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CSN and CSNChicago.com to provide extensive, week-long coverage of the 2016 NFL Draft

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CSN and CSNChicago.com to provide extensive, week-long coverage of the 2016 NFL Draft

Dave Wannstedt, Alex Brown, Patrick Mannelly, Hub Arkush, John ‘Moon’ Mullin, and Chris Boden to deliver extensive “SportsNet Central” and CSNChicago.com coverage of the 2016 NFL Draft beginning Sunday night, April 24 at 10:30 PM CT!

Chicago, IL (April 21, 2016) – Comcast SportsNet, the television and digital home for the most in-depth Chicago Bears coverage all year long, is ready to deliver extensive coverage of next week’s 2016 NFL Draft (to be held in Chicago for the second-straight year) highlighted by three SportsNet Central NFL Draft-focused specials, nightly reports on all editions of SportsNet Central, extensive Round 1 coverage next Thursday, plus -- 24/7 NFL Draft coverage on CSNChicago.com. 

“We want to be the place Bears fans turn to all week for the most in-depth local draft coverage in town,” said Kevin Cross, Senior Director of News & Original Content for Comcast SportsNet Chicago.  “Our roster can’t wait to break down the Bears new roster.”

Please note Comcast SportsNet and CSNChicago.com’s 2016 NFL Draft coverage schedule beginning this Sunday, April 24:

SUNDAY, APRIL 24

10:30 PM – GMC SportsNet Central: Draft CentralThis half-hour NFL Draft preview show, hosted by Chris Boden (@CSNBoden), along with former Bears standouts Alex Brown (@alexbrown96) & Patrick Mannelly (@PatrickMannelly), and Bears/NFL expert Hub Arkush (@Hub_Arkush), will provide a detailed recap of the Bears off-season (including all off-season acquisitions), interviews with Bears players/coaches/front office execs, along with the panel’s expert thoughts on which areas the team needs to improve upon and specifically which available players can fill those spots with on-field success.

MONDAY, APRIL 25 – WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27

SportsNet Central (6:30 PM, 10:00 PM, 10:30 PM, 12 midnight) – Chris Boden, Alex Brown, Patrick Mannelly, along with former Bears QB/Bears Postgame Live analyst Jim Miller (@JimMillerRFN), CSNChicago.com Bears “Insider” John ‘Moon’ Mullin (@CSNMoonMullin), and former Bears head coach/SportsNet Central NFL expert Dave Wannstedt will continue to provide nightly reports on the latest NFL Draft news and rumors leading up to Round 1 of the NFL Draft on Thursday.

THURSDAY, APRIL 28 – NFL DRAFT DAY COVERAGE presented by MILLER LITE

5:00 PM (time approx. following “Cubs Postgame Live”)SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado – Host David Kaplan (@thekapman) and a panel of Bears/NFL experts will preview all Bears potential first round (#11 overall) candidates, along with live updates from the Draft (being held at the Auditorium Theatre) and additional reports from Halas Hall.

10:30 PM –SportsNet Central presented by Miller LiteComplete Round 1 NFL Draft recap, hosted by Chris Boden, featuring up-to-the-minute player and team news, interviews, and extensive Round 1 draft analysis from Jim Miller, Alex Brown, Hub Arkush, and John ‘Moon’ Mullin, along with a look ahead at the potential Bears picks on Friday (Rounds 2-3) and Saturday (Rounds 4-7).

FRIDAY, APRIL 29 & SATURDAY, APRIL 30

SportsNet Central (6:30 PM, 10:00 PM, 10:30 PM, 12 midnight) - Complete coverage of Rounds 2-7 over the weekend featuring detailed analysis of every Bears draft pick, along player highlights, interviews, and more.

SUNDAY, MAY 1

10:30 PM – GMC SportsNet Central: Draft Central Chris Boden, along with NFL experts Dave Wannstedt, Jim Miller, and Hub Arkush, will recap and assess the entire draft from both a Bears and overall league perspective.  The show will also feature interviews with Bears management with their reflections on this year’s draft class. 

In addition to the extensive coverage on Comcast SportsNet, viewers are urged to visit CSNChicago.com for even more comprehensive 24/7 NFL Draft coverage, including the following highlights:

  • For a deeper look at potential NFL draftees, fans need to check out CSNChicago.com’s comprehensive “Road to the Draft” section (http://www.csnchicago.com/video/event/road-draft ), featuring over 150 extensive player draft profiles, including video analysis for players projected to go in the first two rounds provided by NBC Sports and Rotoworld NFL Draft analyst Josh Norris. 
  • In addition, CSNChicago.com’s “Road to the Draft” section will be the home for everything NFL Draft-related throughout the week, including instant reaction and analysis during the draft with updated profiles, an up-close look on how the draft affects the Bears rivals in the NFC North, along with a detailed draft overview of the entire NFL.
  • Bears “Insider” John ‘Moon’ Mullin (@CSNMoonMullin) will file daily reports leading up to and throughout the 2016 NFL Draft from Halas Hall, featuring the latest news and on-camera reports.  Plus, CSNChicago.com will highlight several features during Draft week, including the Top 5 draft picks at each position.  Sights and sounds will also be captured from Draft Town in Grant Park.  Bears digital reporter Scott Krinch (@scottiekrinch) will also be covering the Draft from the Auditorium Theater and will provide a number of “digital exclusives,” including coverage of the “NFL Draft Gold Carpet” event on Thursday night.
  • Fans can chat NFL Draft and potential Bears moves by utilizing the Twitter hashtag #BearsTalk and by visiting the “Bears Pulse” page at CSNChicago.com.  For 24/7 Bears/NFL Draft updates on Twitter, fans are urged to follow @CSNBears.
  • CSNChicago.com will profile numerous mock drafts from a number of CSN anchors and reporters.
  • CSNChicago.com will work closely with NBC Sports and “Pro Football Talk” throughout the week for additional nationally-based NFL Draft content.

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.