It’s a new week, and – just to keep you apprised of the calendar – the NFL Draft is exactly one month away.
- The big story right now in the Bears’ world is Deiondre’ Hall’s arrest in Iowa, reported on Sunday, and with additional details filtering out. Not to simplify an arrest and view it through a football lens, but the timing was less than ideal for Hall. The Bears just signed two free agent cornerbacks and look primed to add another in the draft. Hall was a fourth-round pick who played in only eight games in 2016. And while he has upside, an offseason arrest only complicates things for his future.
- The Bears declined comment on the arrest, per the Sun-Times., which was officially for “interference with official acts, public intoxication and disorderly conduct for fighting.” Given the arrest, Hall is subject to discipline under the NFL’s personal-conduct policy.
- Moving on, it appears that Jay Cutler is enjoying life as a free agent. James Neveau of NBC Chicago’s Grizzly Detail shares images of Cutler’s tropical getaway with wife Kristin Cavallari. If images are to be believed, Cutler isn’t letting life without a certain future bring him down. Cutler did bank more than $50 million in guarantees on his last Bears contract, so it’s not like he’s hurting for cash. And even though the Jets and Texans have been rumored to be interested, there hasn’t been much traction for either team.
- As for the Bears’ current starting quarterback, Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated has some additional details with regard to Mike Glennon’s contract. While the deal was paraded as a three-year deal worth $45 million, Breer reports the deal guards against Glennon cashing two paychecks if it doesn’t work out after the 2016 season. Considering that Glennon hasn’t had significant playing time since 2014, it’s a heady move by the Bears’ front office.
- In case you missed it, we re-visted Glennon’s pre-draft scouting reports because it’s been a while since he has been a significant contributor – and it provides an easy way to reacquaint yourself with a one-time prospect. On the prospect front, we also dug into details on some recent pro days the Bears had their eyes on late last week.
- As for the quarterback position, Brad Biggs makes an excellent point about the Bears’ goal to attain sustained success. The words are simply empty if the Bears don’t solidify their quarterback situation for the long term. Sure, Glennon fits the bill as a stop-gap quarterback for a team that is simply looking for stability. But even if Glennon makes it through three years, what are the odds he makes it through another three? Cutler’s eight-year run in Chicago was the exception, not the rule, when it comes to quarterback play with the Bears. If GM Ryan Pace doesn’t solve the long-term question at quarterback, then the vicious cycle resumes with Glennon in place of Cutler.
- The Bears already re-signed kicker Connor Barth, but Gordon McGuinness of Pro Football Focus has a list of the top available college prospects if the team was looking for a replacement at the position.
- Unless something absolutely wacky happens, the Oakland Raiders are expected to receive approval on Monday to move to Las Vegas. It is Vegas, after all, so nothing should be counted out. However, the move has seemed inevitable for a while.