The underground market of the NFL has been in motion for months, the informal back-channel chats between agents and teams, between players and players for that matter.
You’re the general manager for an established NFL team in a major Midwest market, on a lake, and you have a dilemma. You make the call.
Jeremiah Ratliff re-signing with the Bears in advance of the start of free agency over the next week affects more than simply one position on the defensive line.
With NFL free agency kicking off exactly a week from today, 20 members of the Bears are set to hit the open market.
For a significant part of the 2013 season, defensive coordinator Mel Tucker had to just stand there and take it: weekly grillings on shortcomings of players, the drumbeat of questions about his ga