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The Bears Den: July 4, 2011

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Bears QB Cutler attends Saturday's Cubs-Sox game - Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and his fiance, Kristin Cavallari, watched Saturday's game from box seats behind the Cubs dugout, a couple rows in back of Chairman Tom Ricketts .

In honor of Richard Dent's upcoming enshrinement, we're celebrating the rest of the Bears who have been preceded him into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

On the NFL: Q&A on NFL labor negotiations - Times' NFL columnist Sam Farmer answers questions about NFL labor talks.

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Gould's pitch: We'll play | csnchicago After throwing out the first pitch at the Cubs vs. White Sox game, Bears kicker and player representative Robbie Gould updates the NFL Lockout and feels they will play in 2011.

Lockout'11: An exclusive free agent window - NFC North Blog - ESPN Kevin Seifert: The latest round of NFL labor discussions produced a number of rumors and a series of speculative reports about how free agency might be administered.

Bears' Peppers named 10th-best NFL player of 2011 - Julius Peppers was named the 10th-best player in the NFL according to the NFL Network 's top-100 poll. Tom Brady named top player. news: Next year, please let the fans decide the 'Top 100 Players' The Top 100 had its fair-share of issues. Adam Rank gives his final six gripes.

NFP Sunday Blitz | National Football Post Dan Pompei: How the NFL deals with players with learning disabilities, another problem with T.O. and more.

Letter to De Smith: Send your lawyers packing - NFL - Football There have been openings to getting an NFL labor deal done, but Mike Freeman has learned that NFLPA lawyers have become a major obstacle.

Making the Grade: 4-3 Defensive Ends | Khaled Elsayed of Pro Football Focus continues a look at the top-graded players over the last three season. Today he talks 4-3 defensive ends.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Formation Analysis: Empty Backfields Aaron Schatz: Time to take a look at another strategy from the 2010 season: the empty backfield.

In July, it is all about camp prep for NFL players | National Football Post Matt Bowen: Even in lockout, conditioning and training are crucial.

Ladies and Gentleman, the KIng wants to wish you a safe and happy 4th of July....