The Bears have signed QB Mark Sanchez to a 1-year deal. The 30-year-old has settled in as an NFL backup, which is what he'll be in Chicago after the Bears handed QB Mike Glennon $18.5 million guaranteed. With Glennon, Sanchez, David Fales and Connor Shaw all under contract, it seems unlikely that Chicago will draft a QB with the 3rd overall pick next month.
The Bears have signed RB Benny Cunningham. The 26-year-old was decent in a backup role for the Rams over the past 4 seasons, averaging 4.4 yards per carry and totaling 93 catches. He's no threat to RB Jordan Howard's starting job in Chicago, but he could steal some passing-down work. Howard hauled in a subpar 58% of his targets as a rookie last year after mustering just 24 catches over 3 college seasons.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the Bears have agreed to a 1-year deal with WR Kendall Wright. The former 1st-round pick spent his 1st 5 seasons with the Titans and displayed promise through 3 of them. Wright lost 11 games to injuries over the past 2 years, though, and totaled just 65 receptions over that span. He joins a Bears offense that ran Cameron Meredith primarily from the slot over the 2nd half of last season -- to surprising success -- and still has slot man Eddie Royal on the roster. Royal carries a $5 million salary for 2017, though, and the Chicago Tribune reported earlier this month that the team is is expected to release him. At this point, we'd slot Wright behind Kevin White and Meredith for fantasy -- in an offense unlikely to support 3 worthwhile fantasy wideouts. It's worth noting, at least, that Wright played under Bears OC Dowell Loggains when Loggains piloted Tennessee's offense in 2013. Wright produced career highs in receptions (94) and receiving yards (1,079) that season and ranked 20th among PPR receivers.
The Bears have added TE Dion Sims on a 3-year, $18 million deal, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo. That's a hefty chunk of change for a guy with just 74 catches through 4 NFL seasons. Sims was never Miami's lead TE, though. The contract suggests the Bears see Sims as just that. TE Zach Miller is still on Chicago's roster, but he's 32 with a lengthy injury history.
The Bears have reached a deal with WR Markus Wheaton, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The former 3rd-rounder disappointed in Pittsburgh, topping out with a 44-749-5 line in 2015. He was usurped by Sammie Coates, Eli Rogers, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Cobi Hamilton this past year, finishing with just 4 catches. Wheaton is still only 26, but we've seen no reason to believe he'll emerge as a fantasy asset. Cameron Meredith and Kevin White remain the favorite to be Chicago's top 2 WRs in 2017.
USA Today reports that the Bears have agreed to a 3-year deal with former Bucs QB Mike Glennon, worth $14.5 million per year. Glennon started 18 games over his 1st 2 years with Tampa Bay, including 13 games as a rookie. He tossed 29 TDs vs. 15 INTs over those 2 seasons. But then the Buccaneers drafted Jameis Winston 1st overall in 2015 and rendered Glennon no more than a backup. The money obviously casts Glennon as Chicago's starter for the foreseeable future. Moving from the Jay Cutler-Brian Hoyer-Matt Barkley combo of last year to Glennon doesn't look like a significant upgrade for Bears pass-catchers, though stabilizing the position can't hurt. The Bears are now expected to release Cutler, who will make for an interesting free agent.
Bears TE Zach Miller expects to be recovered by April from the fractured Lisfranc he suffered in his right foot this past November. "Everything's going great. I'll be ready when we get back in April," Miller said. "Everything's going according to plan, ahead of schedule. I've been through this exact rehab schedule before. I know what it entails and I've been able to bounce back and play at a high level before, and I'm comfortable with that." Miller suffered the same injury during the 2014 preseason and was placed on IR. He's never made it through a full 16-game season and will be nearly 33 years old when the 2017 season kicks off. Chicago needs to address TE this offseason.
Steelers WR Markus Wheaton underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. Wheaton is looking at a 3-month rehab, which will spill over into the start of free agency. He'll hit the open market coming off an ugly 2016 season that saw just catch just 4 balls in 3 appearances.
The Bears defense will be without OLBs Leonard Floyd (concussion) and Pernell McPhee (shoulder) for today's game against the Vikings. Joining them on the inactive list are S Deon Bush (ankle) and CB Bryce Callahan (hamstring). CB Tracy Porter (knee), OLB Willie Young (knee) and CB Cre'von LeBlanc (knee) are active despite entering the day questionable.
Bears CB Cre'von LeBlanc (knee) is inactive for today's game against Washington. Slot CB Bryce Callahan (knee) is active. Neither is a big IDP factor, but losing any cover guys against a spread-out Washington pass offense could hurt.
Bears LB Jerrell Freeman rejoined the team Monday after serving his 4-game PED suspension. He should work right back into the lineup next to LB Nick Kwiatkoski for Sunday's game against Washington. Freeman will be starter material in nearly all IDP leagues. He averaged 9.2 total tackles per game through his 1st 10 contests.
Bears RB Jordan Howard ran 17 times for 90 yards and 1 TD in Sunday's loss to the Packers, adding 4 catches for 23 yards among 4 targets. He has now rushed for 84+ yards in 4 straight games and 77+ in each of his past 7. His 1,059 yards for the season rank 8th in the league. Howard's a reliable weekly starter the rest of the way and might be heading for a spot among the preseason top 12 at his position in 2017.
Bears CB Bryce Callahan (knee) is inactive for today's game against the Packers.
Bears WR Marquess Wilson is out for Sunday’s game against the Packers. He was previously dealing with a groin injury but actually broke his foot in practice this week. So he’s likely done for the season. WR Eddie Royal (toe) is also out, leaving Alshon Jeffery, Cameron Meredith and Josh Bellamy as Chicago’s top 3 WRs.
Rams RB Benny Cunningham (neck) is doubtful for tonight's game against the Seahawks. That's good news for RB Todd Gurley, who's averaged 4.7 targets and 3.7 catches with Cunningham sidelined this season. Gurley needs all the help he can get in a brutal matchup.
Bears WR Cameron Meredith posted 6 grabs on 8 targets for 72 yards and 1 score at Detroit. Each mark either led the team or tied for the team lead. Note that Eddie Royal and Marquess Wilson were out with injuries, but Meredith also flashed big time talent earlier in the season with two 100-yard outings. Depending on the health of his teammates, Meredith could have streaming value for a Week 15 date vs. Green Bay’s inconsistent secondary.
Bears RB Jordan Howard carried 13 times for 86 yards vs. Detroit, adding 2 grabs for 24 yards. Chicago kept this one close, so Howard’s usage is a bit confusing. He remained efficient, though, with 6.6 YPC. He’s now tallied at least 4.5 YPC in 5 of his last 6 outings. He’s a no-doubt fantasy starter going forward, starting with next Sunday’s home date with Green Bay.
Rams RB Benny Cunningham (neck) is inactive for today’s game against the Falcons. That’s good news for RB Todd Gurley, who’s averaged 5 targets per game without Cunningham this season.
Titans WR Kendall Wright is inactive for today's game against the Broncos. He wasn't listed on the final injury report, so he looks like a healthy scratch. Rishard Matthews and Tajae Sharpe will serve as Tennessee's top 2 WRs against Denver's stingy secondary.
Update: Wright was scratched after missing a team meeting on Saturday, according to insider Jim Wyatt.
Bears Josh Bellamy (shoulder) is active for today’s game against the Lions. He’ll start alongside WR Cameron Meredith. WRs Marquess Wilson (groin) and Eddie Royal (toe) are inactive.
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