Lions franchise tag takes DE Avril out of play

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Lions franchise tag takes DE Avril out of play

The Detroit Lions took one of the few elite pass rushers out of any free-agent market at this point when they applied the franchise tag to Cliff Avril on Monday morning.

With the Houston Texans talking to Mario Williams, chances of the Bears addressing their professed need for more edge pressure in free agent drop significantly.

Nearly two months remain before the NFL draft but the Bears best shot at securing a high-impact rusher appears to be from a strong pool of possible first-rounders in Quinton Coples from North Carolina, Courtney Upshaw out of Alabama, South Carolinas Melvin Ingram, Whitney Mercilus from Illinois and Nick Perry from USC.

Avril staying in Detroit is bad enough news for the Bears. He had 5 sacks in his last three games against the Bears and has been the chief beneficiary of the inside havoc wrought by tackle Ndamukong Suh.

The Lions met with Avrils camp on Sunday, according to Adam Schefter over at ESPN, but when no deal could be reached, the decision was made to use the tag with its one year at a guaranteed 10.6 million. A longer-term deal remains a possibility but the Lions are short of cap space and have others like linebacker Steve Tulloch to do as well.

Avril, 25, had 11 sacks and 6 forced fumbles last season.

Bears Talk Podcast: What should Bears do at quarterback?

Bears Talk Podcast: What should Bears do at quarterback?

On the latest edition of the Bears Talk Podcast, Chris Boden and John "Moon" Mullin discuss the Bears' quarterback situation.

The guys discuss the pitfalls of trading for a veteran, backup QB while also looking at some of the college players the team could be interested in.

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Finally, Devin Hester is contemplating retirement. Is he worthy of the NFL Hall of Fame?

Listen to the Bears Talk Podcast below.

Reports: Dolphins assistant Jeremiah Washburn to be Bears' new O-line coach

Reports: Dolphins assistant Jeremiah Washburn to be Bears' new O-line coach

The Bears have reportedly found a new offensive line coach.

According to multiple reports Monday, Jeremiah Washburn will become the team's new offensive line coach, replacing Dave Magazu.

Washburn worked as an assistant offensive line coach this past season with the Miami Dolphins under Adam Gase, the Bears' former offensive coordinator.

Prior to his season in South Florida, he spent seven seasons with the Detroit Lions, working three of them as the team's offensive line coach after three as an assistant offensive line coach.

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This past season, the Bears ranked 17th in the NFL in rushing with 1,735 yards as a team. Only eight teams allowed fewer sacks than the Bears, who saw quarterbacks dropped by opposing defenses just 28 times. Bears quarterbacks were hit 73 teams, also a top-10 mark in the league.

The Bears also committed a good number of holding penalties, 1.68 per game, which was only bested by seven teams.

Magazu was a longtime member of John Fox's staffs in Chicago, Denver and Carolina.