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McCown dissed by Viking?

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McCown dissed by Viking?

It wasnt exactly Brian Urlacher describing Tim Tebow the quarterback as a good running back, but Jared Allen didnt really have a fix on what kind of quarterback Josh McCown is.

He did a heck of a job handing the ball off, Ill tell you that much, because the Bears ran the stuff out of the ball, the Minnesota Vikings defensive end said Wednesday. Ill have to watch more film to really kind of get what hes doing.

The Bears dont have to watch more film to know what Allen is doing. He is a starter in the Pro Bowl with his league-leading 18.5 sacks and he has a higher personal goal that could directly affect the health of one Josh McCown.

Heck, 22.5 will be a personal goal, Allen said, laughing, referring to the NFL single-season sack record. Honestly, my only real goal this year was to try to get to 17 because that was going to put me at 100 for my career. Now that Im in this spot, my real goal is to try to hang on to the sack lead for the league, obviously for the season.

Six of the top seven pass rushers, based on sack totals are from the NFC going into the final weekend: Allen (18.5), Demarcus Ware, Dallas (18), Jason Babin, Philadelphia (18), Jason Pierre-Paul, New York, Aldon Smith, San Francisco (14) and Chris Long, St. Louis (13). Terrell Suggs, Baltimore (13), is the only AFC representative in the top seven.

Julius Peppers (10) is the highest-ranked Bear, tied at No. 14 with Andre Carter of New England and Trent Cole of Philadelphia.

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.