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NFL Tracker: Where the top 2016 free agents are going

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NFL Tracker: Where the top 2016 free agents are going

The new League year is almost upon us. CSNChicago.com is tracking all the major signings as NFL free agency begins Wednesday at 3 p.m.

For a complete list of 2016 NFL free agents go to Rotoworld.com.

Quarterbacks

Kirk Cousins signs franchise tag with Redskins.

Sam Bradford signs two-year, $36 million deal with Eagles.

Brock Osweiler signs four-year, $72 million deal with Texans.

Chase Daniel agrees to three-year, $21 million deal with Eagles.

Chad Henne signs two-year, $8 million deal with Jaguars.

Matt Schaub agrees to deal with Falcons.

Colt McCoy signs three-year deal with Redskins.

Drew Stanton returns to Cardinals with two-year, $6.5 million deal.

Dan Orlovsky signs undisclosed deal with Lions.

Luke McCown signs two-year, $3 million deal with Saints

Matt Cassel signs one-year deal with Titans

Kellen Clemens signs one-year, $1.065 million deal with Chargers.

Running Back

Matt Forte agrees to three-year, $12 million deal with Jets.

Doug Martin re-signs with the Buccaneers on a five-year, $35.75 million deal.

Lamar Miller signs a four-year, $26 million deal with the Texans.

C.J. Anderson signs four-year, $18 million offer sheet with Dolphins.

Chris Ivory agrees to five-year deal with Jaguars.

Khiry Robinson signs one-year, $1.75 million deal with Jets.

Bilal Powell signs three-year, $11.25 million deal with Jets

Shaun Draughn signs one-year deal with 49ers.

Jacquizz Rodgers re-signs one-year deal with Bears.

[MORE FREE AGENCY: Bears bolster defense, agree to terms with linebacker Jerrell Freeman]

Fullback

Mike Tolbert re-signs with Panthers for two-years and $4 million.

Wide Receiver

Alshon Jeffery signs franchise tag ($14.599 million) with Bears.

Travis Benjamin agrees to four-year, $24 million with Chargers.

Marvin Jones agrees to five-year, $40 million deal with Lions.

Mohamed Sanu signs five-year, $32.5 million deal with Falcons.

Rishard Matthews signs three-year, $15 million deal with Titans.

Brian Quick signs one-year, $1.75 million deal with Rams.

Jermaine Kearse signs three-year, $13.5 million deal with Seahawks.

Darrius Heyward-Bey signs three-year, $3.8 million deal with Steelers.

Chris Hogan signs offer sheet with Patriots.

Rod Streater signs undisclosed deal with Chiefs. 

Keshawn Martin signs two-year, $3 million with Patriots.

Brandon Tate signs one-year deal with Bengals.

Marc Mariani re-signs one-year deal with Bears.

Tight End

Antonio Gates re-signs with the Chargers on two-year, $12 million deal.

Ladarius Green agrees to multi-year deal with Steelers.

Dwayne Allen returns to Colts on four-year, $29.4 million deal.

Coby Fleener signs five-year, $36 million with Saints.

Ben Watson agrees to two-year, $7 million deal with Titans.

Marcedes Lewis signs three-year, $12 million deal with Jaguars.

Craig Stevens signs one-year, $2 million deal with Titans.

Garrett Celek signs four-year, $14 million deal with 49ers.

Michael Hoomanawanui signs three-year deal with Saints.

Offensive Tackle

Cordy Glenn signs franchise tag ($13.07 million) with Bills

Mitchell Schwartz signs five-year, $33 million deal with Chiefs.

Bobby Massie signs three-year, $18 million deal with Bears.

Joseph Barksdale signs four-year, $22.2 million deal with Chargers

Chris Clark signs two-year, $6 million deal with Texans.

Donald Stephenson agrees to deal with Broncos.

Jermon Bushrod signs one-year deal with Dolphins.

Sam Young signs one-year, $760K deal with Dolphins.

Guard/Center

Alex Mack agrees to five-year, $47.5 million deal with Falcons.

Kelechi Osemele agrees to five-year, $58.5 million deal with Raiders.

Brandon Brooks signs five-year, $40 million deal with Eagles.

Alex Boone agrees to multi-year deal with Vikings.

Jeff Allen signs four-year, $28 million deal with Texans.

Richie Incognito re-signs three-year, $15.75 deal with Bills.

Ramon Foster re-signs three-year deal with Steelers.

Ben Jones agrees to four-year, $17.5 million deal with Titans.

Mike Harris re-signs with Vikings for one-year, $3 million deal.

J.R. Sweezy signs five-year, $32.5 million deal with Buccaneers.

Chris Scott re-signs one-year deal with Panthers.

[MORE FREE AGENCY: Bears add to 'violent' quotient with Danny Trevathan, Bobby Massie]

Defensive Line

Muhammad Wilkerson signs franchise tag with Jets.

Malik Jackson agrees to six-year, $85.5 million with Jaguars.

Derek Wolfe re-signs four-year, $36.7 million deal with Broncos.

Jaye Howard signs two-year, $12 million deal with Chiefs.

Damon Harrison signs five-year, $46.25 million deal with Giants.

Haloti Ngata agrees to two-year deal with Lions.

Ian Williams returns to 49ers on five-year, $27.5 million deal.

Charles Johnson re-signs one-year, $3 million deal with Panthers.

Vinny Curry re-signs five-year, $47.25 million deal with Eagles.

Cedric Thornton signs four-year, $18 million deal with Cowboys.

Brandon Mebane signs three-year, $13.5 million deal with Chargers. 

Adrian Clayborn signs two-year, $9 million deal with Falcons.

Tyrunn Walker re-signs with Lions for one-year, $1.6 million.

Letroy Guion re-signs three-year, $11.25 million deal with Packers.

Kendall Reyes signs one-year deal with Redskins.

Ahtyba Rubin signs three-year, $12 million deal with Seahawks.

Kedric Golston re-signs one-year, $1 million deal with the Redskins.

Kenrick Ellis re-signs one-year deal with Vikings.

Mitch Unrein re-signs two-year deal with Bears.

Defensive End/Linebacker

Von Miller signs franchise tag with Broncos.

Jason Pierre-Paul re-signs one-year, 10 million deal with Giants.

Olivier Vernon signs five-year, $85 million deal with Giants.

Mario Williams agrees to two-year, $17 million deal with Dolphins.

Tamba Hali signs three-year, $22 million deal with Chiefs.

Bruce Irvin agrees to four-year, $37 million deal with Raiders.

Nick Perry signs one-year, $5 million deal with Packers.

William Hayes re-signs with Rams on a three-year, $21 million deal.

Albert McClellan signs three-year deal with Ravens.

Derrick Shelby signs four-year, $18 million deal with Dolphins

Linebacker

Danny Trevathan signs four-year, $24.5 million deal with Bears.

Jerrell Freeman signs three-year, $12 million deal with Bears.

Derrick Johnson signs three-year, $21 million deal with Chiefs.

Mark Barron signs five-year, $45 million with Rams.

Rolando McClain re-signs one-year, $4 million deal with Cowboys.

Mason Foster re-signs two-year deal with Redskins.

Tahir Whitehead signs two-year, $8 million deal with Lions.

Vincent Rey signs three-year, $11.5 million deal with Bengals.

Emmanuel Lamur agrees to deal with Vikings.

Nigel Bradham signs two-year deal with Eagles.

Sean Weatherspoon signs one-year deal with Falcons.

Keenan Robinson signs one-year, $3.5 million deal with Giants.

Audie Cole re-signs one-year deal with Vikings.

Travis Lewis signs undisclosed deal with Vikings.

Tank Carder re-signs with Browns on a two-year, $2.5 million deal.

[SHOP: Gear up, Bears fans!]

Cornerback

Josh Norman signs franchise tag with Panthers.

Janoris Jenkins agrees to five-year, $62.5 million deal with Giants.

Trumaine Johnson signs franchise tag ($13.952 million) with Rams.

Prince Amukamara signs one-year deal with Jaguars.

Sean Smith signs four-year, $40 million deal with Chiefs.

Pacman Jones signs three-year deal to return to Bengals.

Tracy Porter three-year, $12 million deal with Bears.

Brent Grimes signs two-year, $16.5 deal with Buccaneers.

Leodis McKelvin signs two-year, $6.2 million deal with Eagles.

Jeremy Lane signs four-year, $23 million deal with Seahawks.

William Gay returns to Steelers on three-year deal.

Brice McCain signs two-year, $4 million deal with Titans.

Morris Claiborne signs one-year, $3 million deal with Cowboys.

Shareece Wright signs three-year, $16 million deal with Ravens.

Kyle Wilson re-signs one-year deal with Saints.

Sherrick McManis signs two-year, $2.85 million deal with Bears.

Marcus Sherels signs two-year deal with Vikings.

Safety

Eric Berry signs franchise tag with Chiefs

George Iloka signs five-year, $30 million deal with Bengals.

Tashaun Gipson agrees to five-year, $35.5 million deal with Jaguars.

Rodney McLeod agrees to five-year, $37 million deal with Eagles.

Tyvon Branch signs two-year, $10 million deal with Cardinals.

Michael Griffin signs one-year, $3 million deal with Vikings.

Andrew Sendejo re-signs four-year, $16 million deal with Vikings.

Isa Abdul-Quddus signs three-year, $12.75 million deal with Dolphins.

Dwight Lowery signs three-year, $7.2 million deal with Chargers.

Rafael Bush signs one-year, $2.4 million deal with Lions.

Chris Clemons signs one-year deal with Cardinals.

Keith Tandy re-signs with Buccaneers on a two-year, $1.85 million deal.

Nate Allen signs one-year, $3 million deal with Raiders.

Robert Golden re-signs three-year, $5 million deal with Steelers.

Kicker

Justin Tucker signs franchise tag with Ravens.

Mason Crosby signs four-year, $16.1 million deal with Packers.

Adam Vinatieri signs two-year, $6 million deal with Colts.

Nick Novak signs one-year, $965K deal with Texans.

Kai Forbath signs deal with Saints.

Punter

Marquette King re-signs five-year, $16.5 million deal with Raiders.

Shane Lechler signs one-year deal with Texans.

Brad Nortman agrees to four-year deal with Jaguars.

The amount of money you'll need to get into Bears-Patriots will make your head hurt

The amount of money you'll need to get into Bears-Patriots will make your head hurt

It costs a lot of money to see the GOAT, apparently. 

According to TickPick, a secondary-market ticket site, the get-in price for Sunday's Bears-Patriots matchup is currently sitting at a nice, plump $356. 

That price is, according to this article in the Chicago Sun-Times, more expensive than a ticket to No. 3 Clemson vs. No. 16 North Carolina State ($161) and No. 5 LSU vs. No. 22 Mississippi State (39$??) combined. It's also over 100 percent (116, to be precise) higher than the Bears' following game against the New York Jets. 

This is on top of what is, according to CNBC, already the most expensive gameday experience in the NFL. Soldier's average beer costs $9.50, coming in as the 2nd-most expensive cup of Bud Light Foam, behind only San Fransisco. 

Honestly though, it's not even that cold yet. Who needs heat/electricity when you can have nosebleed seats and *one* beer instead! 

Putting Bill Belichick’s complimentary comments about the Bears in context

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Putting Bill Belichick’s complimentary comments about the Bears in context

Bill Belichick had plenty of good things to say about Matt Nagy and the 2018 Bears during a conference call with reporters on Wednesday. Some of the highlights:

 

On the Bears’ season as a whole:

 

“The Bears have lost two games, one on a game when they were in control of the game and another one they lost in overtime. This really looks like a 5-0 team to me, if you change one or two plays. You can say that about a lot of teams, but that’s the league we’re in.”

 

On Mitch Trubisky:

 

“I think he’s done a good job of getting ball to the players that are open or in space and letting them be playmakers. He has a lot of them. That’s the quarterback’s job is to deliver the ball to the playmakers and let them go. I think he’s done a good job of that. He’s a tough kid, which I respect. That’s what we would ask our quarterbacks to do, to make plays to help our team win, to get the ball to the players that are open and in space. It’s not about stats. It’s about doing what you need to do to win.”

 

On Tarik Cohen’s usage:

 

“He plays about a little bit less than 50 percent of the time and he’s in a lot of different places, he’s hard to find. He’s a dynamic player that can run, catch, really threaten every yard of the field from sideline to sideline, up the middle, deep. You can throw it to him, you can hand it to him and he’s elusive with the ball and he’s elusive to be able to get open so the quarterback can get him the ball. Those are great skills to have. Any one of those is good and he’s got several of them.

 

“He’s very hard to tackle. But they do a great job mixing him, not just putting him in the game but who he’s in the game with, what the combinations are and then where they locate him and so forth. There are a lot of multiples. It’s hard. Coach Nagy does a good job with that and he’s a special player that you gotta know where he is at all times.”

 

On Trubisky’s 54-yard bomb to Taylor Gabriel on Sunday:

 

“That’s about as good a throw and catch as I’ve seen all year. The execution on that was like 99 out of 100. It was a great, great throw, great route, great catch. There was like a few inches to get the ball in there 50 yards downfield and that’s where it was.”

 

On Akiem Hicks’ impact, who played for the Patriots in 2015:

 

“He’s hard to block. It doesn’t make any difference what the play is, you can run to him and he’s hard to block. You can run away from him, and he makes tackles for loss on the back side. He’s quick and can get around those blocks when there’s more space back there because everybody is going to the front side. He can power rush. He can rush the edges with his quickness. He’s a very, very disruptive player. He’s hard to block on everything.

 

“I appreciate all of the plays he makes. He makes plays on all three downs, against all types of plays, whether it’s reading screen passes or power rushing the pocket to help the ends, to help (Leonard) Floyd and Mack and (Aaron) Lynch rush on the edge. He’s a powerful, disruptive guy. (Eddie) Goldman has done a good job of that. (Bilal) Nichols has done a good job of that too. They have some really powerful guys inside that are hard to block, and they change the line of scrimmage in the running game and the passing game. It really creates a problem, frees up the linebackers in the running game and helps the ends because the quarterback can’t step up in the pocket in the passing game.”

 

On Matt Nagy:

 

“Obviously he's done a great job, as has Ryan with building the team. They have a lot of good players. They have a really experienced staff and they do a great job in all three areas of the game. They're good in the kicking game, they're good on defense they're good on offense. They have highly-skilled players in all three areas.

 

“It's a well-balanced football team that does a lot of things well. Run the ball. Stop the run. Throw the ball. Rush the passer. Intercept passes. Return kicks. Cover kicks. Cover punts. They're at the top of the league in all those categories. Turnovers. Points off turnovers. It doesn't really matter what area you want to talk about, they're pretty good at all of them. That's why they're a good football team.

 

“Coach Nagy and his staff certainly deserve a lot of credit. It's not a one-man band. They're all doing a good job. It's a good football team. I'm sure there will be a lot of energy in the stadium this week. It will be a great test for us to go into Chicago and be competitive against them.”

 

While listening to Belichick rave about the Bears, this missive from former Patriots general manager Michael Lombardi stands out:

 

“Whenever Belichick tells the media on Mondays or Tuesdays that he has already moved on to the next game, trust me, he’s not lying. I worked with Bill for five years in Cleveland, and then during the 2014 and 2015 seasons in New England. Belichick treats every game like a Super Bowl; no detail is too small, no possible scenario or situation goes overlooked. I have heard Belichick break down a bumbling Jaguars team as if it was the reigning two-time Super Bowl winner and treat Blake Bortles like he’s the second coming of Aaron Rodgers. Belichick does it with tape to back up his claims, only showing his team the opponent’s greatest strengths. (With Bortles, I swear, he must have used George Lucas to doctor the video.) No Patriots opponent is underestimated or taken lightly — EVER.”

 

One of the myriad things that make Belichick the best coach in the NFL — and maybe the best coach in NFL history — is how he never takes an opponent lightly, and then how he’s so successful at scheming against what an opponent does best.

 

The Bears are undoubtedly better in 2018 than they were in the John Fox era, or when these two teams last met in 2014 (when New England waxed a moribund Marc Trestman side, 51-23). And a lot of Belichick’s points are valid – that throw Trubisky made to Gabriel was outstanding, for example.

 

But Belichick talks this way about every team he faces. And that, again, is part of what makes him the best at what he does.