Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan done for season with ruptured patellar tendon

Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan done for season with ruptured patellar tendon

The Bears’ 2016 injury situation took another dire turn Sunday when linebacker and defensive co-captain Danny Trevathan went down in the closing minutes with what coach John Fox said is a ruptured patellar tendon in his right knee.

Trevathan, a primary Bears target in this year’s free agency, had to be helped off the field and was transported via cart under the stadium. The injury finishes a painful year for the inside linebacker who led the Super Bowl-winning Denver Broncos in tackles before signing a four-year contract worth $24.5 million, of which $12 million was guaranteed, on March 9.

“He's obviously a very talented player, one that we targeted and went after,” Fox said on Monday. “Unfortunately he did have that thumb injury that required surgery earlier in the season. He looked very good in all the offseason work, even in training camp.

“Unfortunately this happened to him, it was a semi-contact injury, kind of behind the ball, he planted wrong and the injury occurred. He'll fight back, he's been through it before. Had a similar injury a couple years ago that he worked through, and he'll do the same off of this one.”

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Trevathan had what was reported as a dislocated left patellar tendon in 2014, which ended that season for him. That came after two separate fractures in the left knee area.

Depending on the outcome of surgery and the overall severity of this latest injury, Trevathan’s future might be uncertain. Former Bears wide receiver Wendell Davis ruptured his patellar tendons during a game on the notoriously dangerous artificial turf at Veterans Stadium in a 1993 game against the Eagles and took the next year off to rehab but was unable to play again.

This marks the second year in which the Bears have been struck with an injury to their No. 1 target in free agency. Last year it was linebacker Pernell McPhee, who was slowed and eventually sidelined by knee issues, required offseason surgery and did not return until the team's seventh game of this season.

Bears' 2020 offseason dates you need to know

Bears' 2020 offseason dates you need to know

The Bears 2020 offseason feels like it's been underway for a while, but the reality is it's just getting started. The fun gets underway in March when unrestricted free agency kicks off, followed by the 2020 NFL Draft – when GM Ryan Pace will try to flip Chicago's two second-round picks into potential starters for a team that isn't that far away from contending for a Super Bowl.

Here are the key dates to bookmark in your calendar for the Bears' offseason:

February 2020

  • Feb. 24-March 1 – NFL Scouting Combine
  • Feb. 25 – Ryan Pace/Matt Nagy meet with media at NFL Combine

March 2020

  • Feb. 24 – March 1 – NFL Scouting Combine
  • March 18 – Free agency and new league year begins

April 2020

  • April 7 – Ed Block Courage Award presentation
  • April 20 – Bears may begin offseason workout programs
  • April 21 – Brian Piccolo Awards presented to rookie and veteran
  • April 21 – Ryan Pace will speak with the media ahead of NFL Draft
  • April 23-25 – 2020 NFL Draft in Las Vegas

May 2020

  • May 8-10 – Bears rookie minicamp at Halas Hall
  • May 16 – Bears Care Gala at Soldier Field
  • May 27 – May 29 – OTA practices

JUNE 2020

  • June 2-4 – OTA practices
  • June 8 – 11 – OTA practices
  • June 16-18 – Mandatory full-squad minicamp

Saints’ QB Teddy Bridgewater expected to have a hefty price tag in free agency

Saints’ QB Teddy Bridgewater expected to have a hefty price tag in free agency

The NFL offseason is gearing up this winter, with trade and salary rumors running rampant among analysts and fans. Bears GM Ryan Pace has his work cut out for him, with a decently sized to-do list before the 2020 season, including finding competition under center for QB Mitch Trubisky. From Tom Brady to Philip Rivers, there are plenty of quarterback options, but one player may be too expensive for the Bears.

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports Saints’ QB Teddy Bridgewater is expected to rake in big money in free agency. With a projected salary to the tune of $30 million per year, Bridgewater could land a lucrative deal.

It makes some sense Bridgewater could come with such a hefty price tag. He earned above-average rankings in adjusted yards per attempt (15th), QB Rating (11th), TD Rate (13th) and completion rate (6th) among 38 QBs to start at least five games in 2019. If Drew Brees decides to keep playing, the Saints will have to choose between Bridgewater and Taysom Hill as their backup.

Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer previously reported if Brees were to retire, the Saints viewed Hill as their new franchise quarterback, leaving Bridgewater free to explore other options.

It has yet to be seen how Brees and the Saints will proceed, but it’s certainly a reality check to see how expensive the QB market will be this offseason. 

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