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  • The fact that Julius Peppers has signed on with the rival Packers should do nothing to make Bears fans think it was the wrong move to let him go

    So what if Peppers picked Packers?Mar 16, 2014 12:00 AM
    Just because he signed with the Green Bay Packers doesn’t make the Bears wrong for cutting Julius Peppers.

  • Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers won't have to worry about getting sacked by Julius Peppers (90) again. The former Bears defensive end signed a three-year deal with the Packers.

    Julius Peppers finds new home with PackersMar 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    It didn't take eight-time Pro Bowl defensive end Julius Peppers very long to find a new home after the Bears cut him earlier this week rather than pay the 34-year-old a $13.9 million base salary for 2014. On Saturday, Peppers signed a three-year with the Green Bay Packers that could pay him up to $30 million.

  • After testing the free-agency waters, Charles Tillman has agreed to a one-year contract to return to the Chicago Bears.

    Tillman happy for another year with BearsMar 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    Despite talks with Tampa Bay and head coach Lovie Smith this week, Charles Tillman has agreed to a one-year contract with the Chicago Bears, team officials announced Friday. “Charles is one of the NFL’s great players and a true leader on and off the field and we’re happy he will be staying in Chicago,” Bears general manager Phil Emery said. “He remains the best in our game at forcing turnovers and always has brought a tough, physical presence to our secondary. Charles also has a special connection to the people and community across Chicago and we’re excited for that to continue.”

  • The Scorecard says let’s hear it for former Bears backup quarterback Josh McCown and his finding a starting job and the riches that go with it down in Tampa Bay.

    Spellman’s Scorecard: Closing the book on ill-fated campaignMar 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    If only Opening Day in baseball were as cool as it used to be. Want to see how a real opening day is done? Check out NASCAR.

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith was able to convinced Josh McCown to leave the Bears and join his offense.

    For Bears and McCown, it’s a lose-lose dealMar 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    As Josh McCown leaves to go to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Mike North thinks it’s a lose-lose for the Bucs and the Chicago Bears because Josh won’t have the success there he had here, and the Bears lost a solid backup QB.

  • Can journeyman Hixon find spot on Bears roster?Mar 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    Unrestricted free agent wide receiver Domenik Hixon must prove himself to earn a spot on the Bears' roster, but he brings experience, good size and special teams value, where he will get a chyance to fill the void left by Devin Hester's departure.

  • In NFL, Revis, Sproles, Smith, Harrison, Tuck on moveMar 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    Darrelle Revis and Darren Sproles found landing spots in the Northeast. Now Steve Smith and James Harrison look for new NFL homes. Revis’ stay in Tampa Bay was short, and he might not be in New England much longer. After less than a year as a Buccaneer, he was cut Wednesday and officially agreed to terms with the Patriots on Thursday — but only on a one-year deal, albeit worth about $12 million.

  • Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler scrambles while chased by Detroit Lions defensive end Willie Young last September. Young signed a three-year deal worth $9 million to play for the Bears.

    Bears sign ex-Lions defensive end YoungMar 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Bears added another unrestricted free agent defensive end on Thursday, signing former Detroit Lions player Willie Young to a three-year, $9 million deal. The 28-year-old Young had 48 quarterback pressures last year but just 3 sacks. He has just 6 career sacks in four seasons. The Bears also signed journeyman wide receiver Domenik Hixon, who played last season for Carolina.

  • Mike North video: Jeter, Woods and ManningMar 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    The media loves to pound a topic and Mike North thinks by the end of the year, we will be tired of three stories- Derek Jeter's retirement, Tiger Woods' injuries, and Peyton Manning being the greatest quarterback of all time.

  • Josh McCown was signed by Tampa Bay on Wednesday to a two-year, $10 million contract.

    McCown gets well-deserved paydayMar 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    It's a shame the Bears had to lose QB Josh McCown, but you have to be happy for a good man who's cashed in big in Tampa. Having been picked up off a high-school football field where he was coaching kids, McCown is now a very wealthy man after Tampa Bay signed him Wednesday to a two-year, $10 million contract.

  • Denver Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker makes a touchdown catch against Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers during the Dec. 1 game in Kansas City, Mo. Decker set career highs with 87 catches and 1,288 yards receiving to go along with 11 touchdowns last season.

    Decker signs with JetsMar 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    The New York Jets have agreed to terms with former Denver Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker, considered by many the top free agent at his position.

  • Bears defensive end Lamarr Houston talks about his Batman earrings after an NFL football news conference where he was introduced as the newest member of the team Wednesday, March 12, 2014, in Lake Forest, Ill.

    Bears love Houston’s versatilityMar 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    Former Raiders defensive end Lamarr Houston, the Bears' big catch on the opening day of free agency, was signed for $35 million on the same day the team cut eight-time Pro Bowl defensive end Julius Peppers. Houston is not the same player as Peppers, but he is expected to be one of the keys to the defensive rebuilding that general manager Phil Emery is undertaking. Former Giants safety Ryan Mundy, who was signed within minutes of Houston, could also be a major player in the new defense.

  • Bears defensive end Lamarr Houston smiles after being introduced as the newest member of the team during a news conference Wednesday, March 12, 2014, in Lake Forest, ill.

    Roaring start ... but can Houston help Bears slaughter competition? Mar 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    Everyone associated with the Bears was excited about this week's flurry of free-agent signings. The question is whether the new players will help win a championship or simply be bodies to fill out the roster.

  • In this Dc. 16, 2012, photo, Miami Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin (71) stands on the sidelines during the Dolphins’ NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Miami. Martin, the offensive tackle at the center of the Dolphins’ bullying scandal, has been traded to the San Francisco 49ers. The Dolphins announced the deal Tuesday night, March 11, 2014, on the first day of NFL free agency. Martin’s move cross country brings him back to the Bay Area to be reunited with his former Stanford coach, Jim Harbaugh. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

    Martin on familiar ground with 49ers’ Jim HarbaughMar 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    While there were doubts whether any team would give Jonathan Martin another chance, the NFL coach who knows him best considered it an easy call. San Francisco’s Jim Harbaugh once sat in Martin’s living room to recruit him, coached him for three years at Stanford and developed Martin into an All-American and a second-round draft pick, then stood by him from afar as Martin accused a Miami teammate of bullying last year.

  • Bears quarterback Josh McCown fires a pass against the Dallas Cowboys last season. McCown is leaving the Bears after signing a two-year deal with Lovie Smith and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    QB McCown agrees to 2-year deal with BuccaneersMar 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    Free agent quarterback Josh McCown has agreed to terms of a two-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a move that reunites him with coach Lovie Smith. A career backup, the 12th-year pro is coming off the best season of his career with Chicago.

  • Former Bulls and Lakers coach Phil Jackson is expected to decide by the end of the week on whether to take on the task of rebuilding the New York Knicks.

    An Act III for Phil Jackson? Good for himMar 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    Retirement must get as old as a retiree, which explains why Phil Jackson would even consider returning to the NBA to work for goofball Knicks' owner James Dolan. Jackson must not be content writing books, having a relatively younger woman like Jeanie Buss in his life and sitting around pontificating on social subjects over various social-media platforms.

  • Oakland Raiders defensive end Lamarr Houston (99) has agreed to a five-year deal with the Chicago Bears. Houston had a career-high 6 sacks last season.

    Bears land DE Houston with five-year dealMar 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    For the second straight year the Bears struck quickly in free agency, reaching a five-year, $35 million deal with ex-Raiders defensive end Lamarr Houston that leaked just minutes after Tuesday’s 3 p.m. start of free agency. Houston, who had a career-high 6 sacks last season, will reportedly be paid $21 million over the first three years of the deal with $15 million guaranteed. The Bears were active on Tuesday, agreeing to terms with a safety (Ryan Mundy), a linebacker (D.J. Williams) and a special teams player (Jordan Senn).

  • With coach Marc Trestman, left, and his high-powered offense in place, it’s refreshing that general manager Phil Emery is able to finally concentrate on improving a Bears defense that was historically bad last season.

    Bears focus on D-line a nice changeMar 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    When the Bears eschewed defense last spring in favor of building an offense, they had to figure it would take years, not days, to put in place a group of players they could rely on to function in a 21st century offense. The fact that it happened so quickly only means that they can now get started on rebuilding the defense.

  • FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2013, file photo, Chicago Bears defensive end Julius Peppers (90) watches from the bench during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit. The Bears released eight-time Pro Bowl defensive end Peppers on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

    Eight-time Pro Bowler Peppers jettisonedMar 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    To almost no one’s surprise the Bears cut ties with eight-time Pro Bowl defensive end Julius Peppers on Tuesday, freeing up nearly $10 million under this year’s $133 million salary cap. Peppers would have counted $18.2 million against this year’s salary cap with a base of $13.9 million. Minus the $8.4 million the prorated portion of his signing bonus counts against the cap, the net difference for the Bears is $9.8 million.

  • Seattle defensive end Michael Bennett returns a fumble for a touchdown during a game against the Saints last season. The Seahawks announced Monday that Bennett had signed a multiyear deal with the team.

    Seahawks’ Bennett decides to stick with his NFL brothersMar 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    Although they reportedly offered more money, the Bears lost out on defensive end Michael Bennett, a potential free agent who decided to re-sign with the Seattle Seahawks. Michael's brother, Bears tight end Martellus, tried to recruit his older brother to Chicago but was unsuccessful.

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