Should Bears swap Kellens at tight end?


Should Bears swap Kellens at tight end?

It is a drama that plays out at least once, usually more, every offseason. A name veteran comes loose and the debate is whether or how much he would be as an upgrade over what the Bears already have in place.

The latest is tight end Kellen Winslow, once the No. 6-overall pick of the 2004 draft by the Cleveland Browns and most recently the subject of some trade talks involving the Bears and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

That didnt happen, which is curious because insiders say Winslow was never a fit with new coach Greg Schianos program and style, and now the Bucs have simply released him.

The expectation is that former Indianapolis Colt tight end Dallas Clark is being signed, which also is an eyebrow-raiser, that the Bucs would prefer a player whos been on the field for only 17 games over the past two years to one who played all 16 last year and caught 75 passes.

But Winslow has knee problems to the point of missing two of every three practice days most of last season. Critics said he was in quarterback Josh Freemans ear constantly and no longer manages to achieve sufficient separation on routes, part of the reason that unofficially half of Freemans NFC-leading 22 interceptions came on efforts in Winslows direction.

The Bears invested a fourth-round pick last month in tight end Evan Rodriguez and committed to Kellen Davis with a new contract.

Knee problems do not abate with age and the Bears went through more than they liked with Tommie Harris before he was released. Moving in that direction again makes little sense and is not expected now for an offense in which Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, Devin Hester and others are forming for the long term, which Winslow would not be.

Jose Quintana to play for Colombia in 2017 World Baseball Classic

Jose Quintana to play for Colombia in 2017 World Baseball Classic

White Sox pitcher Jose Quintana will represent his native Colombia in next year's World Baseball Classic.

Major League Baseball announced Monday a list of 30 players who are already confirmed for the 2017 edition of the event, and Quintana was among the 24 All Stars on that list.

Quintana joins fellow Colombian Julio Teheran of the Atlanta Braves on that country's squad. The rest of the rosters will be officially announced as the tournament gets closer.

Quintana was named to his first All-Star team this past season. He finished the 2016 campaign with career bests in wins (13), ERA (3.20), innings (208) and strikeouts (181)

Cubs cashing in big time with ticket prices after World Series win

Cubs cashing in big time with ticket prices after World Series win

The Cubs didn't wait long to cash in on their first championship in over a century.

As the MLB winter meetings heat up in Maryland, the Cubs are raising ticket prices across the board.

Danny Ecker of Crain's Chicago Business reports the Cubs sent renewal invoices to season ticket holders Monday with an average price increase of 19.5 percent.

Meanwhile, club box infield tickets are increasing by 31 percent, bleacher seats up over 22 percent and other spots raising from 11 to 17 percent. The lowest increase is 6 percent for upper deck tickets.

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The average price of a season ticket for the Cubs is $58 per game now at Wrigley Field, which is 31 percent more than the same figure from three years ago, Ecker reports

Just from season tickets alone, Ecker states the Cubs could be looking at an extra $20 million in revenue in 2017 compared to 2016.

Add in the more than 200 seats in the "Bullpen Box" down each foul line where the bullpens used to be on the field (each seat starts at $16,000 for the full season), and the Cubs are going to see a major increase in ticket sales coming off a year in which they led MLB with 103 wins, won the National League pennant and then finished it off by hosting three World Series games at Wrigley Field in late October before winning it all on the road.

And hey, why not?

Wrigleyville is guaranteed to be poppin' every night next summer regardless of ticket prices.