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NFL Network analysts: Bears can take anyone at No. 3 in NFL Draft

NFL Network analysts: Bears can take anyone at No. 3 in NFL Draft

By Jasmine Minor,
CSN Chicago contributor

PHILADELPHIA — On the eve of the Draft, NFL Network analysts couldn’t clarify who the Bears will take in the first round. The reason? There are many positions to fill and plenty of talent to select.

“That’s the good thing about where the Bears are at right now. The good news is no matter what you pick, it’s going to help,” NFL Network analyst Brian Billick said.

Addressing the need for a franchise quarterback still remains in question. However, none of the quarterback prospects have built enough confidence in the analysts to suggest a first round pick for the Bears.

“There were some rumors that this (Mike) Glennon contract can be a one-year deal and it wouldn’t shock us if they loved a guy to take him at three,” NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah said. “But, I don’t see that happening.”

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In fact, former star NFL wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. says it’s the defense that will bring the team back to prominence.

“You have to take a little bit of pressure off the offense … when you go back and look at the years [the Bears] were making the playoffs, with Lance Briggs, Mike Brown, Peanut [Charles Tillman], Brian Urlacher … great defensive teams.”

Nevertheless, Billick kept it simple in how the Bears can fix their bad season blues.

“Get a boatload of good players.”

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Report: Former Bears tight end Greg Olsen to call games at Fox after retirement

Report: Former Bears tight end Greg Olsen to call games at Fox after retirement

Former Bears tight end Greg Olsen will reportedly join Fox Sports’s broadcast booth, whenever he calls it quits on his playing career.

The New York Post reports that Olsen and Fox agreed to a contract that would make him Kevin Burkhardt’s partner as the No. 2 analyst for the network, behind Troy Aikman.

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Olsen signed a one-year deal with the Seahawks this year. If he chooses to play beyond 2020, the New York Post says that Fox will wait for him.

Olsen got rave reviews when he called the Cardinals-Giants game last season. He was also popular calling XFL games with Burkhardt.

The only question now, is how much does Olsen have left in the tank before he heads to the booth?


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Brian Urlacher joins A-Rod, J-Lo and others in bid for New York Mets

Brian Urlacher joins A-Rod, J-Lo and others in bid for New York Mets

You may know Brian Urlacher for a number of different things. Bears legend, billboard icon, that guy whose jersey the obnoxiously loud dude you met at a party was wearing, etc. He contains multitudes. 

But sometime in the near future, apparently, you may know Brian Urlacher as part-owner of the New York Mets: 

Urlacher has joined a group with Travis Kelce, DeMarco Murray, Joe Thomas, Bradley Beal, and Mason Plumlee, all of whom "are part of a group of investors who have joined power couple Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez in a bid to buy the New York Mets." Urlacher's even quoted!

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"Being a former athlete and having a chance to be a part of a group trying to purchase a professional team, it's pretty cool," Urlacher told ESPN on Monday. "It's especially cool to be involved with Alex. Alex is the man. You've got Kelce, Joe Thomas, DeMarco Murray. It's great to be in a group with them."

The group has already put in a $1.7 billion bid, presumably from all the revenue that RESTORE has accumulated thanks to their mission of being in every single Chicago sightline possible. There are, in fact, too many punchlines to this story to pick one (ok fine I lied, there's only one way for Bears fans to grow more miserable and that's to adopt the Mets), but just know that I heartily approve of each and every one you decide on.