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Bears OC Adam Gase: Snubbed by 49ers, Chicago 'where I was meant to be'

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Bears OC Adam Gase: Snubbed by 49ers, Chicago 'where I was meant to be'

For the second time in three weeks, the Bears go against a team that spurned top members of their coaching staff.

Two weeks ago, it was the Denver Broncos coming to Soldier Field with a team largely built by John Fox over four years as Broncos head coach, only for Fox to be pushed out by football chief John Elway, who didn’t think Fox imbued his teams with enough fire in big games.

Sunday, it will be the San Francisco 49ers that, in the wake of the chaos of Jim Harbaugh’s final year, gave defensive coordinator Vic Fangio a courtesy interview for the head-coaching job, then interviewed Adam Gase for the job, and ultimately passed over Fangio and hired his defensive-line coach, Jim Tomsula.

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Fangio opted for the high road this week, noting that the call belonged to the San Francisco organization. Gase did much the same, taking the experience as a learning exercise that projects to help him in what are expected to be more job interviews next offseason.

“I think so,” Gase said. “That whole experience was great for me. It was a crazy two days [interviewing] and unfortunately [the Broncos] lost the first round of the playoffs. Anytime you get a chance to do something like that, it’s a great experience.”

Which of Gase or Tomsula was the winner and which was the loser is open to question. The 49ers were rocked by the retirements of linebackers Chris Borland and Patrick Willis, defensive lineman Justin Smith and right tackle Anthony Davis. All-Pro rush linebacker Aldon Smith was released after a DUI arrest.

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Tomsula hasn’t second-guessed his situation — "No, I haven't. I haven't thought that way, and there's a strong group of guys here that are really good,” he said — and neither has Gase as Bears offensive coordinator.

“I’m excited that I was able to come [to Chicago],” Gase said. “This is where I wanted to be. I feel like this is where I was meant to be.”

Predicting the value of Roquan Smith's rookie contract with Bears

Predicting the value of Roquan Smith's rookie contract with Bears

Chicago Bears first-round pick Roquan Smith remains unsigned, a situation that prior to the rookie wage scale would've been cause for concern. With contracts now based on slotting, or where a first-round pick is selected, there's little reason or room for agents to haggle over terms. A holdout isn't expected.

There have been some exceptions to this general principle, however. Joey Bosa, who was selected with the third pick by the Chargers in 2016, held out until August 29 over offset language and his signing bonus. So, while a holdout for Smith is unlikely, it's not impossible.

Assuming he agrees to a contract on time, here's what the terms of his deal should look like, according to CBS Sports:

2018 Cap Number: $3,349,485
Signing Bonus: $11,517,940
Four-year value: $18,477,168

If the numbers are correct, Smith will have the 17th-highest cap hit for the Bears in 2018, according to Spotrac. By comparison, Danny Trevathan has a $7.15 million cap hit this season.

Drafting well is critical for long-term success. If a general manager misses on first-round picks, the cap consequences mount over time. Consider Kevin White, the seventh-overall pick in 2015. He has zero touchdowns in his pro career but has a $5.27 million cap hit this year. Leonard Floyd, the team's first-rounder in 2016, has a $4.30 million cap hit and Mitch Trubisky, last year's second pick overall, is $6.59 million. Pace's four first-round picks, when counting Smith's expected deal, are four of the top-17 paid players on the payroll even though none of them have the production to back it up.

Smith, however, is as close to a bust-free prospect as the Bears have drafted in Pace's tenure. He was considered one of the best pure football players in the entire 2018 draft class and will start immediately alongside Trevathan as a rookie, assuming he's under contract in time to contribute in Week 1.

Which Bears have the highest player rating in Madden 19?

Which Bears have the highest player rating in Madden 19?

The time has come to start counting down to the release of Madden 19. The most popular football video game franchise of all-time is set to release in early August and as is a tradition with the weeks leading up to the game appearing on store shelves, leaks about features and player ratings have started.

Here are the highest rated Bears players in this year's edition:

Adrian Amos leads the way with an 88 rating, followed by Akiem Hicks (85) and Allen Robinson (85). 

Chicago's offense received a 75 overall rating, which should result in a significant challenge for Bears fans trying to score virtual points later this summer. The defense, however, will be stout, coming in with an overall rating of 81. Amos and Hicks have a lot to do with that.

Ratings are subject to change due to injury. Madden 19 is scheduled for release on August 10.