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NFC North Rookies to Watch in 2015

By Josh Koop, 2 weeks 5 days ago
With NFL training camps set to open up in a few weeks, it will be the first real taste of being a professional football player for all the rookies who heard their names called in the draft not too long ago. And in some cases, teams may be counting on some of their first-year players to contribute sooner rather than later. Here is one key rookie for each of the four NFC North teams to keep...

Bears sign ex-Dolphins RB Daniel Thomas

By The Sports Network, 1 month 1 week ago
Lake Forest, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Bears signed former Miami Dolphins running back Daniel Thomas to a one-year contract Thursday. The Bears also signed safety Sherrod Martin to a one-year deal and waived kicker Jeremiah Detmer, quarterback Pat Devlin and tight end Jacob Maxwell. Thomas, 27, started three games in four seasons for the Dolphins, who drafted him in the...

Extra Points: Allen takes on new challenge in Lake Tahoe

By The Sports Network, 1 month 1 week ago
(SportsNetwork.com) - The next time you're playing word association, altruism probably isn't the noun that is going to be linked with the NFL, especially after a calendar year in which so many off-the-field incidents stained the reputation of the league. The current narrative coming from the national media is that "The Shield" has been tarnished, but that's hyperbole. For every Aaron...

NFC North Players That Will Need to Step Up in 2015

By Josh Hamburger, 1 month 1 week ago
The NFC North is filled with talent and potential, just look at the Detroit Lions’ success last year. The Packers and Lions should be in contention for the playoffs like last year, and the Vikings and Bears should certainly see improvement. However, they will need help especially in areas that have the ability to get stronger this upcoming NFL season. Related: AFC North Players...

Chicago Bears 2015 Team Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 1 week ago
New Bears head coach John Fox and his staff have an infinitely easier task than the one Marc Trestman undertook in 2013 and failed to achieve. Fox will not be burdened by lofty expectations. He inherits a 5–11 team that isn’t realistically expected to contend in Year 1. Trestman took over a 10–6 team that barely missed the playoffs and was considered, right or wrong, to be...

Bears sign CB Tracy Porter

By The Sports Network, 1 month 2 weeks ago
Lake Forest, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Bears signed cornerback Tracy Porter to a one-year contract on Monday. Porter has bounced around over the past three seasons after playing his first four years with New Orleans. He appeared in just three games last season with Washington and spent 2013 with Oakland after a six-game stint in 2012 with Denver. The 28-year-old Indiana...

Extra Points: McDonald mess highlights hypocrisy

By The Sports Network, 2 months 3 days ago
(SportsNetwork.com) - There are slippery slopes and then there are avalanches. You can never say never in a league based solely on results, but it looks as if Ray McDonald has effectively ended his NFL career due to his abhorrent off- the-field behavior. That's a just outcome, but it's not enough for some. USA Today columnist Nancy Armour has advocated the Chicago Bears also should...

Ray McDonald arrested, cut by Bears

By The Sports Network, 2 months 4 days ago
Lake Forest, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Troubled defensive lineman Ray McDonald was released by the Chicago Bears Monday after being arrested on charges of domestic violence and child endangerment. Santa Clara, Calif., police said Monday they were dispatched to McDonald's home at 3:48 a.m. local time, where they learned McDonald "physically assaulted the victim while she was holding a baby."...

Bears sign 3rd-round pick Grasu

By The Sports Network, 2 months 3 weeks ago
Lake Forest, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Bears signed center Hroniss Grasu to a four-year contract on Friday and have now finished deals for their entire 2015 draft class. Grasu was selected in the third round last weekend after a standout career at Oregon. He appeared in 52 games during his four seasons with the Ducks, earning All-Pac-12 honors three times. The Ducks led the...

Bears sign top two picks

By The Sports Network, 2 months 3 weeks ago
Lake Forest, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Bears agreed to terms with first-round draft pick wide receiver Kevin White on a four-year contract with a fifth-year option and second-round draft pick defensive lineman Eddie Goldman on a four-year contract Wednesday. White appeared in 24 games with 22 starts in two seasons (2013-14) at West Virginia, collecting 144 receptions for 1,954...