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The Bears Den: February 20, 2013 - Offseason news and notes

Scott Boehm

Draft preview - Kip Lewis: Bears have three areas of need heading into the Scouting Combine.

Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - Larry discusses how Michael Bush fared in his first season with the Bears, if Johnny Knox was drafted with a compensatory pick, and where the Bears rank in strength of schedule.

Peter King's TMQB - Free agency this year loaded with talent, not big spenders; mail.

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Team report - Gregg Rosenthal: The Bears have a lot of big decisions this offseason, from Brian Urlacher's future to Jay Cutler's contract.

Team report - Gene Chamberlain looks at likely departures from the roster, and the Bears' needs and likely targets in the draft and free agency.

Bears want their TEs to threaten defenses - Larry Mayer: Matt Spaeth's diving TD catch was one of the best plays of the season, but the Bears are hoping to get more out of their TEs in the passing game than they did in 2012.

NFCN Blog - Bears' top offseason needs: WR and TE. "Kellen Davis had a truly magical season, dropping seven passes on just 44 targets"

Lester A. Wiltfong Jr: Bears 2013 Roster Turnover: Tight Ends

Draft preview - Elliot Harrison think TE will be a position to watch for the Bears.

Focus on OL as Bears head to Combine - Michael C. Wright: Given the pounding taken in recent seasons by Jay Cutler, the team could be working overtime at the combine evaluating talent for potential upgrades along the OL.

Bears operating with $11 million in salary cap room - Brad Biggs: Bears could create room by restructuring the contract of Julius Peppers.

T.J. Shouse: Should the Bears restructure Peppers' contract?

Dan Pompei's Bears mailbag - Q&A on Henry Melton, the salary cap, the draft, and possible trades.

[Video] CTL discussion - The Bears have room to man(o)euver in free agency; more on the draft and the prospects of Brian Urlacher returning.

Controversial Notre Dame LB Manti Te’o could be Brian Urlacher’s heir apparent - Adam L. Jahns: The Bears certainly have done their homework on Te’o, but meeting with him and others could determine if LB rates higher on their draft board than certain O-linemen, another glaring area of need.

Dane Noble: Brian Urlacher vs Manti Te'o


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Know thy enemies - Chris Boden rounds up the key names who may be hitting free agency among the other NFCN teams.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Tom Silverstein looks at which players the Packers are likely to lose, and the positions at which they need refills and upgrades.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Kevin Patra's offseason forecast: The Lions' defense has been a mess for a generation, and they need more depth at WR. Dave Birkett: Key departures, areas of need.

Scottish singer-songwriter Amy MacDonald of the Clan MacDonald.