The Chicago Bears have decided against matching the two-year, $9.6 million contract offer the New Orleans Saints made to wide receiver Cameron Meredith. The deal also contains $5.4 million in guaranteed money. According to Adam Schefter, the Bears passed on matching the offer due to concerns about Meredith's ACL and MCL injuries.
A healthy Meredith should play an important role in the Saints' offense, and he gets a boost playing with Drew Brees. The last time Meredith saw the field was in 2016—a season that saw the Bears trot out Jay Cutler, Brian Hoyer, Matt Barkley, and David Fales under center. Michael Thomas should continue his role as the Saints' No. 1 WR, with Meredith will likely competing for the No. 3 WR role with Willie Snead or Tommylee Lewis. Tedd Ginn currently mans the No. 2 WR spot.
Chicago Bears' restricted free agent WR Cameron Meredith has signed a two-year offer sheet with the New Orleans Saints. The deal is worth $9.6 million (with incentives), and comes with $5.4 million in guaranteed money. The Bears have five days to match the offer or let Meredith walk.
Meredith missed all of last season with a torn ACL he suffered in the third week of the preseason, but he showed glimpses of potential during the 2016 season in which he caught 66 passes for 888 yards and four touchdowns. Those numbers, as well as the 97 times he was targeted that season, led all Bears receivers.
Whether he stays in Chicago, or moves to New Orleans to play with Drew Brees, a fully healthy Meredith should be a top-two or two-three receiver on his team and will be someone to consider late in fantasy drafts this summer.
Glennon plans to sign with Arizona upon his release, freeing up the No. 2 QB spot in Chicago behind Mitch Trubisky. The Bears will be the 31-year-old vet's fourth team since entering the league in 2009. Based on the situation and the talent on offense, he would make for an intriguing QB2 in 2QB or superflex leagues if Mitch Trubisky were to miss any time.
Sam Bradford was brought into the fold earlier in the day, as the assumed new No. 1 QB in Arizona. Once Glennon is officially released by the Chicago Bears he can sign a new deal with Arizona. It's pretty wild that the 2018 free agency period hasn't even started yet, officially, but that Mike Glennon has a new team before he's been released by his "current" team.
With Bradford's injury history, this could turn out to be a significant backup QB signing—and one 2QB/Superflex owners should take note of.
The Bears just keep stockpiling pass-catching assets today. First, they brought in WR Allen Robinson and then tight end Trey Burton, now it appears they will also be adding Taylor Gabriel to the mix. QB Mitch Trubisky is looking like the biggest winner of this year's free agency period.
After letting WR Allen Robinson test the free agent waters, where he promptly signed with the Chicago Bears, the Jaguars aren't letting WR Marqise Lee go. Adam Schefter reports Lee will remain in Jacksonville on a four-year deal worth $38 million, with $18 million guaranteed.
With Robinson injured for most of last season, Lee stepped up to become the Jaguars' No. 1 WR and he led the team in targets (96) and catches (56). He finished the season as the No. 41 scoring receiver in PPR leagues last year, and should be on your fantasy radars as a WR2/WR3 option.
After news broke last night that the Bears intend to sign WR Allen Robinson, it appears they are adding another offensive playmaker in the form of former Eagles TE Trey Burton. Ian Rapaport reports that it's a four-year deal worth $32 million.
While he played second fiddle to Zach Ertz at the tight end position in the Eagles' offense, Burton still managed to lead the position in touchdowns with five. He has shown that if given the chance he can produce, as evidenced by his five-catch, 71-yard, two-touchdown game in Week 14 last season.
He easily becomes the Bears' top tight end and should be on your fantasy radars come draft day.
Enter new Bears head coach Matt Nagy, who served as Kansas City's play caller for the final four games of the 2017 regular season and the playoffs. Nagy is expected to bring along many of the concepts he learned in Kansas City under Andy Reid, meaning the first-year head coach should have a head start in understanding how to utilize a player with Cohen's unique skill-set.
"Well, No. 1, size-wise you see that and you say, 'OK, they're pretty similar, right?'" Nagy said at the NFL scouting combine. "And then you have the speed, the shiftiness, the moves, everything that they do. They're similar in the fact that you can move them around and do different things. As you see on tape, the one thing if you go back and look at simple numbers, you're going to see that Cohen can run the ball a little bit more from the backfield. Not that Tyreek can't.
"So they're different. So I don't think it is fair to compare them but I do understand why people compare them, and for me, I am very excited to coach both of them and look forward to working with Cohen."
As a rookie, Cohen finished No. 33 in PPR formats and No. 42 in standard leagues, but he wasn't dependable since his touches were all over the place. Nagy should rectify that. Since Jordan Howard isn't very adept as a receiver, look for Cohen to catch 60-70 passes and have a more consistent role in the offense.
Loggains was recently with the Chicago Bears, where he served as the team's quarterbacks coach for one season before being promoted to the role of offensive coordinator. He was named the OC in Chicago, replacing Adam Gase, who moved on to coach the Dolphins. The duo worked together in Chicago and are now reunited in Miami. Previous Dolphins OC, Clyde Christensen, has been reassigned to the role of director of football and player development.
Fangio will remain with the Bears under new head coach Matt Nagy, signing a three-year deal.
Fangio will return for a fourth season in Chicago. The Bears earlier in the week hired Mark Helfrich to serve as their offensive coordinator.
The Bears are expected to hire former Oregon Ducks coach Mark Helfrich as offensive coordinator. Helfrich has not worked in the NFL previously but he has spent time as an assistant under Chip Kelly and Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter.
Nagy said he will call the plays and the offense will be his design but Helfrich will obviously have plenty of influence.
Mike McCarthy’s search to fill his vacant defensive coordinator’s job ended suddenly after nine days when the Green Bay Packers coach chose former Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine to succeed Dom Capers.
McCarthy had interest in Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, but it appears Fangio is going to stick with the Bears. He also asked for permission to speak with Los Angeles Chargers defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, but never got to interview him. Bradley agreed to return to the Chargers Tuesday night.
Along the way to his head-coaching job, Pettine was part of some of the NFL’s top defenses. From ’09-12, the Jets ranked 1st, 3rd, 5th and 8th in overall defense. Ryan received most of the credit for the Jets’ great defenses, but a Cleveland.com story said that Ryan turned over much of the responsibility of the defense to Pettine after the 2009 season.
In 2013, after Pettine went to Buffalo, the Bills ranked 10th in defense.
As the story mentioned, Pettine's defenses in New York and Buffalo all ranked top 10 in yards allowed, though they were 20th in points allowed in three straight seasons (two in New York and one in Buffalo). There may be some growing pains along the way, but this looks like a good hire for Green Bay.
General manager Ryan Pace interviewed Nagy, 39, on Sunday, a day after Kansas City's loss in the Wild Card round to the Titans. He replaces John Fox, who was fired a week ago after a 14-34 record in three seasons. Nagy is the 16th head coach in Bears history.
Nagy’s entire NFL coaching career has been spent under Chiefs coach Andy Reid. A record-setting quarterback in college at Delaware, Nagy started as an intern in 2008 for Reid’s Eagles. He followed Reid to the Chiefs, starting off as their quarterbacks coach in 2013 before being promoted to offensive coordinator last season.
Andy Reid handed over play-calling duties to Nagy before the Dec. 3 game versus the Jets. The Chiefs averaged 27.3 points in their final six games (under Nagy) after averaging 24.7 points in their first 11 games with Reid calling the plays. The Chiefs averaged just 12.0 points in the three games prior to the Jets game, which prompted the change by Reid. This hire looks like a clear offensive upgrade for the Bears.
Dowell Loggains found a soft landing spot with a friend after being dismissed from the Chicago Bears.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday night that the Miami Dolphins are naming Loggains their new offensive coordinator, per a source informed of the situation.
This won't change things much in Miami since Adam Gase is still expected to oversee the offense and call the plays.
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