The Bears Den: June 06, 2014 - Chicago Bears OTAs news & notes

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Bears sign Clausen - Larry Mayer: The Bears on Thursday signed QB Jimmy Clausen to a one-year contract and waived LB Lawrence Wilson. Dan WiedererWorkout was sharp, appears to have bulked up.

Clausen joins crowded QB ranks - Bob LeGere: Bears not expected to report to training camp on July 23 with five QBs on the roster. Michael C. Wright: Club plans to carry a minimum of five QBs through the end of veteran minicamp.

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Jeffery voted NFL's 54th best player - Larry Mayer: Earning his first trip to the Pro Bowl following a breakout 2013 season, Alshon Jeffery has been ranked the 54th best player in the NFL in a poll of league players conducted by NFL Network.

Bears could wind up with best receiving unit in league - Adam Hoge: Evidence all points to another highly productive offense year with Cutler throwing to this receiving group. John Clayton: [Video] Big things ahead for Cutler and three tall WRs.

Josh Morgan enjoying fresh start with Bears - Kevin Fishbain: Morgan has clearly enjoyed working with the Bears’ staff, and he echoed the sentiments of the rest of the Bears’ additions about the impressive offense he’s joining.

Comparing Cutler's deal to Kaepernick's - Michael C. Wright: Bears paid the going rate on team-friendly terms for a player that could ultimately turn out to be bargain if he continues to grow. Is Cutler worth $54M guaranteed?

ProFootballFocus - PFF looks at QBs when under pressure and facing a blitz.

Jennings feels defense is tougher - Larry Mayer: Tim Jennings on a key attribute the Bears have added on defense, and where Brandon Marshall ranks among NFL players.

Bears mailbag - Brad Biggs fields questions on Rex Grossman's availability, the starting safety competition and more.

[Video] ChicagoBears.com - Starting with Phil Emery's phone call and ending at the Soldier Field draft party, Kyle Fuller takes us through his draft experience as the Bears select him in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Draft analysis: 2011 draft grades - Bucky Brooks: Although most teams don't expect down-the-line selections to become Pro Bowlers, the fact that the Bears were unable to land any noteworthy contributors speaks volumes about their epic draft-day failures.

Marc Trestman to be honored - Larry Mayer: Head coach Marc Trestman will be honored by the Illinois Fatherhood Initiative (IFI) at its annual Fatherhood Dinner Celebration.

Idonije to receive honorary degree - Larry Mayer: Israel Idonije will be in Winnipeg Thursday to receive an honorary degree from the University of Manitoba.

[Video] ChicagoBears.com - Brian Piccolo's family attended the annual Piccolo Awards where the Bears honor one rookie and one veteran who exemplifies the courage, loyalty, dedication, and sense of humor of the late Brian Piccolo.

Sun-Times Bears section here.

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Chicago one of three finalists for 2015 NFL Draft - Bryan Fischer: NFL currently focusing on Los Angeles, Chicago and New York City as potential host cities for potential four-day draft.

Why DBs have a tough college-to-NFL transition - Matt Bowen: Why do we often see first-year corners and safeties struggle early in the season as they make the jump to the pro game?

Let the coaches coach - Jerry Angelo: It should not be a responsibility of the coaches to create the identity of the organization. Their focus should be on coaching, developing and creating ways to utilize the talents of their players to win games.

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