The Bears wont be the only team taking more than a casual interest in available wide receivers when free agency opens in a matter of weeks. Vincent Jackson is on a number of wish lists and it is looking more and more like the San Diego star will hit the market.
The question then becomes how much that market will be.
Kevin Acee, who covers the Chargers for the San Diego Union-Tribune, posits that Jackson being hit with another franchise tag (this time at 13.8 million or so) but says the Chargers want to address multiple positions rather than tie up that kind of capital in one player. Best guess is that Jackson will command 10 million per season and 20 million or so guaranteed a level the Bears were unwilling to reach with Matt Forte.
The Bears are all too familiar with Jackson. He caught 7 passes for 165 yards and a touchdown against the Lovie SmithRod Marinelli defense including big-gainers of 47, 39 and 32 yards.
To put that in perspective: As for pass receptions of 32 yards or longer, Devin Hester and Johnny Knox had three and Earl Bennett two -- for the season.
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Davis Webb, QB, California
6'5" | 229 lbs.
4,295 YDS, 61.6 CMP%, 37 TD, 12 INT, 135.6 QBR
"System quarterback with more than 65 percent of his attempts coming inside of 10 yards. Webb has enough raw talent to be considered a developmental prospect, but his decision-making and accuracy issues beyond 10 yards is a big red flag that might be tough to overcome in the NFL." — Lance Zierlein, NFL.com
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Give the NFL credit for, at least this one time, genuinely putting the interests of its fans first. Or at least proposing to.
Among the matters expected to come before this week’s owners meetings in Arizona will be one from Washington that coaches have the ability to make unlimited replay challenges as long as the ones they make are correct. The idea is not likely to pass, in part because the NFL is endeavoring to improve the pace of its games, particularly for fans seated in stadiums, particularly outdoor ones. (If you’re watching at home, replay reviews are enough time to fill the chips bowl and grab a cold one.)
Along that line, the plan is for tablet computers to be run out to game officials for their review and consultation, while the final decision is reached at league officiating headquarters in New York, according to current proposals to be considered for votes this week. Additionally, a 40-second play clock is suggested after extra points when there is no commercial break scheduled, and halftime to be limited to 13 minutes 30 seconds.
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Actual in-game changes are also under consideration.
No one is likely to label it “The McClellin Rule” but a proposal is there to ban players leaping over offensive linemen (read: long snappers) to block field goals and extra points. Former Bears linebacker Shea, as a special-teams rusher with the New England Patriots, successfully vaulted Ravens blockers to knock down a Baltimore field goal try last season.
The proposal is likely to pass ostensibly as a player-safety measure, although cynics might suggest that the impetus behind the ban is general irritation that Bill Belichick’s group came up with with kick-block gambit.
More directly aimed at protecting players from gratuitous violence in a game that has enough violence just by its nature is a move to remind officials that players can be ejected for egregiously illegal hits. The situation is not considered dire because of frequency but the league clearly wants to send a message/reminder to not only officials, but players, something likely to be reinforced during officials’ tours of training camps in August.