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Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that running back Michael Bush formerly of the Oakland Raiders will be coming to Chicago to visit with the Bears. Bush is a big powerful back who has averaged 4.2 YPC in his career and is coming off one of his best pro seasons. Bush rushed for 977 yards and seven touchdowns with the Raiders last season.
He came into the league in 2008 and if he signed with the Bears would be a major upgrade over Marion Barber behind starter Matt Forte. The Bears have two free agent RBs on the roster, Forte who has been given the franchise tag, and restricted free agent Khalil Bell who was given a matching contract tender offer.
With Mike Martz moving on the Bears have mentioned going to a heavier rushing attack approach with new OC Mike Tice. Bush would seem to fit the bill as a quality backup to Forte who would be a good short yardage option and touchdown machine. In addition to be a short yardage specialist, Bush could keep Forte fresh.
The positive news in this development is it lets Forte know he'll have competition but he'll also be kept fresh so he can have a long career here in Chicago. The visit also means that Phil Emery is being proactive in his approach, meaning if Khalil Bell signs elsewhere the Bears won't be left scrabmling to find a back up RB.
Smart front offices don't go into the draft with glaring obvious needs because it gives you less flexbility in terms of trading up or down and it gives other teams leverage over you.
The only question is at what cost would Bush come to the Bears and why isn't he seeking out a team that gives him an immediate starting chance?
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The NFL came down hard on Dallas and Washington, penalizing each team a significant amount of cap space for front-loading contracts during the uncapped 2010 season.
The NFL threw the Washington Redskins for a loss by removing $36 million in salary cap for the way the team front-loaded players' contracts during the 2010 uncapped year.
This bombshell comes on the eve of the NFL 2012 League Year when teams open negotiations for free agent players. Washington was thought to be a big mover in this market. In fact, fans counted on that.
Quarterback Matt Flynn is slated to visit the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday and Friday, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Chad Henne is also talking to the Seahawks, but Flynn should be viewed as the better target. Tarvaris Jackson led Seattle to wins in three of the last five games of 2011, but failed to impress with his 79.2 efficiency rating -- and the team is apparently...
Star defensive end Mario Williams will be taking his services to Buffalo next year to play for the Bills. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Williams has signed a 6-year deal with the Bills worth up to 100 Million, with 50 Million guaranteed. Before being hampered by injuries last year, Williams was one of the best DE’s in the league. The former first pick in the 2006 draft has...
The Houston Texans have reportedly cut backup quarterback Matt Leinart. The former Heisman trophy winner and 10th pick in the 2006 draft will now try to kick-start his career somewhere else.
Brandon Meriweather is a player who goes through plenty of ups and downs, which is one of the reasons the Patriots cut ties with him last September. The Denver Broncos apparently like his upside, though, as they'll be hosting the free-agent safety on Tuesday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Meriweather, the 75th-rated free agent on Pro Football Talk's Hot 100 list...
On NFL Live today ESPN analyst Adam Schefter made it seem like the Steelers were going to keep Mike Wallace for 2012. He said no teams are going to make a move on Wallace “unless circumstances change.” This is due to the free agent market for Wide Receivers. The price for these guys has been ridiculous this offseason.
The price for Wallace plus a first round pick may turn...
Cornerback Brandon Carr has agreed to a five-year deal with the Dallas Cowboys worth $50.1M, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Carr was the most sought after cornerback on the free agent market behind Cortland Finnegan, and Dallas should be thrilled they were able to reel him in after fielding a porous secondary in 2011. And releasing declining 33-year-old vet Terence...
Alex Smith will have more than just Vernon Davis to throw the ball to next season if the San Fracisco 49ers can reach the NFC Title game, again. ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that Randy Moss will sign a one-year deal with the 9ers after working out for them today.
Filed to ESPN: 49ers reached agreement on a one-year deal with wide receiver Randy Moss.
— Adam Schefter ...
Well, the first free agent acquisition of the 2012 league year has arrived, and it's a familiar, yet unexpected face:
Reggie Wayne re-signing a three-year deal with Colts. Agreement reached.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 14, 2012
Most people thought Wayne would be gone once free agency hit, perhaps to follow Peyton Manning to his eventual destination. But,...
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, just two days after the Arizona Cardinals released tackle Levi Brown, he’s now signed a new five-year contract.
The 38 year-old Brown has proven to be very durable, since he hasn’t missed a start in four years.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Minnesota Vikings have signed tight end John Carlson to a five-year $25 million contract.
Carlson played his previous three seasons with the Seattle Seahawks.
Carlson has a total of 137 receptions, 1,519 yards and 13 touchdowns during his three-year career.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Tennessee Titans will bring in free agent guard Steve Hutchinson for a visit.
As the Titans go all out in order to try to land Peyton Manning, they’ll look to solidify their offensive line with an experienced veteran like Hutchinson.