Bears playing a bit of QB brinkmanship as free agency approaches

Bears playing a bit of QB brinkmanship as free agency approaches

The No. 1 roster goal this offseason for the Bears, as it has been for so many offseasons for them, is resolving a quarterback situation with a solution other than Jay Cutler. General manager Ryan Pace has stated that the team has had as many as a dozen scenarios for working this out.
But the Bears have yet to come to any agreement with Brian Hoyer, a veteran endorsed by coach John Fox and offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains, and could face a crisis situation as this week unfolds with the start of a negotiating period on Tuesday and signings able to start on Thursday.
If the Washington Redskins are not willing to part with franchise-tagged Kirk Cousins…
and if the New England Patriots hold to a course of not trading Jimmy Garoppolo…
and if the Jets lure Mike Glennon to New York… 
and if Hoyer, who has drawn covert interest from a handful of teams…
then… what? 
The Bears have the finances to win a bidding war for Glennon, whose price is becoming head-scratching for a quarterback with 18 total starts and who last started a game in 2014 when he went 1-4 with Tampa Bay, the same record as Hoyer's with the Bears last season. And indications are that Glennon's cost will be a multiple of Hoyer's. Per Yahoo NFL reporter Charles Robinson:
Pace does not want to get into a situation where he has no choice but to overpay just to have someone to replace Cutler.
"There is a delicate balance between being aggressive and being decisive, but being responsible," Pace said last week at the NFL Scouting Combine. "I think you can always recover from the player you didn't sign; you can't recover from the player that you signed at the wrong price. I think we've got to be conscious of that."
The Bears have indicated they want Hoyer back after an injury shortened stint of five starts in which he threw 200 passes without an interception, giving him 25 TD passes vs. 7 interceptions over the past two seasons. But the absence of a deal could be raises the obvious question of how much? Hoyer played last season for $2 million and is expected to sign with someone on Thursday. Without a deal at this point, Hoyer will be testing the market.
Washington may demand something like the No. 3 pick of the draft for Cousins, who has not yet signed his franchise-tag deal at $24 million. The Patriots have given conflicting signals, at least publicly, on Garoppolo's availability or price.

Madden 21 rating leaks: Chicago Bears Top-10 overall rated players

Madden 21 rating leaks: Chicago Bears Top-10 overall rated players

As Madden 21 ratings continue to leak out, one site claims to have gotten a hold of the Top-10 players for each team. According to Madden School, a website that says they’ve served the Madden community for 13 years, the Bears only have one player rated over 90-- Khalil Mack at 97. That’s one point lower than where Mack finished the season on Madden 20.

Here’s the full list for the Bears:

Khalil Mack: 97 overall

Eddie Jackson: 89 overall

Allen Robinson: 89 overall

Akiem Hicks: 88 overall

Kyle Fuller: 85 overall

Eddie Goldman: 84 overall

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Roquan Smith: 83 overall

Robert Quinn: 82 overall

Charles Leno Jr.: 81 overall

Cody Whitehair: 81 overall

It’s important to note that none of these numbers came with picture or video evidence from early copies of the game.

Unsurprisingly, only one offensive skill player cracked the Top-10 for the Bears, Allen Robinson. Equally unsurprising is the fact that seven of the Top-10 are on defense.

EA Sports began releasing the official Madden 21 ratings on Monday, and will continue to do so through Friday.

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Here's where Maurice Jones-Drew ranks David Montgomery among NFL running backs

Here's where Maurice Jones-Drew ranks David Montgomery among NFL running backs

Former NFL running back and current NFL Network personality, Maurice Jones-Drew, published his ranking of the top-32 running backs in the NFL on Monday and, of course, the Bears didn't get much love. To be more specific, David Montgomery was downright disrespected.

To be fair, MJD's assessment (or ranking) of Montgomery wasn't entirely based on No. 32's talent. Instead, it appears the Bears' offense -- and Matt Nagy -- is why Jones-Drew isn't high on the former Iowa State star.

Montgomery checked-in at No. 27 on MJD's list.

Montgomery's success depends on whether or not Matt Nagy wants to run the ball. They abandoned the run game week after week in 2019, and it showed in the team's 8-8 record. I'm expecting Montgomery to get the bulk of the carries and Tarik Cohen to continue to be frequently used in certain packages. The second-year back can do a little bit of everything, but needs Nagy to commit to running the rock.

It's hard to tell whether or not MJD believes Montgomery has the talent to be a top-10 running back in the NFL. He describes him as a player who can do 'a little bit of everything,' but doesn't necessarily suggest he can do any one thing really well. There are a lot of running backs in the NFL who fit that description, and they're normally playing backup to starter with a stronger skill set.

Running backs who were ranked in the same range as Montgomery included James Conner (Steelers, No. 25) and Sony Michel (Patriots, No. 26). Detroit's Kerryon Johnson was 28th.

Whether you take MJD's list seriously or put any weight into it at all is your call. But keep this in mind: he said he'd rank himself similarly to Adrian Peterson (23rd) if he decided to come out of retirement in 2020. 

As for Montgomery, it's fair to question his long-term outlook considering the narrative around the running back position. It isn't all that difficult to find a quality starter, and with next offseason presenting a potentially historic class of available running backs, Montgomery is certainly on the hot seat. He ran for just 889 yards as a rookie in 2019.

Preseason rankings are fun exercises to evaluate the landscape of the league, but they're also extremely volatile. Montgomery can quickly become one of the most respected running backs in the NFL if he gets off to a hot start early in the 2020 season.