It feels weird to have competitive football on television during a Sunday in March. And yet, I found myself more intrigued by NFL Combine results and spring training baseball.
- If the Bears are going to get their revenge on Nick Foles, they’ll have to do it in Super Bowl LIV. The Eagles decided not to use the franchise or transition tags to retain Foles, which will make him an unrestricted free agent in a market that is always hungry for competent quarterback play. With that in mind, you can expect his stay in free agency to be short. Philly.com’s Les Bowen reports the Jaguars “absolutely expect” to sign Foles as soon as free agency begins on March 13. Bowen reports the market for Foles hasn’t developed much, which means Jacksonville will need just money in order to bring in their new quarterback to the mix.
- In case you’re curious, the Bears aren’t scheduled to play the Jaguars in a regular-season game until 2020 when the entire AFC South will be on their schedule. That means matchups against Andrew Luck and Deshaun Watson are on the horizon, too.
- Perhaps Antonio Brown will be catching passes from Marcus Mariota by the time the Bears-Titans matchup comes to fruition. Because elsewhere in the state of Pennsylvania, we have a three-team race for the All-Pro receiver’s services:
The three teams that have shown the most interest in wide receiver Antonio Brown to date are the Oakland Raiders, Washington Redskins and Tennessee Titans, per league sources. Thus, the battle for Brown could develop into a battle between Grudens, Jon and Jay.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 2, 2019
- As you can tell by reading the tweet above from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Bears aren’t in on the action (even though some pundits believe they are a great fit for Brown). And even though the Bears aren’t in it, this isn’t an awful scenario because the three teams in the running are two AFC squads and an NFC team that isn’t in their division. Then again, the best-case scenario for Chicago is a deal with the Titans, who the Bears aren’t scheduled to play until 2020. Both Washington and Oakland are on the Bears’ schedule next year, so a deal involving either of those teams would be less than ideal from my perspective perspective.
- As for teams on the Bears’ schedule in 2019, I’m curious to see how the Cowboys handle the DeMarcus Lawrence situation because things aren’t looking too great right now:
The Cowboys are not close with DeMarcus Lawrence. Don't expect a deal by March 5, barring unexpected miracle offer
— Clarence Hill Jr (@clarencehilljr) March 3, 2019
- Maybe Father Time will push Jerry Jones to operate with more of a sense of urgency. “This is my 30th Combine, and I don’t have 30 more,” Jones said, via the Cowboys’ official website. “There is absolutely nothing, short of the health and goodwill of the people I care about, there’s nothing that means more to me than if I could get a Super Bowl. Nothing.” Chilling words from the 76-year-old Cowboys owner. It certainly sounds like Jones is open to exploring a pathway some consider to be unnatural if it results in a Super Bowl title, so I’d be on high alert in Dallas.
- We’re not sure who will be suiting up under center for Washington when the Bears take them on later this year. Alex Smith is going to be out of action and Colt McCoy entering the 2019 league year as QB1 has the team squarely in position to jump in the quarterback market. They could have had their chance at Joe Flacco (who will be traded to the Broncos when the league year begins) but team President Bruce Allen told the Washington Post his team was never in the running for the Super Bowl champ. Based on Flacco’s recent production, that’s probably a blessing in disguise.
- Besides, wouldn’t they want someone younger with more upside?
Here in Indianapolis sources tell me the Washington Redskins have openly spoken about trading for Josh Rosen, IF the quarterback becomes available.
— Tony Pauline (@TonyPauline) March 2, 2019
- Ah, yes. That’s the good stuff. Washington being interested in Josh Rosen is sensible, especially if it turns out Alex Smith can’t play again. Arizona should be asking for a pretty penny for an athletic thrower who is just one year removed from being a first-round pick.
- I doubt Washington be in the chase for Derek Carr, but I suppose you can’t ever rule out anything as Bleacher Report’s Master Tesfatsion tweets that Oakland spent time at the Combine shopping Carr. And why not? The Carr-led Raiders are just 10-21 in his starts since signing his big-money extension in 2017.
- Ex-Bears OC Mike Martz helped Bears legend Mike Singletary’s AAF team win their first game with a pretty inescusible fake-punt call from deep within their own territory. At least Martz owned it after the game:
Fleet head coach Mike Martz said the fake punt call probably lost them the game. Took full responsibility for it. Said they had practiced it for two weeks and he was confident it would work.
— Jonah Jordan (@_JonahJordan) March 2, 2019
- Speaking of ex-Bears coaches in up-start football leagues, who is ready to re-live the Marc Trestman experience?
— Zac Blobner (@ZacOnTheMic) March 2, 2019