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The Bears Den: February 27, 2012

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"...where the Banhammer informs you of your release."

Smith thinks d-line can perform better Mayer: Bears coach Lovie Smith was pleased with some aspects of the defensive line's play in 2011, but he believes the unit has the potential to perform at a higher level.

Bears GM Phil Emery’s duty: To project and serve Jensen: Phil Emery navigated an atypical route to become the Bears’ general manager. The bulk of his 31 years in football has been spent — at least, in part — as a strength and conditioning coach. But that unique background gives Emery an edge.

GM Phil Emery’s silence at the combine a rookie mistake Potash: Unless Emery leads the Bears to five Super Bowls and wins three of them in 11 years, he would be well advised to find a way to answer draft-related questions without revealing whom the Bears are going to draft.

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Bears inform Anthony Adams he will be released Biggs: The Bears could also decide to part ways with offensive tackle Frank Omiyale.

A number of receivers distinguish themselves at NFL scouting combine Pompei: If the Bears are intending on drafting a receiver, a number of them, most notably Notre Dame's Michael Floyd, distinguished themselves Sunday at the NFL scouting combine. Peter King on WR free agents for Bears

New Cutler contract coming? The Bears don't shy away from working out contract details way before deadline pressure and John 'Moon' Mullin says Jay Cutler will most likely receive an offer to keep him in Chicago for possibly the rest of his career.

2012 NFL Draft Capsule: WR Rueben Randle Krinch: Check out the scouting report for Louisiana State wide receiver Rueben Randle and see how he fits the Bears needs leading up to the NFL Draft.

Carimi hopes to partake in April camp Greenberg: Right tackle Gabe Carimi said his surgically-repaired right knee is now pain free, and he’s aiming to participate in the team’s first offseason camp in April.

How about Kyle Orton as Bears backup QB? Seifert: Lovie Smith made clear he wants to upgrade a position that was largely responsible for the Bears' disappointing finish.

NFL Combine: Safeties in demand | National Football Post Bowen: Is safety now a 'premium' position in the NFL Draft?

Whitney Mercilus works to shed 'one-year wonder' label Banks: Musings, observations and the occasional insight from day three of the 40-fest known as the NFL Scouting Combine.

Ranking the 2012 Free Agents: Interior Defensive-Line Bryan Hall takes a look at the first line of defense with the 2012 FA interior DT's.

Combine Notes: Speed is what Cordy Glenn needs — and he’s got it Farrar: It wasn't a problem for Glenn to impress at the combine and by doing so, put himself in the running as one of the draft's high risers. Huge: check. Athletic: check. Pre-DMS'd: check.

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