Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011
Mankins likely not Chicago-boundThe NFL has announced it will allow teams to begin using the franchise tag option on Feb. 10, despite the fact that it may or may not be part of the next collective bargaining agreement.
While this does not directly impact the Bears, indirectly it could be very meaningful. The New England Patriots are expected to place the franchise tag on Loan Mankins, the lineman that Bears fans have been clamoring over, meaning the Bears will not have the opportunity to negotiate with him. (ChicagoBreakingSports)Dye to retire?
Jermaine Dye may be on his way to retirement. The former south-sider sat out last season rather than accept a minor league contract and then, earlier this year, announced publicly his desire to return. However, he has yet to receive a major-league contract offer.
I would still like to play, but I think my choices have passed and teams have gone with other people, Dye said Wednesday.I will continue to stay in shape and hopefully someone will call. If nothing gets done by the end of the spring, I may call it a career. (Fox Sports)Redskins owner sues newspaperWashington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder sued the Washington City Paper and Atalaya Capital LP, the companies parent company, over a column that he claims defamed him and had anti-Semitic references.
The lawsuit revolves around a cover story entitled "The Cranky Redskins Fan's Guide to Dan Snyder" which included an altered photo of Snyder with horns and a beard. (ChicagoBreakingSports)Cutler received painkiller shot at halftimeNearly two weeks after the NFC Championship game, this story still has legs. Reports are now surfacing that Cutler, who has been accused of not trying hard enough to return from his injury, insisted on receiving a painkiller injection and trying to return to the game. (Chicago Sun Times)Fire sign PuerariOn Thursday the Chicago Fire signed Uruguayan forward Gaston Puerari. Puerari, 24, is the 10th new player to join the squad since the 2010 season ended.
"Gaston is a talented offensive player with the ability to make an impact for our club," Fire technical director Frank Klopas said. "We are excited to bring in a player with quick feet, good passing skills and the ability to finish on goal." (ChicagoBreakingSports)