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The Bears Den: February 22, 2013 - NFL Combine news and notes

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Salary cap issues first on Bears table - Dan Pompei: Phil Emery has to get a handle on multiple contract situations before he can shape roster further.

Team report - A round-up of coaching and personnel news, plus team needs and an overview of the Bears' free agents.

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Trestman busy catching up - Bob LeGere: Marc Trestman admits he's got a lot of catching up to do on NFL personnel after spending the past five seasons coaching in the CFL.

Bears complete coaching staff - Alabama's Mike Groh is a highly respected WRs coach and for a position coach hiring, this one qualifies as a splash.

Phil Emery interested in more than 40 times - Brad Biggs: The 40-yard dash might not be the best measurable for projecting the athleticism of an NFL prospect. Phil Emery prefers the vertical leap.

[Video] Kip Lewis & Moon Mullin - Breaking down the Bears' situation and needs.

[Video] Wright & Dickerson - The other Ebony & Ivory discuss Bears issues at the NFL combine.

[Video] View from the Moon - Moon Mullin's thoughts from Day 1 in Indianapolis.

Trestman excited about chance to work with Cutler - Larry Mayer: Citing Jay Cutler's intelligence and passion for football, Bears coach Marc Trestman said Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine that he's eager to work with the veteran QB.

Emery respects Urlacher too much to 'slight' him - Larry Mayer: It's unclear whether Brian Urlacher will re-sign with the Bears. But regardless of what transpires, Phil Emery vowed Thursday that the face of the franchise will be treated with the respect he deserves.

Bears ‘respect’ Urlacher but will they pay him? - Bob LeGere: Phil Emery says the Bears will never slight seven-time Pro Bowler Brian Urlacher, but that doesn't mean they'll break the bank to retain the unrestricted free agent. Plus, more on Carimi, Hester, Louis.

Bears dance around Melton, Urlacher questions - Rest assured, though, the Bears’ evaluation is far, far along, and the team’s 50 staffers will have clear-cut responsibilities at the combine, which ends Tuesday.

Reading the tea leaves on Brian Urlacher - Kevin Seifert: There is at least some internal interest in bringing back Urlacher for 2013, but we could be weeks away from a final answer.

Bears sticking with McClellin at DE - Vaughn McClure: GM stresses he doesn't see him developing into MLB.

Bears could use McClellin as LB in some situations - Adam Hoge: Could give new DC Mel Tucker the opportunity to experiment with hybrid looks, making the defensive appear as a 3-4 on some snaps with McClellin standing up or lining up a few yards away from the line of scrimmage.

Team news - Larry Mayer: The Bears have no immediate plans to switch Shea McClellin from DE to LB, but they do intend to take advantage of his flexibility. Plus, Jeffery, Carimi, and what Emery looks for in O-linemen.

Roster notes - Gregg Rosenthal: Cutting both players would save less than $5 million, but Hester seems to want a fresh start elsewhere while Kellen Davis simply has been ineffective as a starting TE.

Kev / Lester: Bye-bye, Devin / TE roster turnover

Roster notes - Mark Potash rounds up the Bears' word on Hester, Carimi, McClellin and Rodriguez.

Loss of Knox creates need at WR - Michael C. Wright: Unlikely the Bears can accomplish that through free agency, given their cap situation.

Dickerson: GM unsure if Louis will be ready for camp - Biggs: Carimi's best position yet to be determined - Biggs: Hester will have to compete for job.

[Video] Why we don't listen to Mike Florio - Florio talks to Moon Mullin and, over a month after we all found out, is still peddling his doubts about Marc Trestman's NFL history.


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Know thy enemy: Vikings - Dan Wiederer: Three storylines to keep in mind for Minnesota heading into the Combine.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Mike Vandermause: Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy will never admit it, but they made a mistake by keeping Donald Driver one season too long. Tom Silverstein: Could Jennings return?

Know thy enemy: Lions - Anwar S. Richardson: Mayhew and Schwartz's long-term futures may hinge on what both men can accomplish this week at the NFL Combine. Drew Sharp: Lions need to develop draft picks, not make splashy signings.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Kevin Seifert: Is Mikel Leshoure's lack of explosive runs due to recovering from injury, or has he reached his ceiling?

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