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The Bears Den: February 19, 2013 - Offseason news and notes

Cutler runs into Chris Williams trying to avoid the rush... or mid-play bro hug? You decide.

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Do the Bears have enough young talent? - Kip Lewis: The future of the Bears is with the younger talent they've assembled, but is it good enough to get them to the next level?

Draft preview - Moon Mullin: This year's draft could fall well for the Bears, with a true first-round OL talent being a legitimate “best available” when they pick... if they can avoid taking the next Chris Williams.

Team report - What went wrong, what went right, cap space, and the roster situation.

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It’s just the beginning for TEs in Bears’ new system - Adam L. Jahns: The Bears have to determine if Kellen Davis, Matt Spaeth and Kyle Adams are equipped for the new offense or if they were just underused last season.

DeCamillis believes 4-3 creates Bears special teams edge - Brad Biggs: Bears STs coach Joe DeCamillis likes the speed afforded to him by 4-3 LBs.

Franchise tag breakdown by team - Chris Burke: The Bears really have to keep Pro Bowl DT Henry Melton around, even at the expense of LB Brian Urlacher. [Video] CTL discussion.

Why the Bears should franchise Melton - Maggie Hendricks: Though free agency doesn't start until mid-March, the Bears can make a move on one of their most coveted players.

Dean / SS: Should Bears franchise Melton? / It'll cost a lot

Cutler helping kids with diabetes attend camp - Larry Mayer: Through his foundation, Jay Cutler has donated $15,000 to help children with Type 1 diabetes enjoy a week of adventure at YMCA Camp Carson in Southwestern Indiana. Young JC from the 2006 Combine!

Bears coaches say a lot about Jay Cutler by not saying a lot - Steve Rosenbloom moans a lot about the Bears coaches not saying a lot.

[Video] CTL discussion - Is Jay Cutler the Bears' QB of the future?

Free agents - PFF's Top 10 list of free agent edge defenders includes a certain Bear who's popular with Canadian hamsters.

Lester A. Wiltfong Jr: Bears 2013 Roster Turnover: Defensive End

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Matt Bowen: The Players Page - Why you should embrace the NFL combine: it's about more than just numbers.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Marc Sessler: The Vikings exceeded all expectations in 2012, but will they be able to hold on to Percy Harvin? Charley Walters: Most likely trade partners for Harvin.

Know thy enemy: Packers - The Packers aren't about championship windows or rebuilding. They are built to contend every season. Gregg Rosenthal breaks down what they need to do this offseason.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Paul Imig: Green Bay valued Charles Woodson's leadership, but made the right call as overvaluing it could have damaged their future. Tom Silverstein: Packers face tough decision on Sam Shields.

Know thy enemy: Lions - A breakdown of the Lions' 2012 season and their salary cap concerns this offseason.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Dave Birkett: Former Broncos GM Brian Xanders is creating a scouting database for the organization to use for college and pro scouting. (So... player evaluations will be boosted by weed use and DUIs, then?)

Explaining the NFL’s salary cap - Dan Durkin breaks down how the NFL salary cap works.

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