NFC Notes: Bears, OBJ, Rodgers, Kaepernick

Bears wide receiver and 2015 first-round pick Kevin Whitecan’t be a lock to make the 53-man roster coming out of preseason,” according to the Chicago Tribune’s Bradd Biggs.

Briggs continues by saying, “White is guaranteed a little more than $2.69MM this season. While there is offset language in his contract, there’s no way another team would pay him that kind of money, so the Bears would be on the hook for at least a portion if they were to release him. It’s not enough money to say he’s locked into a spot.”

The sentiment is not a shocker. After the Bears overhauled their receiving corps with Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel and rookie pass catcher Anthony Miller, the injury-prone wideout will have to make an impact on the field to assure his roster spot.

The second receiver taken in 2015, behind Amari Cooper, White boasted an impressive combination of size, speed and strength that projected the West Virginia product to be Chicago’s future No. 1 receiver. Instead, he has been ravaged by injuries that have limited him to just five games in three seasons. He flashed signs of progress in 2016 with back-to-back six-catch games, but he immediately suffered a high ankle sprain that resulted in a fracture and sidelined him for the remainder of the season.

Briggs notes that he has made progress and all signs are pointing positive early at OTAs. “The coaches are saying the right things about him. They like the way he looks. They like his work ethic and approach.”

If White is able to produce at even a fraction of his potential in 2017, Mitch Trubisky will have plenty of weapons to operate with in his sophomore campaign.

Here’s more from around the NFC:

  • The Giants and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. could be nearing a contract showdown, writes Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York. Once the Pro Bowl pass catcher is cleared to fully practice he could opt for a holdout since he has yet to publicly dismiss an earlier report that he “will not set foot on a field without a contract extension.” Though that option is not a certainty, Vacchiano notes Beckham’s leverage is rather strong, in that the Giants are in win-now mode with an aging quarterback who has struggled without his go-to receiver. Holdouts rarely go the way of the player, but we’ll see if Beckham tries to buck the trend.
  • When the Packers sit down at the negotiating table with Aaron Rodgers on an extension, one thing the quarterback will be looking for is a possible out on his deal, reports NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo (Twitter link). “Another aspect that I’m told is extremely important to [Rodgers] is player control — How much control can he have on his future,” Garafolo said. The All-Pro quarterback will almost assuredly become the highest-paid player in the league when he signs a deal, which seems like a slam dunk at this point, but his ability to have an out in the deal is one thing to keep an eye on. 
  • The attorney for former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and safety Eric Reid, Mark Geragos, told reporters, “I would stay tuned because this case is about to take a dramatic turn.” Asked about the claim, Geragos added, “somebody has decided they were to dime out the NFL for what they were doing.” This implies there being a witness who can contradict the NFL’s stance that each team decided neither player can help their roster. There is sure to be more to develop in this case in the coming days.
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24 comments on “NFC Notes: Bears, OBJ, Rodgers, Kaepernick

  1. jeffro775

    Thanks for always keeping me up to date on a SJW QB that hasn’t thrown a pass in years. Appreciate it.. Honestly..

    • tharrie0820

      People like you are what the real problem with this country is. perfectly fine with the status quo cause you’re not the one getting **** on

        • marijuasher

          I know what you write. And you write like a moron.

          Don’t want to be known as a moron? Don’t write like one.

          Man. People with no brains are so freaking needy.

      • brucewayne

        How is Kap getting crapped on? How many millions has he made in the NFL already? He had his chance

        • brucewayne

          and he didn’t want to follow the rules set by his employer . He blew it himself. He vetoed a trade to Denver cuz he didn’t want to rework his contract. I think he’s had more than enuff chances

    • Phattey

      I’m with ya man kinda getting sick of all the coverage about Kap dude doesn’t even go to the lengths manziel does to get back in the league just expects someone to hand him a job

    • marijuasher

      Maybe if you could read deeper than your blinders you would notice that the President of the United States is the one who has made this an issue.

      But that indicates you actually read which is silly. You only comment. That’s your shtick.

      Leave the thinking for other people.

  2. forwhomjoshbelltolls

    Watching all of the same people who have regurgitated the “The NFL is a private employer and they can hire or fire who they like” line forget that ABC is a private employer and they can hire or fire who they like…

    Predictably funny.

    • jorge78

      I hate those hypocrites! If you’re going to be a racist own up to it. No more dog whistles…..

      • Ironman_4life

        I hate everybody equally so I don’t know if that makes me a racist or not

  3. Perksy

    OBJ is a clown and the Giants should have traded him when they had the chance. They are not competing for a championship, way too many holes on the team. They barely make the top 10 in the NFC alone. Rams, Eagles, Vikes, Pack, Carolina, Seattle, Atlanta, New Orleans are all better. I’m not sure they are even as good as 49ers or Tampa. Gmen schedule is brutal this year as well.

  4. marijuasher

    It’s so great to have read the true concerns of so many (American) football fans demanding that politics not be infused in their sports. Aside from the NA, the soldiers on the field, the flag flying everywhere, the “U.S.A” chants in the stands, now we’ve got a President who thinks criminalizing silent self-expression is the right way to go.

    The NFL has no clue how clueless it really is.

  5. teethonaleash

    I’m sure some ppl are interested in the news… but being a 49er fan I don’t know why these stories are listed in the 49ers thread. Seriously tired of hearing about it and happy they’re off the team!

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