The Bears were awarded a fourth-round compensatory pick in the 2020 NFL draft on Tuesday, which will be the 140th selection overall (the 34th pick of Round 4. While a pick like that certainly isn't as exciting as a Day-2 selection, it does have value. The Bears should land a player who's capable of making the final roster and contributing at least on special teams or as a key backup.

Just about every available free-agent quarterback who's scheduled to hit the open market later this month has been mentioned as a potential option for the Chicago Bears as they look to add competition for Mitch Trubisky in 2020. One of the rare quarterbacks who hasn't been discussed as a fit for Chicago is former New York Giant, Eli Manning, who announced his retirement from the NFL earlier this offseason. He lost his starting job to Daniel Jones in 2019 in a year that continued the erosion of his physical abilities that at one time were good enough to win two Super Bowls for Big Blue.

The Chicago Bears waived cornerback Prince Amukamara and speedy receiver Taylor Gabriel on Friday. Amukamara started 42 games over the past three seasons and gave the Bears a physical presence in the backfield while helping the defense emerge as a top-10 unit. He was limited by a hamstring injury late last season and missed a game.

The Chicago Bears waived cornerback Prince Amukamara and speedy receiver Taylor Gabriel on Friday. Amukamara started 42 games over the past three seasons and gave the Bears a physical presence in the backfield while helping the defense emerge as a top-10 unit. He was limited by a hamstring injury late last season and missed a game.

The Bears' 2020 schedule was waiting for one last opponent to reveal itself entering Week 16's slate of games and with the New York Giants' victory over the Washington Redskins, the Bears will welcome Big Blue to Soldier Field for the second consecutive season. Here's the complete breakdown of home and away games for Chicago in 2020: Home Packers Vikings Lions Saints Giants Buccaneers Texans Colts Away Packers Vikings Lions Rams Falcons Titans Jaguars Panthers 2020 NFL schedule: Bears' opponents set after Week 16's results originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- ??? The playoffs are out of the picture for the Chicago Bears after Sunday's 21-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers. Matt Nagy's second season as coach had resulted in a 7-7 record but nothing will change for the team going into its final two games. Nagy said Monday the team will not sit out starters to look at other players against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night.

No team has fewer interceptions than the Cowboys' four, and Dallas hasn't forced a turnover since playing the fumble-happy New York Giants a month ago in Week 9. Takeaways haven't come in bunches for the Bears' defense, but will be critically important against a Cowboys offense that's bizarrely No. 1 in yards per play but No. 8 in scoring. Meaning: The Bears need to not only generate a short field or two for Mitch Trubisky and their offense, but will probably need to take the ball away from Dak Prescott and the Cowboys deep in Chicago territory.

But the Bears' 24-20 win over the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving at Ford Field felt different to those who played and coached in it. The Bears didn't just win; for the first time since September, they legitimately felt good about how they won a game. "The celebration today afterwards in Club Dub we had going brought back a lot of memories," coach Matt Nagy said.

There were uncharacteristic coverage busts, allowing David Blough to carve up the Bears' defense by passing to open receiver after open receiver. Leonard Floyd committed a horrendous roughing the passer penalty when he shoved Blough as the rookie quarterback was near the sideline, throwing the ball away (it may have been soft, but it gets called a penalty every time). And there were characteristic mistakes by the offense, like on that embarrassing fourth-and-six.

The Chicago Bears improved their record to 5-6 with last Sunday's victory over the New York Giants, breathing at least a little bit of life into their previously lifeless playoff hopes. And while Chicago may only have a two-percent chance at a post-season berth, in the words of Jimy Carey in Dumb and Dumber: Everything the Bears needed to happen for their playoff hopes in Week 12 basically did. The Panthers, Rams, Eagles and Cowboys all lost.

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