The retooled Bears defense is beginning to take shape.
Just days after signing former Denver Broncos leading-tackler Danny Trevathan, Bears general manager Ryan Pace has given his new inside linebacker a running mate.
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The Bears announced the signing of ex-Indianapolis Colts inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman to a three-year deal on Saturday afternoon, giving coordinator Vic Fangio two new starting linebackers in his 3-4 defense next season.
Freeman, 29, has started 57 games over four seasons for the Colts. He registered 112 tackles, three sacks and one interception last season.
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JJ Stankevitz, Cam Ellis and John "Moon" Mullin convene at Halas Hall to discuss how to balance Mitch Trubisky's special moments against the rest of his play, including a comparison to Jay Cutler (2:35).
Then the trio breaks down Trubisky's trust - or lack thereof - in his receivers (7:50) and debates whether you'd rather be the Bears or the Rams moving forward (19:20).
They finish up by wondering how much a win on Sunday would mean to this team (25:35).
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According to a report by Mark Maske of The Washington Post, the NFL and NFLPA “have made meaningful progress towards a new labor agreement.”
There is plenty to unpack as negotiations progress, but the most significant tidbit from this news is that there is reportedly a real possibility the eventual agreement will expand the NFL’s regular season schedule to 17 games (while eliminating games from the preseason).
Such an agreement would represent a compromise between the league and the NFLPA. According to Maske, owners had been pushing for an 18-game regular season, but the players union has remained reluctant to budge off the current 16-game schedule. Maske flagged the league’s rookie compensation scale and current marijuana policy as areas in which the owners could give ground in order to persuade the players to agree to an expanded schedule.
The report also lists a 14-team playoff field as a potential inclusion in the agreement.
The current NFL CBA — which was agreed to in 2011 — is valid through the end of the 2020 season, but Maske reports that there is “optimism” a new agreement might be reached by the end of the 2019-20 postseason.