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Another coaching job for John Fox? He's reportedly mulling offers for 2018

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Another coaching job for John Fox? He's reportedly mulling offers for 2018

Could former Bears' head coach John Fox be back in the NFL for the 2018 season?

FOX NFL Insider Jay Glazer spoke with WGN Radio's Adam Hoge on Thursday. While Glazer is not sure if Fox will coach again, he says Fox is mulling over coaching offers.

"He's gotten some offers to be senior defensive assistant, things like that," Glazer said. "I don't know if he's going to jump into the media side of it. He's kind of mulling some offers whether or not he wants to coach.

"The coaching bug is not out of him yet."

Fox, who will turn 63 on Feb. 8, has 16 years of NFL head coaching experience in a coaching career that dates back to 1978. While his head coaching record stands at a respectable 133-123, Fox's tenure with the Bears was not as successful.

From 2015-2017, Fox's Bears went a woeful 14-34, finishing fourth in the NFC North each season. The Bears finished 1-5, 2-4 and 0-6, respectively, against conference opponents in the three-year span, including an abysmal 1-5 against the rival Green Bay Packers.

Known as a defensive coach, Fox's teams have ranked in the top 10 for total yards allowed on eight occassions (2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009 with the Panthers, 2012 and 2014 with the Broncos, 2017 with the Bears). One would think he could bolster any coaching staff as a defensive assistant, at the very least.

While the Bears obviously made no trips to the playoffs under Fox, their defense became a true strength at the end of his tenure. If given the chance, Fox could be a solid addition to another NFL team's coaching staff for 2018 and beyond.

Report: NFL, NFLPA close to signing updated CBA with COVID-19 conditions

Report: NFL, NFLPA close to signing updated CBA with COVID-19 conditions

The NFL could be one step closer to returning, soon. According to Ian Rapoport, the NFL and NFLPA are close to signing their updated collective bargaining agreement for playing in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The two sides agreed to a new CBA back in March but came back to the table to revise after the global pandemic hit the United States hard.

This news comes after the NFLPA player representatives voted 29-3 in favor of the changes on Friday.

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The new deal allows for 16-man practice squads, no preseason games for 2020, and high-risk and voluntary opt-outs for players. According to Tom Pelissero, high-risk players who opt out will receive a $350,000 stipend. Voluntary opt-outs for non-high-risk players will receive a $150,000 salary advance. Contracts will toll in each case, meaning it will be treated as a regular year of service time.

According to Ian Rapoport, training camp will now include a 20-day ramp-up period with no more than 14 padded practices.

In addition, Rapoport reports that rosters will need to be trimmed down to 80 players by Aug. 16, and no more than 80 people will be allowed in team buildings at a time.

"The NFL clubs and the NFL Players Association approved an agreement that broadly resolves all outstanding issues relating to the opening of training camps and start of the 2020 season," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. "Training camps will begin as scheduled.

"We have worked collaboratively to develop a comprehensive set of protocols designed to minimize risk for fans, players, and club and league personnel. These plans have been guided by the medical directors of the NFL and the NFLPA and have been reviewed and endorsed by independent medical and public health experts, including the CDC, and many state and local public health officials.

“The season will undoubtedly present new and additional challenges, but we are committed to playing a safe and complete 2020 season, culminating with the Super Bowl."


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COVID-19 concerns cause Bears' Jordan Lucas to opt-out of 2020 NFL season

COVID-19 concerns cause Bears' Jordan Lucas to opt-out of 2020 NFL season

The Bears announced a handful of moves on Monday morning, with the most notable being that safety Jordan Lucas has decided to opt-out of the 2020 NFL season. 

Lucas is the second player on the roster to opt-out, along with defensive tackle Eddie Goldman. The safety signed as a free agent back in March, having previously spent time mostly as a special teams guy for the Dolphins and Chiefs. 

Additionally, the team announced that defensive tackle John Jenkins and tight end Eric Saubert have both been taken off the reserve/COVID-19 list. Jenkins will be tasked with filling much of the role that Goldman's absence creates. 

Lastly, the team waived offensive lineman Dino Boyd. An undrafted free agent who originally signed with Kansas City in 2019, Boyd spent the final seven weeks of 2019 as a member of the Bears' practice squad.