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Thursday
Apr302015

Bears Decline Option on LB Shea McClellin

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Chicago Bears declined their fifth-year option on linebacker Shea McClellin, general manager Ryan Pace said Wednesday.

McClellin would have earned $7.715 million in 2016 if the option was picked up. He will earn $775,600 base salary and a $741,227 roster bonus this season, the final year of his original rookie contract.

McClellin was selected by the Bears with the 19th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. Since then, he's played in 40 regular season games, recording 80 tackles and 7.5 sacks.

McClellin played his first two seasons as a defensive end before moving to outside linebacker last season. That may work out in his favor this season, because under new head coach John Fox, the Bears have instituted a 3-4 defensive scheme -- the same scheme McClellin played in college at Boise State.


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Wednesday
Apr292015

Sources: Bears Shopping TE Martellus Bennett

National Football League(CHICAGO) -- According to league sources, the Chicago Bears are entertaining offers for Pro Bowl tight end Martellus Bennett. 

The Bears declined to comment about trading Bennett because the tight end is seeking a new contract and he does not plan to show up to camp with Chicago or anyone else unless he has a new deal.

Bennett is coming off a career year in 2014 in which he topped all NFL tight ends with 90 catches and also set personal bests with 1,038 receiving yards and six touchdowns.

Bennett signed a four-year, $20.4 million deal with $9.215 million in guarantees on March 13, 2013. His compensation for 2015 is scheduled to include a $4.9 million base salary and $100,000 workout bonus.

Since joining the Bears, Bennett has 155 catches for 1,675 yards and 11 touchdowns.


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Wednesday
Mar252015

Chicago Bears Sign LB Mason Foster to One-Year Contract

NFL(LAKE FOREST, Ill.) -- The Chicago Bears and free agent linebacker Mason Foster agreed to a one-year contract, the team announced on Wednesday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Foster was originally selected out of Washington by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the third round of the 2011 NFL draft.  In four seasons (2011-2014) with the Bucs, the 26-year-old had 343 tackles, six sacks and five interceptions.

The Bears finished the 2014 season with the league’s 30th-ranked defense.


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Tuesday
Mar242015

Report: Bears Sign DE Ray McDonald

Football Texture/iStockphoto(CHICAGO) -- The Chicago Bears agreed to terms on a one-year contract with free-agent defensive end Ray McDonald, according to ESPN. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The San Francisco 49ers released McDonald in December after law enforcement officials in San Jose, California, said he was being investigated on suspicion of sexual assault. McDonald hasn’t been charged in the case.

Last August, McDonald was arrested on suspicion of felony domestic violence.  The district attorney office in Santa Clara County announced in November that he would not be charged in that case.

The 30-year-old McDonald has 210 tackles, 19 1-2 sacks and one interception in 115 regular-season games.


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Friday
Mar062015

Report: Bears Trade W.R. Brandon Marshall to Jets

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Chicago Bears have traded wide receiver Brandon Marshall to the New York Jets, a league source tells ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter.

Marshall will join a Jets receiving core that features Eric Decker and Percy Harvin.

The deal is pending a physical and cannot become official until the new league year on Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET.

Marshall pulled in 61 passes for 721 yards and eight receiving touchdowns in 2014. The ten-year veteran has 773 receptions for 9,771 yards and 65 touchdowns for his career.


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Thursday
Jan222015

Adam Gase Takes Over as Bears' Offensive Coordinator

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Adam Gase will take the job as the Chicago Bears offensive coordinator, the team announced Wednesday.

ESPN reports Gase signed a three-year contract.

The 36-year-old Gase is reunited with Bears head coach John Fox, with whom he spent the past four seasons in Denver -- the last two as Fox's offensive coordinator.

Over the past two regular seasons, Gase commandeered a Broncos offense that led the NFL in scoring offense (34 points per game) and total offense (430.1 yards per game). He was also in charge when the Broncos set an NFL record by scoring 606 points in 2013.

Gase now takes over a Bears offense that, despite having weapons such as Brandon Marshall and Matt Forte, ranked 23rd in scoring offense last season.


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Monday
Jan192015

Bears Introduce John Fox

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- John Fox wasn't without a job for long after he parted ways with the Denver Broncos following their playoff loss to the Colts.

Fox was introduced as the new head coach of the Chicago Bears on Monday and is looking forward to turning around the struggling franchise.

"This is a great, great honor and privilege to be the head coach of the Chicago Bears," Fox said. "The thing that excited me and my family was the storied franchise that this stood for. To be standing in the same role as George Halas is pretty remarkable and one that I take very seriously and with great responsibility moving forward."

Fox has been successful at turning around bad franchises -- he took a Carolina Panthers team that finished 1-15 in 2001 and led them to a Super Bowl in 2003, and he led the Broncos to four straight AFC titles and last year's Super Bowl after he took over a team that was 4-12.

"I've never predicted records," Fox said. "If I could do that I'd be at a racetrack somewhere. I can just say that we in the past have made pretty good jumps, so we're looking to do that. I can't predict exactly how fast or when that will happen, I just believe it will."

Chicago has missed the postseason seven out of the last eight years.


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Friday
Jan162015

Bears Hire John Fox as Head Coach

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- John Fox was out of a job for less than a week before finding his new gig. ESPN is reporting that Fox has agreed on a four-year deal with the Chicago Bears to become the team's new head coach.

Fox had spent the previous four seasons with the Denver Broncos where he went 46-18, including three-straight AFC West division titles.

Despite the success, Fox and the Broncos parted ways following the team's loss to the Indianapolis Colts in the Divisional round of the playoffs.

Fox will replace the recently departed Marc Trestman, who was fired after a 13-19 record over two seasons on the job. The franchise has missed the playoffs for four-consecutive seasons.

The Bears do have a talented, yet under achieving teams despite their recent futility. They have wide receivers Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall along with running back Matt Forte. The teams defense has struggled in recent seasons, but Fox has a reputation for turning a team's defense around.

In 13 years as a head coach with the Carolina Panthers and Broncos, Fox has gone 119-89 and took both teams to the Super Bowl.


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Friday
Jan092015

Bears Introduce Ryan Pace

iStock/Thinkstock(LAKE FOREST, Ill.) -- The Chicago Bears introduced the youngest general manager in the NFL, Ryan Pace, on Friday.

Pace replaces Phil Emery, who was fired after the season ended, and spent the previous 14 seasons working in the New Orleans Saints front office, the last two serving at the director of player personnel.

Pace will now have the duty of finding a head coach after the Bears fired Marc Trestman when the season ended.

"It doesn't matter if it's an offense or defensive coach, if it's a 3-4 or 4-3 [defensive system]," Pace said. "I'm looking for the head coach that has the traits we're looking for. That's confidence, charisma, discipline, leadership; the best man for the job."

Pace will have to decide the future of starting quarterback Jay Cutler, who was benched late in the season because of poor play. He will also have to improve a defense that ranked 30th overall in the NFL.

"In 2005, we came into that season when Sean [Payton] got there in '06 and everyone thought, 'This is a massive rebuild," Pace said.  "This team has been decimated.' And we quickly put together a team to go the NFC championship that very next year." 

"But then if you think about the next two years, we were continuing to build, continuing to progress. So 2007, [we were] progressing, 2008 progressing, 2009 we won a Super Bowl," Pace continued.  "The most important thing is we have an aggressive plan and we're improving, [we] developed an organizational philosophy right then and there on the players that we wanted to acquire, and the whole building was on the same page. Everything was focused on winning games, everyone dropped their egos, and the rest is history."

Chicago has missed the postseason seven out of the last eight years.


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Thursday
Jan082015

Bears Name Saints Executive Ryan Pace General Manager

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LAKE FOREST, Ill.) -- The Chicago Bears have named New Orleans Saints executive Ryan Pace as general manager, replacing the fired Phil Emery, the team announced on Thursday.

Pace spent the previous 14 seasons working in the Saints' front office, the last two serving as the director of player personnel. From 2007 to 2012, he was New Orleans’ director of pro scouting.

The Bears fired general manager Phil Emery and head coach Marc Trestman in late December after they finished the 2014 season with a 5-11 record.

Pace will have to decide the future of starting quarterback Jay Cutler, who was benched late in the season because of poor play. He will also have to improve a defense that ranked 30th overall in the NFL.

The Bears have missed the postseason seven of the past eight seasons.


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