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Denied: Saints match Bears' offer sheet for tight end Josh Hill

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Denied: Saints match Bears' offer sheet for tight end Josh Hill

Bears GM Ryan Pace will not be reunited with New Orleans Saints tight end Josh Hill.

Saints executive vice president/general manager Mickey Loomis announced on Friday that the team has retained the restricted free agent after excising right of first refusal on the Bears' offer sheet for Hill.

Hill, 25, visited Halas Hall last week and signed an offer sheet with the Bears on Tuesday. Hill was originally signed as an undrafted free agent out of Idaho State in 2013 when Pace was working in the Saints' front office. He has recorded 36 receptions for 340 yards and eight touchdowns in 46 career games with New Orleans.

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After losing out on Hill, the Bears will likely continue to search all avenues to bolster the tight end position, especially have trading former Pro Bowl tight end Martellus Bennett to the New England Patriots this offseason.

Pace hinted at Tuesday's NFL owners meetings at the possibility of adding another tight end.

"We’re still entertaining some other options that are out there. So that’s sort of an ongoing, fluid process as we speak."

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Who deserves the blame in the Bears loss to Miami?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Who deserves the blame in the Bears loss to Miami?

David Haugh, Adam Jahns and Patrick Finley join Kap on the panel. The Bears lose a rough one in Miami as Matt Nagy goes conservative at the end zone. Does the rookie coach deserve all of the blame? Dave Wannstedt joins the guys to discuss.

Plus the guys discuss the Cubs’ newest hitting coach/scapegoat, Brandon Saad’s upcoming healthy scratch and Bobby Portis betting on himself this season. 

Listen here or in the embedded player below!

Akiem Hicks makes Pro Football Focus Team of the Week after strong game against Dolphins

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Akiem Hicks makes Pro Football Focus Team of the Week after strong game against Dolphins

The Bears defense was not its usual self in their overtime loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. The pass rush was minimal and tackling looked optional, and Brock Osweiler threw for almost 400 yards.

There was plenty of blame to go around, but a few individual defenders had success while their teammates struggled.

Defensive lineman Akiem Hicks made the Pro Football Focus Team of the Week for Week 6 with a 92.2 overall grade.

He recorded seven tackles that resulted in a defensive “stop,” the most of any defensive lineman according to PFF.

Chicago’s next highest-graded player was cornerback Kyle Fuller (78.2), who intercepted Osweiler twice but also missed two tackles.

Offensively, wide receiver Taylor Gabriel led the way with a 76.9 mark. PFF credited four of his five catches coming against Dolphins cornerback Torry McTyer in coverage.

Meanwhile, outside linebacker Khalil Mack had the lowest-graded game of his career (47.8), while linebacker Danny Trevathan (29.9) and safety Adrian Amos Jr. (47.5) each had their second-worst games.

Some of the Bears’ best players were at their worst in Miami. They’re going to need to get their act together for the New England Patriots on Sunday.