The Bears Den: January 15, 2014 - Chicago Bears news & notes

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Is Henry Melton a "must-sign" free agent for the Bears?

Bears QBs had unprecedented success - Larry Mayer: In the first of nine 2013 position reviews, Jay Cutler and Josh McCown combined to set a handful of team passing records.

How much money do the Bears have left? - Dan Durkin breaks down the Bears' current salary cap situation.

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Another honor for Kyle Long - Moon Mullin: Only Lions DE Ziggy Ansah from the draft’s Top 10 was voted as a starter on either offense or defense on PFWA’s All-Rookie team.

Dungy: Cutler's deal could look like a bargain in the end - Tony Dungy on why he thinks Cutler's contract could be a bargain for the Bears, and on Lovie and Caldwell getting head coaching roles. Includes [Video].

X&Os - Michael C. Wright's #7 of 10 plays that shaped the season: Melton's ACL tear started a domino effect for Chicago’s front seven, causing a unit that was allowing 88.7 ypg on the ground to finish with an average of 161.4 ypg.

Melton No. 6 on list of 'must-sign' FAs - Michael C. Wright: Melton’s ACL injury likely won’t scare teams away in free agency, but it could keep him from cashing in on the big money typically doled out during the first wave.

Bears couldn't make tough call on Tucker - Mike North: Tibesar and Phair are nothing more than scapegoats for a defense with lots of issues.

Draft preview - Moon Mullin believes Bears' focus will be squarely on defense when the draft arrives in April, and wouldn't be surprised if two of the first three are D-linemen.

Jordan Lynch, future Bears safety? - Adam Hoge: Northern Illinois' Heisman finalist Jordan Lynch appears destined for a position switch in the pros. Rob Rang: One to watch.

Whoops - Cops assigned to high-crime area watch Bears game for 1 hour and 52 minutes, a clear violation of written lunch rules.

Sun-Times Bears section here.

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Bears fan who tasered wife fined - A Bears fan who tasered his Packers fan wife as part of a bet in November was fined $250, plus court costs totaling $568. Other Bears fans ask where they, too, can apply for Packers-fan-tasering licences.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Michael Rothstein: The Lions might have saved Baltimore from having to make a tough decision on Caldwell's future after Baltimore's offensive struggles. John Wooten, players happy about Caldwell.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Chris Burke: Were Lions foolish to search for a 'safe' hire? Marc Sessler: Can Caldwell fix Stafford?

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Thoughts on the Lions' hiring of Jim Caldwell. [KAPCON: 5]

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: Lions' hire might give Vikings luxury of time, as Spielman has turned to a deliberate decision-making process for the moves he badly needs to get right.

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