Bears Biggest Contract Decision, Floyd's Potential Sophomore Breakout, and Other Bullets

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Bears Biggest Contract Decision, Floyd’s Potential Sophomore Breakout, and Other Bullets

Chicago Bears

It’s been a while since we’ve had a Sunday without football, and we won’t have another for a while — but we can get through this together.

  • Every team has tough decisions to make this offseason, but does anyone have one as difficult as what the Bears have to do with Alshon Jeffery? Bleacher Report’s Justis Mosqueda breaks down each team’s biggest contract situation. It’s not just the contract, though, because the Bears have the salary cap space to comfortably fit Jeffery and a major payday. It’s a complex situation between a player and team where neither has strong points of leverage. Jeffery loses negotiation leverage because of an injury-plagued past and a PED suspension that has kept him from out of a significant number of games. The Bears lose leverage because dumping Jeffery would leave them without a clear-cut No. 1 receiver — which would also complicate matters for whoever the Bears next quarterback happens to be.

  • You already know about the contributions Howard, Ezekiel Elliott, and Dak Prescott made as rookies in 2016, but ESPN’s Matt Bowen has a list of 10 rookies who could break out in their second season. It’s an Insider story, so I won’t give you too much, but it’s worth noting that Bears linebacker Leonard Floyd didn’t quite make the cut. HOWEVER, Floyd is among the fringe five on the outside looking in. Bowen writes that even though Floyd has the speed to get to the quarterback, he needs to add upper-body weight to add power to his speed game. Floyd had seven sacks, a forced fumble and a touchdown in his first season with the Bears.
  • The Raiders and head coach Jack Del Rio agreed to a well-deserved four-year extension. Oakland went from 3-13 the year before Del Rio became head coach, to 7-9 in his first season and 12-4 in 2016. The Raiders were one win from locking down the No. 2 seed, but a Week 16 season-ending injury to quarterback Derek Carr and Week 17 loss to the Denver Broncos derailed those dreams. Del Rio was an assistant for John Fox in Denver from 2012-14 and both signed head coaching deals in 2015.
  • Valentine’s Day is Tuesday, so (1) don’t say we didn’t warn you and (2) get something nice for someone you love. But if you don’t have any plans yet, here’s an idea from Comcast Sports Net Chicago:

Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.