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Brett Favre vs. Carson Wentz: Eagles coach Doug Pederson sees similarities

Brett Favre vs. Carson Wentz: Eagles coach Doug Pederson sees similarities

This is not something the Bears and Bears fans will like hearing.

Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson spent seven of his 10 NFL seasons as Brett Favre’s understudy with the Green Bay Packers in two separate stints (1996-98, 2001-04). What that gave him was a template for what a great NFL quarterback looks, plays and acts like.

So when the Eagles decided to trade away Sam Bradford and install rookie and No. 2-overall draft pick Carson Wentz as their starting quarterback, it was in part because Pederson and the Philadelphia organization felt they had in Wentz the stuff of a franchise quarterback.

Some of that perspective lay in what Pederson learned playing with Favre – and some of the same things he already is seeing in Wentz.

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“One of the things is just [Wentz’s] abilities to make plays when the pocket’s not clean, when he has to move, his vision of the field,” Pederson said. “He’s got good speed for a big guy. And then the arm strength.

“Probably the biggest difference, Brett was more of a gunslinger, kind of [drill] it in there and [rely] on arm strength. With Carson, it’s a little more calculated with him. But at the same time you see that same kind of grit, determination, toughness that I saw playing with Brett.”

Parallels are imprecise; in this case, Favre had already played the Bears twice before Wentz was even born. Both Favre and Wentz were/will be 23 years old in their first Bears games.

But just for purposes of meaningless comparison: Favre lost his first Bears game, at home. His first Bears game in Soldier Field: a win. Wentz’s first Bears game is coming in Soldier Field.

Taylor Gabriel says goodbye to Chicago in two-part Twitter post

Taylor Gabriel says goodbye to Chicago in two-part Twitter post

The Bears parted ways with wide receiver Taylor Gabriel, releasing him and cornerback Prince Amukamara on Friday.

Gabriel, who played two seasons with the Bears, took to Twitter to thank the fans and the city of Chicago as a whole for his time with the squad. His kind message came attached to video clips of two of Gabriel's six receiving touchdowns as a Bear.

Over his two years and 25 games with the Bears, Gabriel racked up 96 receptions, 1,041 yards, and 6 touchdowns.

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5 players the Bears can target to replace Prince Amukamara

5 players the Bears can target to replace Prince Amukamara

The Chicago Bears released veteran cornerback Prince Amukamara on Friday in a move that was expected in order to free up salary-cap space in advance of free agency this March.

By moving on from Amukamara, the Bears will have an additional $9 million to spend on the open market, which could ultimately be used on his replacement. It could also be shifted to other positions of need along the offensive line or on that pesky veteran quarterback who's sure to rile up the fan base.

There's also the Allen Robinson contract extension that eventually needs to get hammered out.

The good news for Chicago is there are several viable options who will be available in free agency and the NFL draft that can replace Amukamara in the starting lineup. Here's a look at five of them:

5 players the Bears can target to replace Prince Amukamara