Report: FSU QB Jameis Winston scheduled to meet with Bears


Report: FSU QB Jameis Winston scheduled to meet with Bears

Credit Ryan Pace for doing his due diligence in his first year at the helm as general manager of the Bears.

After meeting with 2014 Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota in Chicago two weeks ago, Pace and the Bears are set to meet with Mariota's Heisman predecessor. 

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is expected to arrive in Chicago on Tuesday for a meeting with the Bears at Halas Hall on Wednesday.

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Winston is considered by most to be the top quarterback in the 2014 NFL Draft, and has been linked to the Buccaneers who hold the No. 1 overall pick. 

So why would the Bears, who select at No. 7, use a pre-draft visit on a player not expected to be within their reach?

Despite committing to Jay Cutler as their starter for the 2015 season, the future in Chicago beyond next season looks murky at best for the much-maligned Bears quarterback. Behind Cutler on the depth chart is Jimmy Clausen and last year's sixth-round selection David Fales. Neither appear to be the long-term solution in Chicago. Pace has made it abundantly clear that he intends to find a long-term solution at quarterback, even if that means drafting one every year.

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“I think it’s a good idea to add a quarterback every year,” Pace said. “Sometimes that’s going to be in the upper rounds, sometimes that’s going to be in the later rounds or college free agency. I mean, I played with Tony Romo at Eastern Illinois, so I know what you can do with college free agency there.

“So I think it’s a critical position. Because of that you can take a swing every year at it. Increase your odds.”

In Winston's case, the Bears need to do their homework and be prepared for every possible draft scenario, granted the unlikeness of him falling to No. 7 or the Bears pulling of a draft night stunner à la Sonny Weaver Jr. with Lovie Smith and the Bucs.

Under Center Podcast: Jarrett Payton "My dad's legacy is still alive!"

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Under Center Podcast: Jarrett Payton "My dad's legacy is still alive!"

Host Laurence Holmes is live in Miami from Radio row for Super Bowl Week. Laurence is joined by WGN's and the late great Chicago Bear Walter Payton's son, Jarrett Payton as they discuss his father's impact on the league, losing his father in comparison to the Kobe Bryant's tragic death, and how the current Bears can improve.

(3:10) - The impact of the Walter Payton Man of the Year award

(6:33) - Compares losing his father to the Kobe Bryant tragedy

(11:53) - Being back in Miami

(13:55) - How can the Bears improve?

(19:20) - Relives the last Bears Super Bowl appearance in Miami

Listen here or in the embedded player below.

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Jay Cutler and Kristin Cavallari to host private event this Valentine’s Day in West Loop

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Jay Cutler and Kristin Cavallari to host private event this Valentine’s Day in West Loop

Former Bears QB and current reality TV husband Jay Cutler will be coming back to Chicago this Valentine’s Day. Cutler’s wife, long-time reality TV star Kristin Cavallari, will be hosting a private event at Uncommon James in West Loop and Cutler is coming along for the festivities. A must event for any fans of mid 2000’s football and MTV.

For $200 per guest, attendees will enjoy food and drink, a private shopping experience and a selfie station. The 3-hour event will also include a question and answer session with Cavallari and Cutler. There’s something for everyone!

Cavallarri is on the third season of her E! show “Very Cavallari” which follows her life and growing business. Uncommon James is a fashion, lifestyle and jewelry brand who opened their Chicago location last October. The flagship store is in Nashville, where Cavallari and Cutler reside with their children.

Cutler is seemingly less-interested in the spotlight than his wife. He isn’t particularly active on social media, with Cavallari posting pictures to an Instagram account for him, so any chance to hang out with the former Bears QB is a rare opportunity. According to Instagram, it looks like Cutler is becoming more involved with Cavallari’s business, designing and modelling a bracelet that doubles as a bottle opener. How very Cutler.

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If you’re looking to convince skeptics to shell out for the event, here’s some incentive. According to, the average Bears ticket in 2014 during the middle of Cutler’s tenure on the team was $108 per person, not even including food and drink and access to whatever a selfie station is. So, you’re paying twice as much for a much closer look at Cutler (assuming the store is smaller than Soldier Field) and a chance to ask him and his wife a question! And food! Seems fair when you put it like that.

If you and the K-Cav to your J-Cut are looking for something to do together this Valentine’s Day, the event will be held at Uncommon James in the West Loop, 849 W Randolph St., from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on February 14th. 

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