The Bears Den: February 20, 2014 - Chicago Bears offseason news & notes

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With so much focus on the team's needs at DT and McClellin moving to LB, is Corey Wootton being overlooked?

Emery talks NFL Combine - Larry Mayer: Before heading to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Phil Emery shared his thoughts about the annual event with

Five pressing Bears questions at the NFL Combine - Adam Hoge: The defensive scheme, Shea McClellin and contract negotiations will be topics of note Thursday.

Plot thickens for Bears at NFL scouting combine - Dan Wiederer, Rich Campbell: Phil Emery has his work set out for him at the NFL scouting combine as he formulates his draft strategy.

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Countdown to Combine: Safeties - Michael C. Wright: It's almost a given the Bears will target at least one safety in May's NFL draft.

Wootton may be near top of Bears’ offseason re-sign list - Moon Mullin: With Shea McClellin ticketed for LB Wootton’s importance as an edge pass rusher and nickel rushman inside might be overlooked. It shouldn’t be.

Tillman on future: 'I don't want to play forever' - Dan Wiederer: Charles Tillman is set to hit free agency in three weeks, perhaps ending his 11-year stay in Chicago.

[Video] ESPN - Michael C. Wright discusses the team's plans to address free agency as well as scout draft prospects at the combine.

Incentives may offer win-win solution - Moon Mullin: McCown played in eight games, started five. Incentives that begin with his sixth start do not count against the 2014 salary cap and only begin with that sixth start.

Roster news - Jeff Dickerson: The Bears signed former Texas Southern CB Derricus Purdy, the third corner the Bears have inked to a reserve/futures deal since the end of the regular season.

[Video] Inside the Bears - Lyndsay Petruny caught up with Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery in South Florida for an exclusive look at their offseason workouts.

Bears mailbag - Q: Why are the Bears so cheap with their cash budget? Brad Biggs: /facepalm.

Draft preview: Top 32 prospects - Pete Prisco: Clowney headlines class that lacks 'wow' at QB position.

Photos: Bears at the Combine - Heading into the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine, takes a pictorial look at current Bears players when they participated.

Sun-Times Bears section here.

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Combine as much about business as it is about prospects - Andrew Brandt: Some of the best action takes place in Indy’s back rooms, with make-or-break interviews, agent in-fighting and the real start of free agency.

The battle within - Jerry Angelo: One of the keys to success in the NFL is the ability to get your scouts and coaches on the same page.

On the bubble: 25 AFC players who could be cut - Chris Wesseling: Are veterans Champ Bailey and Troy Polamalu on the roster bubble?

Know thy enemy: Packers - Rob Demovsky: Which LBs might the Packers be looking at in the draft?

Know thy enemy: Lions - Michael Rothstein: Five questions that need to be answered during the combine.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: The Vikings need help at DB, and here are three they could target. Should Vikings trade 2nd-rounder for QB?


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