2014 DRAFT GUIDE
Team Grade:
Chicago Bears
Quarterbacks: Running Backs:
Wide Receivers: Tight Ends:
Defense: Kickers:

Outlook

The Bears just missed out winning the division last season, so they have a pretty good shot at a return to the playoffs. Chicago will need their defense to play better, though. If that happens, this team can make the playoffs and make a run. Their offense should be very good with three of the top offensive players in the game (Alshon Jeffery, Brandon Marshall and Matt Forte). The defense is the wild card, though, after a few down seasons compared to past years. They need to get better on that side of the ball to take another step forward this season.
FANTASY BREAKOUT
We don't think he'll have a huge season but receiver Marquess Wilson should produce some big games along the way as the No. 3 receiver for the Bears. He'll get a lot me playing time this season. He won't be consistent for fantasy teams but an option in the right matchup. Wilson can get around 700 yards and five touchdowns. He is a big-play threat with the ball in his hands.
FANTASY DUD
Tight end Martellus Bennett had a career season last year but might have a hard time matching those numbers. He has more to compete with for targets (three solid receivers), so he'll have some inconsistent weeks. Bennett scored just once touchdowns the last nine games of last season and had less than 50 yards seven of the last 10 games. His finish to the season is a pretty good indication of his role in the offense going forward.

Team Notes

Mar 26, 12:43 AM Chicago Bears LB Shea McClellin will start inside at linebacker, head coach John Fox said Wednesday, March 25. Fox added that McClellin will also be worked outside as well.
Mar 25, 05:03 PM Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler seemed to lack confidence last season, according to head coach John Fox. 'I think maybe he got to the point where he lacked confidence a year ago. To build that back up, it's going to take time, daily. It takes trust, like any relationship.'
Mar 24, 06:12 PM Free-agent LB Mason Foster (Buccaneers) has agreed to terms with the Chicago Bears Tuesday, March 24, according to Foster's agent.
Mar 24, 02:02 PM Free-agent DE Ray McDonald (49ers) is signing an undisclosed deal with the Chicago Bears Tuesday, March 24.
Mar 24, 10:42 AM Free-agent DE Jarvis Jenkins (Redskins) agreed with the Chicago Bears Tuesday, March 24, on a one-year deal.
Mar 23, 05:32 PM Free-agent DE Jamaal Anderson (knee) said he's fully recovered from a knee injury after taking part in the veteran combine this past weekend. 'I feel outstanding, not just physically but mentally, and I think it definitely humbled me to sit back and realize that I'm not entitled as a first-rounder to be on a roster. I think I'm going to cherish more of the journey now,' Anderson said.
Mar 23, 03:42 PM Free-agent LB Mason Foster (Buccaneers) may be an option for the San Francisco 49ers this offseason.
Mar 23, 03:42 PM Free-agent LB Lance Briggs (Bears) has had contract discussions with the San Francisco 49ers, according to a source. Briggs is believed to have interest in joining the 49ers.
Mar 20, 03:12 PM Free-agent CB Alan Ball (Jaguars) has not agreed to terms with the Carolina Panthers at this point, but is not ruling it out, according to sources.
Mar 19, 06:22 PM The Chicago Bears re-signed TE Dante Rosario to a one-year deal Thursday, March 19. The financial terms were not disclosed.
Mar 19, 11:02 AM Free-agent CB Alan Ball (Jaguars) signed a one-year, $2 million deal with the New England Patriots Thursday, March 19. The deal includes a $1 million signing bonus, a $950,000 salary, a $50,000 workout bonus and up to $500,000 in playing time incentives, according to a source.
Mar 17, 08:03 AM Free-agent LB Mason Foster (Buccaneers) has drawn interest from the Chicago Bears, but the teams have not discussed a multi-year contract or any sort of deal.
Mar 16, 01:43 PM Free-agent DE Ray McDonald (49ers) said he plans to sue the woman that accused him of sexual assault. McDonald was investigated for the alleged crime but was not charged with anything.
Mar 11, 11:13 PM Free-agent WR Eddie Royal (Chargers) is going to sign with the Chicago Bears, a source said Wednesday, March 11. He has familiarity with QB Jay Cutler from their time in Denver, and he also is familiar with members of the coaching staff.

Fantasy Impact: Royal could produce well with Cutler throwing his way.
Mar 11, 11:13 PM The Chicago Bears and free-agent FS Antrel Rolle (Giants) agreed to terms on a three-year, $11.25 million contract Wednesday, March 11, his agent confirmed. His contract calls for $5 million to be guaranteed.
Mar 11, 03:23 PM Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler will remain the starting quarterback in 2015, according to general manager Ryan Pace.

Fantasy Impact: This isn't a surprise. The Bears are going to have to make it work with Cutler.

Offseason Keys

Additions:
Lamarr Houston, DE; Jared Allen, DE; Brian De La Puente, C; Willie Young, DE. 

Losses:
Devin Hester, WR; Henry Melton, DT; Julius Peppers, DE; Corey Wootton, DE; Josh McCown, QB; Major Wright, S. 

2014 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 1  14 Kyle FullerDB
 # 2  19 Ego FergusonDL
 # 3  18 Will SuttonDL
 # 4  17 Ka'Deem CareyRB
 # 4  31 Brock VereenDB
 # 6  7 David FalesQB
 # 6  15 Pat O'DonnellP
 # 7  31 Charles Leno Jr.OL
 # 7  39 Terrance MitchellDB
 Undrafted Jordan LynchRB
 Undrafted Christian JonesLB
 Undrafted Senorise PerryRB

2014 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 13 1:00PM     Buffalo
2     Sep 20 8:30PM     at San Francisco
3     Sep 28 8:30PM     at New York Jets
4     Oct 4 1:00PM     Green Bay
5     Oct 11 1:00PM     at Carolina
6     Oct 18 4:25PM     at Atlanta
7     Oct 25 1:00PM     Miami
8     Nov 1 1:00PM     at New England
-- Week 9 Bye --
10     Nov 15 8:30PM     at Green Bay
11     Nov 22 1:00PM     Minnesota
12     Nov 29 1:00PM     Tampa Bay
13     Dec 3 12:30PM     at Detroit
14     Dec 10 8:25PM     Dallas
15     Dec 21 8:30PM     New Orleans
16     Dec 27 1:00PM     Detroit
17     Jan 3 1:00PM     at Minnesota
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