The Bears Den: February 27, 2013 - Offseason news and notes

Thomas Campbell-US PRESSWIRE

The issue of HGH testing rears its ugly head again.

Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - Larry discusses when the Bears pick in the NFL Draft, the likelihood of the Bears moving Evan Rodriguez back to TE, and the last time the Bears traded up in the draft.

Peter King's TMQB - More on Tom Brady's amazing deal; mail.

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A cap-sized Bears roster - Chris Boden: The state, age and cost of the present roster that’s fallen short of the playoffs the past two years is creating some difficult decisions.

Ten players who could restructure their contracts - Joel Corry: 2013 could be Julius Peppers’ last year in Chicago if a significant portion of his $12.9 million base salary is used to create cap room because his 2014 cap number is already $17,183,333.


T.J. Shouse / Kev H: Should the Bears restructure Peppers' contract? / Contract restructures could prove to be a big headache for Bears

[Audio] Schefter talks Bears, Melton - Adam Schefter joined CJH to discuss the futures of Melton and Urlacher.

Bears expected to pursue Roach - Jeff Dickerson: It's believed the Bears' current salary cap situation prevented Phil Emery from discussing specific contract numbers with some of the agents he met with at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.

Bears likely to tender Nate Collins - Brad Biggs: Nothing is definite but indications are the Bears will tender an offer to DT Nate Collins, who is a restricted free agent. Or, as Dionne Miller pointed out, Robbie Gould could assist with interior pass rush.

Bears can't cut corners in secondary anymore - Dan Pompei: Aging starters mean Bears need CBs and the upcoming NFL draft is well-stocked with them.


Lester A. Wiltfong Jr: Bears 2013 Roster Turnover: Cornerback

D.J. Moore wants to play safety - Vaughn McClure: Despite his lack of physical characteristics for the position, the CB on the outs with the Bears believes he can do it.

Draft preview - Bob LeGere: If the Bears move McClellin to MLB, they could target an impact pass rusher in the draft, and there are a few who could be elite. They could gamble on greatness with Ziggy Ansah.

Roach helping raise funds for friend in need - Larry Mayer: Nick Roach is raising funds through a unique online auction to help the family of a high school friend who died of liver disease at the age of 29.

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[Video] NFL Total Access - Is it time for the NFL to start testing for human growth hormones? Darren Sharper, Heath Evans and London Fletcher discuss this hot topic.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: Vikings looking for a more versatile kind of safety, both strong enough to play near the line of scrimmage and quick enough to help against spread offenses. Winfield to the nickel position?

Know thy enemy: Packers - Jason Wilde: Could Cullen Jenkins return to Green Bay?

Know thy enemy: Lions - Dave Birkett: If the Lions can't re-sign Cliff Avril before the start of free agency, they won't have too many enticing options to replace him. Plus, the team are genuinely interested in Reggie Bush.

Laugh at the Lions - Kevin Seifert: The Lions have drafted 29 players over the four-year tenure of GM Martin Mayhew. Of that group, 11 -- about 38 percent -- have had their careers significantly sidetracked by injuries or disciplinary issues.

Steven Schweickert's guest videogames video week: "Of all the variations on the Rainbow Road theme since the Nintendo 64 version, the original here is far and away the best one, I think. Mario Kart 7's is pretty good as well, but again, it's only an edit."

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