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Veteran accountability in Minny

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Veteran accountability in Minny

The Bears-Vikings game Sunday may mean nothing more on an NFL level than draft positioning but it will in fact mean quite a bit more within the organization.

Where rookies are the ones primarily under scrutiny in meaningless final preseason games, veterans are also on watch lists now, according to general manager Jerry Angelo.

Im looking at veteran players. Everyone is held accountable, Angelo told team website ChicagoBears.com on Wednesday. So its not just about a young players development. Its also about veteran players continuing to play to their abilities. Everyone is accountable for their performance.

The Bears are expected to be aggressive again this offseason, looking at wide receivers, cornerbacks, defensive linemen and offensive linemen in particular. This places a number of vets under particular scrutiny next Sunday.

Neither Zackary Bowman nor Tim Jennings has solved a major concern at cornerback. Nose tackle Anthony Adams is signed through 2012 but has been relegated to the bench and is a longshot to return, particularly with the emerging play and versatility of rookie Stephen Paea.

Israel Idonije is only signed through the end of this season, wants to play in Chicago but has not come close to his impact eight-sack season of 2010. His place and that of Corey Wootton, hampered by nagging injuries through his two seasons, are in some jeopardy if the Bears can land a pass rusher to station opposite Julius Peppers.

Angelo was pleased with the play of Josh McCown against the Green Bay Packers and McCown can play his way at least into training camp with another solid performance. But Angelo is not handing out backup jobs at quarterback, either.

One thing you dont do when players have good games or poor games, you dont run with things, Angelo said. Well have time to make that decision.

Raiders prepping to set the market for Tom Brady in free agency

Raiders prepping to set the market for Tom Brady in free agency

If the Bears have any interest in signing soon-to-be free-agent quarterback Tom Brady this offseason, they may have to be willing to commit beyond just the 2020 season for him.

According to longtime NFL writer Larry Fitzgerald, Sr., the Las Vegas Raiders are prepping to offer Brady a two-year, $60 million deal.

It's a steep price to pay regardless of Brady's resume largely because of his age; he'll be 43 at the start of next season. It's highly unlikely Ryan Pace would be interested in a multi-year deal for a player as close to the end as Brady, but the market will ultimately dictate what needs to be offered by teams who are serious about acquiring TB12.

If Brady wants to play beyond 2020 and is looking for a commitment from a team that extends into at least the 2021 season, his list of potential suitors is likely to shrink. But all it takes is one club willing to meet his asking price, and with Raiders coach Jon Gruden's affinity for established veteran quarterbacks, it seems like a logical match for both sides.

The Bears are expected to be aggressive in the quarterback market this offseason, whether it's via trade for someone like Bengals veteran Andy Dalton or in free agency with players like Marcus Mariota (Titans) and Teddy Bridgewater (Saints) presenting as attractive options.

Former second overall pick Mitch Trubisky has largely been a disappointment over his first three years in Chicago and is facing a make-or-break season in 2020. There's a chance he won't even begin training camp as the starter, depending on who the Bears court in free agency and the promises they make in order to sign him.

NFL free agency could be ‘potential chaos’ for available quarterbacks

NFL free agency could be ‘potential chaos’ for available quarterbacks

A plethora of NFL quarterbacks are set to hit the open market in the next few weeks in Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Dak Prescott, Philip Rivers, Teddy Bridgewater, Jameis Winston, Ryan Tannehill, Marcus Mariota and Case Keenum.

With at least nine in-demand signal-callers, the NFL could see a quarterback shakeup unparalleled in recent NFL history. According to NBC Sports’ Mike Florio, there may be “more butts than seats.”

“In this looming game of quarterback musical chairs, I still don’t think we know whether when the music stops, there’s gonna be more butts than seats, or more seats than butts,” Florio said on NBC Sports’ PFT Live. “And there’s a chance that there’s gonna be a team that is left — because they wanted too long to have something lined up — they’re gonna be left looking around saying ‘Who the hell’s our quarterback for 2020?’”

Based on that list of quarterbacks, teams that could have a QB vacancy to fill this winter include the Patriots, Cowboys, Saints, Buccaneers, Chargers and Titans. There are nine quarterbacks on that list, though Mariota and Keenum may be viewed more as backups by prospective suitors. Therefore, you could have six teams in need of a quarterback and seven on the open market.

The former figure could increase if teams like the Bears or Raiders look to upgrade the quarterback position in free agency. In that case, perhaps there are more “chairs” than “butts” this offseason, meaning some teams may find themselves without a starting quarterback entering the NFL draft.

In that scenario, a team may be inclined to trade for a QB, such as Bengals’ Andy Dalton. How this chaotic situation plays out will determined in the coming weeks, but what’s already certain is this offseason’s free agency could be a frenzy.

“We’ve never had anything even close to this, by way of potential chaos for quarterbacks in free agency and really through the draft,” Florio said. “Who knows how it’s all gonna play out? There’s gonna be a major, major shakeup, potentially. It’s gonna be somewhere between nothing changes and complete and total chaos, but I think it’s gonna be closer to complete and total chaos.”