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The Bears Den: February 21, 2013 - Offseason news and notes

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Bears traveling en masse to Indianapolis for Combine - Larry Mayer: Phil Emery leads a contingent of about 50 Bears staffers, including Marc Trestman, down Interstate 65 to Indianapolis for the NFL Scouting Combine.

Bears and Urlacher need each other - David Haugh: Veteran's return would relieve major doubts as new coach Marc Trestman establishes himself with team.

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Bears take their wish list to NFL Combine - Bob LeGere: Bears talent evaluators will be closely monitoring this year's excellent crop of offensive lineman. They are in need of a talent upgrade on the O-line but could also use help at TE and LB.

Bears just might ignore OL in draft - Mark Potash: The Bears’ OL problems have been so acute and self-evident that it’s been a foregone conclusion Phil Emery would go OL with the Bears’ first-round pick in the 2013 NFL draft. But not so fast.

Free agents - Dan Pompei: At the NFL scouting combine, agents will be touting veteran LTs likely to go on the market next month as replacements for J'Marcus Webb... but should the Bears bite?

Householder / Schweickert: Tackles in free agency / the draft

Bear fan's guide to NFL Combine - Maggie Hendricks: It's time for the NFL beauty pageant! While no tiaras will be given out -- which is a shame -- the NFL combine will give prospective NFL players a chance to show their skills to every one of the league's 32 teams.

Jay Cutler faces a do-or-bye season in Chicago - Vinnie Iyer: Recent results weren't good enough for the Bears to stick with Lovie Smith. If Cutler doesn't take advantage of his latest fresh start, QB will be the next big change they make.

Free agents - PFF ranks ten likely free agents at LB, including Brian Urlacher. Would another team be tempted to sign him? Will he climb what I'm guessing is the Sears Tower?

Steven Schweickert: Should the Bears Re-Sign Brian Urlacher?


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Draft 'process' continues with changed Combine - Moon Mullin reflects on how the NFL's approach to the Combine has changed over the years, and what its main benefits are for the teams.

Matt Bowen: Scouting the Bears - 40-yard dash garners attention but really isn't true measure of a man; as long as a player doesn't run slow at the NFL scouting combine, the game tape will determine how fast he really plays.

NFP Agent's Journal - Veteran agent Jack Bechta with a peek behind the curtain of the NFL Combine.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Brian McIntyre looks back at GB's 2012 season and which of their free agents they may budget to keep.

Know thy enemy: Packers - WR James Jones is all for eliminating helmet-to-helmet penalties. Haven't you heard of brain replacement surgery?

What if NFL logos were British? - The Jolly Good Biters!

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