Massie Joins Bears Core, Bellamy Hijacks Pro Bowl, Fan Crashes Hicks' IG Live, Obligatory Super Bowl XX Anniversary Mention, and Other Bullets

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Massie Joins Bears Core, Bellamy Hijacks Pro Bowl, Fan Crashes Hicks’ IG Live, Obligatory Super Bowl XX Anniversary Mention, and Other Bullets

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Today I learned eating a cake you finished baking at 1 a.m. for breakfast nine hours later is perfectly acceptable.

  • Happier days:

  • I’m old enough to remember when the Super Bowl was played in January, but not old enough to remember the Bears’ Super Bowl win against the Patriots. It stings.
  • While Buddy Ryan’s defense was (and in some cases, still is) the talk of the town, Chicago’s offensive line was a strength. Perhaps the 2019 Bears can re-create a powerful offensive line for a run at Super Bowl LIV. They’re one step closer toward doing so with the re-signing of right tackle Bobby Massie. By re-signing Massie, the entire offensive line that protected Mitch Trubisky and cleared holes for the running game in 2018 is in tact for a second straight year. Continuity is important, but I’m not sure there is any area where it is more important than in the trenches on the line of scrimmage.
  • We’re still waiting on the contract details, but at the surface, retaining Massie keeps the offensive line as a strength heading into next year. At minimum, everyone on the Bears’ starting offensive line is signed through 2021. That lines up with the fifth-year option on Trubisky’s rookie deal. Don’t you love it when everything lines up for a clear competitive window to be aggressive in attacking.
  • As one would expect, Massie is happy about the deal:

  • As is the GM who signed the deal. Otherwise, he wouldn’t have signed it … right?

  • With Massie in the fold, this is what the core looks like:

  • Notable omission of players whose contracts expire after the 2020 season: Allen Robinson, Eddie Jackson, and Tarik Cohen. Meanwhile, let’s take note that linebacker Danny Trevathan’s deal is up after the 2019 season. Trevathan will play 2019 in his age 29 season and there are probably a good number of hits left in him, but it could come down to making a tough business decision for a stud who solidifies the middle of the defense.
  • As Dan Wiederer of the Tribune points out, it’s good to see Akiem Hicks get his due at the Pro Bowl. Now, let’s get the man a sack, a goal line carry, and a touchdown on Sunday.
  • Kids say the darndest things on Akiem Hicks’ IG live:

  • Kevin Fishbain of The Athletic writes about the seven Pro Bowlers who will play on Sunday and how the team hopes their presence at the all-star showcase is a sign of future success that will come their way. All of the Bears’ Pro Bowlers are signed to contracts for at least the next two seasons, so the hope is that this group continues to grow together and do great things.
  • Any excuse to share Hicks’ best highlights:

  • Josh Bellamy crashed the Pro Bowl festivities and hilarity ensued:

  • In case you missed it, the Bears signed a new kicker yesterday. And while Cody Parkey is still on the roster, it’s very clear he is on thin ice.
  • At least Redford Jones has experience *making* his double-doink field goal attempts:

  • A Tulsa kicker’s highlight reel? I mean, why not:

  • We’ll be keeping an eye on the Senior Bowl, especially these players who stood out for their excellence at practice this week:

  • I laughed out loud:

  • I’m also laughing at this:

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Author: Luis Medina

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