Previewing the 2014 Chicago Bears Schedule Release

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Head coach Marc Trestman was a revelation for the Chicago Bears in 2014, getting great player out of the offense as a whole and somehow still earning wins with backup quarterback Josh McCown. McCown is gone now, but Trestman is now in year two in his bid to get the Bears further in the playoffs since the early days of Lovie Smith.

The Chicago Bears schedule may have something to say about it, though, as they try to improve on their 3-5 road record of a week ago. In order to do so, they’ll try to get the better of the Falcons, Panthers, 49ers, Patriots and Jets. All potential playoff teams in 2014, the Bears look to have their hands full on the road.

This year they’ll take on the Saints, Buccaneers, Cowboys, Bills and Dolphins at home. The Bears should be able to take care of business against the Bucs, Bills and Fins, but could have trouble with the Cowboys and Saints.

All 2014 Opponents

Home: Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins

Away: Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots, New York Jets

For a look at all team’s 2014 match-ups, click here.

Bears add Hixon, Young

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Written By: Florida Bengal

The Chicago Bears continued their high volume of activity in free agency Thursday adding former Panthers wide receiver Domenik Hixon and former Lions defensive end Willie Young to their 2014 free agent class.

Chicago, on Tuesday, signed former Raiders defensive end Lamarr Houston to a five-year, $35 million deal and former Giants safety Ryan Mundy to a two-year contract. On Wednesday, they added another safety in M.D. Jennings, who signed a one-year deal after starting 16 games for the Packers in 2013.

Young will join Houston on the defensive front after spending four years in Detroit and recording six sacks. He started 15 games a season ago for the Lions.

Hixon left the Giants for the Panthers last season and caught just seven passes for 55 yards and a touchdown in 15 games.  He has experience as a kick and punt returner, two spots that are open with the departure of Devin Hester.

Bears Come To Terms With C Taylor Boggs And Safety Derrick Martin

Taylor Boggs

Two weeks before the opening of free agency, the Bears signed two of their own to one-year contracts Monday, agreeing to new deals with center Taylor Boggs and safety Derrick Martin, Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Boggs, who joined the Bears last season after spending two years with the Jets, was an exclusive rights free agent and spent last season developing behind starter Roberto Garza.

Martin, meanwhile, is headed for his ninth NFL season after previous stops with the Ravens, Packers, Giants and Patriots. He joined the Bears in midseason last fall and was used as a special teams player.

Tillman Says He’s Not Interested In Playing Safety “Anywhere”

Charles Tillman

Bears cornerback and pending free agent Charles Tillman is still patiently playing the waiting game, CBS Chicago reports.

In an interview with The McNeil and Spiegel Show on 670 The Score on Wednesday morning, Tillman said he still doesn’t have an inkling of whether he’ll be back in Chicago next season.

Free agency opens March 12, and whether the Bears will re-sign Tillman as he approaches his age 33 season has been a hot topic after the team allowed the most yards and points in franchise history last season.

“My gut is I will be on an NFL team next year,” Tillman said. “Everyone knows how the process works. It’s a business. If I’m here, sweet. If I’m not, that’s business … There’s no hard feelings. I love Chicago. Chicago’s been nothing but great — great owners, great organization, great teammates.”

Tillman downplayed the idea that he may have an impression that the Bears don’t want him back.

“No, I don’t think that’s the case,” Tillman said. “I don’t think that they don’t want me back. Hell, I know they want me back. I think it’s a matter of finances and everything working out.”

Tillman also added he has no plans to switch positions, regardless of his destination.

“I don’t want to play safety anywhere,” Tillman said

Bears Sign Free Agent DE Austen Lane

Austen Lane

The Bears on Monday signed free-agent defensive end Austen Lane, his agent tweeted, reuniting him with defensive coordinator Mel Tucker, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports. The Bears confirmed that Lane was signed to a one-year deal.

Lane played for the Jaguars from 2010-12, when Tucker was the defensive coordinator there. The Jaguars’ fifth-round pick in 2010 has three sacks in 30 career games.

He played in two games for the Lions last November, but the Lions released him, making him available before the unrestricted free agency period begins March 11.

Jordan Palmer Playing Coach to Rookie Quarterbacks

Coaching may be in the future of free agent QB Jordan Palmer

Quarterback Jordan Palmer has never started an NFL game in his five-year career but has spent time on many rosters. Palmer has been with the Bengals, Redskins, Jaguars and Bears. Although the 29-year-old career back up hopes to find a spot on an NFL roster in 2014, it is not stopping him from being a quarterback coach at a pre-draft camp in Carlsbad, California.

The most notable prospect attending the camp is UCF’s Blake Bortles. Bortles’ stock has already been on the rise since the end of the 2013 college season and is now projected as a potential early, first round selection. Bortles will be performing at the NFL Scouting Combine late this February with the quarterbacks.

“I played in five NFL offenses and learned five systems,” Palmer told the Chicago Tribune. “I have taken the universal concepts, universal protections and formations that you will find in any NFL offense, and I built an offense. I am installing it, not just to learn the offense, but to teach them how to learn an offense. What you don’t do when you are learning an offense is stare at the playbook and try to memorize it.”

The other quarterback prospects that are attending the camp are Wyoming’s Brett Smith and Washington’s Keith Price. All the steps that they are learning are critical before the NFL Scouting Combine when NFL teams will interview each prospect attending.

As for Palmer, will he get a job on an NFL roster? Or will Jordan Palmer the player, become Jordan Palmer the coach?

Brandon Sweeney is Co-Editor of the Gab Network. Follow him on Twitter @NFLNSTUFF, Like him on Facebook , add him to Google+, and Trust him on Sulia.

Who Is On Your Mount Rushmore Of The Chicago Bears?

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Recently a lot has been made about ESPN’s interesting chat about who would be on various Mount Rushmore of professional sports leagues.

You know Mount Rushmore right – that National monument sculpture carved into the granite face of a mountain near Keystone, South Dakota. (Yes we looked it up on Wikipedia).

So today we throw out the question to our fan base – what Bears would make your ‘Mount Rushmore of the Chicago Bears.’?

Now of course right off the bat you would have to make sure a spot is saved for George Halas – Bears coach and owner who is regarded as the all-time heart and soul of the Bears organization.

While Halas is the George Washington, that leaves three spots left, and that’s where our loyal readers and fan base come in to play.

Let’s leave comments about the three spots and come up with our own ‘Mount Rushmore Of the Chicago Bears.’

So many names, so few spots.

Let’s hear from you Bears fans – four names – one monument.

2014 NFL Free Agents – Bears Have $796,726 Of Cap Space

Washington Redskins v New York Giants

Unrestricted Free Agents

Quarterbacks

Derek Anderson CAR
Jimmy Clausen CAR
Josh McCown CHI
Jordan Palmer CHI
Jon Kitna DAL
Shaun Hill DET
Matt Flynn GB
Chad Henne JAX
Josh Freeman MIN
Luke McCown NO
Curtis Painter NYG
David Garrard NYJ
Michael Vick PHI
Charlie Whitehurst SD
Tarvaris Jackson SEA
Colt McCoy SF
Kellen Clemens STL
Brady Quinn STL
Dan Orlovsky TB
Rusty Smith TEN
Rex Grossman WAS

Running backs

Rashard Mendenhall ARI
Bernard Scott BAL
Willis McGahee CLE
George Winn DAL
Knowshon Moreno DEN
Kahlil Bell GB
James Starks GB
Ray Graham HOU
Jonathan Grimes HOU
Deji Karim HOU
Chad Spann HOU
Ben Tate HOU
Ahmad Bradshaw IND
Donald Brown IND
Tashard Choice IND
Tauren Poole IND
Delone Carter JAX
Maurice Jones-Drew JAX
Toby Gerhart MIN
LeGarrette Blount NE
Andre Brown NYG
Peyton Hillis NYG
Darius Reynaud NYJ
Rashad Jennings OAK
Darren McFadden OAK
Jonathan Dwyer PIT
Felix Jones PIT
La’Rod Stephens-Howling PIT
Ronnie Brown SD
Anthony Dixon SF
Spencer Larsen TB
Brian Leonard TB
Jackie Battle TEN
Leon Washington TEN

Fullbacks

John Kuhn GB
Lex Hilliard NYJ
Chris Gronkowski SD
Michael Robinson SEA
Erik Lorig TB
Greg Jones TEN

Wide receivers

Andre Roberts ARI
Jacoby Jones BAL
Brandon Stokley BAL
Brandon Kaufman BUF
Ted Ginn CAR
Domenik Hixon CAR
Brandon LaFell CAR
Devin Hester CHI
Brandon Tate CIN
Andre Caldwell DEN
Eric Decker DEN
Kevin Ogletree DET
Micheal Spurlock DET
James Jones GB
Deion Branch IND
Darrius Heyward-Bey IND
Josh Lenz IND
Taylor Price JAX
Kyle Williams KC
Terrance Cooper KC
Chad Hall KC
Jerrell Jackson KC
Dexter McCluster KC
Marlon Moore MIA
Jerome Simpson MIN
Joe Webb MIN
Austin Collie NE
Julian Edelman NE
Robert Meachem NO
Louis Murphy NYG
Hakeem Nicks NYG
Julian Talley NYG
Josh Cribbs NYJ
Jacoby Ford OAK
Riley Cooper PHI
Jeremy Maclin PHI
Plaxico Burress PIT
Jerricho Cotchery PIT
Emmanuel Sanders PIT
Seyi Ajirotutu SD
Danario Alexander SD
Lavelle Hawkins SD
Arceto Clark SEA
Golden Tate SEA
Bryan Walters SEA
Anquan Boldin SF
Mario Manningham SF
Kassim Osgood SF
Adam Henry STL
Tiquan Underwood TB
Kenny Britt TEN
Marc Mariani TEN
Kevin Walter TEN
Damian Williams TEN
Dezmon Briscoe WAS
Josh Morgan WAS
Santana Moss WAS

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