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The Bears Den: June 14, 2012


"...where we'd gladly pay $74.99 to have Bears logos on our buttocks."

Can Conte develop as a playmaker for Bears? - Our favourite analyst, Matt Bowen, likes what he sees.

Matt Forte, Lance Briggs And The Revisionist History Of Contract Disputes With The Bears - SBNation: Forte isn't the first member of the Bears to feel insulted by the franchise tag, and he won't be the last. The Forte situation mirrors the one Lance Briggs went through in 2007.

[Video] Is Forte losing leverage over Bears? - Haugh: "You can't lose what you never had." Also thinks "it's become personal", that "he won't take $20M guaranteed", and that "he's getting bad advice" (from the same agent as MJD).

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Earl Bennett in the Eddie Royal role - Has already picked Eddie Royal's brain. Not literally, you understand.

Day 1 minicamp observations - A few titbits (tidbits) from the Bears' first day of minicamp.

Day 2 minicamp observations - Pat Mannelly returns to action!

Brad Biggs' minicamp observations - New scheme fits TE Adams.

Melton looks to dominate this season - Believes he can build on his impressive 2011 to become one of the best in the NFL

Brandon Hardin has all the tools - Pompei: Learning the ropes at safety after college career as CB. Major competition for Wright?

In Marshall, the Bears finally have a weapon to help Cutler - Greenberg awakes from coma.

Bears' D to benefit from new-look offense - Believe a talent upgrade on offense will help the D. New players adding to competition level.

The most difficult position to scout - Greg Gabriel explains what to look for in the OL. For Jerry, it was "Are they still there in the 7th round?" Surprisingly, doesn't list "Won't sack own QB."

Bush making most of first-team reps - Bush taking chance for valuable first-team reps.

Bears impressed with cornerbacks - Lovie Smith praises Jennings and Tillman, believes group is the most talented in his tenure. Lovie: We didn't struggle against the pass.

Mullin, Florio talk Urlacher, Bears - Discuss Brian Urlacher's status, as well as areas of concern the team must face moving forward.

Bears aim to keep Cutler on his feet - Larry Mayer doesn't explain how getting Cutler sacked so much was part of the Bears' plans, though.

Hester still No. 1 kickoff returner - Dave Toub: Hester is still the No. 1 kickoff returner ahead of Eric Weems.

Eric Weems is a ‘luxury’ for Bears as kick returner - ...and, more importantly, Pat Mannelly is fully participating in drills, running and protecting.

John Clayton's 'Theory of 150' for O-lines - "If a team lets its starting OL exceed the total age of 150 years for five starters, the clock is ticking on its remaining success." Spongie's Theory of 150: "If a team's starting OL gives up 150 sacks over 3 seasons, something ain't right."

Veteran QBs learn to deal with new backup roles - That's two things that Orton, Sex Cannon, and Jason Campbell have in common.

2011 Play-Action, Offense - Bears in bottom third in using PA but did much better with it. Da team, dey should run da play action alla the time.

5 things rookies should know about dealing with the Media - Jack Bechta: With thousands of websites, radio shows and multiple TV outlets, there is great competition amongst the media for content.

Know thy enemy - Bucky Brooks: Three keys to fixing Green Bay's horrendous defense.

Know thy enemy - Rookie buzz: Packers' Nick Perry, whose career will likely be linked to Shea McClellin's.

Know thy enemy - Lions RB Mikel Leshoure suspended for two games. More suspensions likely to come.

Father's Day Gift Ideas: Dad Will Love These Chicago Bears Jeans! - Because nothing says "Happy Father's Day" better than Bears logos on his buttocks.

British comedy duo French & Saunders' take on The Corrs.