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  Bears | Ezekiel Elliott wants to play in Chicago    Sun Feb 7, 12:03 AM

Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott said being drafted by the Chicago Bears would be his ideal scenario. 'My running back coach my sophomore year is Stan Drayton and he's up at the Chicago Bears right now, so that would be a dream situation for me honestly,' Elliott said. 'I know if I went up there he'd push me to the limits that I need to be and I'd accomplish everything I want to in my NFL career.'

Footballguys view: Elliott is considered by most to be the top RB in the 2016 NFL draft, and he should go off the board in the first round. the Bears have the 11th-overall pick, but their biggest needs are clearly on the defensive side of the ball. With Jeremy Langford and Kadeem Carey already in place, we feel the Bears will pass on a supremely talented Elliott to perhaps add to their pass-rushers on defense.

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  Bears | Zach Miller seeking $5 million per year    Tue Feb 2, 02:45 PM

Chicago Bears TE Zach Miller, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent in March of 2016, is asking for $5 million per year in his next contract, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Miller showed well in 2015, with career-best numbers in catches (34), yards (439) and touchdowns (5). Those numbers are decent, but they're not exactly at the top of the charts. It seems like $5 million annually might be a little rich considering Miller's injury history and limited track record.

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  Bears | Alshon Jeffery likely to return    Mon Feb 1, 02:09 PM

Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery is too valuable to not re-sign with the Bears this offseason, according to ESPNChicago.com's Jeff Dickerson. Dickerson said Chicago can't afford to let Jeffery leave, especially since they drafted and developed him.

Footballguys view: We could see the Bears slap the franchise tag on Jeffery so he doesn't get away. Putting the tag on him would give the team until mid-July to work out a new long-term deal. We would be absolutely shocked if Jeffery left the Bears this offseason.

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  Bears | No contract talks for Matt Forte    Thu Jan 28, 10:04 AM

Chicago Bears impending free-agent RB Matt Forte hasn't had any meaningful contract talks with the team as of a couple of weeks ago.

Footballguys view: Forte is 30 years old, so they won't want to invest a ton in him, especially with Jeremy Langford performing well last season. Forte will likely have to take a minimal contract elsewhere and prove that the age won't impact his ability.

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  Bears | Dave Ragone hired by Chicago    Fri Jan 22, 06:12 PM

Washington Redskins offensive quality control coach Dave Ragone was hired by the Chicago Bears Friday, Jan. 22, as their next quarterbacks coach.

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  Bears | Dowell Loggains promoted to Bears OC    Mon Jan 11, 05:23 PM

Chicago Bears quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains was promoted to offensive coordinator Monday, Jan. 11.

Footballguys view: This is good news for Jay Cutler. Loggains is a favorite of Cutler, and this should help ease the pain of losing former OC Adam Gase (new Dolphins head coach).

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  Bears | Dowell Loggains may be Bears OC    Sat Jan 9, 12:29 PM

Chicago Bears quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains is the leading candidate for the team's offensive coordinator position, according to sources.

Footballguys view: That's good news for Jay Cutler. Loggains and Cutler were able to work well together in 2015, and with Adam Gase getting hired as the Dolphins head coach any sort of stability for Cutler going forward is a good thing.

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  Bears | Chicago GM confident in Jay Cutler    Mon Jan 4, 08:48 PM

The Chicago Bears plan to build the offense around QB Jay Cutler, and general manager Ryan Pace said Monday, Jan. 4, that the team has 'extreme confidence' in the veteran quarterback.

Footballguys view: Things change in the NFL, and Chicago's stance on Cutler has taken a 180 degree turn since last offseason. At the Scouting Combine, the team seemed non-committal about Cutler's future with the Bears. Now, he's back as their franchise quarterback after a solid season under new OC Adam Gase. The bad news? Gase is likely to move on to be a head coach elsewhere in 2016. That could negatively impact Cutler for this upcoming season.

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  Bears | Sign several players to reserve/futures contracts    Mon Jan 4, 03:45 PM

Chicago Bears QB Matt Blanchard, RB Paul Lasike, WR Marcus Lucas, WR Nathan Palmer and TE Gannon Sinclair were signed to reserve/futures contracts Monday, Jan. 4.

Footballguys view: Lasike was added by the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent in May, but he was released and signed to the Bears practice squad in September of 2015. He plays with the power of a fullback, and he can be relied on as a relief-valve receiver out of the backfield.

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  Bears | Joshua Bellamy, Marc Mariani produce    Sun Jan 3, 10:53 PM

Chicago Bears WRs Josh Bellamy posted three receptions for 49 yards and a touchdown in the Week 17 game against the Detroit Lions, while WR Marc Mariani had six receptions for 80 yards.

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  Bears | Jeremy Langford limited to five touches    Sun Jan 3, 10:52 PM

Chicago Bears RB Jeremy Langford rushed five times for just 14 yards in the Week 17 game against the Detroit Lions. He did not have any receptions.

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  Bears | Matt Forte totals 110 yards, TD    Sun Jan 3, 10:51 PM

Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte posted 17 rushes for 76 yards in the Week 17 game against the Detroit Lions, and he added three receptions for 34 yards a touchdown in what could have been his final season with the team.

Footballguys view: Forte should have a decent-sized role somewhere next year and he could have more relevance with a landing spot like New England. Stay tuned.

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  Bears | Alshon Jeffery's future in CHI up in air    Sun Jan 3, 10:50 PM

Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery, a restricted free agent, might have the franchise tag applied to him in the offseason. He was limited to nine games in 2015 due to injury, and the team may not be comfortable giving him a long-term deal. He still posted 54 receptions for 807 yards and four touchdowns.

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  Bears | Mitch Unrein suffers concussion    Sun Jan 3, 10:42 PM

Chicago Bears DL Mitch Unrein (concussion) suffered a concussion in the Week 17 game against the Detroit Lions.

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  Bears | Eddie Royal won't play Sunday    Sun Jan 3, 12:23 PM

Chicago Bears WR Eddie Royal (illness) is not active for Week 17's game against the Detroit Lions.

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  Bears | Zach Miller won't play Sunday    Sun Jan 3, 12:22 PM

Chicago Bears TE Zach Miller (toe) is not active for Week 17's game against the Detroit Lions.

Footballguys view: Jay Cutler will have Marc Mariani and Josh Bellamy as his main targets today.

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  Bears | Matt Forte to face Detroit    Sun Jan 3, 12:13 PM

Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte (back) is active for Week 17's game against the Detroit Lions.

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  Bears | Week 17 Inactives    Sun Jan 3, 11:55 AM

The Chicago Bears have declared WR Eddie Royal, C Hroniss Grasu, DB Jacoby Glenn, DL Jarvis Jenkins, OT Tayo Fabuluje, DL Terry Williams, TE Zach Miller inactive for Week 17.

Footballguys view: Miller was poised for a big target load this week, but Jay Cutler will instead have to rely on Josh Bellamy, and Marc Mariani against the Lions.

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  Bears | Long-term deal for Alshon Jeffery?    Fri Jan 1, 09:49 PM

Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery is a serious candidate to receive a long-term contract offer from the team in the offseason.

Footballguys view: Jeffery's missed games this year might give the Bears pause and make the franchise tag seem like a more attractive option, but look for something to get done here.

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  Bears | Friday practice report for Week 17    Fri Jan 1, 04:02 PM

Chicago Bears C Hroniss Grasu (knee) is listed as doubtful for the Week 17 game against the Detroit Lions. DE Jarvis Jenkins (ankle, illness), S Adrian Amos (shoulder), CB Bryce Callahan (quadriceps), LB Shea McClellin (concussion), LB Pernell McPhee (knee), CB Tracy Porter (ankle), DT Mitch Unrein (knee) and LB Willie Young (rib) are listed as questionable. Grasu did not practice Friday, Jan. 1. Jenkins, Amos, Callahan, McClellin, McPhee, Porter, Unrein and Young were limited in practice Friday.

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  Bears | Eddie Royal doubtful for Week 17    Fri Jan 1, 03:52 PM

Chicago Bears WE Eddie Royal (illness) did not practice Friday, Jan. 1, and he is listed as doubtful for the Week 17 game against the Detroit Lions.

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  Bears | Zach Miller questionable for Week 17    Fri Jan 1, 03:47 PM

Chicago Bears TE Zach Miller (toe) did not practice Friday, Jan. 1, and is listed as questionable for the Week 17 game against the Detroit Lions.

Footballguys view: Miller was poised for a big week with Alshon Jeffery out, but it sounds like he is a shaky play. He is poised to take over the starting tight end job.

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  Bears | Matt Forte questionable for Week 17    Fri Jan 1, 03:37 PM

Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte (back) was limited in practice Friday, Jan. 1, and is listed as questionable for the Week 17 game against the Detroit Lions.

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  Bears | Thursday practice report for Week 17    Thu Dec 31, 05:27 PM

Chicago Bears C Hroniss Grasu (knee) and DE Jarvis Jenkins (ankle, illness) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 31. S Adrian Amos (shoulder), CB Bryce Callahan (quadriceps), LB Shea McClellin (concussion), LB Pernell McPhee (knee), CB Tracy Porter (ankle), DT Mitch Unrein (knee) and LB Willie Young (rib) were limited.

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  Bears | Alshon Jeffery may not return    Thu Dec 31, 02:36 PM

Chicago Bears impending free-agent WR Alshon Jeffery may not return in 2016 as the team is unlikely to get involved in a bidding war for him, in the opinion of beat writer Jeff Dickerson.

Footballguys view: So the Bears are praying Kevin White can be healthy and perform well and that they can continue to add talent at wide receiver. Health is a concern for Jeffery, but if he's gone in addition to Brandon Marshall last offseason we have to wonder what the future holds for a virtually weaponless Jay Cutler.

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  Bears | Zach Miller, Eddie Royal miss practice    Thu Dec 31, 02:26 PM

Chicago Bears TE Zach Miller (toe) and WR Eddie Royal (illness) both missed practice Thursday, Dec. 31.

Footballguys view: Miller has some potential and if he plays could be a solid TE1. Royal is barely worth a roster spot, and is no more than a WR6.

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  Bears | Matt Forte limited Thursday    Thu Dec 31, 02:06 PM

Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte (back) was limited in practice Thursday, Dec. 31.

Footballguys view: Forte should be able to go, though he'll split carries with Jeremy Langford. With Forte's back hurting, we think Langford will get more of the carries and have Langford as an RB2 while sits at RB3 value.

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  Bears | Zach Miller might be sneaky play    Thu Dec 31, 01:46 AM

Chicago Bears TE Zach Miller will face the Detroit Lions in Week 17. The Lions have allowed the most touchdowns (12) to opposing tight ends this season while yielding 76 receptions and 820 yards.

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  Bears | Zach Miller, Eddie Royal sit out    Wed Dec 30, 06:12 PM

Chicago Bears TE Zach Miller (toe) and WR Eddie Royal (illness) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 30.

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  Bears | Wednesday practice report for Week 17    Wed Dec 30, 06:09 PM

Chicago Bears C Hroniss Grasu (knee) and DE Jarvis Jenkins (ankle, illness) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 30. S Adrian Amos (shoulder), CB Bryce Callahan (quadriceps), LB Shea McClellin (concussion), LB Pernell McPhee (knee), CB Tracy Porter (ankle), DT Mitch Unrein (knee) and LB Willie Young (rib) were limited.

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  Bears | Matt Forte limited Wednesday    Wed Dec 30, 01:58 PM

Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte (back) was limited in practice Wednesday, Dec. 30.

Footballguys view: It's Week 17, so the Bears could just turn to Jeremy Langford and Ka'Deem Carey in the season finale.

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  Bears | Eddie Goldman to IR    Wed Dec 30, 12:05 PM

Chicago Bears DT Eddie Goldman (ankle) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Wednesday, Dec. 30.

Footballguys view: An early second-round pick for the Bears this year, Goldman did a good job stuffing the run and getting some push against the quarterback. He'll be a key defender in the middle of the defensive line for the Bears in 2016 and beyond.

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  Bears | Alshon Jeffery to IR    Wed Dec 30, 11:12 AM

Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) was placed on Injured Reserve Wednesday, Dec. 30.

Footballguys view: A disappointing way for Jeffery's 2015 to come to a close. He finishes the year with 54 catches, 807 yards and four receiving touchdowns in nine games. Jeffery is set to be a free agent in 2016, and there's no guarantee that he's coming back to the Bears. If healthy, he can be a WR1 and top-12 fantasy football receiver.

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  Bears | Jay Cutler limiting mistakes    Wed Dec 30, 10:50 AM

Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler has eight interceptions this season. If he avoids throwing four interceptions in Week 17, he'll have the fewest picks he has thrown in a season since he threw seven in 10 games in 2011.

Footballguys view: Cutler has really taken to Adam Gase's offense. If Gase leaves to be a head coach elsewhere, it will be interesting to see how Cutler responds to a new offensive coordinator. After a shaky future for Cutler in Chicago earlier this year, it seems like he's found a new lease on (football) life with the Bears.

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  Bears | Eddie Goldman to avoid surgery?    Mon Dec 28, 04:52 PM

Chicago Bears DT Eddie Goldman (ankle) isn't expected to need surgery on his ankle, according to head coach John Fox.

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  Bears | Trio of receivers do little for Chicago    Sun Dec 27, 09:36 PM

Chicago Bears WRs Josh Bellamy, Marc Mariani and Eddie Royal were the top wide receivers in Week 16 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) sidelined. It was Mariani leading the way with 32 yards on two grabs, with Royal posting five catches for 21 yards and Bellamy just two catches for 10 yards.

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  Bears | Zach Miller leads team in receiving    Sun Dec 27, 09:35 PM

Chicago Bears TE Zach Miller led his team in receiving yardage in Week 16 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, posting seven grabs for 69 yards on eight targets. No one else had more than five grabs or 32 yards.

Footballguys view: Miller took advantage of Alshon Jeffery's absence to have another solid performance that should persuade the Bears to bring him back in free agency next year, quite possibly as a starter.

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  Bears | Ka'Deem Carey shows what he can do    Sun Dec 27, 09:34 PM

Chicago Bears RB Ka'Deem Carey rushed seven times for 16 yards and a touchdown in the Week 16 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and he also had a touchdown reception on a one-yard grab.

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  Bears | Matt Forte injures back    Sun Dec 27, 09:31 PM

Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte (back) carried 11 times for 54 yards in the Week 16 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, while added three receptions for 21 yards. He was sidelined for part of the second half due to a back injury. 'I had a little nick,' Forte said. 'That happens to running backs, you get little nicks and stuff. I was trying to go back in and they told me at that point there was no need to go back in. But I'll be all right.'

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  Bears | Jeremy Langford leads CHI rushers    Sun Dec 27, 09:31 PM

Chicago Bears RB Jeremy Langford ran 19 times for 83 yards in the Week 16 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was targeted twice but did not have any receptions.

Footballguys view: The Bears used three backs in this one or Langford would have had a better day. He has clearly put himself in the long-term plans of the team this year.

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  Bears | Eddie Goldman injures ankle    Sun Dec 27, 04:18 PM

Chicago Bears DT Eddie Goldman (ankle) suffered an ankle injury during the team's Week 16 game and did not return.

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  Bears | Jarvis Jenkins leaves early    Sun Dec 27, 02:36 PM

Chicago Bears DE Jarvis Jenkins (ankle) left the team's Week 16 game early because of an ankle injury and is considered questionable to return.

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  Bears | Week 16 inactives for Bears    Sun Dec 27, 11:53 AM

The Chicago Bears have declared RB Antone Smith, CB Bryce Callahan, WR Cameron Meredith, LB Christian Jones, DB Jacoby Glenn, OT Nick Becton, OT Tayo Fabuluje inactive for Week 16.

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  Bears | Alshon Jeffery unlikely to play    Sun Dec 27, 10:12 AM

Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) is not expected to play in Week 16's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Footballguys view: Tight end Zach Miller is a good bet to lead the team in targets today.

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  Bears | Eddie Royal likely to play Sunday    Sun Dec 27, 10:06 AM

Chicago Bears WR Eddie Royal (knee) made the trip with the team and is likely to play in Week 16's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Royal is an interesting desperation play because of the possibility for volume with Alshon Jeffery out and the matchup with Tampa Bay.

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  Bears | Friday practice report for Week 16    Fri Dec 25, 05:57 PM

Chicago Bears LB Shea McClellin (concussion) did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 25, and is listed as doubtful for the Week 16 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. SS Adrian Amos (shoulder), CB Bryce Callahan (quadriceps), LB Pernell McPhee (knee) and CB Tracy Porter (ankle) were limited during practice and are listed as questionable.

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  Bears | Eddie Royal's status in question    Fri Dec 25, 05:53 PM

Chicago Bears WR Eddie Royal (knee) was limited during practice Friday, Dec. 25, and is listed as questionable for the Week 16 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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  Bears | Alshon Jeffery doubtful for Week 16    Fri Dec 25, 05:40 PM

Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 25, and is listed as doubtful for the Week 16 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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  Bears | Thursday practice report for Week 16    Thu Dec 24, 03:47 PM

Chicago Bears LB Shea McClellin (concussion) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 24. S Adrian Amos (knee), CB Bryce Callahan (hamstring), LB Pernell McPhee (abdomen) and CB Tracy Porter (hip) were limited.

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  Bears | Eddie Royal downgraded    Thu Dec 24, 03:45 PM

Chicago Bears WR Eddie Royal (ankle) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 24, after being limited in practice Wednesday, Dec. 23.

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