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  • The Minneapolis skyline rises in the background as work continues Tuesday on the new Minnesota Vikings NFL football stadium in Minneapolis. Minneapolis will host the 2018 Super Bowl after a vote by owners Tuesday rewarded the city for its new stadium deal

    Super Bowl 2018 to embrace Minnesota winterMay 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    Minneapolis was awarded the 2018 Super Bowl after a vote by owners Tuesday rewarded the city for its new stadium deal. The owners chose Minneapolis and the $1 billion stadium planned for the site of the old Metrodome to host the championship over New Orleans and Indianapolis. “In large part, it was due to recognition of the great work they’ve done on the stadium,” Commissioner Roger Goodell noted. “It’s been 10 years and we’ve always been driving to build a stadium,” Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said. The new Minneapolis stadium, set to open in 2016, will hold up to 72,000 for the Super Bowl.

     
  • Bears offensive guard Kyle Long (75) made tremendous progress during his rookie season, and Bears coaches say he has shown great growth during the off season as well.

    Bears coaches pumped over Long’s developmentMay 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    The progress made by 2013 first-round draft pick Kyle Long has been nothing short of sensational, according to Bears offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer.

     
  • Wide receiver Brandon Marshall, who has agreed on a new three-year contract extension with the Bears worth $30 million, would be a centerpiece on HBO’s “Hard Knocks.”

    Really now, Bears just right for reality TVMay 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    Brandon Marshall's busy Monday alone qualifies him to be a compelling character for "Hard Knocks" on HBO. His teammates could come along for the ride whether the Bears want them to or not.

     
  • Bears sign rookie running back and safetyMay 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Chicago Bears added to their training camp roster Monday by announcing the signings of running back Senorise Perry and safety Marcus Trice. The Bears also waived punter Drew Butler and running back Willie Carter.

     
  • Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall, who signed a $30 million contract extension with the team, is pledging $1 million of his pay to benefit mental illness.

    Bears give Marshall 3-year, $30-million extensionMay 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    Brandon Marshall, who has compiled the two most productive back-to-back receiving seasons in Bears history, was rewarded on Monday with a three-year, $30-million contract extension that runs through the 2017 season.

     
  • Trestman expects Tillman, Jennings to take Fuller under their wingMay 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    First-round draft pick Kyle Fuller sin't expected to be in the Bears' starting lineup as a rookie, but he'll see plenty of playing time if he winds up as the nickel corner, as expected.

     
  • Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel, right, from Texas A&M, watches cornerback Justin Gilbert during their introductory news conference at the NFL football team's facility in Berea, Ohio Friday, May 9, 2014. The Browns selected Gilbert with the eighth pick and Manziel with the 22nd pick in the first round of Thursday night's draft. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

    Manziel texts Browns he wants to ‘wreck’ leagueMay 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    Once Johnny Manziel texted that he wanted to “wreck this league” with them, the Browns didn’t waste another second. They rushed to draft Johnny Football. Browns quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains said in a radio interview Thursday that as the Texas A&M star was sliding in the first round of the NFL draft last week, Manziel sent a text message urging Cleveland to select him. The Browns had passed on taking Manziel with the first of their two picks in the first round.

     
  • David Fales sets to pass during the Bears’ rookie camp Friday. The sixth-round pick will battle Jordan Palmer and Jerrod Johnson for a roster spot.

    Kromer makes it clear: Backup QB spot up for grabsMay 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    Sixth-round draft pick Davis Fales will get an opportunity to compete for the backup quarterback job behind Jay Cutler, but he will have to beat out veteran Jordan Palmer and first-year player Jerrod Johnson.

     
  • Bears running back Jordan Lynch catches the ball during the NFL football team’s rookie minicamp in Lake Forest, Ill., on Friday, May 16, 2014.

    Lynch off and running at Bears rookie minicampMay 16, 2014 12:00 AM
    NIU's record-setting quarterback Jordan Lynch is trying to make the Bears as an undrafted free agent, and he's willing to switch positions and play special teams to make his NFL dream come true. After Friday’s first day of practice in the Bears’ three-day rookie minicamp, coach Marc Trestman was impressed by how well Lynch adapted in Day One of his transformation. “He didn’t look out of place,” Trestman said. “Jordan’s a real football player, there’s no doubt about it.”

     
  • Bears LB Christian Jones tackles running back Ka’Deem Carey during rookie minicamp in Lake Forest on Friday. Offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer said he’s excited about Carey’s ability to pick up the tough yards.

    Bears think Carey will be perfect backup for ForteMay 16, 2014 12:00 AM
    Rookie Ka'Deem Carey, the Bears' fourth-round draft pick out of Arizona, could be the best backup they've had behind Matt Forte since he was drafted in 2008 and became their featured runner that season.

     
  • Green Bay Packers first round draft pick Ha Ha Clinton-Dix stretches during NFL football rookie camp Friday, May 16, 2014, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

    Packers open rookie mini-camp with full houseMay 16, 2014 12:00 AM
    From first-round pick Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to the 28 players who are taking part in his team’s rookie orientation camp on a tryout basis, Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy sees talent and opportunity. As a team that has opened each of the past four seasons with at least three undrafted rookie free agents making the 53-man roster, McCarthy made it clear that young players like the ones participating in this camp are the team’s lifeblood.

     
  • Former New England Patriots NFL football player Aaron Hernandez, who already faces a murder charge in a man’s shooting death last year, was indicted Thursday, May 15, 2014, on new murder charges in an unrelated 2012 double slaying in Boston, police said.

    Aaron Hernandez charged in 2 more shooting deathsMay 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez ambushed and gunned down two men after a chance encounter inside a nightclub nearly two years ago, prosecutors said Thursday in an indictment that places the gun in his hands weeks before he signed a five-year, $40 million contract and went on to catch 51 passes and score five touchdowns during the 2012 NFL season.

     
  • Arizona State defensive lineman Will Sutton has agreed to a four-year contract with the Chicago Bears. He is expected to report to rookie minicamp this weekend.

    With Sutton signing, Bears draft class completeMay 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    Defensive tackle Will Sutton, the Bears’ third-round draft choice, agreed to terms on a four-year deal Thursday morning, and the team now has all eight of its picks under contract, one day before the start of this weekend’s three-day rookie minicamp. Sutton is expected to be a major contributor this season in a defensive tackle rotation that includes veterans Jeremiah Ratliff, Stephen Paea and Nate Collins, along with fellow rookie Ego Ferguson.

     
  • Did anybody in their mock draft really have Bears general manager Phil Emery, right, taking Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller with the 14th overall pick in last week’s draft?

    Now here’s something about NFL worth mockingMay 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    With giggles still ringing over inaccurate mockups for last week's NFL draft, the first uneducated guesses for 2015 have been published. Stop me if you heard this one before: The Bears pick a cornerback.

     
  • St. Louis Rams seventh-round draft pick Michael Sam listens to a question during a news conference at the NFL football team's practice facility Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    Michael Sam ready to get back to footballMay 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    Michael Sam sure seems ready for all the attention. The first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team was confident and engaged Tuesday as he was formally introduced by the St. Louis Rams, handling questions and scrutiny with aplomb well beyond that of a typical seventh-round fringe prospect. “I’m determined to be great,” Sam said.

     
  • Offensive tackle Charles Leno has agreed to a four-year deal with the Chicago Bears, team officials said Tuesday.

    Bears sign four more draft picks to dealsMay 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Bears reached agreement Tuesday on four-year contracts with defensive tackle Ego Ferguson, their second-round pick, running back Ka'Deem Carey, their first fourth-round pick, punter Pat O'Donnel, their sixth-round pick and offensive tackle Charles Leno Jr., their seventh-round draft pick.

     
  • Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, on the sideline during an Eastern Illinois game last season, was drafted by the New England Patriots in the second round.

    Imrem has hometown pride in Jimmy GaroppoloMay 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    All sports being local, it's cool to live in the same town as quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. The only thing cooler would have been if he were drafted by the Bears instead of the Patriots.

     
  • In this image taken from video, Missouri defensive end Michael Sam, left, gets a kiss at a draft party in San Diego, before he was selected in the seventh round by the St. Louis Rams in the NFL draft Saturday. The Southeastern Conference defensive player of the year last season came out as gay in media interviews this year.

    No hesitation for networks airing Michael Sam reactionMay 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    The handsome football player gets drafted by an NFL team, plants an emotional kiss on his sweetheart and gives sportscasts a feel-good video clip. It’s a scene that plays out for dozens of draft picks. But when a sobbing Michael Sam celebrated his selection by the St. Louis Rams by hugging and kissing his partner, another man, it made real and physical that an openly gay athlete had taken an unprecedented step toward an NFL career.

     
  • Bears beat writer Bob LeGere’s team-by-team analysis of the NFL draftMay 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    Bears beat writer Bob LeGere provides his team-by-team analysis of the NFL draft

     
  • The Bears will use former Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch at running back and perhaps in the Wildcat formation.

    Former NIU QB Lynch coming to BearsMay 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Bears wouldn't confirm it until all the paperwork had been completed, but record-setting NIU quarterback Jordan Lynch reached agreement with the team on a free-agent contract Saturday night after he went undrafted. Lynch rushed for 3,735 yards and 42 touchdowns over the past two seasons.

     
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