Good morning, Bears fans. Welcome to Bear Bites, your round-up of all the news around the Monsters of the Midway.
- The big news in the NFL's labor talks cameTuesday night, when a ruling was handed down on the league's television contracts. Judge Carl Doty found that the owners could not receive money from TV contracts for the upcoming season if there is no season. This takes away the owners leverage, because they won't be in as strong as a financial position as they had expected. (Shutdown Corner)
- The owners immediately downplayed the decision, basically saying, "We take Scrooge McDuck-style baths in our money. We'll be just fine." OK, they actually said, "Our clubs are prepared for any contingency, this decision included." (National Football Post)
- February and March are usually busy times for football player's agents because of the combine and free agency. This year, they're busy setting their clients up on COBRA and teaching them about savings. (Chicago Tribune)
- Even with the impending lockout, the Bears have to get ready for free agency in case it happens. The Eagles' Nick Cole is a versatile linemen, and could fit in well in Chicago. (ESPN Chicago)
- Offensive coordinator Mike Martz is pleased with the progress that Devin Hester made, and admits that he underestimated Earl Bennett. (Sun-Times)
- Spend some time this off-season improving your fantasy football game. Rule 1: Invite me to join your league. Then you're guaranteed not to come in last place. (Windy City Gridiron)