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With New Deal, Marshall Intent On Retiring A Bear- Brandon Marshall will be around at least four more years in a Chicago Bears uniform, and maybe even more than that in his mind.

“They’re going to have to rip the jersey off of my back,” Marshall said. “Coming in, I always said I wanted to play 14 years. That was my goal. But maybe (I get to) 36 (years old). Who knows? ... Maybe with modern medicine and all this new technology, I can potentially play (for 20 years). But I’ve had three hip surgeries. I’m just asking for six more.” (Dan Wiederer; Chicago Tribune)

Bears Smart To Lock Up Brandon Marshall, But Move Is Not Without Risk- The Marshall contract was pretty much a no-brainer for Phil Emery to get done, but that doesn't mean there aren't risks with the signing as well. (Matt Eurich; Bleacher Report)

Marshall Extension The Ultimate Risk-Reward For Emery And The Bears (Mike Burzawa; Bear Goggles On)

Bears Needed To Bring Back Rock On Offense- Michael C. Wright writes why the Bears had no choice but to lock up Marshall. (Michael C. Wright; ESPN Chicago)

Marshall Impressed With Bears' Offseason- Marshall, like most of us, has been very impressed with what the moves Phil Emery has made this offseason.

"Phil Emery and the guys upstairs have done an amazing job, not just this year, but also last year," Marshall said Tuesday on "The Carmen & Jurko Show" on ESPN Chicago 1000. "What they've done on the offensive side and how they revamped the offensive line in one draft and one free agency [is impressive]. Now they are doing the same on the defensive side." (Michael C. Wright; ESPN Chicago)

Cutler, Marshall Deals Lock In Changing 'Face' Of Franchise- (John Mullin; CSN Chicago)

Brandon Marshall Talks Career Goals- "I'm trying to pass Cris Carter in everything. I don't think I have it in me to go for Jerry [Rice]. That's 20 years I would have to play. Maybe with modern medicine and all this new technology, I could potentially play that long, but I've had three hip surgeries. I'm just asking for six more [years in the league]." (Jeff Dickerson; ESPN Chicago)

Brandon Marshall Fine Continuing NFL's Disgraceful Treatment Of Mental Illness- Must-read piece here from Jeff Hughes. (Jeff Hughes; Da Bears Blog)

Alshon Jeffery Is On Deck For A Big Deal- Alshon Jeffery is eligible for a new contract after the 2014 season, and is set to be a free-agent after the 2015 season. It's hard to see any chance the Bears let their young star receiver get away, but they're likely going to have pay him a pretty hefty contract. (Mike Florio; Pro Football Talk)

Super Bowl Window Open Now For Bears (John Mullin; CSN Chicago)

Early Projections For The Bears' Final 53-Man Roster- Matt Eurich projects the Bears' 53-man roster. The only player (as he and I already talked about) that I think should be on these projections at the moment that isn't, is kick returner Chris Williams. Phil Emery spoke highly of Williams on the radio on Monday. (Matt Eurich; Bleacher Report)

Projected Chicago Bears 2014 Starters- (Gregg Rosenthal; NFL.Com)

What Offseason Moves Are Next For The Bears With The Draft Complete- (Ross Read; Bleacher Report)

'More Physical' Rookie Camp Leaves Bears Upbeat- (John Mullin; CSN Chicago)

Bears Sign Rookies Perry, Trice- The Bears signed Louisville running back Senorise Perry and North Texas safety Marcus Trice after the two players impressed on a tryout basis at rookie minicamp. (Larry Mayer; ChicagoBears.Com)

Emery: Greater Value At CB Over S- One of the many reasons the Bears liked cornerback Kyle Fuller over safeties such as Calvin Pryor and HaHa Clinton-Dix was the greater value cornerbacks have in the NFL over safeties.

“You can’t lose sight that as a league, the corner position is more valued,” Emery said. “There was a number of top safety contracts recently signed: Jairus Byrd, Earl Thomas, Donte Whitner and T.J. Ward. Look at those contracts versus the top cornerback contracts recently signed: Richard Sherman, Aqib Talib, Sam Shields and Joe Haden. On the average, those deals for cornerbacks are much higher, starting on average per year from $10 million to $14 million. The range for safeties is about $7 million to $10 million on the very top end. 

"Cornerbacks have always been more valued than safeties, so you always have to look at the value of the position. You also have to look at who you play and at the league as a whole. A good portion of the time your third cornerback is a starter. There were times last year the nickel cornerback played 70 to 80 percent of the snaps. We look at the nickel as a versatile player that can play inside, outside and cover tight ends, running backs and wideouts. We definitely knew we would get the rep value when we took Kyle Fuller. For us, that was the best player for the Bears.” (Jeff Dickerson; ESPN Chicago)

Fales To Push For No. 2 Job, Eventually- (Larry Mayer; Chicago Bears.Com)

Jordan Palmer First In Line As Bears' Backup QB- Marc Trestman told Jordan Palmer that the quarterback will have the first shot up (ahead of rookie David Fales) at being Jay Cutler's backup(Adam L. Jahns; Chicago Sun-Times)

Jordan Lynch Embraces Change To Running Back. Will He Make Bears Roster?- Jordan Lynch is not an NFL quarterback, and he immediately accepted that, signing as a running back with the Bears as an undrafted free agent right after the draft ended on Saturday. You have to certainly respect that after players like Tim Tebow have been in denial about their (lack of) abilities as an NFL quarterback, and rejected opportunities to try to make NFL rosters at other positions.  (Jeff Hughes; Da Bears Blog)

Pass-Protection Next Thing On Jordan Lynch's To-Learn List- Pass-protection is one of the most important areas Jordan Lynch will have to impress at in order to make the Bears' 53-man roster.  (Adam L. Jahns; Chicago Sun-Times)

Ka'Deem Carey Poised To Be Matt Forte's Understudy With Bears- (Patrick Finley; Chicago Sun-Times)

Rookie Punter Shows Strong Leg- Pat O'Donnell was booming punts at rookie minicamp. (Larry Mayer; ChicagoBears.Com)

Christian Jones Fueled By Draft Snub- While Jordan Lynch gets most of the talk for the Bears' 2014 undrafted free agent class, Christian Jones is probably the top prospect of the group. The Florida State linebacker was projected to be a second or third-round pick before failing a drug test at the Combine. And he's ready to show teams that they made a mistake in not selecting him in the draft. (Larry Mayer; ChicagoBears.Com)

DeCamillis: Mannelly's Future Unknown- Patrick Mannelly, 39, has been a Chicago Bear more than any player in franchise history. But, following hip surgery (and of course with his age), the perennial long snapper and perennial Bears special teams captain isn't sure if he wants to play in 2014. (Jeff Dickerson; ESPN Chicago)

Aaron Kromer's Role Expanding In 2014 (Sam Householder; Windy City Gridiron)

Bears LB Coach Reggie Herring Tackles Problem At Position (Adam L. Jahns; Chicago Sun-Times)

Yes, Of Course Phil Emery Uses Lil Wayne To Inspire His Staff- Hahahahaha, Phil. (670 The Score)

Audio: Phil Emery On With 'Mully & Hanley' (670 The Score)

Audio: Phil Emery On With 'Carmen & Jurko (ESPN Radio 1000)

Video Of The Day

Highlights of the Bears' spectacular wide receiving duo that is together for at least two more years (and likely at least four, assuming No. 17 signs an extension eventually), Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery:


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By now, you're likely aware of the three-year, $30 million contract extension signed by Brandon Marshall on Monday, which will keep the star 30-year-old wide receiver in a Chicago Bears uniform through 2018. The contract includes $23 million guaranteed.

Well, Marshall actually first (surprisingly) announced and signed the deal live on The View on Monday afternoon, and also announced he was making a $1 million pledge to the mental health community.

Check it out (I recommend the whole video but skip to the 4:15 mark if you just want to see the contract announcement):


Awesome stuff from No. 15.

As for my reaction to the contract, it's 12:45 AM here in Colorado and frankly I'm too tired to do a big write-up on it right now, so I'll just share my tweets from earlier on the topic:




To summarize: It was an absolute no-brainer of a deal for Bears general manager Phil Emery to make happen. It was never really a matter of -if- Marshall would sign a contract extension, but -when-. Both sides had every reason to make it happen and Marshall made it clear in the last few months that a deal would likely get done before he had a chance to reach free agency. But, it's definitely nice to finally get that out of the way, and nice to know that the key pieces to the Bears' explosive offense will be around for a while.

We'll have more reaction to Marshall's contract in a link dump later on in the day.

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Just five days after the 2014 NFL Draft ended, the Chicago Bears have their entire draft class signed.

The Bears signed Arizona State defensive tackle Will Sutton (third-round pick) to a four-deal on Thursday, making them the first NFL team to have their full 2014 draft class under contract.


Contracts for NFL draft picks are preset by draft position these days, so it shouldn't be difficult to get the contracts done, and Bears cap guru Cliff Stein didn't want to waste any time. The team signed first-round pick Kyle Fuller to a four-deal on Wednesday, leaving Sutton as the only remaining unsigned pick, and they took care of Sutton's deal quickly the next morning.

You can read much more about Will Sutton (including watch video highlights) here. Oh, and Phil Emery appeared on ESPN Radio 1000 on Thursday, reiterating that the team would like Sutton at 285-295 pounds, the weight he was dominant at with 13.5 sacks as a Junior at Arizona State.

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The Chicago Bears announced on Wednesday that they have agreed to terms with first-round pick Kyle Fuller (cornerback, Virginia Tech) on a four-year deal. The deal includes a fifth-year option:
Brad Biggs tweeted on Monday that Bears cap wizard Cliff Stein was hoping to get the contracts done with the draftees this week, and sure enough just four days after the draft concluded, the team has already signed seven of their eight draft picks.

On Monday, the Bears signed fourth-round pick Brock Vereen (safety, Minnesota) and sixth-round pick David Fales (quarterback, San Jose State), and on Tuesday, they signed second-round pick Ego Ferguson (defensive tackle, LSU), fourth-round pick Ka'Deem Carey (running back, Arizona), sixth-round pick Pat O'Donnell (punter, Miami), and seventh-round pick Charles Leno Jr. (offensive tackle, Boise State). Arizona State defensive tackle Will Sutton is the only pick that remains unsigned, but expect Stein to hammer out that deal soon with the third-round pick.

The Bears were the first team to sign any draft picks, and they're now the first team to sign their first-round pick.

You can read more about Fuller, the 14th overall selection, in our reaction (including the scouting report, and links to more articles on him) to the pick.

And you can see what Fuller brings to the table in these videos:



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The 2014 NFL Draft concluded just two days ago, but already the Chicago Bears have signed two players from their draft class.

The Bears announced on Monday night that Minnesota safety Brock Vereen and David Fales have agreed to four-year deals:


As NFL Network's Albert Breer immediately pointed out, that makes the Bears the first team to sign draft picks from the 2014 class:


670 The Score's contract guru Dan Durkin estimated the financials on the contracts:


The Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs added that agents said over the weekend that Bears salary cap wizard Cliff Stein was hoping to get draft picks deals done quickly, and so expect more of them to sign soon:


For much more on Vereen and Fales, read our reaction post to the Bears' day three picks (with videos and links to more articles about them).

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