The Chicago Bears have vacancies at linebacker and Sunday the team made a move to fill one of the spots.
CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Bears agreed Friday to a one-year contract with linebacker D.J. Williams, a possible replacement for Brian Urlacher.
CHICAGO (AP) -- Brian Urlacher wanted to re-sign with the Chicago Bears.
The NFL owners have gathered at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix for their annual meetings. On the agenda are several rules and by-laws that have been proposed by the Competition Committee, including the creation of "Rule 12, Section 2, Article 8", which pertains to initiating contact with the crown of the helmet. The proposed rule change reads as follows: "It is a foul if a runner or tackler initiates forcible contact by delivering a blow with the top/crown of his helmet against an opponent when both players are clearly outside the tackle box (an area extending from tackle to tackle and from three yards beyond the line of scrimmage to the offensive team’s end line). Incidental contact by the helmet of a runner or tackler against an opponent shall not be a foul." Either side of the ball could receive a 15-yard penalty for the proposed infraction, but the group that has been most vocal in its opposition to the change are current and former NFL running backs. Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith said the league has " lost its mind " with this proposed rule change. Fellow Hall of Fame running back and current NFL Network analyst Marshall Faulk called the proposed change " a joke ", a sentiment echoed by Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte, who criticized the proposal on Twitter. "The proposed rule change for running backs might be the most absurd suggestion of a rule change I’ve ever heard of," Forte wrote on Sunday. "In order to lower your shoulder you obviously have to lower your head. It’s a way of protecting yourself from a tackler and a way to break tackles. You can’t change the instinctive nature of running the football." Defensive players, who have seen some rule changes implemented that go against their on-field instincts, are not exactly sympathetic to the plight of ball-carriers. "Looks like Matt Forte is starting to see what it feels like to play defense ...," wrote defensive end Lawrence Jackson, an unrestricted free agent who has spent the last few seasons with the Detroit Lions.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- The Chicago Bears have released tight end Kellen Davis.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- Brian Urlacher will simply have to wait and see if he is going to join new Chicago Bears Jermon Bushrod and Martellus Bennett next season.
COMMENTARY | The Chicago Bears spent some money in free agency on Tuesday and ended up filling two big holes in their offense. Left tackle Jermon Bushrod and tight end Martellus Bennett are now Chicago Bears.
CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Bears insisted they would get Jay Cutler the help he needed. Clearly, they were serious.
Tight end Martellus Bennett is on the move, signing a four-year deal with the Chicago Bears after one season with the New York Giants, the team announced.
COMMENTARY | Fresh off of missing the playoffs for the fifth time in their last six seasons, the Chicago Bears find themselves at a crucial point. While their deficiencies on the offensive line have been well documented, Chicago finds itself at an organizational crossroads. Does first-year head coach Marc Trestman press for more weapons on offense? Or does second-year general manager Phil Emery reload an aging defense?

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