With their first game of the season coming up on Sunday, the Chicago Bears have named their five captains for the 2016 season.
Quarterback Jay Cutler was once again named a captain in the vote by his teammates. Cutler is now the longest-tenured Bears player after the release of Robbie Gould earlier this week, and he will be looking to get the Bears back into the playoffs for the first time since the 2011 season.
The Bears will also have a second captain on offense this season, as wide receiver Alshon Jeffery will wear a “C” on his jersey. Jeffery, who is playing this season under the Bears’ franchise tag, is entering his fifth season with the team after catching 54 passes for 807 yards and four touchdowns last year.
On defense, Pernell McPhee and Danny Treavathan were both designated as captains. McPhee will begin the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list as he continues to deal with a knee issue, but that didn’t stop his teammates from voting him into the position.
Trevathan will be starting his first season with the Bears after signing a free agent contract with the team over the offseason. Trevathan started 15 games for the Denver Broncos last season, racking up 73 tackles and a pair of interceptions as a key component of a defense that led the Broncos to a Super Bowl title.
Finally, Sherrick McManis will represent the special teams unit as a captain. McManis has spent the last four seasons with the Bears, and he registered a career high 12 tackles during the 2015 season.