making it younger and jettisoning players who don't fit their schemes or desired culture. Fans attending training camp in Bourbonnais will need a copy of the 90-man roster to keep everything..." June 05

  • Bears expecting big things, big plays from Adrian Amos in Year 2

    Chicago Sun-Times "Bears coaches often spoke glowingly about safety Adrian Amos during his rookie season. When Amos secured the starting job for Week 1, defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said he “looks like an NFL safety should look in all phases.”" June 03