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2013 NFL Draft: Bears select G Kyle Long; bolstering of offensive line continues

Apr 25, 2013

The Chicago Bears have clearly decided that protecting quarterback Jay Cutler will remain priority No. 1 for the remainder of the offseason. With the No. 20 overall selection in the first round of Thursday’s draft, the Bears selected offensive guard Kyle Long out of Oregon. Long, now joins former New Orleans Saints left tackle Jermon Bushrod as newbies on the offensive line. There is a good chance Long can step in to either guard position right away, and there is hope that he can eventually move to the tackle position. While Long only started 10 games on the offensive line at…

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All out of love: Brian Urlacher, Bears call it quits after 13 years

Mar 20, 2013

Brian Urlacher and the Chicago Bears have decided to go in different directions after 13 years, general manager Phil Emery announced Wednesday. “We were unable to reach an agreement with Brian and both sides have decided to move forward,” Emery said in a statement. “Brian has been an elite player in our league for over a decade. He showed great leadership and helped develop a winning culture over his time with the Bears. We appreciate all he has given our team, on and off the field. Brian will always be welcome as a member of the Bears.” Urlacher entered this…

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Bears GM Phil Emery needs to outsmart salary cap to fill holes; should extend Jay Cutler

Mar 15, 2013

When Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery told the media on Thursday that his team is “tight against the cap,” he wasn’t kidding; not even a little bit. The Bears entered the free agency period “tight against the cap,” with a shade more than $7 million to spend against the cap. And that was before Emery went out and signed tight end Martellus Bennett and left tackle Jermon Bushrod to long term deals. Emery was able to create some space by releasing tight ends Kellen Davis and Matt Speath and defensive tackle Matt Tuinea. But the Bears are once again ”tight against…

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Bears slow to act on Brian Urlacher, leaving future with team in serious doubt

Mar 13, 2013

While Day one of the NFL free agency period went extremely well for the Chicago Bears, there is still one outstanding matter that needs to be resolved. And said matter is middle linebacker, Brian Urlacher. Urlacher is an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career, and Bears fans are clamoring to know if he will be back to lead the defense in 2013. Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune reported Tuesday that the Bears failed to reply by the league’s 4:00 p.m. EST deadline to a two-year deal Urlacher’s agent sent the team last Thursday. [RELATED: Bears nab Jermon Bushrod…

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Bears nab Jermon Bushrod to solidify left side of line; big first day continues

Mar 12, 2013

Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery has struck again, signing former New Orleans Saints left tackle Jermon Bushrod to a five-year, $35.965 million deal with $17.715 million in guaranteed money. The move comes mere hours after Emery inked former New York Giants tight end Martellus Bennett to a four-year deal. Bushrod’s arrival should, and all but likely will, signal the end of J’Marcus Webb‘s days on the left side. The Bears will likely shift Webb to the right side or relegate him to a reserve role. And Bears fans have to be thrilled about that. Webb has statistically been one of…

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Bears land TE Martellus Bennett; a huge score for GM Phil Emery

Mar 12, 2013

The Chicago Bears didn’t wait long to make a splash in free agency. Needing a tight end in a bad way, the Bears have  reportedly agreed in principle to a deal with former New York Giant Martellus Bennett. ***Bennett & the Bears agreed to a four-year deal. Terms of the deal are not yet available.  Bennett took to Twitter to announce the move. Oh, and he’s apparently pretty stoked to play with Brandon Marshall. The Bears have been without a productive tight end since former GM Jerry Angelo traded Greg Olsen to the Carolina Panthers in 2011. Phil Emery clearly saw…

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Chicago Bears appear ready to make offensive line a priority

Mar 12, 2013

If there was ever a time for Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery to fix his team’s porous offensive line, that time is now. But a lack of funds could seriously deteriorate Emery’s ability to get the job done in free agency. The Bears have approximately $4.2 million in cap space, and needs that amount to do much more than that. However, no need is greater than the offensive line. Before it’s all said and done, Emery and the Bears will cut players to save money and restructure contracts to free up space; so it’s possible the Bears could still…

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Faced with uncertain future, Johnny Knox decides to retire and move on

Feb 16, 2013

Former Chicago Bears wide receiver Johnny Knox won’t be mounting a comeback after all. A day after being released by the Bears (and on the same day, his agent stating that he would try to play in 2013), Knox has announced that he has chosen to retire from the game of football, and focus the next stage of his professional career. Originally a fifth-round draft pick out of Abilene-Christian in 2009, Knox spent three active years with the Bears. Knox served as both a speedy deep threat in the passing game and as an exceptionally gifted return specialist, earning a pro bowl…

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Former Bears defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli headed to Cowboys as defensive line coach

Jan 19, 2013

It was only a matter of time. Following the Chicago Bears hiring of Marc Trestman as their new head coach, the job status of Rod Marinelli as the team’s defensive coordinator became even murkier than it was after the firing of Lovie Smith. But now, it’s official — Marinelli has left Chicago for the big stadium up in the sky, better known as Jerry Jones’ palace in Dallas, to become the Cowboys defensive line coach under new defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin. Why is this a great move for Dallas? Well, for one, Kiffin and Marinelli have prior experience working with…

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Bears hiring of Marc Trestman is clear sign that team is ready to adapt on offense

Jan 16, 2013

Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery has found his new head coach, and his name is Marc Trestman. Trestman spent 17 years as an NFL coach before heading to the Canadian Football League five seasons ago. He led the Montreal Alouettes to a 59-31 record and won back-to-back Grey Cup championships in 2009 and 2010. His most notable NFL work came when he was the offensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers, working with Steve Young and Jerry Rice. And he also made journeyman quarterback Rich Gannon an NFL MVP during his time with the Oakland Raiders. Jay Cutler is…