The Weekend Bears Den: March 08, 2014 - Chicago Bears offseason news & notes

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Mannelly to receive Ed Block Award - Larry Mayer: Veteran long-snapper [Demigod - Den] Patrick Mannelly will receive the Ed Block Courage Award on Tuesday, April 8, at a luncheon at Maryville Academy in Des Plaines. Not saying he's ready to retire.

Urlacher puts grudge ahead of basic business with Hester comments - Tim Baffoe: Clearly not over his divorce with the Bears, Brian Urlacher is displaying his immaturity by choosing to retard a very basic understanding for the sake of his petty saltiness.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Surprised by Urlacher comments?

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Free agency Q&A - ChicagoBears.com: Beginning Saturday, NFL teams can begin negotiating with agents of players who are set to become unrestricted free agents on Tuesday.

Putting Hester’s accomplishments in historical perspective - Scott Lindholm: Devin Hester returned punts for TDs at a higher rate than all but one returner in NFL history.

If Melton were in 2014 draft, what would Bears do? - Moon Mullin: The team have been pleased with Melton’s commitment to rehab and now have to decide on their risk tolerance.

Roster analysis - Jeff Dickerson & Michael C. Wright continue their look at the Bears' free agents: Blake Costanzo, Eben Britton, Patrick Mannelly, and Jonathan Scott [who's now, apparently, Special teams/linebacker - Den].

Roster analysis - Bob LeGere takes a quick look at the pros and cons of re-signing each offensive and special teams Bears player who will be eligible for free agency.

Roster analysis - Michael C. Wright's free-agency primer: Count on the Bears waiting to see what the market value for their own players is before moving to re-sign them, a smart move that will keep them from overpaying.

Bears will wade carefully into free agent pool - Brad Biggs: There are four areas of potential, running gamut of top-flight D-lineman through their own available players, to budget buys and cap casualties.

Briggs has a simple solution to fix the defense - Mighty Morphin Power Rangers time?

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Is Briggs right about Bears offseason?

Briggs: Hester, Urlacher due more respect from Bears - David Kaplan was livid Bears didn't name a street or something else after the iconic players. Lance Briggs agrees.

Frustrated Briggs laments Bears 'transition period' - Rich Campbell: Lance Briggs on Friday morning lamented some painful transitions involving his "brothers" on the Bears defense. Fully on board with Mel Tucker.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Will Josh McCown return to Bears?

Bears mailbag - Q. How can Phil Emery be so heartless? First Urlacher, then Hester, soon to be followed by Tillman and next year Briggs. Brad Biggs: /facepalm

Dan Pompei Q&As - Could Bears take LB Anthony Barr if he falls to #14? ... Will Bears draft QB if McCown leaves? ... Could Champ Bailey replace Tillman? ... Why didn't the Bears re-sign Hester?

Potential busts in 2014 NFL free agent class - Chris Burke lists Charles Tillman and the much-discussed Brandon Spikes among his players who may struggle to live up to lofty contracts this offseason. Doug Farrar: Potential bargains.

Free agency primer: DBs - Chris Burke: Both the cornerback and safety markets are chock-full of talent headed into free agency. Who stands out?

Draft preview - Rob Demovsky takes a look at Washington State safety Deone Bucannon.

Sun-Times Bears section here.

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Why teams shouldn't pay for an elite QB - Steven Ruiz: NFL teams are paying their QBs more and more, crippling their ability fill out the rest of their roster with good players and competing for Super Bowls.

Jack Bechta: The Agent's Journal - In just the last 3 years the NFL has gone through some dramatic changes, with three major emerging trends becoming evident.

The Dark Side of NFL free agency - Matt Bowen: Play in this league long enough and you will begin to understand the business side of this game, the cutthroat side that recycles and replaces players every offseason.

Getting some free agency perspective: 2013 review - Tony Villiotti: Looking back for a preview of what's to come.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: While Cassel is far from a perfect option, the alternatives without him were too dicey for the Vikings to approach it any other way, so they re-signed him to two years for $10 million. Free-agency primer.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Rob Demovsky's free-agency primer. No last-minute deal expected for CB Sam Shields.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Michael Rothstein's free-agency primer. Suh hiring new agent means big money is coming.

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