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The Bears Den: February 29, 2012

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"...where it's a bonus leap day of shame for losers of all bets."

Miami native Hilton inspired by Hester Mayer: Growing up in south Florida, T.Y. Hilton didn't have to travel far to watch prolific return specialist Devin Hester when the Bears star was playing for the Miami Hurricanes.

Bears fail to win favor by keeping Emery quiet The Bears didn't make new GM Phil Emery -- arguably their biggest offseason addition -- available at the NFL Combine last weekend, and Jim Miller sees that as a major gaffe.

Bears raising season ticket prices for 85 percent of seats at Soldier Field Biggs: You see, because money wasn't spent last year, the team needs to raise more money this year in case they don't spend it.

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Team Needs 2012...Chicago Bears After a fast start, injuries and poor play on the OL crippled the Bears' season. PFF's Nathan Jahnke looks at how Chicago can solve these problems in 2012 via FA.

What did Bears learn about WRs at Combine? Moon: The Bears need a wide receiver, there's no doubt about that. But, will there be a player that fits the team's needs when their first pick comes around on draft day? What Combine did (and didn't do) for Bears: DE

Illinois’ Whitney Mercilus shooting up charts Potash: With Israel Idonije a free agent, and coming off a five-sack season playing opposite double- and triple-teamed Pro Bowler Julius Peppers, a defensive end could be high on the Bears' priority list.

Pompei: Bears Should Draft DE To Complement Julius Peppers WSCR: While most mock drafts have the Bears selecting a wide receiver with the No. 19 pick, that position isn't the only need the team needs to fill.

Five prospects to do your homework on Bowen: Despite some of the true athletic ability (and size) we saw on the field this week, here are five names that scouts need to do some more homework on before the Pro Day circuit starts up.

NFL Combine: the merits of rising and falling 'stock' Gabriel: Scouts go into the Combine with an opinion as to how certain players will perform. It’s when they either do better or worse than anticipated that causes scouts to re-evaluate their opinion.

Mychal Kendricks, Luke Kuechly risers among NFL combine linebackers There are many of us here at WCG that think it might be time to start grooming the Bears' linebackers of the future. Color SI's Tony Pauline impressed with what he saw at the Combine.

Brian Urlacher Opens Up Hendricks: Pro Bowler Brian Urlacher is the latest Bear to jump on the social media train, and he spent time answering questions from fans on Twitter and Facebook.

Lovie Smith: From humble East Texas roots to Texas Sports Hall of Fame Smith will be inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame on Wednesday in Waco. Congratulations, Coach!

Honestly, I'm not really sure what made me think of this clip...or am I?