The Bears Den: May 21, 2013 - Offseason news and notes

Jonathan Daniel

Carimi betting on himself - Brad Biggs: Former Pro Bowl lineman LeCharles Bentley, who runs O-Line Performance Academy in Arizona where Carimi is currently training, admits the Bear is taking a calculated risk as he works to get his career back on track. Dan Hanzus: Carimi 'light years from where he was' in training.

Lester: Is Carimi making a mistake missing OTAs?

Peter King's MMQB - Tom Brady more confident than ever as Patriots need him more than ever.

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Trestman and Smith different, yet similar - Moon Mullin: The change from Smith to Trestman lies on side of the ball: Smith from a defensive background, Trestman from offense.

Bears vets helped rookie Hardin cope during lost ‘12 - Moon Mullin: Teammates didn’t forget about him Hey Brandon, learn to tackle so we won't have to watch you kill yourself.

Gould could be cleared this week - Jeff Dickerson: If all goes according to plan, Robbie Gould is expected to receive medical clearance to officially resume kicking duties by this Thursday.

Roster notes - Michael C. Wright: The Bears terminated the contract of veteran DT Andre Fluellen on Monday. Brad Biggs: Bears only have UDFAs as backup DTs, but no signs at present of Izzy returning.

[Video] - Speaking of Izzy, here's a piece on his new comic book venture. Know who else really likes comics? Lance Briggs.

Bears doing good things - Larry Mayer: Bushrod hosting golf benefit, football camp in Virginia.

Dane: Robbie Gould, Adam Podlesh, & Gavin Waterman


Polish sausage Around the League - Gregg Rosenthal: The NFL's effort to change its offseason calendar is starting to make some progress. The first potential change is the 2014 Draft, which may be moved to May.

Numbers say TE production explosion only growing - Pat Kirwan: Play-making TEs have become key to all rosters. The numbers reflect the importance in how TEs are used and even how many hold roster spots.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Chris McCosky: Lions OTAs should begin to answer looming questions.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Brad Biggs: Lions web site says Megatron played with broken fingers, now it doesn't.

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