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Robbie Gould on trade request: It’s a complicated situation

Robbie Gould sounds as if he prefers a return to Chicago, where he and his family call home, if he had a say in where he plays. But San Francisco used the franchise tag on him, and despite the kicker having requested a trade, the 49ers have shown no inclination to move him. “It’s a [more]

Abrupt 2015 trade from Saints sparked a career low for Akiem Hicks

Bears defensive lineman Akiem Hicks has become a dominant force for Chicago. He landed there as a free agent, after his rookie contract expired while with the Patriots. He landed in New England in a less conventional way. Yes, a trade sent Hicks from the Saints to the Patriots early in the 2015. The trade [more]

Akiem Hicks: When I’m myself, I’m at my best

Things ended badly in New Orleans for defensive lineman Akiem Hicks. The Saints traded him to the Patriots early in the 2015 season, and he played 13 games for New England before becoming a free agent. Hicks chose the Bears in the 2016 free agency period partly because General Manager Ryan Pace was in the [more]

Cowboys, Patriots, Eagles fans rank as best in NFL, according to one study

Emory University Goizueta School of Business professor Mike Lewis sought to use statistical analysis to determine the NFL’s “best” fans. The study used the hard-core, religiously devoted fan as well as the casual fan, so those at the top of the list have more of the latter and those at the bottom of the list [more]

Keeping tabs on open practices at NFL training camps

As NFL teams make their preparations for training camps, we’re keeping tabs on which teams have the most practices open to the public — and which teams are restricting access. Here’s a look at how many open practices are being held by each of the teams that have announced their training camp schedules: 20*: Cowboys. [more]

Jeff Fisher: It’s Matt Nagy’s choice to keep showing end of playoff game to players

Bears coach Matt Nagy continues to show players the end of the team’s playoff loss to the Eagles. Long-time NFL coach Jeff Fisher defers to Nagy’s choice, although Fisher also seems to question whether it’s the right way to handle the manner in which the 2018 season ended. “You know, none of us are in [more]

Tarik Cohen expects to play the same role for Bears this year

Head coach Matt Nagy has been showing the Bears the end of their playoff loss to the Eagles often this offseason in hopes of sparking a better result the next time the team is in that position, but it doesn’t look like the path to that result will include a big change in roles for [more]

Bears will have nine training camp practices open to public

The Bears are hanging onto the fading tradition of going away for training camp, but they are participating in the modern trend of limiting access. The team announced their schedule for their camp at Olivet Nazarene University, the 18th straight year they’re going to Bourbonnais, Ill. (which is 60 miles south of Chicago). The team [more]

Bears sign sixth-rounder Duke Shelley

Bears cornerback Duke Shelley was the final 2019 sixth-round pick without a contract, but his deal is now done. The Bears announced that Shelley signed his four-year pact with the team on Thursday. The signing leaves the Bears with their entire draft class under contract. Shelley became a starter during his freshman year at Kansas [more]

Tarik Cohen: Matt Nagy shows us end of playoff loss often

There are different ways of dealing with a painful loss that ends a season. Some teams try to move on without dwelling on what happened in the past. Other teams choose to use the memory of the loss as a driver for the future. The Bears have opted for door No. 2. They lost to [more]

Champ Kelly announces he’s staying with Bears

Before and after Bears assistant director of player personnel Champ Kelly interviewed for the Jets’ General Manager vacancy, there was chatter about the possibility that he could take a job with the team even if he didn’t get the job. Kelly didn’t get the job as the Jets opted to hire Joe Douglas as the [more]

Leonard Floyd feels “very different” after healthy offseason

Bears linebacker Leonard Floyd played every game last season for the first time in his NFL career and he’s followed that up with his first full offseason as a professional. That’s given Floyd a chance to work on improving his game without having to spend time rehabbing an injury and the feeling in Chicago is [more]

John Fox thinks Bears had the worst NFL offseason

John Fox’s ass may be out of town, but he can still talk about the most recent NFL team that employed him. Via the Chicago Sun-Times, Fox pegged the Bears as having the worst offseason in the NFL. “I think when you’re going to play defense, you’re going to lean on takeaways to help a [more]

Daniel Jones gets booed at Yankee Stadium

They’re not booing, they’re chanting, “Dave Gettleman, what did you doooooo?” OK, they were booing. Fans at Yankee Stadium booed the crown jewel of G-man’s 2019 G-men draft class on Monday night, according to multiple print and social-media accounts. There’s no video (yet) of Jones being shown on the video board at Yankee Stadium, but [more]

Josh McCown announces his retirement

Josh McCown said in March that he would take some time to decide if he wanted to continue his NFL career during the 2019 season and he announced that decision on Monday. McCown is retiring as a player after a career that saw him spend time with 10 NFL teams and the Hartford Colonials of [more]

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