The Bears Beat (03.14.12): Bears continue adding pieces to puzzle, addressing needs

March 14th, 2012 - 5:44 pm

Even before the first 24 hours were in the books, the Bears addressed more needs on the second calendar day of the 2012 free agency period. The team, preparing for the possible departure of special teamer Corey Graham, agreed to terms with linebacker Blake Costanzo and kick returner/wide receiver Eric Weems, both excellent special teamers. The Bears also re-signed backup quarterback Josh McCown and were paid a visit by running back Michael Bush, whom the team could add as backup insurance to Matt Forte.

Bears Re-Sign Josh McCown; Sign Eric Weems and Blake Costanzo
Wed Mar 14 13:46:59 2012
According to Josh McCown himself, the Bears have re-sign him to a 1 year deal. He will compete with Nate Enderle for the 3rd …

Bears spend $3.5 million on Jason Campbell
Wed Mar 14 12:03:00 2012
Former Redskins and Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell had hoped to be a starter in 2012. But the jobs aren’t open. And …

Weems agrees to a three-year contract
Wed Mar 14 11:37:00 2012
The Bears picked up Wednesday where they left off on the first day of free agency Tuesday, agreeing to terms with …

Chicago Bears re-sign QB Josh McCown one day after signing Jason Campbell
Wed Mar 14 11:12:48 2012
The Bears will see Josh McCown return to Chicago next season, signing the backup quarterback to a one-year …

Bears agree to 3-year deal with Weems
Wed Mar 14 10:55:03 2012
LAKE FOREST (AP) – The Chicago Bears have agreed to a three-year contract with special teams star Eric Weems.

Raiders free agent RB Bush to visit Bears
Wed Mar 14 11:32:24 2012
CHICAGO — Free agent running back Michael Bush is visiting the Chicago Bears on Wednesday, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam …

Bears agree to deal with Josh McCown
Wed Mar 14 13:06:00 2012

Bears’ Brandon Marshall accused of punching woman in face
Wed Mar 14 16:46:48 2012
SEAN JENSEN: New Bears receiver Brandon Marshall is dealing …

Cutler thrilled to be back with Marshall
Wed Mar 14 16:24:00 2012
While Jay Cutler tweeted about the possibility of reuniting with former Broncos teammate Brandon Marshall in early January, …

2012 NFL Free Agency: Overflowing again – Open Thread
Wed Mar 14 16:05:18 2012
Let’s take a breath for a second Bears fans… So far the Chicago Bears have been active in free agency and …

All-Pro Nicks joins Bucs; Megatron collects (PA SportsTicker)
Wed Mar 14 15:42:36 2012
By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer

Jay Cutler reconnected with top weapon Brandon Marshall
Wed Mar 14 15:28:52 2012
Under general manager Jerry Angelo, the Bears fired …

‘Super-excited’ Cutler vouches for Marshall
Wed Mar 14 15:18:00 2012
Jay Cutler said Wednesday he is excited about being reunited with former Denver Broncos teammate Brandon Marshall and is …

Bears WR Marshall accused of punching woman in NYC (AP)
Wed Mar 14 15:17:34 2012
Less than a day after the Bears traded for Brandon Marshall, the Pro Bowl receiver has been accused in yet another off-field …

PFT Live: Bears loading up on offense
Wed Mar 14 14:45:47 2012
Mike Florio talks with John Mullin of CSN Chicago about the Bears recently acquiring Brandon Marshall of the Miami Dolphins and …

Agent says WR Marshall ‘fine,’ focused on winning with Bears
Wed Mar 14 14:13:00 2012
The agent of Brandon Marshall downplayed reports of possible legal trouble for the receiver in comments to the Chicago …

All-Pro Nicks joins Bucs; Megatron collects
Wed Mar 14 14:06:16 2012
Calvin Johnson got the biggest contract in NFL history Wednesday, and he wasn’t even a free agent.

Manning reportedly flying to Tennessee (Yahoo! Sports)
Wed Mar 14 13:55:15 2012
Known for his aerial prowess, Peyton Manning now finds his time in the air is in the spotlight. Tennessee Titans brass flew to …

Report: Cowboys sign Orton to back up Romo
Wed Mar 14 13:26:00 2012
The Dallas Cowboys added a backup for quarterback Tony Romo, reaching agreement on a three-year deal with Kyle Orton, according …

Podcast: Polian talks Bears, Marshall
Wed Mar 14 13:20:23 2012
ESPN NFL analyst Bill Polian talks about how the Bears should handle the Brandon Marshall situation and possible destinations …

Check out Brandon Marshall: Borderline Beast
Wed Mar 14 13:11:34 2012
They call Brandon Marshall “The Beast” for what he does on the field, but it seems like the Beast off the field is …

Bears’ Cutler already defending Brandon Marshall
Wed Mar 14 13:06:00 2012
Amid claims that the Bears’ new wideout, Brandon Marshall, struck a woman in the face outside a New York nightclub, his new …

Bears Shore Up Special Teams with Signings of Costanzo and Weems
Wed Mar 14 12:59:49 2012
After making the big splash with the Brandon Marshall trade and shoring up the #2 quarterback spot with Jason Campbell, the …

Bears pursuing Bush to provide RB depth
Wed Mar 14 12:58:00 2012
Veteran running back Michael Bush is visiting the Chicago Bears on Wednesday, and signing him would provide considerable …

2012 NFL Free Agency: Day 2 Overflow Open Thread
Wed Mar 14 12:49:00 2012
As Free Agency news continues to hit the Twitter wire, we here at WCG continue to provide real-time updates on …

RB Michael Bush to visit the Bears
Wed Mar 14 12:29:58 2012
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that running back Michael Bush formerly of the Oakland Raiders will be coming to Chicago to visit …

Reports: Michael Bush, Terence Newman visiting the Bengals
Wed Mar 14 12:22:30 2012
Free agent running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis has scheduled a visit with the Bengals, as mentioned previously, but he’s …

Cutler: Bears not done adding, wants Royal
Wed Mar 14 12:11:42 2012
Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler said Wednesday he believes his team isn’t done adding offensive weapons, and he campaigned …

Jay Cutler strongly defends Brandon Marshall
Wed Mar 14 11:29:25 2012
In an exclusive unexpected interview on WMVP 1000 ESPN radio Chicago on the Waddle and Silvy Show Bears quarterback Jay Cutler …

NFL free agency: Follow all the moves
Wed Mar 14 10:15:26 2012
Megatron’s wallet grows with giant new deal.

KR/WR Weems signs with Bears
Wed Mar 14 10:03:04 2012

Costanzo will boost special teams unit
Wed Mar 14 08:03:34 2012

Bears get WR Marshall, baggage and all
Wed Mar 14 08:03:33 2012

Bears WR Marshall accused of punching woman in NYC
Wed Mar 14 07:36:13 2012
NEW YORK (AP) – New York City police say a woman has accused NFL star receiver Brandon Marshall of punching her in the face at …

Report: Brandon Marshall accused of hitting woman outside club
Wed Mar 14 01:10:00 2012
New Chicago Bears receiver Brandon Marshall, who has a history of off-the-field legal troubles, was involved in a melee at a …

Bears WR Marshall Could Be Investigated by NFL Following NYC Club Incident
Wed Mar 14 00:37:21 2012
Dec. 11, 2011; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Marshall (19) during the second half against the …

Adding Marshall bolsters Bears’ offense
Wed Mar 14 00:24:00 2012
Six days after the Bears finished the 2011 season with an 8-8 record, Jay Cutler sent a Twitter message to his friend and …