CB Alan Ball pushing for starting spot in defensive backfield

Chicago Bears cornerback Alan Ball fits the prototype for the new age defensive back, tall and lengthy with a physical nature, and now that he is 100% healthy, he been making a move for a starting spot. Ball, 6'2, has the size the team needs in order to play more man coverage and his experience (22 starts and three interceptions the last two seasons with the Jaguars) is pushing...
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Alan Ball is picking up steam in Bears' cornerback competition

Cornerback Alan Ball has overcome injuries and is now pushing for playing time in the Chicago Bears' secondary. Head coach John Fox has taken note of the progress Ball has made since the start of the summer."Much like some of our defensive backs in the offseason, we got them better, they had offseason surgeries," Fox said, per ESPN's Jeff Dickerson. "He was one of them. So he didn...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

5 Players to keep an Eye on as Bears take on the Dolphins

Written by Mike Bresnahan Sherrick McManis View image | An under the radar name for most Bears Fans, the Cornerback has been a Great special teams contributor last couple years. The line up is simple at Cornerback for the Bears. Tim Jennings, new addition Alan Ball and Sophomore Kyle Fuller. After that there are a lot of Question marks. The Bears desperately...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Bears Positional Preview: Cornerback

Long time Chicago Bear Charles Tillman has hung up his cleats and called it a career, but there are plenty of other able bodies prepared to take his place. Let's take a look at the cornerbacks on Chicago's 2015 roster.Tim JenningsJennings enters his 10th NFL season, his 6th with the Chicago Bears. He has 461 career tackles and 20 career interceptions, nine of which came in the 2012...
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July 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Chicago Bears sign veteran CB Tracy Porter to one-year deal

The Chicago Bears announced the signing of veteran cornerback Tracy Porter to a one-year deal on Monday. The move further bolsters a Chicago secondary with 36 NFL seasons of combined experience between cornerbacks Tim Jennings and Alan Ball, as well as safeties Antrel Rolle and Ryan Mundy. Porter was a second-round selection of the New Orleans Saints back in 2008. He played four...
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June 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Chicago Bears sign CB Tracy Porter

The Chicago Bears announced Monday that they have signed cornerback Tracy Porter to a one-year deal. Porter spent his first four seasons in the league in New Orleans after he was selected in the second round of the 2008 NFL draft by the Saints.  In 2012, Porter played six games for the Denver Broncos which was followed by a full season with the Oakland Raiders in 2013. In 2014...
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June 08, 2015  |  Discuss

NFC Notes: Bears, Lions, Panthers, & Vikings

Bears Jeff Dickerson considers defensive backs Kyle Fuller, Tim Jennings, Antrel Rolle, Ryan Mundy and rookie Adrian Amos to be locks to make the team. Dickerson admits it’s possible defensive backs Alan Ball, Demontre Hurst, Brock Vereen, Sherrick McManis and Al Louis-Jean could make the team as well. According to Dickerson, the Bears transition to ... The post NFC Notes: Bears...
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May 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Chicago Bears Could Boost Defense With Ex-Super Bowl Hero

GM Ryan Pace knows his search for help on defense can’t stop this season despite already making a large series of moves in free agency and the draft.  One area that remains in flux is the secondary.  Outside of Kyle Fuller at cornerback and Antrel Rolle at safety, they have few answers regarding who else will start and fill the primary spots on the depth chart.  What they have...
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May 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Draft Efficiency Grades 2008-2012 Drafts

The premise of the grading system is that each pick is worth one point, the level in which a pick must contribute is divided by the following categories; Top 10 pick, Picks 11-20, picks 21-32 and the corresponding rounds 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7.  For example the expectation of a 2nd round pick would be a starter whereas a 7th rounder only needs to be a backup for three seasons.The reason...
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May 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Why the Chicago Bears Should Go After CB Kyle Arrington

The New England Patriots released cornerback Kyle Arrington yesterday in an effort to create salary cap space. Arrington had spent the last 5 seasons with the Patriots and gained a reputation as one of the more reliable slot corners in the NFL. Now as a free agent, the Chicago Bears should look to sign him.The Bears have had quite the instability at defensive back over the last couple...
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May 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Chicago Bears: Mock draft 1.0

Even with the offseason additions, the Chicago Bears still have a multitude of needs to address and all eyes will be on GM Ryan Pace April 30 at the NFL Draft. As tempting as it may be to select a wide receiver in the first round to replace Brandon Marshall, the consensus belief is the more pressing need resides on the defensive side of the ball. At the combine, however, Pace was...
April 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Payback? Former Chicago Bears cornerback visits with the Carolina Panthers

The Carolina Panthers swung and missed when it came to signing free agent cornerback Alan Ball, who landed with the Chicago Bears. According to this next story, the Panthers might be able to return the favor by snagging a former Bears legend… AROUND COVER32 First and 10: The 10 best free agents still on the market QB Rankings: Every signal caller ranked from 1-32 based on marketability...
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April 09, 2015  |  Discuss

A Chicago Bears Stat Nobody Will Like

Everyone is aware of the rebuilding plan underway to return the Chicago Bears back to the “Monsters of the Midway,” and Ryan Pace has his work cut out for him. According to Jimmy Kempski of, the Bears lead the league in old guys. More specifically, they have 14 players on their roster over the age of 30 which is good for most in the NFL. The Jets, Bengals, Colts...
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April 06, 2015  |  Discuss

How Does Alan Ball Factor into the Bears' Plans?

Contrary to last offseason, the Chicago Bears have not made any blockbuster signings this year. It goes with GM Ryan Pace’s philosophy of having 53 capable players and that was once again proven last week when Pace and the Bears signed cornerback Alan Ball.Ball is a big corner, standing at 6’2” and weighing in around 200 pounds. He’s been in the league for seven years and...
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April 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Fast Pace: Free agent running back, top receiver prospect visit the Chicago Bears

New general manager Ryan Pace has been actively working to upgrade the Chicago Bears’ roster since taking over. In free agency he has added Alan Ball, Mason Roster, Antrel Rolle, Jarvis Jenkins and Pernell McPhee to the defense. On offense he has traded wide receiver Brandon Marshall and his sizable contract to the Jets for a draft pick as well as added Eddie Royal. Today Pace...
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March 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Charles Johnson calls out Alan Ball for not signing with the Carolina Panthers

A couple of weeks ago we passed along a report that said free agent cornerback Alan Ball was signing with the Carolina Panthers. As it turns out those reports were premature and yesterday Ball wound up signing with the Chicago Bears. The decision was a confusing one on a number of fronts and a lot of Panthers fans are not too happy about it, and they’re not the only ones… AROUND...
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March 28, 2015  |  Discuss

5 Free Agents Still On The Chicago Bears Radar

Based on the best possible estimates, there is enough money left in the coffers for the Chicago Bears to make one more significant move in NFL free agency.  What they’ve accomplished to this point already would be considered enough. Antrel Rolle (SS) Eddie Royal (WR) Pernell McPhee (OLB) Ray McDonald (DE) Jarvis Jenkins (DE) Alan Ball (CB) Mason Foster (ILB) Vladimir DuCasse...
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March 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Bears sign former Jags CB Ball

Continuing to shore up personnel deficiencies on the defensive side of the ball, the Chicago Bears inked veteran CB Alan Ball to a one-year deal. Ball, a University of Illinois product, adds depth to a depleted CB unit. Ball isn’t a long-term option, but the eight-year pro gives the Bears some stability and experience at an important position.  He made [...]
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March 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Potential Position Battle: Alan Ball or Tim Jennings?

The Chicago Bears got back in free agency talks today, signing a veteran cornerback Alan Ball.  Ball, who turns 30 in two days on March 29th, spent the 2014-2015 NFL season wearing a Jacksonville Jaguars jersey (say that five times fast).  Before that, he spent 2012 on the Houston Texans, and 2007-2011 with the Dallas Cowboys, who drafted him in the 7th round of the 2007 NFL Draft...
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March 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Chicago Bears announce signing one of the best cornerbacks on the market

Last week it looked like Alan Ball was on the verge of signing with the Carolina Panthers. As it turns out, those reports were premature and no deal ever got done. That’s good news for the Chicago Bears because today they snagged him… AROUND COVER32 Bold Predictions: Five things that will happen as March comes to a close First and 10: Ten teams that would be great on Hard Knocks...
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March 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Latest Free Agent Signing Points to the End of Charles Tillman’s Career in Chicago

As soon as the signing of free agent cornerback Alan Ball was announced Friday morning, some Chicago Bears fans read the writing on the wall. Bears’ GM Ryan Pace inked Ball to a one-year deal, adding the eight-year veteran to Chicago’s secondary. Kyle Fuller and Tim Jennings are the current starting cornerbacks for the Bears and Ball joins the duo adding more depth to the position...
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March 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Bears agree to 1-year deal with cornerback Alan Ball

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) The Chicago Bears have agreed to a one-year contract with former Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Alan Ball. The move was announced Friday. Ball missed the final nine games with the Jaguars last year because of a biceps injury after starting seven. He had one interception and broke up three passes. He has appeared in 93 games with 44 starts over eight seasons...
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March 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Chicago Bears Sign A Cornerback

According to Jayson Braddock, NFL writer, the Chicago Bears have signed former Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Alan Ball. Chicago Bears announce the signing of CB Alan Ball — Jayson Braddock (@JaysonBraddock) March 27, 2015 With eight years under his belt, Ball has played for Jacksonville, Houston and Dallas. He has record six career interceptions and 181 total tackles. The...
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March 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Bears Sign CB Alan Ball To A One-Year Deal

The Chicago Bears announced the signing of CB Alan Ball to a one-year contract on Friday. #Bears have signed CB Alan Ball to a 1-year contract. Ball has played 8 NFL seasons with Cowboys, Texans and Jaguars. — Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) March 27, 2015 Previous reports had said that Ball had an agreement in ...
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March 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Secondary Overhaul: The Carolina Panthers add another cornerback to the mix

Apparently priority one for Ron Rivera and the Carolina Panthers this offseason is to upgrade their secondary. So far they have already added cornerback Teddy Williams and safety Kurt Coleman this week, now it seems they’re looking to add a veteran cornerback to the mix… AROUND COVER32 First and 10: Ten rule changes the NFL should make immediately QB Rankings: Ranking the starting...
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March 19, 2015  |  Discuss
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