Bears weighing numerous options to replace Devin Hester

AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh Since the departure of Devin Hester, the Chicago Bears have been nothing but confident that they will find his replacement during their upcoming training camp. Bears offensive coordinator Joe DeCamillis, said in an interview with the team website that Eric Weems, Michael Spurlock, Armanti Edwards, Chris Williams and Michael Ford are some of the leading candidates...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

NFL Notes: Bears, Giants, Redskins & Texans

  Bears The Chicago Bears have five players have players competing for punt and kick return duties including: Eric Weems, Micheal Spurlock, Armanti Edwards, Chris Williams and Michael Ford. “We have a lot of experience back there,” special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis said, via “There’s a lot of talent and that’s really what you want when...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Bears have wide-open competition to replace Devin Hester

After losing the best kick returner in NFL history in free agency, the Bears are planning for a significant competition in training camp to find his replacement. Devin Hester is now in Atlanta, which means Chicago is looking to fill both the punt return job and the kickoff return job. Among the candidates are Eric Weems, Micheal Spurlock, Armanti Edwards, Chris Williams and Michael...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

NFL Notes: Bears, Bengals, Jets, Panthers, Raiders & Steelers

  Bears WR Marquess Wilson is expected to win the No. 3 receiver job unless he “falters significantly” during training camp. (Michael C. Wright) This could leave Josh Morgan, Eric Weems, Micheal Spurlock, Armanti Edwards, Chris Williams and Josh Bellamy all competing for two or three rosters. (Michael C. Wright) Bengals DE Sam Montgomery was arrested and charged with...
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June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Bears fans shouldn’t get excited about OTAs

It’s that time of the year again. Chicago’s baseball teams aren’t giving us much to get excited about and both the Blackhawks and Bulls were eliminated from the playoffs earlier than expected. So we’re onto the Bears, who have started Organized Team Activities and fans are starting to get excited about what they hear. But don’t get carried away. OTAs have value as it gives...
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June 04, 2014  |  Discuss

MAILBAG: How important are OTAs?

This week we get to see players put on actual helmets and make some sort of football style moves. OTAs are kicking off around the league but how important is it in the grand scheme of things? We delve into just that in this week’s mailbag.   Are OTAs really important or just something for players to get more bonuses? -Enrique in Portage Park Well, look at the situation the Bears...
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May 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Bears sign a veteran receiver

The Bears have agreed to terms with wide receiver Josh Morgan on a one-year contract. Morgan has spent the last two seasons with the Washington Redskins and was with the San Francisco 49ers to start his career. The six-year pro has 199 receptions and 11 touchdowns in his career. Morgan played in 14 games last year and had 20 receptions. He has topped over 40 catches three times in...
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April 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Sonny Weems agrees to cut his contract from 1.1 million to 730k

The Chicago Bears asked kick returner/receiver Eric Weems in March to take a pay cut from the $1.1 million he was scheduled to earn in 2014,’s Jeff Dickerson reported, but at first Weems did not agree to the deal. Well it looks like Weems eventually settled for a lesser contract. The Bears reduced Weems’ $1.1 million base salary […] The post Sonny Weems...
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April 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Eric Weems changes course, takes pay cut with Bears

Back in March, it looked like Eric Weems would join Earl Bennett as Bears wide receivers released after refusing pay cuts for the 2014 season. The Bears never made an official roster move, though, and that left Weems with enough time to decide to give the Bears what they wanted in exchange for continued employment with the team. Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports that Weems...
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April 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Eric Weems agrees to paycut from Bears

getty images The Chicago Bears will keep veteran return man Eric Weems around after he agreed to a paycut. Weems has agreed to reduce his base salary from $1 million to the i year veteran minimum of $730,000. In short Weems opted to remain with the Bears rather than test the open market. Set to be 29 before camp starts, the Bears figure to use Weems only in the return game. He could...
April 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Eric Weems takes pay cut to stay with Bears

Ultimately, Eric Weems made the decision that accepting a pay cut from the Chicago Bears was better than the uncertainty of the open market. Weems renegotiated the final year of his contract on Thursday, according to NFLPA records, agreeing to reduce his base salary from $1 million to the minimum for a veteran with six years of experience -- $730,000. WSCR-670 AM first reported...
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April 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Bears WR Eric Weems Accepts Pay Cut

  According to Adam Hoge of CBS Chicago, Bears WR Eric Weems has accepted a pay cut to be back in Chicago next year. The last we heard regarding Weems was that he had declined to take a pay cut was expected to be released. Hoge mentions that Weems’ base salary has been reduced from $1 million to $730,000 for the 2014 season. Chicago frees up $270,000 in available cap space...
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April 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Discussion: Is Jay Cutler the Reason for All These Cuts? Listen In & Find Out

The Question: So far this off-season the Bears have  cut a slew of players, including Michael Bush, Julius Peppers, Earl Bennett and soon to be Eric Weems saving the Bears close to $13 million for free agency. So, I pose the question: Is Jay Cutler’s new contract and $22 mil against the cap the reason for all these cuts and the non-signing of Devin Hester? The Answer: Listen...
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March 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Aggressive Falcons bolster return game with Hester signing

Ever since the Atlanta Falcons lost Pro Bowl special teams returner Eric Weems to the Chicago Bears following the 2011 season, their return units have been nothing special. As they continue a dramatic makeover this offseason, following a 4-12 performance last year, the Falcons signed three-time Pro Bowler Devin Hester, who owns the NFL record for combined punt/kickoff touchdown returns...
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March 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Bears Ask Eric Weems To Take A Pay Cut Or Be Released

  Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago reports that the Bears have approached WR Eric Weems about a pay cut. Dickerson adds that the Bears are prepared to release Weems in the event that he declines to accept a pay reduction. Weems, 28, signed a three-year, $4.2 million contract that included a $1.5 million signing bonus with the Bears back in 2012. He has a 2014 base salary of $1...
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March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Bears ask Weems to take pay cut

The Chicago Bears have asked veteran kick returner/wide receiver Eric Weems to take a pay cut from the $1.1 million base salary he is scheduled to earn in 2014, according to a source familiar with the situation. Weems is expected to be released if he declines the proposed salary reduction, per the source. Weems signed a three-year deal, $4.25 million that included a $1.5 million...
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March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Bears asked Sonny Weems to take a pay cut

The Chicago Bears have asked veteran kick returner/wide receiver Eric Weems to take a pay cut from the $1.1 million base salary he is scheduled to earn in 2014. Weems is expected to be released if he declines the proposed salary reduction, per Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago. Weems signed a three-year deal, $4.25 million that included a $1.5 million […] The post Chicago Bears...
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March 18, 2014  |  1 Comment

Bears final roster cuts could surprise fans

The Chicago Bears have cut 14 players so far, and another 22 will be slashed by Saturday. The Bears final roster cuts will undoubtedly include familiar names, but who is considered on the bubble? The one name that has been on the tongues of Bears fans, coaches, and on sports talk radio is J’Marcus Webb. The former 7th round pick was removed from the starting right tackle job,...
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August 27, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Chicago Bears season preview QB/ST

The new drinking game for Chicago Bears telecasts this year: “Marc Trestman is a quarterback whisperer.” I’m already very sick of this, and we’re still weeks away from the actual season even starting!  We’ll see if he can solve Jay Cutler; optimize him. Like no other quarterback coach can. By the way, if you’re looking for the shortest possible football books “Jay...
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August 19, 2013  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Offseason Highlights

A package of highlight plays from the Chicago Bears offseason programs, including catches by Fendi Onobun and Eric Weems, interceptions by Chris Conte and Zack Bowman, and Kyle Long getting nasty.
July 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Chicago Bears Draft Analysis: Phil Emery's Biggest Failure

While most of the hype every year surrounds each team's first two to three NFL Draft picks rarely can someone target where a general manager came up short.  In the case of Chicago Bears general manager, Phil Emery you can clearly pick out where this draft was an abject failure at an extremely critical juncture in this draft, the wide receiver position.  Emery did not address...
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May 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Falcons Get Four Additional Draft Picks

Yesterday, the NFL played Santa Claus and gave out compensatory draft picks. Sixteen teams were given a total of 32 compensatory draft picks. The Falcons, along with the Baltimore Ravens, were given a league high four draft picks. The Falcons received one fourth round pick (pick #133) as compensation for Curtis Lofton and three seventh round picks (#243, #244 and #249...
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March 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Ravens, Falcons get 4 compensatory picks

Win a Super Bowl, get rewarded in the draft. That's what happened to the Baltimore Ravens, who on Monday were awarded four compensatory picks in April's draft. The Atlanta Falcons also got four selections for free agents they lost in 2012. San Francisco, which lost 34-31 to Baltimore for the NFL title, will get three picks, as will Tennessee. Compensatory selections have...
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March 18, 2013  |  Discuss

NFL fines Jay Cutler $10k for taunting

The NFL has fined Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler $10,000 for taunting Vikings cornerback A.J. Jefferson, according to the Chicago Tribune. Cutler flipped the ball at Jefferson late in the first quarter of last Sunday's game, and was flagged on the play. Cutler addressed the incident on WMVP-AM 1000. "I've got to be smarter than that," he said. "If anyone...
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November 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Hester and Spencer to miss Seahawks game

Already suffering from a sub-par individual season, Chicago Bears wide receiver/kick returner will miss Sunday’s game with the Seattle Seahawks due to a concussion. Hester exited last week’s game with Minnesota with a concussion, and Bears head coach Lovie Smith admitted that Hester might be out for “a while.” Eric Weems and Earl Bennett will most likely handle punt returns, [...]
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November 29, 2012  |  Discuss
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