The Bears Den: May 30, 2014 - Chicago Bears OTAs news & notes

Hannah Foslien

Palmer, like McCown, gets late career shot with Bears - Moon Mullin: Jordan Palmer gets the skepticism - he hasn't thrown an NFL pass since 2010 - but the same questions came up in regards to Josh McCown before his breakout season in 2013.

Roster news - Larry Mayer: The Bears on Thursday claimed OT/OG Michael Ola off waivers from the Dolphins, terminated the contract of CB Derrick Martin and waived OT Rogers Gaines. Aaron Wilson: Bears work out safety Jordan Pugh.

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Jared Allen motivated to prove his worth - Michael C. Wright: Allen needs 4.5 sacks this season to move into sole possession of 10th place on the all-time sack leaders list, and could move as high as 5th with 13.5. Larry Mayer: Voted NFL's 68th best player.

Bears mailbag - Brad Biggs answers questions about weakness at right tackle, the fourth wide receiver slot, a new stadium and trading Shea McClellin.

Around the NFC North - FootballOutsiders: Welcome to the NFC North: The land waiting for Oprah to give them all secondaries.

Each NFC team’s most overrated player - Brent Sobleski: Is the lack of interest Charles Tillman generated in free agency an indicator that his coverage skills are fading?

Best player in team history, NFC edition - Elliot Harrison: Walter Payton, who once had the most rushing and receiving yards ever among NFL RBs, led the NFC in rushing every year from 1976 to 1980 and eclipsed 1,000 yards 10 times. AFC teams.

Bears doing good things - Larry Mayer: Chairman George McCaskey and the team’s entire 2014 rookie class will help build houses on behalf of Habitat for Humanity Thursday in Chicago.

Sun-Times Bears section here.

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NFL rookies must be prepared to play Special Teams - Matt Bowen on the importance of special teams for rookies, and why the ability to produce on the four core units allows players to find a role in the NFL while buying time to develop as a pro.

Know thy enemy: Packers / Ex-Bears news - Brad Biggs: Julius Peppers never really has paired with a dominant complementary pass-rushing force in his career; the Packers are hopeful the pairing of Peppers with Clay Matthews gives opposing offenses all sorts of problems this coming season.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Michael Rothstein: It's been almost 15 seasons now since his abrupt retirement from the NFL; how would Barry Sanders fare today? [Probably not that well; he turns 46 in mid-July. - Den]

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