The Bears Den: March 05, 2014 - Chicago Bears offseason news & notes

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Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - Larry discusses whether the Bears can afford to re-sign McCown, the number of Bears players who entered the NFL as UDFA, and how Gould has fared from 43 yards.

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Mel Tucker is the key as Bears set to repair the defense - Moon Mullin: Evaluation meetings after the season were for purposes of assessing 2013 Bears, but even more important, for Tucker’s input on the players that will work where others didn’t.

Tackling the Bears' defensive line - Steve Rosenbloom: The question isn't who will replace the soon-to-be-cut Julius Peppers. The question is who can't. But the Bears have to fix defensive tackle first.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Who are the Top 5 free agents for the Bears to keep? Adam L. Jahns with his list; the panel discuss.

Roster notes - Dickerson & Wright take a look at pending free agents, and their chances of returning to the Bears: Tillman, McCown, Hester, Ratliff. Corey Wootton preparing to hit the open market.

Hester unlikely to return to Bears - Ryan Maquinana: Devin Hester appears to be headed for the free-agent market as the Bears have not attempted to re-sign him. Where might the return specialist land next?

Team Report - Michael C. Wright with some notes on ESPN Insider's offseason blueprint project. What are the three key issues for the Bears?

Dan Pompei's Q&As - Can Bears afford Jairus Byrd? ... What to do with Julius Peppers? ... Some possible FA fits for the Bears.

Bears build injury protection into Garza contract - Brad Biggs: Although Roberto Garza has started 57 consecutive games for the Bears, the club built some injury protection into his new contract.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Who's the better NFL QB: Jay Cutler or Colin Kaepernick? [KAPCON: 5]

Mayor Emanuel looking to expand Soldier Field - Scott Krinch: In preliminary stages of looking into a 5,000-seat expansion of Soldier Field. John Byrne: Would then be similar capacity to 2012 SB venue, Indianapolis' Lucas Oil Stadium.

Photos - ChicagoBears.com takes a pictorial look back at the first NHL game at Soldier Field last Saturday night when the Blackhawks defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-1.

Sun-Times Bears section here.

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Why GM-head coach relationships fail - Jerry Angelo explain why, at some point, even the best partnerships in the NFL will begin to dissolve: "1. The head coach starts winning and wants more say, which is another way of indicating he wants more control."

Know thy enemy: Packers - Elliot Harrison with his all-time Green Bay team. Favre or Rodgers?

Know thy enemy: Packers - Don Banks: This is a Packers team that knows its Super Bowl window of opportunity won't stay open indefinitely and feels the mounting pressure to earn that second ring while Aaron Rodgers remains in his prime.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Michael Rothstein takes a gander at the Lions' offseason priorities. How will the returning players adjust to the new coaching staff?

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: Development of Cordarrelle Patterson and Sharrif Floyd is critical, but Kyle Rudolph's progression could have the biggest effect on the offense.

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