NFC Notes: Bears, Cardinals, Lions

     

Bears

  • According to the Athletic’s Adam Jahns, while offensive line is a concern for the Bears, because of various contractual situations Chicago is locked into bringing back LT Charles Leno, RT Bobby Massie, LG James Daniels and C Cody Whitehair
  • Jahns writes Bears OL Rashaad Coward and Alex Bars are slated to compete to fill the hole at right guard left by the retirement of Kyle Long. Chicago could also bring in a more affordable free agent like Lions G Graham Glasgow.
  • Jahns also expects the Bears to add competition in the draft, perhaps at offensive tackle after Leno and Massie both struggled despite signing big extensions. 

Cardinals

Change was the only constant for the Cardinals in the secondary last season. Star CB Patrick Peterson missed the first six games of the season due to a suspension, while free-agent addition Robert Alford missed the whole year with a broken leg. Arizona also ended up cutting veterans D.J. Swearinger and Tramaine Brock in the middle of the season. In 2020, Peterson is hoping the Cardinals can build some continuity with himself, a healthy Alford, Pro Bowl S Budda Baker and 2019 second-round nickel corner Byron Murphy

“The more we can be together as a unit, the better I think we can be, like we were in that period when (former HC Bruce Arians) first got here,” Peterson said via Darren Urban of the team website. “We were pretty much the same group for three years and we got better each and every year. Hopefully we can resemble the same thing.”

Lions

49ers CB Richard Sherman took a risk when he signed in San Francisco after being released by Seattle in 2018. Coming off an Achilles injury, the then 30-year-old Sherman signed an incentive-laden three-year, $39 million deal. It turns out Sherman might have had other options for more security, as he claims the Lions offered him a deal that included $10 million guaranteed in each of the first two years. 

“But that’s not the kind of football I want to play,” Sherman said via the Athletic’s David Lombardi. “The way you run their scheme, your culture. You want to do it the Patriots’ way and that’s really not the way I do football. I have fun. I like music at practice. I like to hang out and be relaxed in meetings. I don’t like the stressful environment in football. (The Lions) condition every day after practice. My body isn’t built to run all day and night. I’ll be prepared, but I don’t have to be run into the ground.”

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