Suspect in barber’s death surrenders, charged with murder
CHICAGO (AP) — A suburban Chicago man has been charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a barber to Chicago Bears players.
Harvey Police Chief Gregory Thomas said Wednesday that Perry Gosa of Matteson was jealous of his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend. The 27-year-old Gosa allegedly chased Mike Carney through Harvey in his vehicle before shooting the 26-year-old Carney in the parking lot of a Harvey gasoline station on Oct. 21.
Bears look to bolster confidence after consecutive losses
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Whether it's due to a leaking defense or quarterback Mitchell Trubisky's ill-advised throws into pass coverage, the Chicago Bears are in need of a confidence infusion.
Playing a 3-4 New York Jets team with its own struggles could go a long way in solving this, but the 3-3 Bears say they've reached a point where they're only concerned with what they control in their search for answers.
Bears win despite up-down performance by Trubisky
CHICAGO (AP) — Mitchell Trubisky started fast, slowed down and picked it up down the stretch.
Despite another inconsistent performance by their prized quarterback, the Bears pulled out their first win.
Khalil Mack had one of six sacks against Russell Wilson, Prince Amukamara returned an interception 49 yards for a touchdown and Chicago beat the Seattle Seahawks 24-17 Monday night to give coach Matt Nagy his first career victory.
Mack, Amukamara lead Bears over Seahawks 24-17
CHICAGO (AP) — Khalil Mack once again put on the sort of havoc-wreaking show the Chicago Bears envisioned when they traded for the superstar pass rusher.
Even better for them, they came away with the victory this time.
Mack had one of six sacks against Russell Wilson, Prince Amukamara returned an interception 49 yards for a touchdown and the Bears beat the Seattle Seahawks 24-17 Monday night to give coach Matt Nagy his first career victory.
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (AP) — Not even the interceptions seem to frustrate quarterback Mitchell Trubisky right now. Rather than worry about those picks, he's busy picking up the nuances of the offense under new coach Matt Nagy.
Trubisky is throwing deeper in training camp more consistently, and any interceptions are all a part of the process as he gets used to a variety of new targets.
Bears banking on familiarity to boost solid defense
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (AP) — While the Chicago Bears gave their offense a makeover, their defense looks awfully familiar.
That's just the way they wanted it.
The Bears are banking on continuity to turn a top-10 defense into an elite unit and help a struggling franchise emerge as a contender.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Cornerback Prince Amukamara appreciated the give and take with new Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy at Tuesday's practice.
For the defense, as non-contact organized team activities began there was a lot of taking — and then they really gave it to Nagy and his fledgling offense.
It took awhile, but cornerback Prince Amukamara’s gamble on himself finally paid off with the three-year, $27-million contract he signed Wednesday to return to the Bears.
The same strategy also worked for his teammate, outside linebacker Sam Acho.
The Bears’ re-signing of outside linebacker Sam Acho is another case of the team rewarding one of its own defensive players, and the seven-year veteran provides help at a position that is now the team’s greatest area of need.
Former Nebraska defensive back Prince Amukamara has agreed to re-sign with the Chicago Bears on a three-year, $27 million deal, according to multiple reports.
A first-round pick of the New York Giants in 2011, Amukamara joined the Bears in 2017, signing a one-year, $7 million deal. The 29-year-old had 48 tackles with no interceptions in 14 games for Chicago. Amukamara started twelve games for a Bears secondary that allowed only one 100-yard receiver in 2017.
Chicago Bears free agency capsule
CHICAGO BEARS (5-11)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: CB Kyle Fuller (transition tag), Prince Amukamara, Bryce Callahan and Sherrick McManis; WRs Josh Bellamy, Dontrelle Inman and Kendall Wright; QB Mark Sanchez; RB Benny Cunningham; TE Zach Miller; G Josh Sitton; DE Mitch Unrein; LBs Sam Acho, Lamarr Houston and Christian Jones.
Bears regrouping again after loss to Lions erases good vibe
CHICAGO (AP) — The good vibe surrounding the Chicago Bears didn't last long.
They went from busting out to breaking down, from running away with their most lopsided victory in five years to stalling in a 20-10 loss to the Detroit Lions on Saturday.
Chicago has dropped six of seven and hit double digits in losses in all three seasons under embattled coach John Fox. Even beating lowly Cleveland at home next week hardly is a sure thing.
Hub Arkush: Pittsburgh Steelers present Chicago Bears with toughest test yet
CHICAGO – If the Chicago Bears team that faced the Atlanta Falcons in the season opener shows up to play Pittsburgh on Sunday, it can upset the Steelers.
If it’s the team we saw in Tampa last week, spend the day on your “honey do” list because the football could get ugly.
There is some good news for the Bears going in, as it appears guard Kyle Long, wide receiver Markus Wheaton and cornerback Prince Amukamara will all be making their season debuts.
Bears Preview Capsule
CHICAGO BEARS (3-13)
New faces: QB Mike Glennon, QB Mitchell Trubisky, QB Mark Sanchez, WR Markus Wheaton, TE Dion Sims, CB Prince Amukamara, CB Marcus Cooper, S Quintin Demps.
Key losses: QB Jay Cutler, WR Alshon Jeffery, WR Eddie Royal, CB Tracy Porter.
Jaguars Preview Capsule
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (3-13)
New faces: CB A.J. Bouye, DE Calais Campbell, SS Barry Church, RB Leonard Fournette, LT Cam Robinson.
Key losses: CB Prince Amukamara, LT Kelvin Beachum, SS Johnathan Cyprien, DT Sen'Derrick Marks, DT Roy Miller, TE Julius Thomas.
Arkush: Reasons for optimism abound in new-look Chicago Bears secondary
BOURBONNAIS — There is more than a little buzz around the Chicago Bears defense this summer, and the possibility it might just take a significant step forward.
The front seven is re-stocked and locked with Akiem Hicks, Eddie Goldman and Jaye Howard up front and Leonard Floyd, Jerrell Freeman, Danny Trevathan, Willie Young, Lamarr Houston and Nick Kwiatkoski all hoping to make a difference at the second level.
If Pernell McPhee makes it back, so much the better.
Chicago Bears training camp capsule
CHICAGO BEARS (3-13)
OPEN CAMP: July 26, Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, Illinois.
LAST YEAR: Injuries and poor play doomed Bears to worst season in decades. Chicago posted lowest win total in non-strike year since 1973 team went 3-11, and most losses since 1969. Bears also missed playoffs for ninth time in 10 seasons. Chicago had 19 players finish season on injured reserve, which exposed team's lack of depth.
Bears to decline 2018 option on CB Kyle Fuller
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears will decline their fifth-year option on cornerback Kyle Fuller for the 2018 season.
General manager Ryan Pace confirmed the decision Saturday.
Fuller, the 14th overall pick in 2014, sat out last season after having arthroscopic knee surgery. The Bears were hoping to activate him late in the year, but he was unable to return.
Chicago Bears waive DB Tracy Porter
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears have waived cornerback Tracy Porter.
A nine-year veteran, Porter led the club with 35 pass breakups over two seasons with the Bears. He had 13 breakups and two interceptions to go with 48 tackles last season.
The move announced Monday is the latest in an overhaul of the secondary. Chicago signed cornerbacks Prince Amukamara and Marcus Cooper in free agency.
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bears have signed free-agent cornerbacks Prince Amukamara and Marcus Cooper and re-signed cornerback Johnthan Banks.
The signings announced Saturday came after the Bears signed safety Quintin Demps on Friday.
Amukamara, who has appeared in 69 games with 57 starts over six seasons, signed a one-year contract. He played for the New York Giants from 2011-15 and Jacksonville last season.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars made another huge splash in free agency Thursday, signing three starters expected to make a decent defense dynamic.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have released veteran cornerback Davon House, cutting a former starter who was due to make $6 million in each of the next two seasons.
House signed a four-year, $24.5 million contract in March 2015 that included $10 million guaranteed. He set a franchise record with 23 pass breakups in 2015, but lost his starting job early last season.
Chiefs’ Kelce fined $24,309 for tossing towel at official
NEW YORK (AP) — Turns out that was one costly towel toss for Travis Kelce.
The Kansas City Chiefs tight end was fined $24,309 by the NFL on Friday after he protested a non-call by mockingly chucking his towel toward an official and being ejected.
Jaguars rule out starting LT Kelvin Beachum against Ravens
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars will be without starting left tackle Kelvin Beachum against Baltimore on Sunday.
Coach Gus Bradley ruled Beachum out Friday. Beachum, who spent Sunday night in a San Diego hospital, remains in the NFL's concussion protocol.
Jaguars running back Chris Ivory won’t play at Chargers
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars running back Chris Ivory will miss his second straight game Sunday while recovering from a "general medical issue."
Coach Gus Bradley ruled Ivory out Friday, saying T.J. Yeldon will start at San Diego and Denard Robinson will get some carries.
Bradley also ruled out cornerback Prince Amukamara (hamstring). Without Amukamara, rookie Jalen Ramsey and Davon House will start, and Dwayne Gratz will play in nickel situations.
Old team: Denver BroncosJacksonville gave out a huge six-year, $90 million contract to Jackson, who helped anchor a stout defensive line for the Super Bowl champion Broncos last season. He'll lead a revamped Jaguars defense that also added cornerback Prince Amukamara and drafted defensive players Jalen Ramsey and Myles Jack with their first two picks.