Chicago Bears Make Big Moves at Quarterback During 2017 Offseason

 

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Since 2009, Mark Allen Hanrahan has sourced and closed real estate transactions as the managing partner of Markmel Company, LLC in Urbandale, Iowa. In his spare time, Mark Allen Hanrahan enjoys rooting for the Chicago Bears.

The 2016 season was quite disappointing for dedicated Bears fans, as the team struggled to a disappointing 3-16 record and finished last in the NFC North division. Nevertheless, the Bears’ management team made some big moves during the off season, which should propel the squad to success in 2017 and beyond.

First, the released veteran quarterback Jay Cutler, who decided to retire after the Bears let him go. Next, the team signed 27-year-old quarterback Mike Glennon for a three year contract for $14.5 million per year. While Glennon hadn’t started a game since 2014 for his previous team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, many feel he has the skills and experience to lead the Bears.

Their second move was also at quarterback, where they traded up in draft picks from the number three spot to number two in order to acquire Mitchell Trubisky from the University of North Carolina. He signed with the team for a four year $29 million contract combined with a $19.25 million signing bonus.

The Career of Chicago Bears Legend Walter Payton

 

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The recipient of an MBA with an emphasis in finance from Drake University, Mark Allen Hanrahan is a Chartered Financial Analyst who serves as a managing partner with Markmel Co., where he focuses on venture capital and real estate investments. Outside of his professional endeavors, Mark Allen Hanrahan is an avid fan of the National Football League’s (NFL) Chicago Bears.

No player in Bears history has been as dominant as running back Walter Payton. In fact, despite retiring in 1987, Payton remains Chicago’s all-time rushing leader with 16,726 career yards. For comparison sake, Matt Forte is second all-time with 8,602 yards. Payton recorded a franchise-best 110 rushing touchdowns, 65 more than Forte and 59 better than Neal Anderson, who is second in franchise history.

Payton was drafted by the Bears with the fourth overall pick in the 1975 NFL draft and played his entire 13-year career with the team. He was named league MVP in 1977 after recording a career-high 1,852 rushing yards and a league-best 14 rushing touchdowns. Payton was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993, and passed away in 1999 at the age of 45.

Chicago Bears Sign Tanner Gentry as Undrafted Free Agent

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Mark Allen Hanrahan is the managing partner of Markmel Co., LLC, where he sources and manages both real estate and venture capital investments. Outside of his professional life, Mark Allen Hanrahan is a fan of the Chicago Bears football team.

In late April, the Bears signed receiver Tanner Gentry as an undrafted free agent, after the University of Wyoming player was passed over during the NFL draft. Gentry, who expected to get selected in the draft, said it “didn’t work out that way” but that he was “very fortunate to get an opportunity” with the Bears.

Playing for the University of Wyoming Cowboys in the 2016 season, Gentry caught 22 of the 49 deep throws sent his way, the most of any NCAA player for the season. Altogether, Gentry made 72 catches in 2016, totaling 1,326 yards and leading to 14 touchdowns for the Cowboys. He was ranked as 12th-best college player in the nation in regard to receiving yards.

The Bears are no strangers to former Cowboys players, with two already on the roster: Chris Prosinski and Mitch Unrein. Though Gentry also had offers from other teams, he said that after talking it out with his agent, he decided that Chicago was his best option.

Chicago Bears Add to Coaching Staff

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Mark Allen Hanrahan is a managing partner at Urbandale, Iowa’s Markmel Co. LLC, where, since 2009, he has earned the company an over-20 percent return on investment in venture capital transactions. Outside of work, Mark Allen Hanrahan’s hobbies include watching his favorite professional sports teams, including the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL).

With the 2017 NFL season still months away, Chicago added to its coaching staff in February, announcing the hiring of Zach Azzanni, Brandon Staley, and Derius Swinton II. Azzanni, who will assume the role of receivers coach, comes to the team with 18 years of experience coaching at the collegiate level. He previously served as a receivers coach for the University of Tennessee and has also worked with Wisconsin and Bowling Green, among others.

Staley brings 11 years of experience to the Bears staff and will work with the team’s outside linebackers. He previously worked as a defensive coordinator for John Carroll University and is a former quarterback for the University of Dayton. Swinton II, meanwhile, returns to the Bears as an assistant special teams coach after working with the San Francisco 49ers in 2016.