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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.

Sports Talk Live Podcast: Should Roquan Smith make his debut against the Broncos?

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Sports Talk Live Podcast: Should Roquan Smith make his debut against the Broncos?

Seth Gruen, Chris Emma and Matt Zahn join Kap on the panel. Jon Lester pitches like Jon Lester again and the offense does just enough to win in Pittsburgh. Jim Deshaies joins the guys to talk about the Cubs.

 

Should Roquan Smith make his preseason debut in Denver? Plus the Ohio State controversy takes a salacious turn. Will Urban Meyer keep his job when the investigation wraps up Sunday?

 

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:

Five things to watch for the Bears in Saturday's preseason meeting with the Broncos

Five things to watch for the Bears in Saturday's preseason meeting with the Broncos

DENVER — Expect the Bears’ starters to play deeper into the first half on Saturday in Denver than they did last week in Cincinnati, but their time on the field will still be relatively brief. The real dress rehearsal for the Bears will be next weekend, when they gameplan for and host the Kansas City Chiefs on Aug. 25. 

But Saturday’s game against the Denver Broncos at Mile High Stadium still represents sort of a checkpoint in the buildup to Sept. 9’s season-opening tilt with the Green Bay Packers. It’ll be the last game of the installation phase of the offseason, with coaches turning their focus to gameplanning for the Chiefs next week and then the Packers afterwards. 

There’s still plenty to be learned on Saturday, though. A few things to watch:

1. Will the first-team offense actually produce?

Mitch Trubisky this week bristled at the notion preseason games didn’t matter — “They don’t matter?” he said. “Then why do you guys talk about them so much?” — which fits with the attitude of a guy who was fairly frustrated with his and his teammates’ performance against the Cincinnati Bengals last week. Trubisky wasn’t happy with offense’s sloppy and ineffective play during the two drives he quarterbacked, and wasn’t willing to write it off as “just” a preseason game. 

“No matter what it is, if it’s on the practice field, if I’m in the backyard by myself, if it’s a preseason game, we’re trying to get better and we’re trying to move the football,” Trubisky said. “That’s what great players do. That’s what great teams do. We’re trying to get some momentum and everybody do our job and execute the offense.”

Still, because the Bears aren’t doing much in the way of gameplanning for the Broncos, any production or lack thereof won’t tell us much about the direction in which this offense is headed. More important will be how successful this group is next week against the Chiefs. 

But Trubisky’s competitiveness means he’s not going to let a poor performance slide, even if it’s only for a few series in a game that doesn’t count. He and the Bears hope that translates into some first downs and points on Saturday. 

2. Some notable debuts

Helping Trubisky’s cause will be the 2018 preseason debuts of running back Jordan Howard and wide receiver Allen Robinson, as well as running back Tarik Cohen — who only played one snap against Cincinnati — perhaps being used more. 

The Bears’ offense will not be at full strength, with wide receiver Taylor Gabriel (foot) and tight end Dion Sims (concussion) still out. But for Trubisky, it’ll be a good opportunity for him to see how all the work he and Robinson put in to develop a chemistry in the last few weeks translates to the field.

“We continue to create that chemistry in practice and my job is just to get the ball to the playmakers,” Trubisky said. “The more playmakers we have on the field, just continue to get them the ball and let them do what they do and we just need to roll as an offense, be on the same page, everyone continue to do their job, lock in and go out there and have fun an execute. It’ll be nice to see those guys with the ball in their hands this weekend.”

3. What about Roquan?

It wouldn’t be surprising to see Smith in full uniform going through pregame warmups, but it would qualify as a minor surprise if he actually played on Saturday. 

The benefit to Smith playing would be working to accelerate his development with an eye on Week 1, even if it’s only for a few snaps. But does the risk of him getting injured outweigh whatever benefit playing him would provide?

It’s a question the Bears surely are debating. But coaches and trainers made sure to not push Smith too hard in this week’s joint practices against the Broncos, and it would be risky to put him in Saturday but tell him to not play at full speed. 

It’s not out of the realm of possibility for Smith to play on Saturday, but more likely would be No. 58 making his preseason debut against the Chiefs with another week of practice under his belt. 

4. Snap decisions

James Daniels felt like he was a little sloppy last week against the Bengals, specifically with his hand placement but more broadly because the intensity of things was increased. 

“I think that’s when my technique gets sloppy is when you’re out there and playing against somebody else, you’re really playing,” Daniels said. 

This week’s joint practices, then, were beneficial for Daniels to focus on keeping his technique sound in a more intense setting. And he had the opportunity to do that all while still playing center, not left guard, where he had been working up until last week. How Bears coaches evaluate Daniels' week of practice — which certainly wasn't perfect — will be important, especially in the context of...

... Cody Whitehair going through a snapping “slump” over the last week or so, starting with that preseason game in Cincinnati. If those low/high snaps crop up again Saturday, and Daniels is able to put in a solid day of work with the second-team offensive line, it may nudge the Bears toward moving Whitehair to guard and inserting the second-round Iowa product into the starting lineup. 

The Bears haven’t considered that move yet, though, and the plan all along has been to keep Whitehair at center. A lot has to happen for that plan to change: If Whitehair can’t consistently get snaps to Trubisky, if Daniels proves he’s one of the team’s best five offensive linemen, and then if Daniels proves he’s a better option at center than Whitehair. So far, the Bears haven’t arrived at any of those conclusions, but Saturday’s game could have a significant impact on what those conclusions wind up being. 

5. Down-the-depth-chart position battles

Plenty of players fighting for a spot on the Week 1 53-man roster will get an extended opportunity to put more good — or bad — things on film on Saturday. 

Near the top of the depth chart, Adam Shaheen will have another opportunity to keep his arrow pointing up at the “Y” tight end spot with Sims still out. Jonathan Bullard and Roy Robertson-Harris will continue their competition for the final starting spot on the defensive line, with Bullard still likely the slight favorite. Nick Kwiatkoski can help his case to hold off Smith with another solid showing in what’s been a solid preseason. 

An all-hands-on-deck competition to be the Bears’ reserve outside corner is developing, and with Prince Amukamara (groin) not practicing this week, everyone from that group will get a chance to help their case of making the Week 1 roster. Marcus Cooper needs to have a better game than he did against Cincinnati, while 2017 practice squad’er Doran Grant should get plenty of opportunities, too. For undrafted rookies Kevin Toliver, Michael Joseph and John Franklin III, it’s a big opportunity, too, to turn a longshot bid for a roster spot into something more realistic.