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  1. Post Combine Mock 2020

    Well it's never good when a guy who got the deal he did wants out asap. But I would be shocked if he came here.
  2. To be honest we'd be far better off to hope Mitch doesn't succumb to permanent suckage and recovers enough to at least show some major improvement. I'm fine with Foles taking over but we'd still need a capable #2 and that would be Mitch at least for now.
  3. Post Combine Mock 2020

    Nor do I. LA already paid his roster bonus so all that's left is his salary but that's still $8 mil and most of that money is going to Graham so we know how they feel about TE vs WR. If we could have dumped Burton's salary that would have covered most of what we'd need for Cooks but we can't so we either draft someone or we find a cheaper FA to sign. Mitch hasn't gotten to the point where he's dependable with his deep ball and while Foles is much better in that regard I still don't see it as a major part of this offense or we wouldn't have released Gabriel. But even there how much did we use him as a deep threat. In two years he had 96 receptions but averaged less than 11 ypc. Those were the two worst years of his career in that respect.
  4. Post Combine Mock 2020

    I guess I'm just more of a build from the inside out guy Mike. IMHO we can get speed later in the draft than we can an OL who can start this year. Until I can see us actually having a decent downfield passing game I'm OK with having lesser WRs to fill that bill or we sign a FA to a one year deal. I've also seen a few articles suggesting a trade for Brandin Cooks. LA is said to want a 2nd round pick for him and while I think that might be high given his contract there's a home for your #50 pick. The trouble is I don't how we could possibly afford him. https://sports.yahoo.com/bears-trade-ryan-pace-player-043055057.html Current Contract Brandin Cooks signed a 5 year, $81,000,000 contract with the Los Angeles Rams, including a $7,000,000 signing bonus, $49,459,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $16,200,000. In 2020, Cooks will earn a base salary of $8,000,000 and a roster bonus of $4,000,000, while carrying a cap hit of $16,800,000 and a dead cap value of $29,800,000. Contract Terms: 5 yr(s) / $81,000,000 Signing Bonus $7,000,000 Average Salary$16,200,000 GTD at Sign:$20,459,000 Total GTD:$49,459,000 Free Agent:2024 / UFA Bonus Breakdown Cap Details Cash Details Year Age Base Salary Signing Roster Option Cap Hit Dead Cap Yearly Cash 2018 24 $4,000,000 $1,400,000 - - $5,400,000 $20,459,000 $11,000,000($11,000,000) 2019 25 $1,000,000 $1,400,000 $9,459,000 $3,400,000 $15,259,000 $36,059,000 $27,459,000($38,459,000) 2020 26 $8,000,000 $1,400,000 $4,000,000 $3,400,000 $16,800,000 $29,800,000 $12,000,000($50,459,000) Potential Out: 2021, 3 yr, $50,459,000; $13,000,000 dead cap 2021 27 $12,000,000 $1,400,000 - $3,400,000 $16,800,000 $13,000,000 $12,000,000($62,459,000) 2022 28 $13,000,000 $1,400,000 - $3,400,000 $17,800,000 $8,200,000 $13,000,000($75,459,000) 2023 29 $14,000,000 - - $3,400,000 $17,400,000 $3,400,000 $14,000,000($89,459,000) 2024 30 UFA Contract Notes: $20.459M guaranteed at signing (signing bonus + 2018 salary + 2019 roster bonus) 2019 Roster Bonus: $9.459M (paid 3/15/2019, fully guaranteed at signing) 2019 Option Bonus: $17M (guarantees 3/15/2019) 2020 Roster Bonus: $4M (guarantees 3/15/2019) 2020 salary guarantees in 3/20/2020 2023 $14M option must be exercised between 3/13/2019 - 3/15/2019 If exercised, the 2019 salary de-escalates to $1M (guaranteed) the 2020 salary de-escalates to $8M
  5. Post Combine Mock 2020

    If we don't bring in another vet like Osemele I keep coming back to the kid from LSU (Cushenberry) as the guy we take in round two. He's a fit versatility wise having played OC but he should be a fit at OG as well. He's about that same size as Whitehair and Daniels but the kid has 34" arms, big strong hands, good strength to handle power NT/DT, and great leadership ability. If we'd actually prefer to move Whitehair back to OG is seems to me this kid might be the one we could do that with. He's ranked to go in the #40-#50 range as well. Overview Starting-caliber center with big hands, long arms and good core strength to match power on power when needed. Cushenberry isn't rigid or stiff, but he does have some limitations with lateral quickness, which show up against athletic edge rushers and with potential run game limitations in space. He's extremely difficult to bull-rush and is rarely beaten to the punch in his pass sets. LSU was frequently tasked with five-man protections in its passing scheme, which put Cushenberry on more of an island than he will see as a pro, so scouts should account for that. He's a do-your-job prospect with the strength to handle an odd-front nose and could be a long-time starter. For the past 15 years, LSU has given the No. 18 jersey to players that displayed a selfless attitude and played like a Tiger. That number was worn by quarterback Matt Mauck, who led the 2003 LSU squad to its first national title in 45 years. Cushenberry was the first offensive lineman to earn the coveted number in 2019, sharing the honor with defender K'Lavon Chaisson, though NCAA rules required Cushenberry to stick with his 79 jersey (he displayed an 18 patch on his jersey). He wore that badge of honor well as a junior, garnering first-team All-SEC notice and leading the Joe Moore Award-winning offensive line for all 15 games of the Bayou Bengals' national title run. He started all 13 games at center as a sophomore in 2018, one season after contributing as a reserve lineman and on special teams in 11 contests his redshirt freshman campaign. The Carville, Louisiana, native did not get a scholarship offer from LSU until the last minute, when he spurned Mississippi State.
  6. Bears sign OLB Robert Quinn 5 years 70 million

    I will still say that it was the firing of GM Jerry Vainisi who along with Jim Finks helped to build that team that was a huge difference maker. Even Ditka was upset by that and pissed Mikey off when he commented about it on a late night talk show and bad mouthed McCaskey. Bill Tobin was essentially a super scout and personnel guy. After Vainisi was let go Mikey became the defacto GM not Bill Tobin. Ditka was never the brightest personnel guy on the planet but it was McCaskey's penurious management that did a whole lot of damage. It wasn't until after Ginny finally fired him and replaced him with Ted Phillips as team President and they hired Jerry Angelo that we had a true GM running the player personnel stuff and hiring coaches. From that point on the purse strings were loosened and the Bears began to lose their reputation as one of the cheapest organizations in the NFL. Look back at McCaskey management in the late '80s and the '90s.
  7. IMHO the only quicker way out of this is by having more and better testing available to more people. The Trib says Abbott Labs has gotten FDA approval for a test that can determine a positive in as little as 5 minutes and a negative in as little as 13 minutes and they can be used in the field. If the first 50,000 prove to be accurate enough and they can mass produce more quickly enough we may finally begin to get ahead of the curve but until we can test more people we really don't know where we are. As of this AM the US alone has 143,000 confirmed cases and over 2500 deaths but with testing we might have double that many. We just don't know. But with a current national mortality rate of 1.75% we damn well need to find out soon just how many we do have because we're probably gonna see 15,000-20,000 deaths per million and we have 328 million people in the US all with zero immunity to it.
  8. NFL shutting down all team facilities until at least April 8 due to coronavirus Originally posted on Sportsnaut | By Jesse Reed | Last updated 3/24/20 The NFL continues to take safety measures amid the coronavirus pandemic that is sweeping the nation. The league had already banned all players from team facilities and shut down all physicals until the health crisis has passed. Now it has shut down all team facilities, with limited exceptions. Tom Pelissero of NFL Network noted that the NFL will reassess the situation on April 8, with advice from experts. Looking for more NFL news and rumors? Get the latest here. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a memo to clubs tonight, saying all club facilities will close at 6 p.m. Wednesday, with limited exceptions, per sources. The league will reassess April 8 with advice from experts. So NFL teams, like many others, will now #stayathome. — Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 25, 2020 The league also is expected to make the decision to move the NFL Draft from Las Vegas into a studio, which of course makes perfect sense considering the fact that the Las Vegas Strip has been shut down. There is hope that the NFL season will be able to go on as planned, but at this point the league’s offseason program is in danger of being scrapped altogether. Based on what has happened so far, at least one owner would be surprised if players were allowed back at team facilities before training camp begins in mid-July. This article first appeared on Sportsnaut and was syndicated with permission.
  9. The 2020 Draft Thread

    NFL Draft virtual contact rules Originally posted on Pro Football Rumors By Marc Delucchi | Last updated 3/29/20 While it is obviously a low priority in the grand scheme of things, the limitations on travel and physical contact have come at an inopportune time for draft prospects and team decision-makers. With the draft still on schedule to take place at the end of April, prospects would normally be traveling around the country to team facilities to conduct in-person workouts, interviews, and physicals. Now that the league has pretty much suspended outside visits, teams are going to have to get creative. Under unusual circumstances, the NFL is allowing teams to virtually contact an unlimited number of prospects, at most, three times per week, for one hour, according to Mike Florio of ProFootball Talk. So agents will surely be making sure their clients have the most updated version of Skype and Zoom. Combine interviews are most notorious for puzzles and mind games that teams will play on prospects. It will be interesting to see if since teams are unable to run prospects through physical workouts more stories begin emerging about creative and unusual ways that some teams might try to use these virtual contact meetings to gauge characteristics in prospects.
  10. Bears sign OLB Robert Quinn 5 years 70 million

    I don't believe that. McCaskey wouldn't spend to keep that team together and once he fired Jerry Vainisi it was a clown show at Halas Hall.
  11. The 2020 Free Agency Rumblings Thread

    I'd love to see Jefferson or Reid in a Bears jersey but at the moment we lack the cap space to sign anyone. Maybe Pace is negotiating with some people and waiting 'til he he's struck a deal before they push anymore current money back but I have no real idea why he isn't hard on it as far as extending ARob. I can't believe he'd trade him and draft a rookie to replace him.
  12. RUMOR: Bears sign Kelechi Osemeli

    I guess posting about our current cap situation didn't make much of an impact did it? From the looks of it until we clear some cap space we couldn't sign a capable veteran beer vendor.
  13. Current Cap Situation

    As the NFL heads into it's next wave of FA I thought it might be a good idea to update our cap situation. OTC and Spotrac have slightly different numbers but the bottom line is at the moment the pot is pretty empty. https://www.spotrac.com/nfl/chicago-bears/cap/ Chicago Bears Cap Totals Adjusted Salary Cap $212,525,142 Active Contracts: $211,752,906 Dead Cap: $6,902,403 Draft Pool Cap: $5,161,057 2019 Rollover: $14,325,142 Total (All): $218,655,309 Total (Top 51): $211,815,309 Est. Cap Space (All): $-6,130,167 Est. Cap Space (Top 51): $709,833 https://overthecap.com/salary-cap/chicago-bears/ Total Cap Liabilities: $217,719,055 Top 51: $204,093,276 Team Cap Space: $1,656,087 Offense: $105,244,656 Defense: $102,286,120 Special: $3,412,500
  14. Random Thoughts - Quarantine Edition

    If there was any truth to the rumors that fact that Cincy was asking a 2nd round pick for him may also be holding things up. Apparently they're in no rush to trade him right now and content to wait 'til they can make the right deal.
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