QB Stafford: 'Right time and place' to give Rams discount
Matthew Stafford realizes he almost certainly could have gotten more money in a contract extension after his outstanding debut season with the Los Angeles Rams. After 13 NFL seasons and well over $230 million in earnings, Stafford admitted his priority isn't more dollars. It's more rings, and he believes his new four-year, $160 million deal through 2026 gives him the best opportunity to win them with the defending Super Bowl champions.news.yahoo.com
What’s being said nationally after Jaguars’ spending, Christian Kirk’s payday highlight start of free agency
The first day of free agency negotiations is well underway, and quite a bit of money has been sent around to get the week started. Quandre Diggs re-signed with the Seattle Seahawks for a reported $40 million deal over three seasons. The agreement includes a $20 million signing bonus, and the salary goes from $1.5 million to $15.5 million in Year 2. This post will continue to update as more signings and happenings occur:2022 NFL free agency tracker: Latest signings, trades, contract info for all 32 teams -- NFL.comCould Baker Mayfield get traded? Hilton: I’m A Free Agent, So If You Want Me, Come Get Me -- Pro Football TalkJacksonville Jaguars make free agency splash, land Brandon Scherff, Christian Kirk -- Florida Times-UnionPackers Re-Signing All-Pro Linebacker De’Vondre Campbell -- Sports IllustratedJaguars’ free agency moves point toward Aidan Hutchinson at No.mlive.com
Free agency primer: Detroit Lions expected to increase spending when market opens
As such, Holmes barely dipped his toes into free agency last season, instead signing a slew of prove-it players to one-year deals. It’ll also be interesting to see how free agents respond to the new regime. And he hopes that becomes a selling point in free agency. Because top-line receivers are expensive in free agency, and there just aren’t many of them headed for open waters this year. We already analyzed the Lions’ receiver situation heading into free agency, and how Robinson might fit into that picture.mlive.com
Detroit Lions free agency preview: Allen Robinson headlines a receiver class that is thinning out
This is the first of a seven-part series previewing the Detroit Lions’ positional needs heading into free agency. Green (Cardinals), DeSean Jackson (Raiders)Breakdown: Brad Holmes barely dipped his toes into the free-agent pool after taking over in Detroit last season. That’s what the Lions believe anyway, and they now appear poised to be players when free agency opens next week. The deadline for the franchise tag is today. After playing under the franchise tag last year, he is expected to hit free agency this season.mlive.com
Looking ahead: Chicago Bears expected to start QB Andy Dalton against Lions on Thanksgiving
Lions quarterback Jared Goff (oblique) missed last week’s loss against the Cleveland Browns, with Tim Boyle getting his first crack at starting in the league. Bears quarterback Justin Fields (ribs) left last week’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens, with veteran Andy Dalton finishing the game. The NFL Network reports Dalton is expected to start on Thanksgiving, with the turnaround for Fields and his ribs being too quick. Series history: The Bears lead the all-time series 103-75-5, winning six of the last seven against the Lions. See below for the five most recent results:2021 -- Bears 24, Lions 14 (Week 4 in Chicago)2020 -- Lions 34, Bears 302020 -- Bears 27, Lions 232019 -- Bears 24, Lions 20 (Thanksgiving)2019 -- Bears 20, Lions 13mlive.com
Lions at Bears fantasy preview: Who to start, who to sit and sleepers to watch in Week 4
ALLEN PARK -- The Detroit Lions (0-3) are back on the road for a matchup with the Chicago Bears (1-2) in Week 4. Lions players to sitEverybody else: Jared Goff, Darren Fells, the Lions receivers and their defense aren’t worth starting yet. SIT: WR Darnell Mooney, Bears QBsNo additional words are needed to explain why you shouldn’t start a Bears quarterback this weekend, even with the matchup. Mooney has 12 catches for 101 yards on the year, with only one catch for 9 yards last week. With Raymond, he’s worth a play in deeper leagues and daily fantasy lineups.mlive.com
Looking ahead: Lions preparing for multiple quarterbacks again as Bears try to figure stuff out
The Bears average 2.7 net passing yards per attempt, easily the worst figure in the league to this point. Football Perspective reports there have been 13 games where a quarterback averages less than 0.25 net yards per attempt since 1980, but none since 2004. The Lions are allowing 8.8 net yards per passing attempt, the worst mark in the league. Chicago’s offense is averaging a league-worst 2.7 net yards per attempt, so what’s the opposite of iron sharpens iron? See below for the five most recent results:2020 -- Lions 34, Bears 302020 -- Bears 27, Lions 232019 -- Bears 24, Lions 202019 -- Bears 20, Lions 132018 -- Bears 23, Lions 16mlive.com
Nobody comes for free in NFL free agency that begins Monday
Regardless, on Monday, two days before the NFL's 2021 business year begins, the 32 teams and agents for the players will be making deals. “Legal tampering, and tampering is illegal? AdOf course, free agency always is a buyer-beware situation. AdVoila: Lavonte David, a key linebacker, was re-signed, and several other key guys in the title run could be back. “We do have some money from a cap standpoint that we can spend; but again, it’s an interesting year.
Receivers Godwin, Robinson top franchise tag list
(AP Photo/Jason Behnken, File)The big money that accompanies franchise tags for the 2021 season is going to receivers, safeties and linemen. So wideouts Chris Godwin, who helped the Buccaneers win the Super Bowl, and Chicago's Allen Robinson were tagged just before Tuesday's NFL deadline. Barring their teams working out long-term deals by July 15, they will earn about $19 million, $18 million and $13.7 million, respectively. The going rate for safeties under their first tag is around $10.5 million, which Maye and Marcus Williams will make in New Jersey. RECEIVERSThe 25-year-old Godwin earned $2.13 million in 2020 when he had 65 receptions for 840 yards and seven touchdowns in 12 games.
Bears place franchise tag on star receiver Allen Robinson
Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson II (12) sets up to block during the second half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020, in Jacksonville, Fla. The Bears placed the franchise tag on star receiver Allen Robinson on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 setting up a potential messy situation with their most consistent playmaker on offense. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)CHICAGO – The Chicago Bears placed the franchise tag on star receiver Allen Robinson on Tuesday, setting up a potential messy situation with their most consistent playmaker on offense. “Hey, we love Allen Robinson,” general manager Ryan Pace said recently. Again, the franchise tag is an option for us.
Brady and Bucs, plus Bills and Rams win NFL wild-card games
The first tripleheader of NFL wild-card games saw Tom Brady extend his postseason record for victories to 31 with a 31-23 win for Tampa Bay at Washington on Saturday. After a quarter-century, the Bills got one of those triumphs that Brady collects — and they even figured out how to stop a Hail Mary. The previous playoff win was over Miami on Dec. 30, 1995. And it came in the Bills’ first home playoff game in 24 years, with a limited number of fans in attendance (6,700) for the first time this season. The Ravens averaged an NFL-best 191.9 yards rushing per game and their 3,071 yards rushing were third highest in NFL history.
Rodgers leads Pack to top of NFC after draft disappointment
(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)The NFC playoff field features the usual cast of quarterbacks in Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Russell Wilson. Last Lombardi: Super Bowl 45, 31-25 over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Feb. 6, 2011, at Arlington, Texas. Last Lombardi: Super Bowl 48, 43-8 over the Denver Broncos on Feb. 2, 2014, at East Rutherford, N.J. Last year: No. The Bears’ leading tackler left in the first quarter of the Green Bay game with an elbow injury. DBs Buster Skrine, rookie Jaylon Johnson and Deon Bush missed the loss to Green Bay.
Rodgers throws 4 TDs, Packers beat Bears 35-16 for top seed
Green Bay Packers' Dominique Dafney is congratulated by quarterback Aaron Rodgers after catching a touchdown pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)CHICAGO – Aaron Rodgers threw for four touchdowns, breaking his franchise record for scoring passes in a season, and the Green Bay Packers clinched the No. 1 seed in the NFC by beating the playoff-bound Chicago Bears 35-16 on Sunday. And the Packers beat Chicago again after pounding the Bears at Lambeau Field to start their win streak. Green Bay then went 76 yards, with Jones scoring from the 4 to make it 28-16 with 3:47 remaining.
Browns short-handed as they face Jets
(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)The Cleveland Browns are short-handed as they try to clinch the franchise’s first playoff berth since 2002, the longest active drought in the NFL. They learned Sunday morning they will be without starting rookie left tackle Jedrick Wills against the New York Jets because of an illness. The Browns will be missing receivers Rashard Higgins, Donovan Peoples-Jones and KhaDarel Hodge and linebacker Jacob Phillips. The Indianapolis Colts will be without both starting offensive tackles when they face the Pittsburgh Steelers. This comes after they placed LB Whitney Mercilus on the COVID list on Christmas.
Stafford throws 3 TDs, Lions rally to beat Bears 34-30
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) throws for a touchdown against the Chicago Bears in the second half of an NFL football game in Chicago, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)CHICAGO – Darrell Bevell had a hard time processing everything from his first game as an NFL coach. They fired general manager Bob Quinn and coach Matt Patricia while elevating Bevell, their offensive coordinator, to interim coach. But the Lions turned things around down the stretch, sending the Bears (5-7) to their sixth straight loss. The Lions came out on top after losing four of five, and Stafford gave Bevell the game ball.
QB Jones inactive for Giants; McCoy to start at Seattle
(AP Photo/Aaron Doster)The New York Giants will be without starting quarterback Daniel Jones for Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks. Jones was not expected to play because of a hamstring injury suffered last week against Cincinnati. Colt McCoy will make his first start of the season at QB for the Giants. Seattle was without both starting right tackle Brandon Shell (ankle) and backup Cedric Ogbuehi (calf) leaving a major question on the offensive line. ___CLEVELAND-TENNESSEEBrowns: WR Taywan Taylor, WR KhaDarel Hodge, CB Denzel Ward, RB Dontrell Hilliard, S Tedric Thompson, DE Joe Jackson.
Detroit Lions win 34-30 in wild fashion against the Chicago Bears: Live updates recap
FINAL -- Detroit Lions 34, Chicago Bears 30Quick observations: Lions roar back from double-digit deficit, stun Bears in Darrell Bevell’s debutLive: Detroit Lions vs Chicago Bears Postgame Chat Yes, the Lions did just pull off that comeback victory! Lions 34, Bears 302:13 -- Chicago Bears drive starts on own 11Montgomery takes a short run into the two-minute warning. Bears 30, Lions 276:38 -- Chicago Bears drive starts on own 45Another tackles for loss, this one for Reggie Ragland. 11:23 -- Detroit Lions drive starts on own 25Another Adrian Peterson second-and-10 run makes it third-and-6 for the Lions. LIONS INJURY UPDATE:CB Mike Ford, Back, Questionable — Detroit Lions PR (@LionsPR) December 6, 2020Second quarter:30 -- Detroit Lions drive starts on own 32Lions use a timeout after a 5-yard pass to Kerryon Johnson.mlive.com
Lions vs. Bears: Matchups to watch, key questions heading into first game without Matt Patricia
ALLEN PARK -- The Detroit Lions welcome a new era this weekend against a familiar foe in the Chicago Bears. According to NFL Next Gen Stats, the veteran gunslinger averaged 6.1 completed air yards and 8.3 intended air yards per attempt. He averaged a league-leading 8.3 completed air yards and 10.7 intended air yards in eight games last year, for comparison’s sake. Detroit’s offensive line vs. Khalil Mack and Akiem HicksKhalil Mack is questionable but expected to play this weekend, according to reports. This section will remain part of these previews until Mitchell Trubisky starts against the Lions and doesn’t toss three touchdowns.mlive.com
Bears WR Wims suspended 2 games for punching Saints player
Chicago Bears wide receiver Javon Wims and New Orleans Saints cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) fight in the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in Chicago, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)CHICAGO – The NFL suspended Chicago Bears receiver Javon Wims two games Monday for punching New Orleans Saints safety C.J. The penalty against Wims pushed the Bears back to a second-and-20. Bears coach Matt Nagy said Wims was “apologetic” when they spoke Monday and understands “you can’t do what he did.” But Nagy would not say what led to the altercation. Wims has three business days to appeal the suspension, under the collective bargaining agreement between the league and players' union.
Will Lutz makes field goal in OT, Saints beat Bears 26-23
The Bears’ Cairo Santos made a 51-yard field goal at the end of regulation to force the extra period. He came through with his fourth field goal on a windy day, sending the Bears (5-3) to their second straight loss. “My gut, we’re on the field and I feel like we can kick a field goal at that distance without risking any ball-security issues,” Payton said. Marshon Lattimore then intercepted Nick Foles, leading to a tiebreaking field goal by Lutz. After the Saints went three-and-out, Chicago tied it with 13 seconds left on Santos’ field goal into the wind.
Bears' offense seeks answers after poor showing against Rams
“I don’t ever remember having our own defense score more than our offense,” Nagy said. “That’s that’s that’s hard to do. But the offense has averaged 16 points per game in Foles’ four starts since, and he’s getting little help from the players around him. The offensive line struggled against the strong front of the Rams (5-2), producing just 2.9 yards per carry. Foles was sacked four times, twice at the hands of former Bears linebacker Leonard Floyd, and he threw two interceptions.
4Frenzy ‘Coach of the Week’: Detroit Catholic Central football’s Dan Anderson
We have seen a new team rise to the top of the football standings this year in the undefeated Detroit Catholic Central Shamrocks. So we at 4Frenzy wanted to feature DCC’s coach, Dan Anderson, as our Coach of the Week. DCC coach Dan Anderson (Scott Confer)“I have always said this is the toughest division in the state,” coach Anderson told us. “Our number one priority is to win the Catholic league and that will never change.”Anderson has come full circle during his career at Catholic Central. “It’s never easy starting at QB as a junior, but Declan has done a great job running our offense,” Anderson said.
Foles beat Brady again as Bears squeeze by Tampa Bay 20-19
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws a pass against the Chicago Bears during the first half of an NFL football game in Chicago, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)CHICAGO – Tom Brady fell to Nick Foles again and appeared to lose count of downs on his final play, and the Chicago Bears beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20-19 on Thursday night after Cairo Santos kicked a 38-year field goal with 1:17 remaining. The three-time MVP was seen screaming on the sideline late in the third quarter after an ugly drive for Tampa Bay. Ryan Succop kicked four field goals, including a 25-yarder to give Tampa Bay a 19-17 lead with 4:49 remaining. Kyle Fuller then put a big hit on Ke'Shawn Vaughn as he caught a short pass, and Robert Quinn recovered the fumble, giving the Bears possession on the Tampa Bay 27.
How to watch Thursday Night Football: Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Chicago Bears (10/8/20) live stream, channel, time
This time though the two are on different teams as the Brady-led Tampa Bay Buccaneers travel to face the Foles-led Chicago Bears. The game will air on FOX and NFL Network and football fans can stream the game on fuboTV (free trial), Hulu + Live TV, Sling and Amazon Prime. The Buccaneers travel to Chicago a little banged up with injuries to Chris Godwin (hamstring) and O.J. What: Thursday Night Football - Week 5Who: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-1) vs. Chicago Bears (3-1)When: Thursday, Oct. 8Time: 8:20 p.m. TV: FOX | NFL NetworkStream: FuboTV (free 7-day trial) | Sling | Hulu + Live TV | Amazon Primemlive.com
Another Falcons collapse: Foles' 3 TDs lead 30-26 Bears win
Chicago Bears strong safety Tashaun Gipson (38) celebrates his interception of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Atlanta. The Chicago Bears won 30-26. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Another Falcons collapse: Foles' 3 TDs lead 30-26 Bears win
The Falcons surrendered a 16-point advantage in the final 6 1/2 minutes to the Chicago Bears, who got three touchdown passes from backup quarterback Nick Foles and pulled out a 30-26 win on Sunday. It would have seemed downright improbable — if it hadn't happened for the second week in a row. The former Super Bowl MVP won it with a 28-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Miller with 1:53 remaining. He tossed a 3-yard touchdown pass to Graham to make it 26-16 with 6:20 to go. But Foles got his chance after Trubisky threw an interception in the third quarter that led to a Falcons field goal, pushing the lead to 26-10.
NFL players both eager & anxious to return during pandemic
By and large, however, those same players say they trust the protocols the NFL will have in place by the time practices resume and games return. Safeguards are expected to include daily temperature checks and frequent virus tests, with sick players quarantined for two weeks. We dont know how interesting.The pandemic hit home for a lot of players in April when Super Bowl 50 MVP Von Miller announced he had contracted COVID-19. And so, boy, I dont know. I dont know.