After the Bears agreed to a deal with Allen Robinson in the wee hours of Tuesday morning, the NFL rumor mill continues to churn...
9:00 p.m. update
CB Prince Amukamara
The news: His deal is worth $27 million over three years
Source tells me Prince Amukamara's new deal with the Bears will be for three years and $27 million.— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) March 14, 2018
Amukamara gets the multi-year deal he wanted after playing on one-year deals in each of the last two seasons. Amukamara made $7 million in 2017, so he gets a pay raise in terms of average annual value. Around $18 million of his contract is guaranteed, too:
I was told the guarantee was in the $18 million range. https://t.co/SgzkSMQYHD— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) March 14, 2018
That's a lot of money to tie up in a cornerback to then draft a cornerback in April, presuming the Bears don't surprisingly lose Kyle Fuller to an outlandish offer sheet.
7:45 p.m. update
CB Prince Amukamara
The news: Will re-sign with the Bears
Source: The Bears are re-signing CB Prince Amukamara. Former Giants first-rounder back in Chicago for a second season. https://t.co/RmuKcsFETf— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) March 14, 2018
This isn't surprising given the Bears probably didn't want to pay $22-$25 million in 2018 for their two starting cornerbacks (few, if any teams, would want to do that). Amukamara was solid, if not spectacular, in 2017: He didn't pick off any passes, but he wasn't targeted as frequently as Kyle Fuller was. His veteran leadership resonates in the Bears' defensive backs room, too.
QB Mike Glennon
The news: Will sign with the Arizona Cardinals
This can't happen until the new league year begins and the Bears release Glennon. The Bears will face the Cardinals in 2018, but with Sam Bradford signed to a one-year deal and the possibility of Arizona drafting a quarterback this year, chances are Glennon won't get a shot at facing his former team.
6:20 p.m. update
CB Trumaine Johnson
The news: Will sign with the New York Jets
CB Trumaine Johnson intends to sign with the NY Jets, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2018
CB Malcolm Butler
The news: Will sign with the Tennessee Titans
The #Titans are signing CB Malcolm Butler on a 5-year contract worth more than $61M with more than $30M guaranteed, source said. Wow.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 13, 2018
Johnson will get $15 million annually from the Jets, while Butler will get a little over $12 million from the Titans with a good chunk of that contract guaranteed. It'll be interesting if Kyle Fuller uses either of these contracts as a baseline for what he wants in a long-term deal, or if the Bears would rather use Bashaud Breeland's contract as a starting point:
Numbers on new Panthers CB Bashaud Breeland: three years, $24 million, with $11 million in guarantees, sources say.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 13, 2018
More likely is Fuller's deal trending toward Butler, but not as high as Johnson. Either way, the top cornerbacks on the market are taken, so a team that missed out on one could approach Fuller with an offer sheet that would further help set his market. Expect the Bears to look for a less-expensive option to pair with Fuller -- reuniting with Prince Amukamara could make some sense -- and then possibly use a top draft pick on a cornerback in April.
3:20 p.m. update
WR Taylor Gabriel
The news: Will sign a four-year deal with the Bears
Taylor Gabriel expected to sign with the Chicago Bears on a 4 year deal. per source.— Andrew Hawkins (@Hawk) March 13, 2018
Taylor Gabriel is my source. #ThomaHawk
The speedy 5-foot-8, 167 pound Gabriel fills the Bears' need for a slot receiver. He exploded for 579 yards and six touchdowns with 35 catches as part of the Atlanta Falcons' Super Bowl run in 2016, but tailed off a bit last year (33 catches, 378 yards, 1 TD). Perhaps worth noting is Gabriel's big year in Atlanta came when he played a little over 40 percent of the Falcons' snaps, as opposed to over 50 percent in 2017. Perhaps Matt Nagy can find a way to dynamically interchange him and Tarik Cohen in the offense to keep both players fresh and at their best. That's an exciting possibility.
TE Jimmy Graham
The news: Will sign with the Green Bay Packers
Packers intend to sign TE Jimmy Graham to a three-year deal, sources tell ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2018
The NFC North arms race just got another jolt, with the Packers landing the 31-year-old Graham, who caught 10 touchdowns last year for the Seattle Seahawks. But as part of signing Graham, the Jordy Nelson era is over in Green Bay:
Packers are releasing WR Jordy Nelson, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2018
CB Bashaud Breeland
The news: Will sign with the Carolina Panthers
The money for Breeland, perhaps more than Aaron Colvin, will go a long way toward setting the market for a contract extension for Kyle Fuller. We'll see what that is.
2:30 p.m. update
CB Aaron Colvin
The news: Will sign a four-year deal with the Houston Texans
Former Jaguars' CB Aaron Colvin intends to sign a 4-year deal with the Houston Texans, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2018
This is the first concrete movement we've seen on the cornerback market besides some rumors linking Malcolm Butler to the Detroit Lions on Monday. Colvin was a part of that elite Jacksonville defense in 2017 as a nickel corner, but there were some concerns his strong season was more due to the level of talent around him. What the value of his contract is could be a determinant for what Kyle Fuller's market value is as an outside guy, as well as the other top corners in this year's free agent class.
WR Marqise Lee
The news: Will re-sign with the Jacksonville Jaguars
Jaguars are giving WR Marqise Lee a four-year deal with a max value of $38 million, including $18M guaranteed, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2018
Another receiver goes off the board, though like with Richardson, it was unlikely the Bears were going to sign Lee and pay Allen Robinson, Trey Burton and Cameron Meredith.
12:30 p.m. update
LB Christian Jones
The news: His contract is worth $7.75 million over two years
This may have been more money than the Bears were willing to commit to a guy who may not have had a starting role on the 2018 team. Good for Jones, though, for cashing in on his strong play the last few years.
WR Paul Richardson
The news: Will sign a four-year, $50 million deal with Washington
Redskins are expected to sign WR Paul Richardson to a five-year, $40 million deal with $20 million in guarantees, sources say.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 13, 2018
RIchardson is a burner who averaged 16 yards per reception and caught six touchdowns last year for the Seattle Seahawks, and the soon-to-be 26-year-old has upside. The Bears were unlikely to sign Richardson if this was his market, though, meaning they'd be committing about $30 million in 2018 to three free agent pass-catchers, as well as some cash to restricted free agent Cameron Meredith.
QB Sam Bradford
The news: Will sign a one-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals
Cardinals QB-to-be Sam Bradford's one-year, $20 million deal, with a $20 million option for 2019, keeps AZ in the running for a QB in the draft, and gives the team control for another year if Bradford stays healthy and produces.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 13, 2018
This doesn't take Arizona out of the market to trade up in April's draft and pick a quarterback. It could be a competitive market to move up with the Buffalo Bills, which would benefit the Bears either in their ability to trade down from No. 8 or their ability to get the guy they want (Quenton Nelson? Tremaine Edmunds? Denzel Ward? Josh Jackson?) at No. 8.
A league source tells Yahoo Sports the Buffalo #Bills will explore trade scenarios to move into the top five picks in the #NFL draft (QB-needy #Jets hold 6th pick). Talks are expected to materialize after first week of free agency and intensify at the Orlando owner's meetings.— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) March 13, 2018
11:25 a.m. update
LB Christian Jones
The news: Will sign a two-year deal with the Detroit Lions
Former Bears’ LB Christian Jones plans to sign a two-year deal with the Lions, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2018
It's a little surprising the Bears didn't retain Jones, who proved to be a solid player with good knowledge of Vic Fangio's defense over the last few years. Perhaps the Bears want to move forward with Nick Kwiatkoski as a starter next to Danny Trevathan at inside linebacker, or will target an inside linebacker like Virginia Tech's Tremaine Edmunds or Georgia's Roquan Smith in the NFL Draft next month. For Jones, he'll stay in the division and will join outside linebacker Devon Kennard in Matt Patricia's defense:
QB Mike Glennon
The report: He could wind up in Arizona after the Bears release him
That is true. https://t.co/el3xVh3B8N— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 13, 2018
Glennon will be released when the 2018 league year begins on Wednesday, and the Arizona Cardinals could do what the Bears did a year ago and sign him, and then draft a quarterback in April. He certainly won't get close to the money he got from the Bears, of course.
11:00 a.m. update
PK Cody Parkey
The news: Will sign with the Bears
Former Dolphins’ kicker Cody Parkey intends to sign with the Chicago Bears, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2018
Parkey is 26 and made 21 of 23 field goals last year for the Miami Dolphins, which would represent a massive upgrade over the ineffective Connor Barth/Cairo Santos/Mike Nugent trio from a year ago. He hit all 14 of his field goals from inside 40 yards, but oddly missed three PATs, and made seven of eight kicks from 40 or more yards, including a 54-yarder. The Chicago Tribune was the first to report the Bears' interest in Parkey.
Parkey made the Pro Bowl his rookie year with the Philadelphia Eagles, making 32 of 36 field goals in 2014, but struggled early in 2015 and then went on injured reserve with a groin injury. He re-surfaced with the Cleveland Browns in 2016 and made 20 of 25 field goals -- and overlapped with current Bears special teams coach Chris Tabor there -- before moving on to Miami last year.
QB Kirk Cousins
The report: Will sign a three-year, fully-guaranteed deal with the Minnesota Vikings
Kirk Cousins plans to sign a three-year, fully-guaranteed contract from the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday, sources tell ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2018
There you have it. The NFC North will be stacked with quarterbacks, and if the Bears are able to take a major step forward, it could compete with the NFC West as the NFL's best division. But that's a big "if" right now. More immediately, the Vikings getting Cousins likely means we'll see more quarterbacks go off the board before the Bears pick at No. 8 in April's draft, with the Jets missing out on him and the Arizona Cardinals potentially eyeing a trade into the top 10 along with the Buffalo Bills.
10:40 a.m. update
TE Trey Burton
The Bears may not be done adding to their offense, either, with the expectation being they could agree to sign at least one more wide receiver to pair with Allen Robinson.
10:05 a.m. update
QB Kirk Cousins
The report: Minnesota is the front-runner to sign him
If this visit goes well and the Vikings can eventually hammer out a deal with him, the NFC North will have Cousins, Aaron Rodgers, Matt Stafford and Mitch Trubisky as its quarterbacks, further underscoring the Bears' absolutely needing to be right on using last year's No. 2 overall pick on Trubisky. The Vikings are going for it, knowing their window to win is relatively narrow, and grabbing Cousins to throw the ball to Stephon Diggs and Adam Thielen would certainly boost those efforts. The Broncos are expected to sign Case Keenum, taking them out of the mix and realistically leaving the Vikings, Jets and Cardinals as the three teams to sign him. But all signs seem to be pointing toward Minnesota right now.
8:50 a.m. update
WR Albert Wilson
The news: Will sign a three-year, $24 million deal with the Miami Dolphins
Last night, Rapoport reported the Dolphins were the front-runner for Wilson, and that came to fruition Tuesday morning, it would appear. The thought was the Bears would be a natural fit for Wilson, who had some success under Matt Nagy in Kansas City, but the Dolphins will give him $8 million annually to replace Jarvis Landry. Still, expect the Bears to be in the market for another receiver or two, or a tight end, as we hurtle toward 3 p.m. on Wednesday.
CB Bryce Callahan
The report: The Vikings could target him
The Bears have the right of first refusal on Callahan (and Cameron Meredith and Josh Bellamy) but will not receive a draft pick if they decline to match an offer sheet. Callahan flashed some playmaking ability with two interceptions and a forced fumble last year, but has been banged up at times over the last few years.
7:25 a.m. update
WR Allen Robinson
We'll have plenty on Robinson throughout the day here on NBC Sports Chicago, but we'll start here: He's coming off a torn ACL suffered on the third play of the 2017 season, but expects to be cleared for training camp.
WR Sammy Watkins
The news: Will sign a three-year, $48 million deal with the Kansas City Chiefs
Final terms of the #Chiefs expected deal for WR Sammy Watkins: 3 years, $48M with $30M fully guaranteed at signing, sources say.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 13, 2018
Couple this move with Robinson, and the two top wide receivers have their landing spots. Most importantly, though, they have their contracts, with Robinson getting $14 million annually and Watkins netting $16 million annually with more than half his contract guarnateed. This now opens up the free agent market for the second-tier receivers in it, like Seattle's Paul Richardson and Jacksonville's Marqise Lee. The Bears could still be in on those guys, as well as Kansas City's Albert Wilson (though NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the Miami Dolphins are the front-runners for him). Expect some news about the top tight ends in this free agent class to trickle out on Tuesday, too, with the Bears potentially in on those guys.
OL Andrew Norwell
The news: Will sign a five-year, $66.5 million deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars
Former Panthers’ G Andrew Norwell intends to sign with the Jaguars on a 5-year deal for $66.5 million, including $30M fully guaranteed, source tells ESPN. He is going to become NFL’s highest paid guard - $13.3 million average.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2018
If you were wondering why the Bears weren't in on the best guard on the free agent market to replace Josh Sitton...this is why. Norwell is a great fit for a Jaguars team with Leonard Fournette, but his contract is the largest ever given out to a guard.
QB Case Keenum
The news: Will sign with the Denver Broncos
When free agency opens Wednesday, former Vikings’ QB Case Keenum intends to sign with the Denver Broncos, sources tell ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2018
First QB domino has fallen.
QB race is on.
The begs the question: Are the Minnesota Vikings so confident they'll sign Kirk Cousins that they were willing to let Keenum, who QB'd them to the NFC Championship, walk to Denver? Maybe, maybe not, but for the Bears' draft purposes, Keenum going here doesn't necessarily take Denver out of the quarterback market. If it does, though, Denver could look to trade down, with the No. 5 pick more enticing to a team like the Buffalo Bills than the Bears' No. 8 pick. A lot to consider here.