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Pat O'Donnell reportedly to sign new deal with Bears

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Pat O'Donnell reportedly to sign new deal with Bears

The Bears are having an open competition at kicker, but it appears there won't be any drama at punter heading into training camp.

According to Adam Schefter, the Bears will be bringing back punter Pat O'Donnell on a two-year deal. Schefter reported the deal is worth $4 million.

O'Donnell made $1 million with a $500,000 signing bonus in 2018, so this represents a raise for him.

The 28-year-old has spent his whole career with the Bears since they drafted him in the sixth round in 2014. In 2018, he averaged 45 yards per punt and had 28 punts inside the 20, which matched a career-high.

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Analytics conference says Raiders trading Mack to Bears was best transaction of 2018

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Analytics conference says Raiders trading Mack to Bears was best transaction of 2018

When the Oakland Raiders traded Khalil Mack to the Bears, the whole world seemed to crown Ryan Pace as the winner of the deal.

Six month later, an MIT analytics group is taking Jon Gruden’s side in the team.

The 2019 Sloan Sports analytics Conference wrapped up earlier this month, and they handed out their annual awards, including Best Transaction in all of sports.

One of the sixth-annual Alpha Awards went to the Oakland Raiders for trading Mack in exchange for two first-round picks, one second-round pick and one third-round pick.

The Raiders also sent the Bears a second-round pick and a conditional fifth-round pick in 2020.

Mack clearly had a drastic impact on his new defense, helping elevate Vic Fangio’s unit to the No. 1 group in the NFL.

But the analytics community at Sloan seems to support the idea of a team like Oakland tearing down for a full-scale rebuild, and trading Mack allowed them to acquire a wealth of draft assets.

The real value of those picks will be determined by how successful the Raiders are on draft day, but each additional selection is another lottery ticket for adding young talent, and the draft is universally viewed as the best method of team building.

Three-to-five years from now, we’ll have a much better idea of which team won the Mack trade.

Bryce Callahan posted a goodbye message to Chicago on Instagram and wait one second who's cutting onions in here

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Bryce Callahan posted a goodbye message to Chicago on Instagram and wait one second who's cutting onions in here

Bryce Callahan is off to play for the Denver Broncos, but not before one more Bears 'gram: 

I wanna give a BIG thanks to the whole Bears organization, Chicago, and all the fans. Blessed to be apart of something special for the past 4 years. Gonna miss the team and the city! With that being said it’s time to open up a new chapter 

Callahan spent the first four years of his career in Chicago, becomming one of the league's premier slot corners in the process. Late last week, Callahan signed a 3-year, $21 million contract with Denver. 

It won't be long before a reinion, though, as the Bears will be headed to Denver in 2019. 

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