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Suddenly, Tight End Looks to Be a Position of Strength for the Bears

| June 1st, 2017

Zach Miller got injured in 2016. Because if it’s a year, and Zach Miller is playing football during it, he’s going to get hurt. His injury left the Chicago Bears with a crop of tight ends that could be described as…”Who?”

Logan Paulsen was supposed to be a blocking option but caught three passes (and dropped around three hundred). Harvard UDFA Ben Braunecker wasn’t supposed to see the field. Four catches. Daniel Brown showed up out of nowhere and caught a touchdown pass. I still don’t know who MyCole Pruitt is.

The Bears established an offensive identity last season. Tough, physical offensive line anchoring a power run game on the back of Jordan Howard. But that identity lacked a crucial component once Miller was admitted into the infirmary: a tight end that could both be a force at the point of attack and a threat through the middle of the defense.

Outside of quarterback, where his aggressiveness will define his general management tenure, no position was attacked with more fervor this off-season than tight end by Ryan Pace.

  • Dion Sims only has 74 receptions in four seasons but the Bears (a) signed him primarily for his physicality/blocking ability and (b) believe he’s capable of far more productivity if given the opportunity.
  • Adam Shaheen may have been a surprise second-round selection but early reports – from Adam Jahns and many others – are that Shaheen has been the early star of rookie camp/OTAs. He’s a massive human being with great hands, a perfect complement to what Sims provides.
  • Zach Miller is still here! And Zach Miller is still a very good player. But one should not expect Miller to contribute more than 8-10 games of healthy football.

And in case you were missing the Follies of ’16, worry not! Brown, Braunecker and Pruitt are all slated to be in Bourbonnais next month.

Do the Bears have a star tight end? It’s certainly possible if Shaheen becomes the player the Bears expect him to be. But one thing is certain: one of the biggest roster weaknesses in 2016 looks to be a major position of strength in 2017.

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  • SC Dave

    Major position of size as well.

  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

    I actually doubt Miller will be on the team. He is 32 and suffered a Lisfranc fracture, which requires surgery. From what I know it is a hard injury to return to pre injury form. Cutting him saves 2+million.

    • DaBearsBlog

      They don’t need the 2 million. They have plenty of cash.

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        true about the plenty of cash but with his age and the seriousness of that injury why waste it. I read somewhere that it takes most people up to 10 months to fully recover from that injury.

      • BearDown100393

        Yeah the roster is absolutely perfect without any holes to be plugged. 19-0 for Zach Miller’s Super Bowl ring.

      • willbest

        This statement makes me weep every time I see it. This is how you end up in Saints or Lions cap hell and spend a half decade being uncompetitive. Or just completely uncompetitive like the Raiders or Jags who throw tons of money at bad players.

        But beyond that lets consider Millar as a player. Miller makes your week 1 roster stronger. What about week 8 through 16? Who is going to give you the most competitive 16 game season? Its not going to be him.

        • Our first 8 games are the hardest anyways, so there’s that.

          Plus, guys like Daniel Brown or Braunkner can be safely stashed on the PS squad, while Miller can’t.

          Watch the Miller highlights I posted. Who else at TE can do some of that stuff?

          He’s not going to be grinding it out full time either with Dion and Sasheen on board now, so that should theoretically save his body.

          Miller is a weapon, and explosive. The more of those we have on our team, the better.

          If he goes down, promote Dan (yawn) Brown or whatever.

          • CanadaBear

            I’m not sure Brown can be safely stashed on the PS. He might get poached. This will be his 4th year in the league.

          • Nobody’s gonna poach Dan Brown , Canada.
            This was a ripe TE FA_draft class and it feels like every team got themself a new TE toy they’re gonna wanna play w first.

            Teams are about upside. That’s why guys like Sefarian Jenkins get ringed while the Browns only get a chance if 3 other guys go down

          • CanadaBear

            If he shows something in PS you don’t think other teams would take a shot on a guy that has managed to stay around for 3 years? When you’re talking about the last spot or two on the roster, there’s not a lot separating those guys.

          • leftcoastdave

            Bottom line? A good TE target is a QB’s best friend. Biggest target, easiest to hit. We have a NEW QB playing in a NEW system. So for $2m you cut the proven veteran TE because you predict he will get injured somewhere during the season?

            Stoopid, any way you want to spell it.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            He is going to start the season still injured from last year.

          • leftcoastdave

            Have not heard he will not be ready. Was it reported otherwise?

            http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/players/playerpage/1674135/zach-miller

      • Irish Sweetness

        I want to know WHY we always have cash … shouldn’t that be turned into starters? Like a right tackle!

    • CanadaBear

      It can take a really long time to recover from that injury. With his injury history, if he isn’t close to 100% why keep him?

  • Elect A Clown. Expect A Circus

    Daniel Brown is basically a younger, healthier and injury-free Zach Miller. They have the exact same size. Brown converted from WR to TE so he has decent hands. And he did well towards the end of last season catching passes from Matt Barkeley. Most they will get out of Miller is 5-6 games if he hasn’t hurt himself in the preseason. If Miller is somehow gone, I expect Ben Braunecker to be the 4th TE on the roster behind Sims, Shaheen, and Brown.

    Bears offense will be much different this year. Less emphasis on WR positions and a lot of pass catching out of the backfield and TEs. 2 TE sets will be standard and we could even see some 3 TE sets.

    My guess is they will keep only 5 WRs on the roster this year. It is end of the road for Bellamy/Thompson types who put on a shitshow when it came to catching passes last season. Playing ST is fine but if you suck this badly at your primary job, you shouldn’t be on the roster. And Pace has picked up several ST specialists this off season.

    My early prediction on 25 man offense.

    RB – Jordan Howard, Jeremy Langford, Benny Cunningham, Tarik Cohen

    FB – Michael Burton (btw, he is a good pass catching FB)

    TE – Zach Miller (if he hasn’t hurt his foot again), Dion Sims, Adam Shaheen, Daniel Brown

    WR – Meredith, Wheaton, Cruz, Wright, White

    OL – 8
    QB – 3

    • None of those WRs play ST. Bellamy seems very likely to make it to me as a 6th WR due to ST.

      I also have a hard time seeing Cunningham stick. He’s too similar to Cohen, and they don’t need 4 RBs. Keeping a 4th would be a ST move, often competing against WR for a ST spot, and Bellamy has a massive leg up in that department.

      • CanadaBear

        I think they keep Carey for ST’s and Langford gets the keys to the street.

        • I wonder about that too, but I think Langford has a bit of a leg up in that race because this regime has invested in him, while Carey was the previous regime’s guy. They’ve never failed to play Langford over Carey when given the chance.

          Not that either one is particularly good. Carey is a (much) lesser version of Howard, while Langford has great wheels but is useless unless you spring him untouched into space to show them off. His vision is atrocious, and his pass game skills are much worse than the should be for a converted WR.

          But if something happens to Howard, one of those guys is likely the lead back, with Cohen maintaining his secondary role. Uggh.

          • CanadaBear

            I don’t think Langford has a role in the O or ST’s. Somehow elect seems to think he’s mind melding Pace. Not likely.

          • Langford is gone IMO.

            Unless he totally goes balls to the wall in camp.

          • SC Dave

            I sure as hell hope so. Waste of a roster spot.

          • A “pro-langford” guy can go argue that him gaining weight to take on the workhorse role diminished whatever burst he had.

            But even then, if he went back down to his natural weight, he had like the worst yards after contact in the league along with stone hands.

            Players turn it around in the NFL all the time, but much like Amos, he’s proven he’s more of a JAG than a playmaker.

          • CanadaBear

            It’s only because he has that top end speed. That’s really all he has. What a waste.

          • Irish Sweetness

            And gone he should be.

      • I don’t see them carrying 4 HBs either, ESP not Langford.

        Cunningham is not a small scatback type. He’s a meaty 220 and can run between the tackles as well as catch it out of the backfield (not to mention KR).

        I love him as our 2nd as it doesn’t limit the playbook like some of our other HBs.

        It should be Howard, Benny and Tarik.

        IF we do keep a 4rth, Carey should be the guy. Runs angry, and I think he began playing specials in order to make a living, but I think he’ll be gone too.

        Fox just doesn’t seem impressed by him for whatever reason.

      • Elect A Clown. Expect A Circus

        Both Cunningham and Cohen will play ST. Michael Burton is a good ST player.

        They also signed ST ace Dan Skuta.

        • Cohen will be a return man, I dunno how much you want somebody that small on coverage units.

          And if it comes down to Cunningham vs. Bellamy based on ST, I’d give a huge leg up to Bellamy there. Cunningham was signed for his return abilities, but they’ve added two rookies to compete for that role who are both guaranteed to make the roster.

          • Elect A Clown. Expect A Circus

            Cunningham is better at his job as RB than Bellamy is at his job as WR.

            Plus, you are missing why Cunningham was signed. He complements Jordan Howard. They will hold on to Langford because Pace is not yet ready to admit his mistake. And Tarik Cohen will be learning the NFL ropes this year. Cunningham might beat out Langford for the #2 back role.

          • It’s possible Cunningham earns the #2 RB spot. It’s also possible Cohen-who has a very similar playing style both on offense and ST-makes him expendable.

            I’m guessing scenario 2 is more likely. Time will tell.

          • Elect A Clown. Expect A Circus

            You don’t get how Pace thinks. He doesn’t want to throw Tarik Cohen and his not yet NFL ready body into full NFL season this year.

            That is why he signed Cunnigham to 1 year deal and basically allow Cohen time adjust to NFL and then taken over in 2018.

          • You have that backwards. Pace has stated multiple times that he signs FA with the goal of not having to draft any one position/role. His first 3 years of FA/draft cycles reflect this.

            Cunningham was signed more than a month before the draft, they didn’t know for a fact they’d get Cohen.

          • Elect A Clown. Expect A Circus

            Tarik Cohen was on their radar.

            Plus, Pace has done this several times this year and last year..signing experienced vets to 1 year deal so that his draft picks can learn and grow into the role.

            Do you really believe that a 179 lbs Cohen from a D-2 school is ready for a full punishment that is an NFL season? Cunningham has done some good things in his career so far. Cohen can learn a lot from his during the course of the season especially since their playing styles are similar.

            Pace has done this over and over this season. Signed Glennon to protect Trubisky. Cunningham, Cruz, Demps etc.

          • Their ideal for Cohen is that he gets maybe 10 touches a game. He’s a change-of-pace guy. If they feel he’s ready for that role, then that absolutely could mean Cunningham is on the outs.

            They signed Glennon because they weren’t sure they’d get Trubisky, and they didn’t want to be forced into drafting a QB they don’t love highly just because they don’t have a QB. Same with Sims at TE. Again, Pace has repeatedly stated that his main goal in FA is to get at least stopgap answers in place for all roster holes so he’s not forced into drafting a specific position.

          • Cohen will not run between the tackles like this guy will

            http://balleralert.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/photo1-6.jpg

            So while I see their skill set as overlapping, I don’t believe they’re identical.

            Benny can also KR, while Cohen is more PR.

            Only fear I have is that the Bears will indeed keep Langford due to being “their guy” over say Benny or even Carey.

            But to me, Benny is the perfect in-between of the bruising Howard and scat-back Cohen.

            Bears would be stupid to dump him, but hey, they dumped Slauson.

          • KentuckyBearsFan

            The Bears will turn Tarik Cohen into a midget downfield wide receiver. Maybe???

            He had the third fastest combine speed among running backs at the combine. Known for having good hands.

          • They may split him like they did with Forte. That in itself can cause matchup nightmares esp if the opposing team lines up some cement footed LB to cover Cohen.

            Cohen can also run wheel routes, which again causes more mismatch.

            Cohen can turn some of those screens into highlights as well or can prolly even run slants split out.

            Cohens explosiveness should make him dangerous in delayed draws. A fast, quick lil guy like that can get lost behind 6’5 big boys.

            These are attacks Howard simply can’t offer, so it makes the Ds automatically have to prepare more.

            When Cohen shows he can actually take some NFL hits and not break into 1,000 pieces, he’ll get more and more involved, but for now he’ll def have a Sproles package determined by down/distance

            What I think Ds are gonna do though is blitz the fuck out of the QB when Cohen is in to force him to block some 240 LB screaming in.

            Of course, Bears could counter with screen, and good luck trying to tackle Cohen in the open field with a brigade leading the way.

          • CanadaBear

            Screen or a quick slant. If they hit Cohen in the spot vacated by the blitzing LB, he’s gonna run for a while.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            Cohen is so short our QBs have been contacting Oz in order to find out how to throw on a downward trajectory.

    • I don’t think Downtown Brown is nearly as explosive as Miller. He seems more of a Witten possession type.

      Miller surprisingly has some wheels.

      And is technically (according to stats) our best pass catcher. If it hits his hands, 90% he’s catching it.

      Miller has a lot to offer…when he’s in.

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        Miller won’t be on the team.

        • Might not be due to “availability” . That might be the Bears motto in ’17, trying to keep guys who actually stay on the field.

          Brown did enough to deserve a shot, and b4 Sasheen came along, Baby Gronk was Braunk, so he def intrigues POX.

          But something to be said about a TE who runs good routes, catches everything, and can turn a 5 yd pass into a 90 yd TD. Not many TEs have that combo. He’s sorta like an Aaron Hernandez without the serial muderery stuff.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUr3I6jgcIg

          • Bender McLugh

            so…Sasheen is on purpose eh? *twitch* dats kewl….

      • BearDown100393

        Miller has uncanny awareness.

    • SC Dave

      Carey over Langford all the way, but since the latter is a Pace pick, you’re probably right.

  • BearDown100393

    Tomorrow’s post will make an argument for Mega-Punt being a Pro-Bowler.

    • Scharfinator

      What!?! Preposterous!

      You know dablog doesn’t get updated that quickly!

      • BearDown100393

        Already freeze-dried. Just pop in the microwave and serve.

  • AlbertInTucson

    5 Killed, 44 wounded last weekend.

    Afghanistan?

    Nope.

    Memorial Day Weekend in Chicago!

    The numbers are DOWN from last year, though!

    Way to go, Chi-Town!

    • willbest

      Hm… I could swear the historical kill rate was 15-18% of shooting victims. That 10% show a profound lack of shot discipline by our city’s youths. I blame absent fathers.

      • CanadaBear

        Accuracy becomes an issue when you turn the pistol sideways.

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        Numbers are still coming in. That percent will increase when they include the people shot by the police.

    • Elect A Clown. Expect A Circus

      Chronicle of agony: Gun accidents kill at least 1 kid every other day
      https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/10/14/ap-usa-today-gun-accidents-children/91906700/

      So about 180 kids killed each year due to accidental shooting.

      Now imagine the uproar if a Muslim was shooting 1 american dead every other day. How many new wars would have already been started?

      But because Freedumb.. gun nuts owning guns and accidentally killing their own? No problem. Muslim killing same number ..Huge problem..

      Not all deaths are equal. Some create more outrage than others.

      • willbest

        I suppose it would be futile to point out that one does not have to imagine a reality?

        There have been 6361 days so far this millennia and Jihadis have killed over 3000 American citizens in that time.

      • Scharfinator

        Accidentally killing your own is in house. Killing other’s own isn’t.

        • How many die from car accidents or even vehicular manslaughter?
          We’re not about to ban cars.

          • willbest

            Children under 13? ~650 annually, about 1/3rd of those aren’t even buckled in. Another 200ish are struck by cars as pedestrians or on bicycles

      • SC Dave

        Swimming pools kill far more.

        Fill them all up with concrete!

    • Sactowns#1

      Pffff… that’s nothing. We kill a few hundred civilians at a time thanks to your tax dollars and mine and very little (no) pushback from US citizens. http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/26/middleeast/iraq-mosul-us-airstrikes-civilians/

      • willbest

        Not a whole lot of pushback about the deaths in Chicago. Whites and Hispanics generally don’t get themselves worked up over blacks killing other blacks as long as they keep it out of their neighborhoods.

        • Sactowns#1

          True, but I don’t think I’m contributing to deaths in Chicago in any meaningful way. I sure as hell am contributing to bombs being dropped in the middle east though.

          • willbest

            We run 500b to 1t deficits. They would do what they do even without their cut of your labor.

  • To further make the Benny the Jet case

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCA0EMMabbw

    Keep in mind this was on the Rams with the likes of Keenum and the NFCW Ds putting 8 in the box

    And I for one am tired of watching our KRs take it out of the endzone to get tackled at the 10.

    Benny was one of my few FAs I got excited for.

    What he can do on a revamped specials and sturdy Oline should be gravy.

    • Elect A Clown. Expect A Circus

      There is no one else on the roster with his combo of skills and experience. No brainer to keep him. And cheap. only $775k one year deal.

  • willbest

    Browns traded for Calvin Pryor. The player I was upset we didn’t take over Fuller. Both Emery and I missed in that draft.

    • MB and I thought Pryor would be good too, so you’re not alone there.
      Was hoping maybe we’d take a flier on him if he was released.

      This is why I wanted Hooker over Adams (barring health).

      Modern NFL doesn’t matter if you can destroy, just cover.

  • willbest

    Paul Allen (MSFT billionaire and Seahawks owner) showed off his new plane today.

    https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/05/paul-allen-showed-off-his-new-rocket-launching-plane-today-it-is-big/

    The purpose is to launch satellites from altitude rather than fire them from ground rockets.

  • I am very happy to see the upgrades at TE this offseason. That should fit in very well in the style of offense the Bears are trying to build.

  • BerwynBomber

    I’d be inclined to keep Brown over Miller. And in what league Miller is a “very good player” I’m not sure but it is not the NFL.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      I remember reading somewhere (link below) where the Bears were telling teams that Miller would be available for trade if they drafted a TE. Not sure of the validity of those reports. However, due to his age and the last injury I don’t see why they would keep Miller.

      http://sportsmockery.com/2017/05/bears-quietly-trying-trade-key-veteran/

      • BerwynBomber

        I never understood the Miller love. He is a one-dimensional player who is chronically injured. He is like 25% of a well-rounded, durable player.

        • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

          He is one of those players that fans seem to love- being so different from the nut job Bennet probably played into it. A lot of fans will be pissed when he is no longer on the team.

          • CanadaBear

            I gotta admit I loved it when he would blow kisses to the crowd when he scored in their place. That always made me laugh. I would be totally OK with him on the roster if I thought there was a hope in hell that he would play more than just 6-8 games.

          • BerwynBomber

            Uni was a load. Too bad he seems a bit more about himself than the team. Think the Cheese are about to discover that this year.

          • CanadaBear

            I really hope so. I wanted to like the guy and at first he seemed funny and fun. It went all downhill from there. Selfish doesn’t even begin to tell the story. No issue on the field during real games, he brought it. But those other 6 days a week what a toxic turd.

          • Elect A Clown. Expect A Circus

            He is right now on his act 1 with the packers…trying to goody-goody and friendly with Rodgers..

            Martellus Bennett says he’s made a concerted effort to connect with Aaron Rodgers off the field and during OTA practices.
            In addition to sending text messages to Rodgers, Bennett is picking his brain on the practice field. “I’m always talking to him on the field, too, trying to see what he wants,” Bennett said. “(I’ll say), ‘Hey, how did that look?’ or he’ll give me the thumbs up. Or if I’m in another group, I always look back at him, ‘Hey, is that what you want? Is there something different you want on this?’” Rodgers is a known stickler for details. Bennett will offer a high TD ceiling in a Packers offense which has averaged 36.3 passing scores per season over the past three years. –Roto

          • BerwynBomber

            I saw somewhere the Cheese was considering him a “leader”. Made me laugh.

            And yeah, I wonder how much patience Rodgers will have with Uni constantly tweeting him. By all accounts, Rodgers and Cutty are professional friends. Kinda wonder how long it takes Rodgers to pick up the phone, call Jay and say WTF is with this guy.

        • SC Dave

          He catches the fucking ball, for one thing.

          • BerwynBomber

            He is also always fucking hurt and can’t block for a couple of other things. Oh, and he’s fucking old too.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            minor details.

          • SC Dave

            The primary purpose of a pass receiver is to catch the ball.

            Just sayin’

          • Irish Sweetness

            This. Always this. Before all else .. .catch the fucking ball. And hold onto it.

        • You think Brown or Braukner are better than Miller?

          • BerwynBomber

            I think Brown can be as good. You bet. Younger, cheaper and healthier.

        • AlbertInTucson

          “Chronically Injured”.

          An all-too familiar phrase around here.

        • Johnnywad

          He’s made a few tough catches in big spots. I suppose a glimpse of what COULD be. That’s about it.

    • Irish Sweetness

      The safest hands in the NFL … officially …. having not dropped a pass between 2010 and 2016… and he’s not a very good player ??? It’s amazing how different the opinions around a player can be. He was literally the best receiver in the NFL .. .if catching the ball has anything to do with it.

      • Revisionist facts!
        That’s not too shabby for a THIRD TE, no Irish?
        Now excuse me while i am beamed up to the mother ship

        • willbest

          I thought that was Trac’s theory.

  • Elect A Clown. Expect A Circus

    Adam Schefter‏Verified account @AdamSchefter 23m23 minutes ago
    Bears WR Cameron Meredith threw our first pitch before Chicago White Sox game last night – got pitch in before injuring ligament today. Bears WR Cameron Meredith suffered thumb ligament injury today, will miss off-season program, but expects to be ready for camp, per sources.

    And it begins.

    The good news is this entire 2017 season is one giant tryout for most of the Bears roster.

    Glennon is trying out to be a starter in the NFL. Inexperienced Trub is trying to learn NFL language and operate an NFL offense.

    Small school, D-2 players like Adam Shaheen and Tarik Cohen are trying out to see if they can hang with NFL men.

    Bullard starting over again after a lost rookie season etc. etc.

    Bears 2017 season = 20 preseason games.

    • SC Dave

      Hopefully this is not to become a trend.

      But Cam jammed his thumb. Bfd.

  • Elect A Clown. Expect A Circus

    DaBearsBlog‏ @dabearsblog 25m25 minutes ago
    Every follower I lose today I bid you adieu. You followed me because of my opinions on a game you love. I love the country and planet more.

    Sounds like Jeff lost a lot of half-wit, orange chimpanzee voting tea baggers today.

    • BerwynBomber

      Mocking his voters serves no purpose.

      • willbest

        I must have missed that one.

      • Elect A Clown. Expect A Circus

        All we heard through out the campaing wsa too much political correctness is killing this country…

        • BerwynBomber

          I hear ya. But this is what they voted for. To flip the bird to the rest of the world. Especially about climate change. They got what they wanted.

          • SC Dave

            It has nothing to do with climate change, and everything to do with wealth redistribution. But sadly, not to those in need, but instead to the Al Gores and Solyndras of the world.

            Follow the money. Oldest rule in “civilization”.

          • Sactowns#1

            Yes, it has nothing to do with global warming and saving the world for future generations . It’s all a conspiracy by the illuminati.

          • beninnorcal

            Please explain how capping and taxing carbon emissions will ‘save the world’, total bs, Sac.

          • willbest

            taxing carbon emissions would save the world if you operate under the assumption that a planet that comes back from Ice Ages measured in the millions of years, Super volcanos, and asteroid impacts and got its start as a methane, CO2 gas cloud somehow can’t handle a little bit extra CO2 produced by the ants crawling around on its surface play acting out some importance beyond their insignificant little existence relative to the universe.

            See if you tax something you make it more expensive, and thereby get less of it. So taxing CO2 (for all forms including the extra generated by runners vs. walkers) would alter behavior accordingly.

            Cap and Trade is just an authoritarian wealth transfer scheme, with waivers and exceptions handed out to insiders when they can’t use them to their naked advantage.

          • Sactowns#1

            Do you believe in capitalism? By creating a free market based around pollutants you can drive the demand for lower emissions. it’s a truly innovative and very successful approach.

          • willbest

            But you aren’t creating a free market. You are arbitrarily rationing pollutants based on unproven theories and you are assigning rights to pollute through a spoils system.

          • beninnorcal

            Free market? lol, you’re a funny guy, Sac.

          • willbest

            The Paris agreement was a farce, that was estimated to have no impact on climate. So why was it so important to sign something to give money away to other countries?

            Also, the US met its Kyoto obligation without signing it. So why do you need to virtue signal over this one?

            Quite frankly, I love that various states say they will meet whatever nonsensical benchmarks Paris involves. That is how its supposed to work in a Federal system. If its so economically beneficial the rest of the country will follow.

      • SC Dave

        Evidently it does for at least one Clown, since he is simply unable to refrain. I’d guess some attempt at a cathartic healing – you know, from the unhinging so prevalent immediately after the election.

        • Big Mike

          Trump knows he has no shot at winning over anyone that didn’t vote for him. His sole purpose as our President, is to be re-elected and fuel his childish narcissism. The guy is a spoiled brat, a shitty business person and a fucking horrible human being. The list of his shitty behavior goes on for pages. He is uninformed, unqualified, and unfit to be a leader. But yeah, the moron is our president, because 49% of the people voted for his loud, simple minded, unrealistic solutions on issues that piss them off. I’ve about had it with people who stay on the Trump bandwagon in spite of his actions, because they are racist, misogynist or just simple. Health Care, The Environment, Science, Education, he’s fucked all of them. He has no plan, other than to overturn anything with Obama’s name on it. Withdrawing from the Paris Treaty, is just a simpleton saying look at me. I have power. Block me, curse me send me a bunch of fuck you’s I don’t care.

          My financial advisor’s tell me I’ll be up about $20,000 next year because of Trump’s Tax Proposal and his health care plan. Meanwhile, the number of uninsured will swell, the number of people below the poverty line will swell and just for good measure we’ve given up our leadership position in the world and the Presidency of the United State is now a 2nd tier player. Your Welcome China, Your Welcome Germany.

          • willbest

            Trump will get more votes in 2020 than he did in 2016.

          • Big Mike

            Bye blog. I’m out

            Mike

          • CanadaBear

            Doubtful.

          • willbest

            Are you sure that isn’t wishful thinking on your part?

            Historically, the sitting president does better the 2nd time around just from an inertia standpoint.

            And remember the Dems set the bar really low on him. He just has to not start up Jim Crow again. Sure he is rough, but most people are low information voters and don’t pay any attention to the day to day.

            So basically, baring some massive economic downturn (which is possible), or this Russian thing actually amounting to something that gets him personally, why would he not pick up votes?

          • CanadaBear

            Wishful thinking on your part. Didn’t read the rest.

          • willbest

            A shame, I put forward a logical reason as to why he would gain votes. Most people that think he won’t seem to feel that after 4 years of the media telling us all how awful he is that it will work to undermine him when the 15 months they were doing it before didn’t.

            “Ah but now there is proof!!!”

            Is there really? Bush got us into a war with Iraq and gained votes.

    • SC Dave

      Trump is your President.

      • BerwynBomber

        The way Trump conducts himself let’s not overdo the “respect” thing. That’s near laughable.

        • SC Dave

          Trump is your President too.

          • BerwynBomber

            And Obama and Bill Clinton were yours too. Give it a rest, SCD.

          • SC Dave

            Yes, they were.

            I will repeat it every time I see “orange chimpanzee”.

          • CanadaBear

            Who cares Dave? Why say it to BB or Big Mike? I’ve never seen them call him OC. Save that shit for the poster that is constantly saying it.

          • Sactowns#1

            Such cogent responses. He won the electoral college, it doesn’t make him infallible. The guy is an embarrassment and is intentionally tanking the economy so he and his buddies can further concentrate wealth. but you keep carrying his water and repeating “he’s your president”.

          • willbest

            I would be interested on your thoughts of 8 years of ZIRP, its positive present advantages relative to massively depressing pension returns causing a future unfunded liability problem.

      • Elect A Clown. Expect A Circus

        Orange chimpanzee is not the president in this part of the country. Remember Chicago shut down his rally at UIC. He ran away with tail between his legs. Chicago doesnt mess around. He will be showered with spit if he ever shows up on the streets of Chicago.

        • Bender McLugh

          lol

        • SC Dave

          Donald Trump is YOUR President!

          • Big Mike

            He is, and its a fucking shame.

          • willbest

            better than the other option. She can’t even own her own loss. Who the hell would want that in a leader

          • Big Mike

            No sadly not even close. If you think it is you are and always will always be mistaken. This is why we are in this mess. Believing trumps bullshit about Hillary. Which is far less or at least no more than Reagan, bush 1, bush 2, obama, Kennedy,Johnson or Carter. Just typical run of the mill politician buckshit. But it blinded people. If you think we are better off with Trump in office than Clinton that is some strong shit.
            Mike

          • Elect A Clown. Expect A Circus

            By that criterion, you should have never have been so far up orange chimpanzee’s butt. That man child has not owned up one mistake, one bankruptcy, one loss his entire sorry existence on this earth for 70 fucking years. He even said last year he has never had to ask forgiveness from god.

            That shit must taste too good to you…

          • willbest

            What are you doing about it? I get you like to come here and sling shit like the chimp you claim he is. But are you actually making a difference somewhere?

            I don’t idolize my politicians. You are so far gone that you don’t realize that though. Because to you, not hating him, is a sign of loving him.

          • Elect A Clown. Expect A Circus

            Dude you have no idea what I do to make difference..

            You keep making excuses for orange chimapanzees behavior. You and others defending him will always be his village fools. Hope you will be able to admit to that some day in privacy of your own mind. I understand nobody wants to admit in public…

    • BearDown100393

      Mitch Trubisky loves all of us unconditionally.

    • Big Mike

      🙂

  • SC Dave

    The things people worry about, while ignoring the insanity of modern college life in America. I shudder to think of the destruction of minds and souls that occurs daily at the hands of spoiled ill-tempered brats on the campuses of America.

    https://heterodoxacademy.org/2017/05/27/this-weeks-witch-hunt/

    • Scharfinator

      Such a berserk social phenomenon. How did this become acceptable? Were these children raised wrong? Social programming?

      FFS.

      • SC Dave

        I blame the leftist media. The only misbehavior in their world comes from those who think “the wrong way”.

        • Scharfinator

          Shouldn’t people be guiding their children to think independently though? If you raise a questioning mind, an individual can figure it out.

    • Big Mike

      I find it to be an interesting experiment. Personally, I think the professor should have stayed away from school, in support of the experiment. However the tensions that the spirit evoked are quite real and in their own way fulfilled the purpose of the experiment. I wouldn’t say ill tempered spoiled brats. They are just kids figuring shit out. I have two just like them. One would have protested, the other would have been in his dorm room getting high. Are they spoiled? Both appreciate what Daddy and Mommy’s hard work have provided. These young adults are simply responding to 1) A perceived wrong 2) a chance to skip class.

      The days of sit down, shut up and let the world go on, are gone.

      • willbest

        The professor should have done the job he was paid to do. I can’t believe you are apologizing for these shit stains. You are a business man, what about the 90% of his class that wanted to get the service they paid for? What about the kids that have genuine hardship and need the lecture more than they need a circle jerk that doesn’t add any value?

        This group of students are takers. Plain and simple. They took from the majority of the college that wants to better themselves. They ruined the reputation of the college making employers think less of it. Fuck em. Expel them all. And it shouldn’t even be up a hard decision. Mizzou shows these administrators what happen if they let these parasites run amok. They are having to close dorms. Freshman enrollment is down 25% in a single year, and it is projected to drop even further in this upcoming year.

        http://www.columbiamissourian.com/news/higher_education/mu-residential-life-to-close-three-more-residence-halls/article_493bcdce-18a1-11e7-988e-8712f14e89ad.html

        Turns out, nobody wants to shell out 40k+ to be around rich kids virtue signalling how woke they are. And it is rich kids that are doing this.

        https://www.brookings.edu/opinions/illiberal-arts-colleges-pay-more-get-less-free-speech/

        • Big Mike

          Lots of ways too learn in college. Not just sit in your chair and shut the fuck up.
          Mike

          • willbest

            Apparently to you that involves getting rid of the people that know more than you because you are unhappy with the way they conduct themselves rather than genuinely listening to them.

        • Sactowns#1

          I always love the false narrative that you have to be poor to care about poor people and issues around poverty. it’s a great way to dismiss arguments based on the presenter and not actual logic.

          • willbest

            How are poor people made better when the prestige behind their degree is made less due to the destruction of the university’s reputation?

            Wouldn’t the first rule be, do no harm?

    • Sactowns#1

      Oh I see the old angry white guys were up late last night, lamenting things that don’t impact them. Tis a solemn existence but someone must carry the torch of righteous indignation!

    • Yeah, those MIT , Harvard and Berkley students should transfer to Trump U

      • willbest

        Have there been protests at MIT?

      • SC Dave

        An uncharacteristically idiotic comment, Butch. You are better than that.

        I may not be, but you are.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Bear fan rationale: The team will really improve just in time for the next NFL lockout.

    • burntorangenavyblue

      Or at the next extinction-level event according to many people’s reaction to the news of today, hehe

    • BearDown100393

      Jay’s comeback return.

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  • Joecashflow

    White has new teeth and Meredith now has a thumb and gone through OTAs. Curse.

    • willbest

      A coin has no memory. The odds of 3 epic injury seasons in a row is astronomically small. But the odds of an epic injury season this year are no less than in any previous year.

      • Joecashflow

        Because a coin has no memory and the other 2 seasons are in the bank, the odds are a lot higher than you think. And we got O line, D line, LB, WR, unable to complete OTA’s.

        • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

          I would not put much stock on players not at OTA’s, when they start missing training camp the you can worry.

  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

    sooooo glad politics have made the way back into the blog.

    • CanadaBear

      Just brightens your day, doesn’t it? Never gets old. It’s not like each side keeps repeating the same shit over and over. Who the fuck cares? Nobody on this blog is changing their mind. Why bother?

      • willbest

        If Jeff turned off the twitter widget it would probably cut it to a trickle.

        • CanadaBear

          I don’t believe that for a second.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            I don’t either.

      • Sactowns#1

        Hey Canada – He’s your president.

        • willbest

          I thought Canada was an expat, or did he just live in the US for a spell?

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            dual citizen.

      • BerwynBomber

        Though you can pretty much say the same thing about football opinions …

        • willbest

          But very few sports opinions are deeply held personal convictions rising to great offense unless you start saying stupid shit about Halas or Walter Payton, and a couple other 3rd rails.

          • SC Dave

            Fuck Ditka

        • CanadaBear

          Same but different, at least here. We can differ on lots of topics about the Bears and not get nasty and personal. Politics, not so much.

    • Elect A Clown. Expect A Circus

      The blogmaster’s answer applies here. You will get both here.. football and politics
      —-
      Don‏
      @donschimming
      Replying to @dabearsblog
      U haven’t lost me yet, but football is my escape, so I would appreciate u sticking 2 football. Open a different accountt for politics pls

      DaBearsBlog‏ @dabearsblog 17h17 hours ago
      DaBearsBlog Retweeted Don
      Can’t do it. But appreciate the honesty.

      • I find that some ppl are afflicted by political terrets.
        Can’t. Help. But. Blurt. Out. Political. Input.
        Ironically both call that irresistible urge “righteous indignation” and the end to enlighten and save society.
        And ironically this “noble” inclination always ends in ignoble discourse, rage, frustration and name calling.
        Personally i try my best to keep my political-religious beliefs from arenas i deem neutral

        • Elect A Clown. Expect A Circus

          There are no neutral arenas. If some people choose to be neutral then that is their choice but they should not expect or demand or dictate that others make the same choice.

          I see sports bloggers and draftniks like Matt Miller get constant ‘Stick to football’ messages…’you are just here to entertain me’. Ironically these are the people most likely to get worked up about Freedumb but they see it fit to dictate to others what opinions they can express. Precious snowflakes need safespaces.

          • What is deemed neutral may be personal taste.
            For instance, if I’m in a class teaching English, should i give my 2cents on Trump?
            I use the golden rule. What if i were a student and some bow tied twerp was sneaking in lil pro trump remarks in between economics lessons? I wouldn’t like it, so i keep that away from the classroom.
            I know other professors who do NOT.
            I have a “football” twitter account and you’ll find ZERO politics there from me. I treat family gatherings as the same, but obviously others can’t help it.
            I used to eat w a family who listened to Rush Limbaugh in the background and it would nearly spoil my experience, so i wouldnt want to subject others to that at my table.
            Now if a person asks, then I’ll let er rip. But if not, eat drink and be merry.
            Don’t have to be an activist 24-7 in order to believe strongly or change the world

          • SC Dave

            World change starts, and for most of us ends, with ourselves.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            Not sure what you are trying to do when you refer to the prez as a chimp or misspell words trying to be funny like ‘Freedumb’ but it actually makes you look like an idiot, and makes me at least disregard anything you post.

        • SC Dave

          Awesome, Butch. Beautifully written in the next to last paragraph. So damn true.

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        but Jeff doesn’t come into the comment section to spout his political agenda on this blog. He utilizes twitter.

    • BearDown100393

      Mitch Trubisky is the first registered republican-democrat. He has two answers to solve every issue. Everyone is happy.

      • Tortured Bear fan

        “republican-democrat” sounds like “fatboyslim”… half-half

        • BearDown100393

          Mitch Trubisky has more grooves than Fatboy Slim and better lyrics than Bulworth.

    • SC Dave
  • willbest

    We apparently claimed an FB off waivers the other day. There was some discussion below or in the last thread where people were thinking we only roll with 3 RBs. Is that because you think we run with an FB too? I love the idea of an FB, but it seems like they are a luxury these day. Not having a jumbo package that virtually guarantees 2 yards that seems odd to me even in the modern NFL.

    • SC Dave

      We’ll have to wait and see. Maybe we finally have our Clutts replacement?

      • Hopefully.
        Tbh Unrein did GREAT at FB, and considering he could save a roster spot if he doubles , dunno why we don’t seriously use him more.
        But a true FB can offer some other options esp in the pass game

        • SC Dave

          Agreed, although do we know whether or not Unrein can catch the ball? You never know WHAT to expect from NFL athletes…

          • a 260+ FB catching it out of the backfield would be a sight to behold.
            A CB trying to tackle said FB would be comedy.

    • I think it makes sense given the offense the Bears are assembling. But that FB has to be a big ST contributor to stick, and that usually means either a TE or RB is lost (maybe only 5 WRs instead).

      • I’m guessing they roll with 3 TEs, not 2, and at least 3 RBs. 3 QBs as well.

        That starts to add up in a hurry.

        Generally 2-3 QBs, 2-3 RB, 2-3 TE, 5-6 WRs, and 8-9 OL. Bears are likely looking at high end for QB, RB, TE, which if you add a FB to that probably means low end for WRs and OL. But I still think they really want Bellamy as a 6th WR for ST purposes.

        • willbest

          It looks like we will be doing a bit of 2 TE sets this year, so I would imagine 3 TEs on the roster is the floor.

          • That’s the seesaw though. Typically coaches who use double TE see that 2nd TE as the FB and go empty or sometimes in goaline use that 3rd TE (or Unrein type) as opposed to true FB.
            I never quite understand this since a good FB will be much better blocker than those other options.
            To me it’s just coaches being too cute and greedy.
            FB football sets a tone.
            We’re pounding it. Fuck u.

          • Addendum.
            This is also where a big WR would be lethal.
            If the QB sees the D selling out on the run, throw a fade to Alshon type.
            Another thing we could do but won’t cuz we’re tbe bears is use Sasheen and Sims +FB and use Miller as that big WR to get that fade (he’s basically a big sure handed WR anyways)
            A FB in this package can also get the ball in sneak attack, or help push the QB from behind, or the 2nd TE could block but slip out to the flats
            In other words, a true FB gives goaline and short yd scenarios many more options

          • willbest

            “Another thing we could do but won’t cuz we’re tbe bears”

            I hate how self-explanatory this phrase has become.

          • SC Dave

            Were you one of the proponents to ditch Alshon? I suspect not, but my memory sux

          • No. I wanted him for the right price, and allegedly Pace offered him a$12m -yr offer which i thought fair, but obviously Alshon had a higher opinion of himself than the rest of the NFL as his 1 yr prove it deal attests.
            Him demanding Julio Jones $ tho i was totally against.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Cam is the same size as Alshon, we still have a target for that. Sims too.

        • Elect A Clown. Expect A Circus

          What has Josh Bellamy done on special teams that is so special?

          Are there any highlight clips, gifs of Bellamy doing good things on ST from the last 3-4 years he has been here?

          If not, he is replaceable. JAG-level work on STs may have gotten Bellamy a roster spot for the past 3-4 years but I am hoping they can find a better position player and a better ST player than him. Also, he is 28/29 yeas old. Would make sense to get a younger guy who can offer more upside in the next 2-3 years than Bellamy.

  • Malice Halice

    I think our WR unit is the best unit thus far. Like I mentioned b4 I believe 4 of our WR will get 1000 yards each this year. With 1 QB! Those TE r just check downs (no issue with that).

    • Has any team ever had 4 1000 yard WRs in one year?

      • willbest

        No. And 3 has only happened a handful of times. The most recent being the Cards in their SB losing year. Manning did it with one of those Wayne/Harrison years too

        • SC Dave

          Washington 1989 (Clark, Monk, Sanders; Rypien/Williams)
          Atlanta 1995 (Metcalf, Emanual, Mathis; Jeff George)
          Indy 2004 (Wayne, Harrison, Stokley; Peyton)
          Arizona 2008 (Fitzgerald, Boldin, Breaston; Warner)

          If you allow TEs, add:

          San Diego 1980 (Jefferson, Winslow, Joiner; Fouts)

      • willbest

        Just from a logistics standpoint the QB would need to throw for well over 5,000 yards or only ever target those 4 players.

        Consider that Drew Brees has five 5k yard seasons (which is 1 more season than all the other QB’s combined) and has never had a 3-1k year.

        • Bears basically threw to only 4 guys in 2013-14.

          2013 went 1421-1295-759-594
          2014 1133-916-808-721

          • Granted both years they threw for less than 4400 yards overall, which makes that objective all but impossible.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Nope. I think Elway hit up the three amigos once(?).

        What I like about not having the super-stud at #1 is that we’ll have a bunch of good receivers, and Glennon will hit who’s open instead of relying on the same guy all the time and tipping our hand (a la Cutty-to-Marshall). The defense will have no clue where the ball is going in the air, or if it will even be a pass. There’s no go-to guy. There’s a bunch of them for a change.

    • willbest

      You need 4 WRs though. You almost never need more than 2 TEs. Sims, Miller, rookie, Brown does a lot better job filling 2 spots than our stable of washed up WRs does filling 4 spots.

    • BearDown100393

      best unit compared to what?

    • AlbertInTucson

      That is not even a dream. It is a fantasy.

  • willbest

    For you baseball fans, this article should be interesting.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/sports/mlb-launch-angles-story/

    • SC Dave

      Cool article. Thanks will.

  • Elect A Clown. Expect A Circus

    Field Yates‏Verified account @FieldYates 16m16 minutes ago
    For the second time in as many days, the Ravens are dealing with a notable injury. TE Dennis Pitta re-injured his hip at OTA’s today.


    Ravens were already thin at pass catchers before this injury.

    Ryan Pace gets a call for Zach Miller? A 2018 5th rounder should do it.

    • I think the Ravens have 2 other TEs tho. Maxx Williams if i remember

    • willbest

      When you get thin at a position though, that seems like when you want somebody with a history of being durable. Unless you are really desperate like the Vikings and its two weeks to the season opener.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Wonder if it was of the non-contact variety?

  • Malice Halice

    Any of u guys goin to lollapollaza dis year or ever been?

    • BearDown100393

      Mitch already invited us.

    • SC Dave

      Do they have music there?

      Actually, looking at it, just FUCKING GO!

      A world event in your town?

      Just. Do. it.

      • BearDown100393

        No

        • SC Dave

          Why?

          • BearDown100393

            12 year olds don’t listen to music. They listen to noise.

          • SC Dave

            Oh… I misinterpreted. I thought it was about not going to experience “music” you’ve never seen

          • BearDown100393

            It used to be about music. Now it is about noise pollution.

          • CanadaBear

            Guess who’s getting old?????????????

          • BearDown100393

            Don’t ccccaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrreeeeeeeeeeeee! 🙂

          • CanadaBear

            Gotta give ya the gears a little bit. You would have to pay me to go. So there’s that!

          • BearDown100393

            Free bird!!!!!!!!!!

          • CanadaBear

            More like the vid. Hippie music!

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-Gv83I_v_Q

  • AlbertInTucson

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    The course is stunning but it’s far too expensive for the average city golfer.-

    Yep.

    The cost is one of the 2 reason I gave up golf DECADES ago.

    The other reason, of course, was that I pretty much sucked at it.

    Unless dinosaurs and windmills were involved.

    Last time I played, Woods were still actually made of WOOD.

    • Sactowns#1

      Agreed. I’m so-so at golf but the cost is WAY too high. So I’m going to spend $40 on green fees, $20+ on a cart, $7 a pop for beers from the beer cart etc. Ends up being almost $100 a pop and that’s at a cheap course. I’d rather go skiing or kayaking any day.

      • AlbertInTucson

        I hear THAT.

      • SC Dave

        THIS.

        Especially since both are better for your fitness.

        Btw, five days of backpacking (after buying all my shit) cost about $130 including transport and shuttle.

      • willbest

        Its expensive to keep that many acres in pristine condition.

      • Irish Sweetness

        I stopped at 17 when my junior (founding) member fees of 35 squids ended.
        Figure I got a good shake of it for ten years, but the small fortune thereafter wasn’t worth it.

        • CanadaBear

          I stopped at 28 when I was walking uphill in the rough on the 18th hole when I thought, “I’ll be glad when this is over”. By the time I got off the course I realized I thought that every time I played. I played twice more in tournaments that were part of corporate boondoggles. I might not have been the worst golfer but I was in the conversation for sure.

    • BuddhaJoe

      I disc golf instead, way cheaper and as long as you’re discreet the booze is only what you pay at the store.

  • King of DBB
    • BearDown100393

      ‘Merica

    • SC Dave

      Wait…. aren’t we supposed to feel sorry for the poor homeless?

      • willbest

        A large chunk of the homeless population isn’t mentally there.

        • SC Dave

          I get it, believe me. But it’s not their fault right?

          • willbest

            You can’t commit a crime without the proper mental state. Well unless its against the government. The government doesn’t give a flop about those common law niceties

          • CanadaBear

            Do you think mental illness isn’t real?

          • willbest

            Of course he does. Its a question of culpability.

          • SC Dave

            My post was not what i intended. All homeless are not mentally ill, and meant to refer to those.

    • Joecashflow

      N. Korea strategy by Mad Dog Maddis?

  • BuddhaJoe

    Probably too early to call it a position of strength, but it looks promising. Guess there’s nothing else to talk about right now. May as well talk politics and post boobs.

  • BearDown100393

    Jeremy Maclin cut.

    • willbest

      Gotta be a money move. I don’t recall him being bad last year.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Or he never really came back to what they signed after the injury.

        • BearDown100393

          He must have had “severe” ligament damage.

      • CanadaBear

        44 rec, 536 yds, 2 TD’s and missed 4 games with a groin injury. Chiefs will save $10 mil.

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        he was a wasted talent with Smith at QB.

    • He’s a small 2nd tier WR. We’ll ring him up soon.

  • willbest

    Anybody ever done parasailing? Seems like an awful lot of faith to put in a rope and a knot.

    • CanadaBear

      No but I’ve never heard of anyone getting hurt parasailing. That’s probably not very comforting.

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        The Parasail Safety Council reports more than 70 people have been killed and at least 1,600 injured between 1982 and 2012, out of an estimated 150 million parasail rides during those 30 years.

        • CanadaBear

          Percentage wise it looks pretty safe. Just don’t ask the 1600 injured and the 70 families of the departed.

    • beninnorcal

      Done it multiple times. Lots uf fun. If the rope breaks(not gonna happen) you would be fine anyway.

      • beninnorcal

        Now, parasailing off the bumper of a Classic Bronco on the beach in Mexico, a bit more dangerous, but also a blast.

        • CanadaBear

          This really made me smile!

      • Irish Sweetness

        Until the wind dips and you get dragged along a rock bed.

  • Elect A Clown. Expect A Circus

    Chiefs are in cap hell. They needed $4.4 million in cap space to sign their 2017 first three picks but only had $3.5 million in cap space. Releasing Maclin will give them some breathing room to sign Mahomes and company.

    But they are already over 2018 cap space by about $600k. They have to cut Alex Smith next year and start Mahomes whether he is ready or not. Aging D, wild card qb and cap hell. Looks like Chiefs window closed last year if it was ever open.

    The Chiefs will also have $2.4 million in dead money this year due to the release of Maclin, and $4.8 million in 2018. The Chiefs will still save a net of $8.6 million on the cap in 2018, which is needed; according to OverTheCap.com, the Chiefs are still over the projected 2018 salary cap of $178 million by approximately $638,000, even with Maclin’s release.

    But for the Chiefs, there are other benefits to releasing Maclin now, other than saving approximately $32 million in non-guaranteed cash — including part of a $250,000 workout bonus he won’t receive due to the timing of his release – they owed him from 2017 through 2019.

    First off, they create enough space to help sign their draft picks. Salary cap expert Joel Corry said the Chiefs’ top three 2017 draft picks — quarterback Patrick Mahomes II, defensive end Tanoh Kpassagnon and running back Kareem Hunt — should take up approximately $4.4 million in 2017 cap space, and the Chiefs only had $3.5 million prior to the move. Those three, by the way, remain unsigned.

    http://www.kansascity.com/sports/nfl/kansas-city-chiefs/article154154359.html

    • willbest

      They were unsigned because you aren’t allowed to be over the cap during the league year

      • Elect A Clown. Expect A Circus

        Captain Obvious, is that you??

    • Malice Halice

      Ok, we need to drop somebody and grab that guy! That’s WAYY too much fuckin talent to let go. I like our WR unit but shiiiiid, white, cam, and Cruz can move aside for him. I know pace want him

      • Bender McLugh

        why did Chiefs release Maclin?

        • Irish Sweetness

          Cash problems, and we need to jump all over that.

      • Irish Sweetness

        But who to drop? The one who hasn’t earned their stripes is White.

        Cam’s a good receiver. Wheaton’s the burner/deep guy. Wright and Cruz in the slot. Bellamy gets an extra vote because of ST. If you want Maclin then White might actually get cut …. then get picked up and have a great career elsewhere, like the first rounder he is.

    • Maclin’s coming off an inj and HORRIBLE stats.

      Pace doesn’t seem like the type to throw $5M+ to an FA coming off a yr like that.

      I think Mac will go to the Bills or some other team in the AFC.

      • AlbertInTucson

        LeShon McCoy agrees with you.

  • Bender McLugh

    Maclin worth snagging?

    • AlbertInTucson

      I would think he would be shopping for a spot on a contender.

      • willbest

        Going to New England for vet min cause the Chiefs are paying him anyway, so it makes no difference.

        • AlbertInTucson

          The rich get richer.

          • willbest

            Sorry that was a prediction not a news statement

          • AlbertInTucson

            Makes perfect sense.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Or … is Maclin worth shagging … if you were a lady … or a wee gay person (NTTAWWT).

      And the answer has to be ab-so-fucking-lutely.

      To signing him … not engaging in any booty-related shennanigans.

      • AlbertInTucson

        NFL Net quotes LeShon McCoy saying “Don’t be surprised…” if Maclin signs with the Bills.

        Are the Bills contender?

        • BearDown100393

          Bills are always a contender.
          For the top draft pick.

  • Elect A Clown. Expect A Circus

    Ravens TE situation:

    #1 TE: Dennis Pitta – Career-ending hip injury 2 days ago.
    #2 TE: Ben Watson – Recovering from torn Achilles
    #3 TE Maxx Williams – underwent offseason knee surgery never before tried on an NFL player.

    I bet they regret letting Daniel Brown go last November and if Bears release Brown they will pick him up in no time.

    • SC Dave

      Wow… career ending hip injury. Did he Bo himself?

      • It was non-contact, and his 3rd on the same hip, methinks, so pretty much his career’s over.

        The Ravens have always been banking on Max Williams, but he too had some mysterious “unprecedented” surgery .

        I doubt the Ravens will trade for a TE this early. Teams tend to see the cuts first. Never know.

        Some teams are cap crunched (like the Chiefs)

        • AlbertInTucson

          I figured it was non-contact, what with it being OTAs.

        • SC Dave

          I read about Pitta and it is rather ugly, eh? Seems the first one never quite healed.

          Was wondering about his financial picture, but he signed for $16M guaranteed, so I don’t feel so bad for him now. Seems a lot for two solid seasons, but the league is a crapshoot for the owners too in the sense of players’ careers and what they pay for them.

  • Some Howard news. Let’s hope this weight change doesn’t affect him like Langford.

    According to the Chicago Sun-Times’ Adam Jahns, Jordan Howard is “noticeably slimmer” than he was as a rookie.

    This is our first blurb on Howard since last Week 17, which isn’t very much pub for last year’s No. 2 rusher. Howard has completely changed his diet heading into 2017 and wants to play around 225 pounds after being at 230 as a rookie. “I don’t want to come off the field as much,” Howard said. “I feel like some people might feel like I might have been just a one-year wonder. That’s motivation to keep coming out here and working and improving my game.” Howard is currently being drafted in the early-to-middle second round of fantasy drafts as the overall RB6. – Roto

    • willbest

      You shouldn’t be able to notice the difference between 230 and 225

      • LeVeon Bell slimmed down and that’s when he really exploded.

        Then again, he seemed to become more inj prone. Always pros and cons.

        As long as Howard feels/runs natural, all that matters.

        He’ll likely get spelled a lot more now with Benny and Cohen on board, which should make him more powerful down the stretch.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Have to like the attitude.

      • Thought the same.
        He seems self-motivated with a chip on his shoulder. Exactly what we need more of.

      • SC Dave

        Glennon will make 23x the money Howard is getting.

        Bears better extend that kid early.

    • BearDown100393

      Howard is the least of the Bears issues.

  • leftcoastdave

    I love seeing clowns say that the president doesn’t represent us.

    Gee, they do not understand our system of government?

    Like, Barry O didn’t represent the people who believed that he was little more than a well trained monkey?

    But, of course, that’s different . . . somehow.

    Yea, I guess Gorbal warming, oops, now it’s climate change since the planet is no longer warming, yea, that’s it, climate change is more of a danger to “the planet” than Muslim terrorism.

    Yep. A real threat. Just ask those “scientists” sucking at the guvamint tit. Between slurps, and burps, they’ll tell you how much of a threat it really is.

    • BearDown100393

      Mitch Trubisky is proud to say Barack Obama was his President and Donald Trump is now his President.

      Now he would just like to go about focusing on the playbook and getting reps.

  • BerwynBomber

    Surprised no team has picked up Porter yet … pending a physical of course. In our own division, GB is desperate for CB help, and Porter had a game-saving INT against Rodgers at Lambeau a couple of years back. The # of guys who have done that the last 10 years can be counted on half a hand.

  • Irish Sweetness

    DaBearsBlog‏ @dabearsblog 12h12 hours ago
    Got asked who my 5 favorite golfers ever are. Could only count those I saw play. Answer: Tiger, Trevino, Tom Watson, Payne Stewart, DJ

    > Dude. Seve didn’t do it for you?

    Fave five: Jack Nicklaus, Arnold, Seve, Tom Watson, Bernard alnger.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      HAPPY GILMORE!!!!

    • BearDown100393

      Don’t caaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

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