Former Broncos LB Danny Trevathan reached a 4-year deal with the Bears on Wednesday. Trevathan instantly becomes Chicago's top ILB after Shea McClellin and Christian Jones struggled there in 2015. Trevathan played under Bears HC John Fox in Denver through his 1st 3 pro seasons.
The Bears will have ILB Shea McClellin (concussion), OLB Willie Young (rib), OLB Pernell McPhee (knee) and S Adrian Amos available for today's finale against the Lions. None makes for a strong IDP option, however, and the team D is no better than a boom/bust DFS play.
Bears LB Shea McClellin encountered delayed concussion symptoms after Sunday's loss to the Vikings, according to ESPN.com. He has now entered the league concussion protocol. We'll see if he's ready to play Sunday at Tampa Bay. McClellin has become a nice tackle producer in recent weeks.
The Bears on Tuesday signed LB Mason Foster. The former Buc struggled as Tampa's middle starter, especially in coverage. But Foster is an athletic player with some big-play upside if he can land a 3-down role in Chicago's new D. Foster figures to compete for an ILB job in what's expected to primarily be a 3-4 front. LBs Jon Bostic, Christian Jones, Khaseem Greene and perhaps Shea McClellin stand as other current likely competitors inside.
Bears DE Shea McClellin returned to practice Wednesday after missing the past 2 games with a strained right hamstring. He, of course, enjoyed a huge game last time he took the field: 5 tackles and 3 sacks vs. the Packers to earn NFC defensive player of the week honors. McClellin's an upside athlete, but he hadn't posted a sack since Week 1 before that dominating Week 9. He's a fringe roster option at best in most IDP leagues, especially before he proves that hamstring is all the way back.
Bears DE Shea McClellin (hamstring) is doubtful for Sunday's matchup with Detroit. It's a shame after a breakthrough performance against the Packers on Monday night that garnered him NFC defensive player of the week honors. Chicago's short on D-linemen of fantasy interest, and the team D doesn't excite us against the Lions.
Bears GM Phil Emery says the Bears will have to see how practice goes this week before deciding on a left DE starter, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Corey Wootton and Shea McClellin have reportedly each impressed the team throughout their training camp and preseason battle. Emery said: “I think that is going to be earned through the week. I think they
both have shown good upside in terms of what they are capable of doing.
They’ve both made plays. I’ve certainly seen development in both Corey
and Shea. Best man wins. The other one is going to be on the field a lot." The winner will obviously present more IDP upside by being on the field more often. But each could turn into DL3 candidates. We'll be watching for the outcome this week.