Losing four straight and falling from a No. 5 playoff seed at 7-3 to an also-ran can do bad things to your star power.
Other than Devin Hester as the NFC kick returner, no Bear ranks as the top vote-getter at any position in Pro Bowl fan voting according to NFL.com. Players and coaches will vote over the next couple of days and best guess is that Julius Peppers, if not passing up Jared Allen as the top defensive end, will at least join him as a starter for the NFC defense.
Fans love sacks (and the Dallas Cowboys), so not surprisingly perhaps, Demarcus Ware is the leading vote-getter at outside linebacker. Lance Briggs has been to six straight Pro Bowls is a far better all-around outside linebacker than Ware, whose sole role is as a pass rusher.
Brian Urlacher to an eighth Pro Bowl? Hell have a climb to get past Patrick Willis given the way the San Francisco 49ers are playing defense this year.
And Philadelphias LeSean McCoy is the top vote-getter at running back, followed by Minnesotas Adrian Peterson, both in the top 10 for the entire NFL. Matt Forte? Next year.
In the latest SportsTalk Live Podcast, Hub Arkush (670 The Score/Pro Football Weekly) and Brian Hedger (NHL.com) join Kap on the panel.
ESPN is reporting that the Bears have begun shopping Jay Cutler. Will there be any takers?
Meanwhile, Jimmy Butler doesn’t think he’s going anywhere. Would that be a mistake?
Miguel Montero makes his peace with Joe Maddon but was this even a big deal? Sammy Sosa says he put Chicago on the map, and compares himself to Jesus. When he will the Cubs welcome him home?
Plus, Pat Boyle drops by to talk Blackhawks and the “Roly Poly Goalie” is looking for work all because he ate a pie.
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That the Bears may be moving on from quarterback Jay Cutler this offseason is not going to come as a surprise to many, but it appears the first steps towards Cutler's departure have begun.
Jeff Darlington of ESPN reported that the Bears are "actively started seeking a trade partner" for Cutler. NFL teams can't make trades official until March 9, but it sounds like the Bears are starting talks already.
Cutler has been the Bears' primary starting quarterback for the past eight seasons and totaled 154 passing touchdowns, more than 20,000 passing yards with six more rushing touchdowns against 109 interceptions in 102 games. He played five games in 2016 after suffering a shoulder injury.
The 33-year-old is heading towards his 12th year in the NFL. Darlington's report includes a mention that Cutler's contract does not include a no-trade clause.