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NFL Capsule: Bears at 49ers

NFL Capsule: Bears at 49ers

CHICAGO (7-2) At SAN FRANCISCO (6-2-1)

Monday, 8:30 p.m., ESPN

OPENING LINE - OFF

RECORD VS. SPREAD - St. Louis 5-3, San Francisco 5-3

SERIES RECORD - 49ers lead 31-29-1

AP Pro32 RANKING - Bears No. 3; 49ers, No. 4

LAST MEETING - 49ers beat Bears 10-6, Nov. 12, 2009

LAST WEEK - Bears lost to Texans 13-6; 49ers tied Rams 24-24 OT

BEARS OFFENSE - OVERALL (28), RUSH (9), PASS (30)

BEARS DEFENSE - OVERALL (5), RUSH (4), PASS (10)

49ERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (11), RUSH (1), PASS (28)

49ERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (3), RUSH (7), PASS (5)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - 49ers won last three Monday Night Football games, four of five and six of nine. San Francisco 23-11 at home on MNF (since 1970). ... Bears have won four of last six meetings with Niners since being shut out 17-0 at Candlestick Park on Dec. 17, 2000. ... 49ers lead NFL in fewest points allowed (14.1), while Bears are second (14.8). ... Both quarterbacks in question after concussions last week - Bears Jay Cutler, 49ers Alex Smith. Could be day of backups - Chicago's Jason Campbell, San Francisco's Colin Kaepernick. Campbell has 70 career starts. ... Cutler threw five interceptions in '09 meeting and Frank Gore scored game's lone TD and rushed for 104 yards. ... 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh was Bears' first-round pick of 1987 draft, 26th overall, and played QB for Chicago until 1993 . ... Kickers on both sides missed key opportunities last week: David Akers a 41-yarder in OT for Niners, Robbie Gould a 48-yarder early in fourth quarter at home vs. Houston. ... In last meeting three years ago, 49ers CB Tarell Brown intercepted pass by Cutler in second quarter and made 51-yard return to set up Gore's 14-yard TD run on ensuing play. ... Chicago WR Brandon Marshall has 51 catches for 690 yards and six TDs in past six games. ... Second-year San Francisco LB Aldon Smith with two more sacks vs. St. Louis for 9 1/2 on year. Had 14 in `11 to lead all NFL rookies and set franchise rookie record. ... Bears LB Blake Costanzo played for 49ers last season, finishing second on team with 17 special teams tackles and led San Francisco with four special teams tackles in postseason. ... Gore has five TDs on season and 48 for career, leaving him two TDs rushing shy of matching late Hall of Famer Joe Perry and RB Roger Craig for most in franchise history. RB trying for third straight 100-yard rushing game vs. Bears. ... In 14 career games against Chicago, 49ers WR Randy Moss has 86 catches for 1,155 yards and 10 TDs. His 1,155 yards receiving vs. Bears ranks fourth in NFL history. ... 49ers Justin Smith had six QB pressures and five QB hits against Bears last meeting, helped hold Bears RB Matt Forte to 41 yards rushing on 20 carries for 2.1-yard-per-carry average. ... 49ers have plenty to clean up after they were 2 for 11 on third-down conversions vs. Rams, allowed 458 yards, penalized seven times for 66 yards.

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Need to Know: A look at the Redskins' key 2019 free agents

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Need to Know: A look at the Redskins' key 2019 free agents

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, May 27, 16 days before the Washington Redskins start minicamp.  

Note: I am vacationing in the Outer Banks this week. In this space, I’ll be presenting some of the most popular posts of the last few months. I hope you enjoy these “best of” presentations and I’ll see you folks when I get back. 

Here is my sunrise view from this morning:

Looking at next year’s free agents

This post was originally published on March 18. 

There is still work that the Redskins can do in free agency and they still have some of their own players they want to retain. But with a lot of the player movement already in the books, we can take a look forward some of the key Redskin who currently are set to be free agents when the 2019 league year opens. 

QB Colt McCoy (Week 1 age 32)—Lots of questions here. Will the Redskins want to keep him around for another year as Alex Smith’s backup? Or will they want a younger and cheaper backup? Will McCoy want to move on rather than back up another QB who doesn’t miss many games?

OL Ty Nsekhe (32)—The Redskins gave him a second-round restricted free agent tender this year so it’s possible that he could be gone or on a long-term contract in Washington. If he is a free agent, his value and the difficulty of retaining him could depend on if he ends the season as a reserve tackle (easy) or as a starting guard (hard). 

OLB Preston Smith (25)—As we saw with Trent Murphy (three years, $21 million with up to $30 million), pass rushers get paid. Smith also makes big plays. Since Smith came into the NFL, he is the only player with at least 20 sacks, 3 interceptions, and 4 forced fumbles. If the Redskins can’t reach a deal on an extension with him this year the franchise tag is a distinct possibility. 

WR Jamison Crowder (25)—This year the supply of quality receivers both as free agents and in the draft sent contract prices skyrocketing. To guard against that happening next year, the Redskin should start talking to Crowder about an extension soon. 

ILB Zach Vigil (27)—As I noted here, Vigil went from being cut in September to a very valuable reserve in November. Both Zach Brown and Mason Foster will still be under contract, but the Redskin still should make an effort to retain Vigil for special teams and as a capable backup. 

Other Redskins who are slated to be UFA’s next year are DL Ziggy Hood and ILB Martrell Spaight. 

It’s also worth noting that WR Maurice Harris and DE Anthony Lanier will both be restricted free agents next year. Both positions were pricey in free agency this year, so both could require at least second-round tenders, which likely will increase to about $3 million in 2019. 

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