One of the top free agents is off the market. Offensive lineman Trent Williams signed a deal with the San Francisco 49ers, early on Wednesday morning (very early), making him the highest-paid offensive lineman in NFL history. The deal sits at six years, $138.06 million with $55.1 million guaranteed AND a $30.1 million signing bonus.
Williams came to the Niners from the Washington Football Team via trade last season, reuniting him with Kyle Shanahan, his former offensive coordinator. He went on to start 14 games. San Francisco plans to keep him as their left tackle for a long time based on this deal. Williams also discussed deals with the Kansas City Chiefs and the Chicago Bears before deciding to stay with the 49ers.
Williams sat out the 2019 season amid drama with Washington, and returned to Pro Bowl-form with his new team, prompting the signing. Williams has eight Pro Bowls under his belt, the most for any offensive lineman since 2012.
With running back David Montgomery already ruled out for Monday's game, the Chicago Bears need some new blood. Lamar Miller will be promoted to the active roster before Monday night's game against the Minnesota Vikings.
Miller hasn't played in a game since 2018.
It's someone new every day; today it's the Chicago Bears.
The Bears have closed their facility on Thursday with the result of another positive COVID-19 test. And more bad news: It's another offensive lineman - center Cody Whitehair.
Two other offensive linemen are also on the COVID-19 list (not that the loss of an offensive line will affect the Bears in any way) -- Germain Ifedi and Jason Spriggs.
The Bears are supposed to play the Tennessee Titans this weekend, and they probably will based on the NFL's total non-concern of the virus.
Chicago Bears defensive tackle John Jenkins will miss some time with a torn ligament in his thumb, NFL Network reported.
The Bears have been looking for defensive line help and were also one of the teams listed as being interested in Damon Harrison.
Jenkins will be eligible to return after three weeks, but it could be longer depending on the tear's severity.
The Chicago Bears want fans back in Soldier Field, and I get it. However, Chicago's mayor says there's a less than 50 percent chance of that happening, as of right now.
The Bears have their first home game on Sunday, and there won't be any fans present, and likely not in the foreseeable future.
In the instances that fans were allowed to attend games, we've had: a fan test positive for COVID-19 and force ten people to quarantine, and a fight break out at a game where the home team won. So, not an excellent track record.
And we're off. One of the biggest position battles (and storylines) of this offseason has officially begun - the Chicago Bears' quarterback competition! -fires gun in the air-
The Bears brought in Nick Foles this year, to (hopefully) light a fire under Mitch Trubisky, and hope that one of them works out. We'll see, but they're currently running, throwing, passing, and all the baby steps required of a QB, so I guess that's good.
They're clearly not doing much here, so there won't be a front-runner for a while. Teams are expected to begin padded practices next week.
I fully expect Trubisky to be the starter for Chicago in Week One, but with that being said -- I think he'll be on a very short leash. The second he has a good, old-fashioned 'pick streak'? It's over for Mitch. Foles has the ability to be a bridge starter if they feel like Trubisky won't get it together, and that's what I expect to happen eventually.