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    August 20, 2019 11:55 AM EEST
     Sunday Marcus Cooper Jersey , and Chicago stock is soaring"Being who you thought we were since 2005!Log In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsSectionsBearsOddsAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Latest NewsThe Bears DenNotesXs and OsSuperfansBreaking News:The Bears' 2019 Draft class is complete!脳Game RecapFrom The Desk Of...Roster AnalysisStock up, stock down: Bears VikingsNew,62commentsThe Bears comprehensively dominated their previously-hopeful division rivals on Sunday, and Chicago stock is soaringCSTShareTweetShareShareStock up, stock down: Bears VikingsEddie Goldman could tell Kirk Cousins needed a hug. At some point during Sunday’s game, I started feeling sorry for the Vikings. Luckily, the Bears aren’t as soft as I am, and they never relented in swarming Kirk Cousins and suffocating the will from their division-rivals. The Bears crushed the Vikings post-season dreams in their own building, in a season those purple losers entered with perhaps the most hope in franchise history.Sorry!Stock UpJordan Howard, RB - Howard is becoming an integral part of this Bears offense at the perfect time this season, and I couldn’t be happier about it. I appreciate the deception, finesse, and efficiency in Nagy’s offensive scheme as much as anyone, but sometimes you just want to see a Bear explode through a defense tackle and truck past a few second-levelers on his way to a medium-speed strut into the open field. JHow delivers on this better than anyone, and he brought the thump to the tune of 109 yards and 2 touchdowns on 21 carries. Akiem Hicks, DI - Akiem’s stock really can’t go much higher in my mind, and his pro bowl invitation certainly suggests others have grown to appreciate the Dream, but I can’t ignore the dominant performance and incessant interior pressure he delivered on Sunday. You don’t need to look at the box score to know Hicks terrorized Kirk Cousins all game, but if you do, you’re pupils might just turn into heart emoji’s when you see a team-leading 1.5 sacks, a team-leading 2 additional QB hits, and a team-tying 1.5 tackles for loss. Leonard Floyd , OLB - Floyd didn’t rack up any sacks on Sunday, but he did just about everything else you could ask of him. He led the team in tackles with 8, and tied Hicks with one and half backfield take-downs. Incidental stock down for people who believe Floyd needs to be a dedicated pass-rusher.Mitchell Trubisky, QB - Biscuit didn’t light up the stat line, and he probably didn’t anything to sway the haters, but he walked into a hostile environment—which according to super-bowl winning linebacker Danny Trevathan was “stupid loud”—and delivered a clean efficient game. He stepped up in the right moments and converted multiple crucial third downs without his top three receivers. As this season progressed, I’ve become less worried about a mistake at every snap and more confident that Biscuit will bring our Bears one step closer to winning.People who love winning - Some argued that the better strategy would be to lose this game because they preferred matching up against the Vikings in the playoffs. I can’t blame anyone for thinking the Bears would devour these Minnesota also-rans in a wild card round, but the quote Matt Nagy’s post-game press-conference, “I love winning. I think it’s fun to win.” I think Nagy may be on to something.Cheap-shot jokes at Kirk Cousins salary - I can think of 84 million reasons people like to poke fun at what the Vikings paid for an underwhelming quarterback who seems to crumble when it matters most. I can think of 58 million remaining reasons the Vikings will have salary cap problems for at least the next two years and 60 million in dead cap reasons Kirk Cousins will be around to 3-and-out the Vikings into NFC-north irrelevance for the foreseeable future.Stock DownThe Third Down: The Bears owned the third down Sunday. Third down should be ashamed of itself. Presumably it’s the most important down in football, but the Bears defense shrugged it off like a minor nuisance as the Vikings proceeded to convert only one of 12 third down attempts. The Vikings defense—who’d entered the game allowing a league-leading 28.4% third-down conversion rate—laid out a red carpet for Trubisky to convert literally double that at 57%. Bow to your new masters third down.Anyone who predicted less than 12 Bears wins: Which, by my count, is everyone but me and Ken Mitchell. Bears receiving corps: Both Taylor Gabriel and Anthony Miller left the game with injuries. Kevin White and Josh Bellamy combined for 2 receptions on 7 targets and both failed to pull in a well-placed deep sideline pass. Turbo and Miller are supposed to be minor, but I’m not happy with the thought of our top three receivers returning from injury at the same time. Silver lining: Javon Wims caught 4 of 4 targets including a high stakes contested third down snatch and was a runner-up in the stock up category.How about you folks? Whose stocks are rising and falling in your mind? Free agency starts next week and the Chicago Bears are looking to complete their Super Bowl contending roster. What will Ryan Pace do? We’ll project it here for you."Being who you thought we were since 2005!Log In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsSectionsBearsOddsAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Latest NewsThe Bears DenNotesXs and OsSuperfans2019 Chicago Bears mock free agency and mock draftNew,36commentsFree agency starts next week and the Chicago Bears are looking to complete their Super Bowl contending roster. What will Ryan Pace do? We’ll project it here for you.CSTShareTweetShareShare2019 Chicago Bears mock free agency and mock draftBrad Rempel-USA TODAY SportsBrace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY SportsThe Chicago Bears offseason is upon us and because of that, it’s time to let the imagination fly. Even so, this is a team that is currently tight against the cap and will still have more movement before they can spend with any sort of impact, if that is indeed the plan.There’s plenty that can happen in an offseason, so I’m going to do my best to project a combination of what I think general manager Ryan Pace would do and what I would do as well.Without further ado, let’s jump into this head first.Current Cap Space: $18.146 millionThis includes every currently announced cut and I also projected Cody Parkey’s cut in here as well, since there will be no additional cap penalties in 2019 because of the June 1st designation. This also includes the $2.5 million cap credit from Mike Glennon’s 2018 offset language.Cap Savers: (+$12.751 million)Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY SportsRestructure Khalil Mack. (+$8.396 million)projecting that the Bears will trade Howard and a 2020 sixth-round pick to the Buffalo Bills for their fourth round comp pick (#132). This saves money and makes the most sense for both sides if Pace feels comfortable with the return.Notes: Converting Mack’s base salary into a bonus is somewhat of a risk, but even an extra $2 million in dead space over the next five years isn’t going to cripple them, especially when the cap has continued to rise by $10-$12 million each year. Total Cap Space: $30.38 millionInternal Free Agents (8)2019 MOCK FREE AGENCYMike DiNovo-USA TODAY SportsCB Bryce Callahan (Four years Womens Bryce Callahan Jersey , $26 million with $12 million guaranteed) $4.75 million hit(Comp: Bobby McCain)WR Josh Bellamy (Two years, $3.5 million with $1.1M guaranteed) $1.5 million hit(Comp: Sherrick McManis)G Bryan Witzmann (Two years, $3 million with $600,000 guaranteed) $1.25 million hit (Comp: Eric Kush) LS Patrick Scales (Three years, $3.5 million with $1.25M guaranteed) $1 million hit(Comp: Mike Windt)TE Ben Braunecker (One year, $900,00 with $150,000 guaranteed) $900,000 hit(Comp: Daniel Brown)S DeAndre Houston-Carson (One year, $700,000)$700,000 hitDL Roy Robertson-Harris (one year, $650,000 (ERFA) $650,000 hitRT Rashaad Coward (one year, $650,000) (ERFA) $650,000 hitNotes: This is going to be an interesting group to follow. It’s quite possible that the Bears could end up retaining both Adrian Amos and Callahan after hitting the market, especially with how packed both markets are at their respective positions. The Bears have been vocal about wanting to retain both, and judging by the lack of reported buzz from both players at the combine, this seems more and more realistic. Even so, I’m still going to make this a safer projection and assume that just one of the two comes back.Total Spent (after the rule of 51): (-$6.87 million)Current Cap Space: $23.567 millionPrimary Outside Free Agents (6)Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY SportsOLB Terrell Suggs (Two years Josh Bellamy Jersey , $12 million with $5.5 million guaranteed) $5.5 million hit (Comp: Cam Wake)RB T.J. Yeldon (Three years, $12 million with $6 million guaranteed) $3 million hit (Comp: Isaiah Crowell) DB Brian Poole (Three years, $10.5 million with $4 million guaranteed) $2.5 million hit (Comp: Terrance Mitchell)CB P.J. Williams (One year, $1.5 million with $500,000 guaranteed) $1.5 million hit (Comp: Marcus Cooper)K Kai Forbath (One year, $1 million with $200K guaranteed) $1 million hitWR De’Anthony Thomas (One year, $900,000 $150,000 guaranteed) $900,000 million hit Notes: This isn’t going to be some extravagant offseason for the team like in previous years. They don’t have the resources to go out and sign multiple contracts in the $8-$10 million range, but that’s alright. Their holes will be minimal and the focus should be more about finding missing pieces in the short-term that can help push them team closer to a Super Bowl. It’s possible the Bears could do better at safety than Poole, but I have a feeling Pagano will want versatility, which the former Falcon brings. There’s also “better” options than Yeldon at running back, but stylistically, he fits like a glove. Maybe they’ll shell out $7 million per year for someone like Tevin Coleman, but I’ll keep my projection more conservative for the time being.Total Spent (After rule of 51): (-$10.98 million)Current Cap Space: $12.587 millionExtensions: (-$3 million)Kyle Terada-USA TODAY SportsOC Cody Whitehair (Four years, $38 million with $21 million guaranteed) $3 million in 2019 (Comp: Ryan Jensen)Notes: At this point, a Whitehair extension has not only been widely speculation by names like Adam Jahns and Biggs, but it seems like a foregone conclusion this summer. It’s a no-brainer and speaks to Pace’s ability to land talent out of the first round. Current Cap Space: $9.587 millionDraft Class (-$2.5 million)2019 MOCK DRAFTReinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports3rd (#87): RB Miles Sanders (Penn St)This is a running back class that simply didn’t test very well as a whole, but even so, there’s not a lot of first round talent, if any in this class. This should be a good thing for the Bears. Sanders is someone who didn’t originally pop to me on film , but the more and more I watched him, the more attractive he was. He’s a one-year starter with minimal miles. He doesn’t have a ton of long speed and may dance too much behind the line, but he has all the physical makings of a primary back in Nagy’s offense.4th (#126): DB Amani Hooker (Iowa)Much like the Poole signing, I expect the Bears to look for versatile options in the defensive backfield. Hooker can play in the nickel, either boundary spot or at strong safety. He’s someone that was used in multiple ways at Iowa and if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s to trust a good friend of mine who covers that team. He raves about Hooker and it’s easy to see why. Could be a plug and play starter from day one, but the Bears won’t need him to be.4th (#132): TE Foster Moreau (LSU) Projected Trade with BuffaloI’ve kicked a few different tight ends around at this pick. My other choice would have been Texas A&M product Jace Sternberger, but I find it hard to believe he’ll be sitting there in the late fourth, so enter Moreau. He’s not a crazy athletic kid, but he’s big, has steady hands and is an outstanding blocker. The Bears have invested heavy at the position, but this may be a needed addition.5th (#162): WR Penny Hart (Georgia St)Depending on who you talk to, receiver is either a bigger need than meets the eye or receiver is not a worry at all. I’m more in the middle. I don’t think they need to go out and spent big money or use a high pick, but finding Taylor Gabriel’s eventual replacement in the fifth-round wouldn’t be bad. Hart is smaller, but he’s very quick and could be used perfectly in Nagy’s offense.7th (#222): K Matt Gay (Utah)The Bears are likely to draft a kicker, seeing as how they have a pair of seventh round picks. Right now, the two kickers on the roster are Redford Jones and Chris Blewitt. Neither have NFL experience. Enter Gay, who has one hell of a leg. 7th (#238): OG Alex Bars (Notre Dame)This pick is all about value and development. Kyle Long restructured his deal to help the team for a year, but has over a $9 million cap hit in 2020. Bars has experience with Harry Hiestand and could be a nice developmental pick or depth at worst.Total Remaining Cap Space: $7.087 millionOffensive Depth ChartQB Trubisky/DanielRB Yeldon/Sanders/Cohen/MizzellWR1 Robinson/BellamyWR2 Gabriel/WimsWR3 Miller/Thomas/HartTE Burton/Shaheen/Moreau/BrauneckerRT Massie/CowardRG Long/WitzmannC WhitehairLG Daniels/BarsLT Leno/SowellDefensive Depth ChartDE Hicks/BullardNT GoldmanDE Nichols/Robertson-HarrisOLB Mack/Suggs/FittsILB Smith/KwiatkoskiILB Trevathan/IggyOLB Floyd/IrvingCB1 Fuller/Hooker/WilliamsCB2 Amukamara/ToliverSS Poole/Bush/HookerFS Jackson/Houston-CarsonNCB Callahan/McManisSpecial Teams Depth ChartK Gay/Jones/ForbathP UDFA/UDFAKR Thomas/CohenPR Cohen/Thomas