The Bears Den: February 17, 2014 - Chicago Bears offseason news & notes

Jonathan Daniel

Will there be a market for Jeremiah Ratliff in free agency?

2013 FA review: Jeremiah Ratliff - Jeff Dickerson: Ratliff did nothing to hurt his chances of re-signing with the Bears if they feel he can stay healthy, and will agree to a short deal for around veteran minimum dollars.

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Herring eager to work with young LBs - Larry Mayer: As he takes over as LBs coach, Reggie Herring is eager to begin working with promising young 2013 draft picks Jon Bostic and Khaseem Greene.

Bears mailbag - Michael C. Wright answers questions on whether the Bears can afford TJ Ward, Angelo's criticism of Cutler, and their priorities in the Draft.

Franchise tag primer: Predictions for all 32 NFL teams - Gregg Rosenthal has Henry Melton in the "Close, but not quite" category.

Draft preview - Matt Bowen breaks down Alabama free safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, widely regarded as the Bears' target in the first round if they don't go D-line.

Jordan Palmer working with NFL draft QB prospects - Brad Biggs: Backup QB for the Bears last season is helping prepare Chicago prospects such as Blake Bortles how to learn an offense.

[Video] Inside the Bears - Lyndsay Petruny catches up with former Bears QB Mike Tomczak, who talks about growing up a Bears fan and shares how Mike Ditka almost made him walk away from the game.

Ex-Bears doing good cleared of doing bad things - Rosemary Regina Sobol: Former Bear David Terrell says he "got my life back a little bit" after a judge found him not guilty of drug and battery to police charges.

Miss out on Bears news going into the weekend? Never fear, the Weekend Bears Den has you covered!

Sun-Times Bears section here.

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Why 2nd-year NFL players tend to make big leaps - Matt Bowen: Second-year players can make a developmental jump by taking a professional approach this offseason in the weight room, on the field and in their film study.

NFL All-Under-25 Team - Elliot Harrison forms a team of rising stars, including Browns WR Josh Gordon and Buccaneers LB Lavonte David. No Bears, though Alshon Jeffery gets a mention.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Mike Tanier: The Vikings' secondary collapsed last year, and a D-line that used to disrupt opponents' game plans has grown old and ordinary. Here's how to fix what ails them.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Dan Pompei: With the calmer Jim Caldwell in charge, the Lions have to reinvent their personality while figuring out the future around Stafford, Johnson and Suh.

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