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  • Professional athletes frequently get traded to other teams, but San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis is about to be the first ever to be traded like a stock.

    Risky IPO seeks new way to trade star athletesMar 25, 2014 12:00 AM
    Professional athletes frequently get traded to other teams, but San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis is about to be the first ever to be traded like a stock.

     
  • This recent photo provided by Jill Kelly shows Jim Kelly, left, with his daughter, Camryn. Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is expected to undergo surgery following the return of oral cancer. His wife, Jill, says the cancer is aggressive and starting to spread. The 54-year-old former Buffalo Bills star is being treated in New York City. Brother Dan Kelly tells The Associated Press on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, that doctors are leaning toward surgery on Thursday or perhaps April 1. (AP Photo/Jill Kelly)

    Bills great Jim Kelly expects more cancer surgeryMar 25, 2014 12:00 AM
    Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is expected to have surgery again following the recurrence of cancer that his wife described as aggressive and “starting to spread.” Doctors for the 54-year-old former Buffalo Bills star are leaning toward surgery Thursday or perhaps April 1 at a New York City hospital, brother Dan Kelly told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

     
  • Bears offensive right tackle Jordan Mills got a big payoff for starting all 16 games as a rookie last season.

    Bears’ Mills hits jackpot in bonus payMar 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    Bears offensive right tackle Jordan Mills made a killing in the NFL's performance-based pay program which awards bonus money to players who outperform their contracts. The fifth-round pick was awarded more than $320,000 on top of his $405,000 base salary after starting all 16 games.

     
  • Even after addressing defense through free agency, Bears general manager Phil Emery still must use the draft to shore up that side of the line.

    What can Bears do for defense through draft?Mar 23, 2014 12:00 AM
    With the frantic early pace of free agency having slowed considerably, the Bears and other NFL teams have an opportunity to re-assess their rosters and plan a strategy for the draft in May.

     
  • Undercover horse-racing video tough to watch — but absolutely necessary Mar 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    People in the horse racing industry often say they wish they would get more coverage, more publicity. Well, ready or not, here it comes, and it’s most definitely not the type of pub they were hoping for.

     
  • Des Plaines resident Alisa Fallon was honored this week with a mayoral proclamation recognizing her achievement as winner of the NFL Punt, Pass and Kick contest. She is pictured with Mayor Matt Bogusz, right, and Fifth Ward Alderman Jim Brookman.

    Des Plaines honors NFL’s Punt, Pass and Kick champMar 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    Des Plaines resident Alisa Fallon is being honored by her hometown for winning a contest that put her in the national spotlight earlier this year. The 14-year-old claimed first place in the NFL’s 52nd annual Punt, Pass and Kick contest in the 14- to 15-year-old girls category. She was one of only 10 winners from across the country.

     
  • Wootton moves on to VikingsMar 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    Ex-Bears unrestricted free agent Corey Wootton signed a one-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings Thursday night, meaning the Bears' top three three defensive ends on opening day last season will all be in different places for 2014.

     
  • Former Chicago Bears kick returner Devin Hester has agreed to a three-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons.

    Hester agrees to 3-year deal with FalconsMar 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    Former Bears return specialist Devin Hester, the NFL's all-time leader in combined kick-return touchdowns (kickoffs and punts) and a three-time Pro Bowl pick, agreed to terms on a three-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons.

     
  • Former Bears kick returner Devin Hester reportedly is asking NFL teams to pay him $4 million for his services.

    Report: Hester seeking $4 million contractMar 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    Former Bears return specialist Devin Hester, the NFL's all-time leader in combined punt and kickoff-return touchdowns, may be pricing himself out of the market. Meanwhile, the Bears and speacial teams standout Sherrick McManis agreed to terms on a one-year contract Wednesday morning. Bob LeGere has the details in this report.

     
  • Henry Melton

    Melton opts to sign with CowboysMar 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    Former Bears Pro Bowl defensive tackle Henry Melton agreed to terms with the Dallas Cowboys on a one-year deal with an option Tuesday night. Melton made $8.45 million last season as the Bears' "franchise" player but suffered a season-ending torn ACL in his left knee in Week Three.

     
  • After a year with the Detroit Lions, defensive end Israel Idonije (77) is returning to the Chicago Bears with a one-year deal.

    Bears bring back Idonije to help D-lineMar 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Bears on Tuesday brought back defensive lineman Israel Idonije with a one-year contract. The 6-foot-6, 275-pound Idonije played for the Bears from 2004-12 and started 42 games with 20 1/2 sacks in his last three seasons in Chicago before signing with the Detroit Lions a year ago.

     
  • Former Denver cornerback headed to New YorkMar 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Giants continue to be a player in free agency, signing cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, formerly with Denver.

     
  • The Packers’ James Jones scores a touchdown against the Bears last season.

    Raiders sign former Green Bay receiverMar 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Oakland Raiders added a veteran presence to their young receiving group by signing free agent James Jones to a three-year contract Monday.

     
  • 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.

     
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