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Bears defense makes strides this offseason


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/12/2014) The additions of Jared Allen, Lamarr Houston and Willie Young following the release of Julius Peppers highlights the offseason for the Bears DST. Reloading the pass rush while drafting a pair of defensive tackles (Ego Ferguson, Will Sutton) gives the Chicago D-line a real chance to produce. They also got deeper in the secondary with first-round pick Kyle Fuller, who should primarily focus on being the nickelback.

There are still some other secondary issues and the kick-return game is weaker with Devin Hester gone, but the team is garnering interest in Fantasy and is worth a final-round pick in drafts if you want them. 


Chris Conte out 4-5 months following shoulder surgery


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2014) Bears free safety Chris Conte underwent shoulder surgery last month and will be sidelined four to five months, the team announced. Conte played in every game last season, recording 89 tackles, three interceptions and a forced fumble.

Jared Allen signs with the Bears


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/26/2014) The Bears picked up a replacement for Julius Peppers and stole a player from a division rival at the same time, inking Jared Allen to a four-year deal, the team announced. According to CBSSports.com NFL Insider Jason La Canfora, the deal is worth $32 million with $15.5 million guaranteed. At $8 million per year it's still less than what Peppers is reportedly making with the Packers. 

Allen has 128.5 sacks in his 10-year career including at least 11 in each of his last seven seasons. He's also missed just three games over his 10-year career. 


Bears sign Lamarr Houston


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/11/2014) The Bears signed defensive end Lamarr Houston to a five-year deal, reports FOX Sports.

The deal is reportedly worth $35 million over five years. Houston had six sacks and 69 total tackles in 2013 for the Raiders. 


Bears retain DT Jay Ratliff for two years


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/6/2014) The Bears signed defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff to a two-year deal. He originally signed with them last November and did a decent job helping them slow down the run late in the year. 

Bears sign Kelvin Hayden to one-year deal


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/28/2014) The Bears have signed defensive back Kelvin Hayden to a one-year deal, the team reports Friday.

Hayden, the nickel corner for the Bears, missed all of the 2013 season with a torn hamstring. In 2012, hayden had one interception and 37 tackles in 16 games. He also added five passes defensed and four fumble recoveries.


Kelvin Hayden expected back with Bears


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/28/2014) The Bears are expected to re-sign free agent defensive back Kelvin Hayden, reports ESPN.

The report says that according to a league source there's a "strong" chance Hayden will return to Chicago in 2014. Hayden, the nickel corner for the Bears, missed all of the 2013 season with a torn hamstring.


Bears moving Shea McClellin to linebacker


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2014) The Bears are moving 2012 first-rounder Shea McClellin from defensive end to linebacker. General manager Phil Emery said McClellin will get a chance at strongside and middle linebacker.

“His athleticism allows him to pressure the quarterback,” Emery said. “We want to put him in position where he can make more plays overall.”

McClellin has 6.5 sacks in 28 games.


Bears not saying much about Julius Peppers


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2014) Asked if defensive end Julius Peppers had played his last game with the Bears, coach Marc Trestman replied: "Julius Peppers is under contract and he's been very important to our football team. I don't think anything more needs to be said."

Peppers is scheduled to count $18.2 million against the cap. The 34-year-old had just 7.5 sacks last season.

While the team might not release Peppers, it's clear Chicago cannot afford to retain him at his current salary.


Bears praise Henry Melton's diligence in rehab


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2014) Bears coach Marc Trestman said defensive tackle Henry Melton has been rehabbing vigorously from his torn ACL and has lost weight, reports the Bears Radio Network. General manager Phil Emery added that he wants to re-sign Melton, 27, a free agent who had 13 sacks over the 2011 and 2012 seasons.

Bears' offseason plan begins with Julius Peppers decision


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/9/2014) The biggest decision facing the Bears is what to do with defensive end Julius Peppers, who carries a 2014 cap figure of $18.2 million, reports the Chicago Tribune. It's a decision that will affect Chicago's entire offseason plan.

At a minimum the team is expected to ask Peppers to take a big pay cut. Peppers has restructured his contract twice in recent years, but those were bookkeeping moves to create cap room, not pay cuts. If Peppers doesn't want to play for less money, he could ensure his release, the paper said.

The Bears would have one starting defensive lineman, nose tackle Stephen Paea, under contract if Peppers is cut.


Bears can't afford Julius Peppers at current salary


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/28/2014) The Bears cannot afford to keep defensive end Julius Peppers at his existing salary, which would count $18.2 million against the 2014 salary cap, reports ESPN.com. The eight-time Pro Bowler led the team with 7.5 sacks, adding two forced fumbles and an interception, but just turned 34.

If the Bears release Peppers, they'd have to carry $4.2 million in dead money each of the next two seasons, the report added. However, such a move would "open up tons of space in 2014 the team could use to target other players and fill existing needs."


Report: Charles Tillman likely to leave Bears


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/25/2014) Cornerback Charles Tillman has played his entire 11-year career with the Bears, but that relationship might be over.

The team is unlikely to offer the free agent anywhere near the $7.95 million paid to him in 2013, according to the Chicago Tribune, which has further speculated that Tillman could try to reunite with former coach Lovie Smith in Tampa Bay.

The Bears also have to concern themselves with his health. Tillman lost seven games this year to a triceps injury that eventually landed him in IR.


Bears can't stop Green Bay on 4th-down


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) The Bears ended their season on a heart-breaking note during Sunday's loss to the Packers in Week 17.

Chicago allowed three 4th-down conversions during Green Bay's final drive on offense, including 48-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers with 38 seconds remaining. Tim Jennings and Chris Conte each came down with an interception while the defense recorded three sacks. Chicago allowed 473 yards of total offense in a 33-28 defeat.

Lance Briggs gets the green light for Week 17


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) The Bears ruled linebacker Lance Briggs active for Sunday's regular season finale at home against the Packers in Week 17. Briggs returned from a shoulder injury Week 16, and was able to get through the game healthy. He has 65 tackles on the year.

Lance Briggs not limited Wednesday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/25/2013) Bears linebacker Lance Briggs, who returned Week 16 after missing seven games with a shoulder injury, would have practiced fully Wednesday had the team practiced. He's set to play Sunday vs. the Packers.

Briggs made one tackle in his return at Philadelphia.


Bears DST helpless in Week 16


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013) The Bears DST got annihilated in the 54-11 loss at Philadelphia as Chicago gave up the second-most points in franchise history. The Eagles gained 514 yards and averaged an obscene 8.0 yards per carry.

The Bears have now given up a franchise-record 5,840 yards this season, topping the 1989 mark of 5,729. Chicago produced two sacks and one fumble recovery on an otherwise embarrassing night. It should be noted Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was responsible for one Philadelphia touchdown when he threw a pick-6 to corner Brandon Boykin.

The return game struggled too, with Devin Hester fumbling a kickoff return. Philly quickly cashed in for a 14-0 lead. The Bears DST will try for some measure of redemption Week 17 vs. Green Bay.


Chris Conte returns after getting checked for concussion


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013) Bears safety Chris Conte left the game at Philadelphia in the first quarter to be evaluated for a concussion. Conte's head slammed to the ground as he made a tackle. However, Conte returned later in the first half.

Lance Briggs returns after seven-game absence


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013) Bears linebacker Lance Briggs is active for the game at Philadelphia after missing seven straight games with a shoulder injury. The seven-time Pro Bowler is expected to start.

Despite seven touchdowns, Bears DST should sit Week 16


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/17/2013) The Bears DST scored its seventh touchdown Week 15 when Zack Bowman returned an interception 43 yards at Cleveland. Only the Chiefs DST, with 11 touchdowns, has more.

Still, the Bears DST is averaging only 5.8 Fantasy points over its last four games. Chicago ranks 27th in total defense (380.4) and 28th in points allowed (27.9). Linebacker Lance Briggs (shoulder) is expected back after missing seven straight games, but it's unlikely he'll be dominant in his return.

In Week 16 the Bears travel to Philadelphia to play Chip Kelly's innovative offense. The Eagles have yielded double-digit Fantasy points to a DST once in their last six games. Keep the Bears DST out of your lineups.


Charles Tillman ruled out for rest of season


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/16/2013) Bears coach Marc Trestman said Monday cornerback Charles Tillman, who is on short-term injured reserve with a triceps injury, will not be available for the rest of the season because he's not far enough along in recovery.

Coach optimistic Lance Briggs will be back Week 16


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/16/2013) Bears coach Marc Trestman is optimistic linebacker Lance Briggs will return to the lineup Week 16 at Philadelphia after missing the last seven games with a shoulder injury. Trestman said a final decision about Briggs' status will be made Friday.

Bears score defensive touchdown in Week 15


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/15/2013) The Bears intercepted Jason Campbell twice in Sunday's 38-31 Week 15 victory, taking one of the interceptions into the end zone in the third quarter. The touchdown was the seventh of the season for the Bears DST. 

The Bears didn't record a sack in the game, but they now have two multiple-interception games in the last five. Campbell hadn't thrown an interception since Week 11. 

The Bears face the Eagles in Week 16. 


Bears have opportunity to make some noise


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/11/2013) The Bears have not been a good defensive team lately, averaging a little over four Fantasy points per game over their last three. But they have produced some bright spots at points this season, with five double-digit Fantasy point games and three of 15 or more. 

Their Week 15 opponent, the Browns, have been a pretty decent opponent for DSTs -- teams playing the Browns score about 12.4 Fantasy points per game, the sixth-most in the league. Only five DSTs this season have failed to get double-digit Fantasy points against the Browns. 

Still, the Bears are erratic, and it looks like they'll be without Lance Briggs again this week. They can be left on the waiver wire in most standard formats. 


Bears doubt Lance Briggs will return Week 15


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/11/2013) Bears coach Marc Trestman said he's not optimistic linebacker Lance Briggs (fractured left shoulder) will be able to play Sunday in Cleveland. Briggs has missed six straight games.