Bears content with draft options at No. 7 but still willing to move


Bears content with draft options at No. 7 but still willing to move

Bears general manager Ryan Pace said Wednesday that they have identified seven players deemed to be of sufficient quality to be worth the No. 7 pick when the 2015 draft opens Thursday evening. But that doesn’t mean the Bears are locked into staying at No. 7.

The Bears have talked to teams above and below them in the draft order, as teams do every year. And while they have seven they’re comfortable with, those players are not all graded equally, meaning that someone dropping unexpectedly could have them on the phone to make a deal, including on to move higher.

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“There’s a chance we could move up,” Pace said, adding, “there’s a chance we could move up or back, so all those options are out there. We’ve talked to teams in front of us; we’ve talked to teams behind us. Doing our due diligence is necessary because you just don’t know. We have those seven guys stacked and ranked. If our No. 1 guy was falling there’s a chance we would go up.”

Pace laughed off questions as to what positions in particular are in those seven players, except to emphasize, “if we stay at seven, there’s seven players we’ve identified that we feel really, really good about. I know there’s going to be a player that we can select that’s going to be there that we feel really good about, that we’re excited about.”

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Part of the draft process included laying out multiple scenarios for the picks ahead of the Bears. Every team does a number of mock drafts and “I feel certain with how we have them,” Pace said. “There will be couple things every year that surprise you. And hey, when that happens, that’s a good thing, because there’s now players being pushed down to us.

“I feel confident and certain where we have our guys stacked in front of us. As far as projecting what other teams will do, who knows?”

Under Center Podcast: Jarrett Payton "My dad's legacy is still alive!"

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Under Center Podcast: Jarrett Payton "My dad's legacy is still alive!"

Host Laurence Holmes is live in Miami from Radio row for Super Bowl Week. Laurence is joined by WGN's and the late great Chicago Bear Walter Payton's son, Jarrett Payton as they discuss his father's impact on the league, losing his father in comparison to the Kobe Bryant's tragic death, and how the current Bears can improve.

(3:10) - The impact of the Walter Payton Man of the Year award

(6:33) - Compares losing his father to the Kobe Bryant tragedy

(11:53) - Being back in Miami

(13:55) - How can the Bears improve?

(19:20) - Relives the last Bears Super Bowl appearance in Miami

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Jay Cutler and Kristin Cavallari to host private event this Valentine’s Day in West Loop

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Jay Cutler and Kristin Cavallari to host private event this Valentine’s Day in West Loop

Former Bears QB and current reality TV husband Jay Cutler will be coming back to Chicago this Valentine’s Day. Cutler’s wife, long-time reality TV star Kristin Cavallari, will be hosting a private event at Uncommon James in West Loop and Cutler is coming along for the festivities. A must event for any fans of mid 2000’s football and MTV.

For $200 per guest, attendees will enjoy food and drink, a private shopping experience and a selfie station. The 3-hour event will also include a question and answer session with Cavallari and Cutler. There’s something for everyone!

Cavallarri is on the third season of her E! show “Very Cavallari” which follows her life and growing business. Uncommon James is a fashion, lifestyle and jewelry brand who opened their Chicago location last October. The flagship store is in Nashville, where Cavallari and Cutler reside with their children.

Cutler is seemingly less-interested in the spotlight than his wife. He isn’t particularly active on social media, with Cavallari posting pictures to an Instagram account for him, so any chance to hang out with the former Bears QB is a rare opportunity. According to Instagram, it looks like Cutler is becoming more involved with Cavallari’s business, designing and modelling a bracelet that doubles as a bottle opener. How very Cutler.

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If you’re looking to convince skeptics to shell out for the event, here’s some incentive. According to, the average Bears ticket in 2014 during the middle of Cutler’s tenure on the team was $108 per person, not even including food and drink and access to whatever a selfie station is. So, you’re paying twice as much for a much closer look at Cutler (assuming the store is smaller than Soldier Field) and a chance to ask him and his wife a question! And food! Seems fair when you put it like that.

If you and the K-Cav to your J-Cut are looking for something to do together this Valentine’s Day, the event will be held at Uncommon James in the West Loop, 849 W Randolph St., from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on February 14th. 

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