Helmet Heat, Rams Rings, How Murray's Money Impacts Fields' Future, and Other Bears Bullets

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Helmet Heat, Rams Rings, How Murray’s Money Impacts Fields’ Future, and Other Bears Bullets

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Bears rookies report to training camp TOMORROW. Jaquan Brisker remains as the only unsigned draft pick from Ryan Poles’ first class. And while there could be a good reason behind it, I’d be a happy camper if Chicago’s’ new-look secondary had both of its top picks in the fold when camp practices open next week.

  • Have you seen the Rams’ Super Bowl rings?
  • Hey, they’re pretty dope. Not as dope as the ones the Bears will get after they win the Super Bowl in February. But awesome nonetheless.
  • Pay no mind to the fact that I didn’t specify which February the Bears would be winning their Super Bowl. 😏
  • That Kyler Murray extension had me hornswoggled for a hot minute on Thursday. ICYMI: Murray’s new deal is worth up to $230.5 million, includes $160 million in guarantees, and pays him almost as much as Aaron Rodgers (as far as annual average goes). The Murray deal puts into perspective the skyrocketing costs of paying good quarterbacks, as well as the value of a quarterback on a rookie deal.
  • Let’s put it this way: The Bears have three years to build around Fields while his rookie deal is peanuts (relative to other QB contracts). Fields’ rookie pact chews up 2.0% of the Bears’ 2022 cap, 2.3% of the number in 2022 and 2023, per OverTheCap.com’s calculations. Should Fields play well enough to earn an extension like Murray’s, the percentage of cap space his deal will take up will shoot up north of 12 percent. But that type of money isn’t coming down the pipeline for another 4-5 years. So, in the meantime, the Bears could (conceivably) load up on high-price veterans at premium positions. They didn’t do that this offseason, but they are well positioned to do so next offseason when OTC projects the team to have $96,052,076 in cap space. Nothing like having a quarterback on a rookie deal and nearly $100 million to surround him with talent.
  • As for the future, I’m hoping Fields proves to be worthy of getting a Murrayesque pay day. Needing to accommodate a big, fat QB extension would be NFL first-world problems that I’m sure GM Ryan Poles and everyone else at Halas Hall would love to deal with if/when the time comes. Until that time comes, I’ll do my best to limit my groveling as I think about how Ryan Pace wasted one of those cost-friendly years, while Poles will use a year cleaning up the mess his predecessor made.
  • Cole Kmet filling the type of role ESPN analyst Matt Bowen envisions could help Fields reach his potential:
  • Kmet is part of a tight ends room that might be better than I might otherwise expect. The trio of tight ends blends youthful upside (Kmet) with experience and know-how (Ryan Griffin, James O’Shaughnessy). In previewing the Bears’ offense in 2022, Johnathan Wood (Da Bears Blog) grades the position group as being in the middle of the pack. I’m not throwing parades for being league average, but it feels like an accomplishment after recalling what that group had been in prior years.
  • STOP! How in the world is Ryan Pace wielding any kind of authority!?
  • Josh Rosen signing with the Browns isn’t the Cleveland quarterback update we have been obsessively watching. However, I wonder if this is a sign that the Deshaun Watson situation is coming to a head soon. (With that being said, I hope there isn’t a Friday news dump in our future later this afternoon. The seriousness of the Watson hearing makes me believe the ruling deserves a better fate.)
  • On the other side of Ohio, the Bengals are dropping helmet heat:
  • Days after the Giants unveiled a new (old?) look that’ll be on display when they play the Bears, New York’s *OTHER* football team announces its plan to wear a new look in a handful of games — including against Chicago’s football squad.
  • Maybe I’m in the minority here, but I think these would look awesome as heck with the right uniform combination:
  • Bo Jackson is a real one:
  • ICYMI: Some friends and I came up with a 1990s movie draft. We chose from the horror/thriller, action/adventure, drama, video game (or adapted into a video game), animated, comedy, sports, and wild card genres. You can see the draft results here. And we’re hoping you can help us settle the debate on which of us had the best draft. You can vote on which team had the best draft here if you’d like.
  • Role player signings can get overlooked from time to time. Hopefully, one of the Bears’ offseason additions is as impactful as the Alex Caruso signing was for the Bulls:
  • Nope. Don’t like this trend:
  • Let’s get it cracking, Blackhawks:

Author: Luis Medina

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