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Updated: 2018-02-24T11:00:02-06:00

 



Chicago Bears 2018 Roster Turnover: Corner could end up the biggest need on the team

2018-02-24T11:00:02-06:00

In this 13-part series we’ll take an in depth look at each position group for the Chicago Bears with an eye towards the 2018 season. We’ll speculate on who stays, who goes, and some potential additions we’d like to see general manager Ryan Pace make. Kyle Fuller - Free agent - My gut tells me that the Chicago Bears will bring Kyle Fuller back somehow. Either with a franchise tag or transition tag, or with a long term contract. I just don’t see Fuller leaving. And to you fans trying to draw parallels between the Alshon Jeffery situation and this Fuller situation, stop. One has noting to do with the other. Jeffery and the Bears couldn’t reach a long term agreement after the 2015 season, so they franchise tagged him so he could prove just how valuable of a player he was. And he got popped for PED use in 2016. There was reported to be another offer on the table last offseason, but Jeffery didn’t like it. Instead he went to an ascending team, with an ascending quarterback, on another one year prove it deal. It all worked out for Alshon as he got a the contract extension he was looking for and a Super Bowl ring. Now with that being said, I wouldn’t be surprised if Fuller eventually left the Bears because it takes two to make a thing go right. Fuller may simply want a fresh start with a new team. And to you fans griping that general manager Ryan Pace should have picked up his fifth year option, just stop that one too. No one was in favor of the Bears picking that option up after Fuller missed all of 2016 with a knee thing. Fuller had a really nice bounce back season in 2017 and he set himself up for an eventual pay day. Prince Amukamara - Free agent - I was pleasantly surprised at Amukamara’s play last year. The interceptions were nonexistent, but he covered well and was solid in run support. I’d be OK if they brought him back, but I think they could upgrade if they really wanted to. Marcus Cooper - Signed through 2019 - Cooper played decent early, but something seemed to happen to him after his early celebration fumble gaffe. That was the turning point of his Bears career, and my guess is they release him soon. Pace, as usual, gave himself a relatively easy out of this contract. Cutting Cooper would save five million, and hit them with only a million in dead cap space. Bryce Callahan - Restricted free agent - I’ve always like Callahan’s game, but he’s never been able to stay healthy. He did play in a career high twelve games in 2017, and he also picked up the first two interceptions of his career. I expect the Bears to offer him a tender and he’ll be back competing to play nickle. Bryce Callahan's slot coverage statistics in 2017 pic.twitter.com/LT1O0JArhM— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) February 21, 2018 [...]



Report: Charles Tillman officially an FBI agent

2018-02-23T13:10:46-06:00

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The former Bears' great has now become a special agent.

Charles Tillman. Forced fumble "peanut punch" extraordinaire. Family man at heart. And now, an FBI agent.

Tillman, now 37, has officially graduated from the FBI's training academy according to Sporting News. Two years removed from his NFL playing career, he entered the 20-week program last year. Mandates that he needed to become an agent and finish the program by his 37th birthday meant Tillman had a tight deadline. Fittingly, he finished everything on the eve of said birthday and will now enter high profile law enforcement. And in classic Tillman fashion, reports stated to expect no grand announcement of his accomplishment. A humble endeavor for a humble man.

After 13 years in the NFL - 12 of which with the Bears and one with the Carolina Panthers - spent terrorizing receivers and quarterbacks alike, Tillman now gets to enjoy a different much more serious line of work with the government. His responsibilities will lie in more than being accountable to defensive teammates. It'll be about being accountable for the greater good.

The Bears all-time leader in forced fumbles with 42 and overall turnovers forced, Tillman enters quite the second high profile life in pro football retirement. From accomplishing most everything in the NFL, to living a dream professional agent life after it.

Robert Zeglinski is the Bears beat writer for The Rock River Times, an editor for Windy City Gridiron, and is a contributor to The Athletic Chicago. You can follow him on Twitter @RobertZeglinski.




What would you ask the draft prospects at the NFL Combine?

2018-02-23T11:00:02-06:00

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SB Nation will have a few reporters down at the NFL Combine and they want to know what we’d like them to ask the players.

The NFL Combine will take place on March 2nd through the 4th, but the athletes will start to arrive on February 27th for interviews, medical checks, and registration. SB Nation will have a few reporters down in Indianapolis covering the event, and they’d like to know what we — the football fans — want to know about the players.

This is your chance to have your question asked!

Just put a question in the comment section below and SB Nation will pick some of the better ones and take them to Indy.

Your question can be something general like, “What advice would you give you high school athletes that want to be where you are?” Or, it can be posed for a specific player, like Notre Dame’s Quenton Nelson for example. “How cool would it be to get drafted by the Chicago Bears so you can be coached by Harry Hiestand again?”

The full NFL Combine schedule can be found here.

The full NFL Combine participant list can be found here.

And in case you missed it, my last podcast was all about the prospects at the Combine. Give it a listen as Jacob and i discuss players Bears’ fans should keep an eye on.

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The Layman’s Guide to Bears Free Agency: “Joker” Tight End

2018-02-23T08:45:02-06:00

Have you ever gone into free agency and hear scores of names but aren’t quite sure who these players are? Well, you’re not alone. In the third installment of the The Layman’s Guide to Bears Free Agency, I am going to explore world of the joker tight end. If you missed the first two pieces about the backup quarterback or wide receiver positions, you can find it here and here, respectively. As I alluded to in the last installment, there is another area where the Bears can improve their playmaking ability. If they find the wide receiver market to be a little too rich for the return on investment, then adding a “joker” (or move) tight end could be a key. When I discussed the new-look Bears offense in January, it was obvious that the Bears would need more speed at tight end. For this exercise, I am making two likely assumptions. First, Zach Miller will not play for the Bears again. I really hate to bring this up but I think it needs to be accepted to move forward. Secondly, Dion Sims will be cut. Let’s face it, he was extremely disappointing last year, especially for the money. I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that Adam Shaheen will be at least as good of a blocker as Sims next season. If that ends up being true, then Shaheen is your “Y” or in-line tight end moving forward. I don’t think that Shaheen has the speed or change-of-direction skills to play the joker spot. In this offense, I see him as a “Y” who will be moved around in certain situations (third down, red zone, goal line, etc.). The Bears do have Daniel Brown, and as much as I would like for him to be that guy, he has shown me no reason to believe that he will be. That brings us to free agency. Certainly you can find some really dynamic tight ends in the draft as well, but I think the Bears draft needs a more acute that any of us want to believe. There are just certain positions that are going to need to be addressed in the draft because there are no other solutions. In this instance, there is no reason not to spend roughly the amount of money you gave Sims, to a better player in free agency. This offense requires a shiftier tight end, and I believe that is exactly what Ryan Pace plans to get for Matt Nagy. This was definitely a position that I needed to do some digging. There are a lot of good tight ends in the NFL, there just weren’t a lot of fits in this particular off-season. This first name is purely based on body type and what I think the Bears might ultimately want here. If they strike out, and you squint a little bit, I think there might just be a player in there. Note: I am only looking at unrestricted free agents in this series. There will inevitably be players available via trade and who are cut, but we simply cannot discuss those names without a massive amount of speculation. Derek Carrier Normally for a tight end, you might show several of their touchdowns catches in an article like this. But alas, this is Carrier’s only career touchdown. What I like here though, is the feel that he shows to drift away from the defender to make himself open. When you have Jordan Reed on your team, you aren’t getting a lot of targets inside the 10-yard line. This is where you can see some of the speed that Carrier brings to the position. I think that if he was used in a way to get him into space more, his athleticism would shine more than at the “Y.” This time Carrier is lined up in the slot. This is where I envision him having the most success in another offense. Here is another example of him using his speed to pick up some yards after the catch. I have no delusions about who Carrier is and what his career has been to this point. If the Bears spend big at other positions, then they may be forced to go with a lower-cost option that has some upside. There isn’t a whole lot of film to work with here but from what I was able to gather, he seems to have more ability than is being utilize[...]