The Bears Den: March 15, 2013 - Offseason news and notes

Jonathan Daniel

weepingbear: "I used to trawl all over the internet looking for Bears news and when I think about it, I don’t anymore at all. I just come to the Den and whala!"

Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - Larry discusses whether J'Marcus Webb will move to right tackle, the likelihood of the Bears trading down in the draft, and Bears who started all 16 games in 2012.

Phil Emery seems to be lucky and good - Mark Potash: For the second straight year, fate has moved its huge hands to put Emery in position to acquire a Pro Bowl player at a key offensive position.

Bears re-sign Nate Collins - Brad Biggs: Promising young lineman gets league minimum, provides needed depth behind Melton, Paea.


Some damned splendid fellow: Bears re-sign DT Nate Collins

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Bushrod

Roster notes - Brad Biggs: The six-year contract for Jermon Bushrod has a total value of $35.965 million and $22.465 million guaranteed vs. injury through the first three years of the deal.

The Bushrod signing: What others think - Moon Mullin's taking it easy. This should really be "What PFF thinks".

The most eyebrow-raising contracts in NFL free agency - Chris Wesseling: According to PFF, Bushrod has allowed more combined sacks, hits and hurries than any available O-lineman over the past two years.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Is Bushrod a good signing, and will Emery trade down in the Draft?

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Urlacher

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Are the Vikings interested in Urlacher, and how badly do the Bears want him back? (And is Eddie Munster working as a sports journalist under the pen name "Adam L. Jahns"?)

Bears best move is the one they didn't make - Dan McNeil: Let Vikings overpay for a once-great player destined to spend training camp in an ice tub.

Urlacher, Bears need each other - Bob LeGere: The Bears are desperately short of quality LBs, and eight-time Pro Bowler Brian Urlacher is looking for a job. So what's the delay?


Some shy, orange fellow / Some aristocratic fellow: Should the Bears re-sign Brian Urlacher? / Vikings interested in Urlacher

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Bearsss

What's next for the Bears? - Kip Lewis: Now that the Bears have made their big FA signings, the focus will be on filling out a roster with limited cap space.

Phil Emery: Cap constraints will limit spending - Brad Biggs: That’s probably bad news for Lance Louis if he’s seeking a big pay day from the Bears. Ditto Israel Idonije, Nick Roach, Kelvin Hayden and Jonathan Scott -- not to mention Brian Urlacher. Moon Mullin: Israel Idonije in talks with the Bears.

Lance Louis visits Dolphins - Jeff Dickerson: The Bears allowed Louis and the rest of their free agents to test the market, but the club likely wants Louis to return. Still recovering from the knee injury, it's unclear the kind of payday he can command in free agency.

Jason Campbell might be in demand - Dan Pompei: Re-signing with the Bears remains a viable option for Jason Campbell. But that is not his only option. The Jets and Browns also could be in the mix.

[Video] NFCN Blogger Blitz - Kevin Seifert discusses the first two days of free agency. Steve Silverman: Bears, Lions make biggest splash in NFCN.

How free agency’s start has impacted the draft - The Bears still have to be concerned about their O-line, and if Chance Warmack or Jonathan Cooper somehow fall to them at No. 20, they’d be foolish to pass. Their LB group is in tough shape, too.


Some fellow by the name of Lester: With the 20th pick, the Chicago Bears select...

PFF: NFCN rookie recap - No wonder Phil Emery's cooled off a bit on PFF.....

Kiss me! I'm a Forte / Cutler / Marshall fan!

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Polish sausage

Rules committee: No more lowering the boom - Jarrett Bell: Among the six rules changes that will be proposed to NFL owners at league meetings next week, the committee recommends banning players from using the crown of their helmet to initiate contact.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Brian McIntyre: Ndamukong Suh’s restructured contract saves Lions $7.68 million in cap space in 2013, but they'll likely have to sign him to an extension next offseason to deal with his $21.4M+ cap number for the 2014 season. Kevin Seifert: How Lions squeezed FA signings into a tight cap.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Kevin Seifert: With long-time starter Jeff Backus accouncing his retirement, could the Lions be taking a LT at No. 5 in the draft?

Know thy enemy: Lions - John Niyo: Reggie Bush gives Lions offense an added dimension - and no more excuses.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Kevin Seifert: The Vikings' receiving corps is barren after the Harvin trade, and they could give Greg Jennings an unquestioned role as their No. 1 WR in a midrange passing scheme that caters to his strengths.

Whala! - A few changes have been adopted in the past year, mainly to make the story layout more accessible, but the mission statement remains the same: Den > Bites.

This was interesting; at 2:20 into the clip the referee red cards (sends off) one of the USA centres for a shoulder barge (tackling with no attempt to wrap).

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