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Under the terms of Article 50, Britain will cease to be an EU member in March 2019.
As NFL free agency opening acts go, Thursday’s was a real “No, they didn’t?”
The Houston Texans' swap with the Cleveland Browns shipping Brock Osweiler out of town was an NBA salary dump deal and I’ve never seen anything quite like it in the NFL.
The New England Patriots just don’t buy talent the way they rushed to the bank for Stephon Gilmore.
For the second straight season, the Jacksonville Jaguars are on their way to winning the offseason again after snagging Calais Campbell, A.J. Bouye, Barry Church and Branden Albert. Last year’s remarkable haul made the Jaguars a 3-13 football team. Will they be better this year?
The $25-plus million the Chargers guaranteed Russell Okung and the like amount Carolina gave Matt Kalil are insane.
And did Alshon Jeffery really agree to a single year at $14 million? No, he didn’t, did he? Yep.
With all of that as context, the Chicago Bears' first day of free agency was somewhat predictable, if less than impressive.
Clearly the biggest story of the day was the long expected release of Jay Cutler. What I found most interesting was that it was announced as having come at Cutler’s request.
I’m sorry, but I just don’t believe that. Once it became clear the Bears were going to sign Mike Glennon there was no way they were bringing back Cutler.
The bottom line, though, is it was time for a change for both the team and the quarterback.
My hope is that a few years down the road, Bears fans will come to understand through the prism of history that Cutler was not the reason for the Bears mediocrity since his arrival.
He did, however, fail to perform up to the level of a Super Bowl quarterback, which is what the Bears paid for with two No. 1 draft choices, Kyle Orton and a swap of third-rounders, and it just wasn’t going to get better.
Hopefully Bears fans will understand that Mike Glennon isn’t being brought in to be that guy either.
Historically, backup quarterbacks brought to new clubs to lead them fail, and there is nothing on Glennon’s resume or on his 18 games worth of tape to suggest he will be the exception.
He is a big man with an excellent pocket presence, cannon for an arm and impressive release.
But he’s never completed 60 percent of his passes. His career 30-touchdowns-to-15-interceptions ratio is unremarkable and he is a poor athlete with no movement skills and a sack waiting to happen.
As solid as the Bears are at guard and center, if they see Glennon as anything more than a bridge it’s essential they upgrade the tackle positions now.
On the upside, his comp stylistically would be Eli Manning, and better accuracy and ball security can be coached.
The Quintin Demps signing honestly caught me by surprise because with Tony Jefferson, T.J. McDonald, Barry Church and D.J. Swearinger all also available at safety, and all younger and more athletic, it never occurred to me Demps was on the Bears radar.
The signing just feels too much like the Antrel Rolle deal.
Former Steelers wide receiver Markus Wheaton is a really nice get if he can stay healthy.
A healthy Wheaton will be a great fit in the slot between Kevin White and Cameron Meredith and is an instant and huge upgrade to the Bears team speed and return game.
At the end of the day, I think the less than ebullient reaction we’re all seeing from Bears nation is mostly because Ryan Pace, possibly unintentionally, had suggested we should expect more than a couple of guys in Glennon and Demps who have spent most of their careers as backups.
But chins up Bears fans, the ceilings on Glennon and Wheaton are still fairly high and there are still over three months of free agency to work and a lot more talent on the board.
It could be worse, we could be looking at the Bears moves and saying, “No, they didn’t?”
Alshon Jeffery’s career with the Bears is over, and the 2012 second-round pick is betting on himself, signing a one-year deal worth $14 million with the Eagles.
Jeffery will enter his third consecutive contract year. Soft tissue injuries in 2015 limited him to nine games and he played under the franchise tag in 2016, when he was suspended four games for a PED violation.
Jeffery leaves Chicago ranked third in franchise history with 4,549 receiving yards in his five seasons. He had only two touchdown catches in 2016 and clearly couldn’t find what he was seeking on the open market in terms of a long-term deal. NFL Network reported that the Vikings offered Jeffery a multi-year contract and the receiver turned it down.
In Philadelphia, Jeffery will be the Eagles’ No. 1 receiver for second-year QB Carson Wentz, and he reunites with Mike Groh, who was the Bears’ receivers coach from 2013-15. Jeffery should be a good complement for the other Eagles addition at wideout, the speedy Torrey Smith.
The one-year deal is a risk for Jeffery, who hasn’t played in all 16 games since 2014. However, if he puts up 2013-14 numbers — 1,133 yards and 10 scores in ’14 and 1,421 yards and seven touchdowns in ’13 — Jeffery will enter 2018 free agency at the age of 28 set to get a much more lucrative contract than he received Thursday.
If Jeffery struggles with availability again, he’ll hit the market and get much less than whatever the Vikings offered him.
The Bears now have a major need to fill at the receiver position. Eddie Royal is expected to be released when healthy, according to the Chicago Tribune, leaving new quarterback Mike Glennon with Kevin White, Cameron Meredith, Josh Bellamy, Rueben Randle and Daniel Braverman.
James Blunt is "desperately sad" his son won't get to meet his "amazing" godmother Carrie Fisher.