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The Bears Den: March 11, 2013 - Offseason news and notes

Nick Roach, 2013: Brian Urlacher's successor, or an ex-Bear?

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Bears offseason program - Larry Mayer: The Bears on Friday announced their offseason schedule, which kicks off on Tuesday, April 2 with the beginning of their voluntary offseason workout program.

Bears free agency preview - Adam L. Jahns: The Bears’ activity in free agency will depend on several factors - cap space, the draft, the market, and which players to bring back.

NFCN free agency preview - Nate Davis: Bears and Lions likely losing key parts. Packers, Vikes in better position to re-sign stars.

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Free agency Q&A - All about free agency from

Bears free agency preview - Bob LeGere: Urlacher aside, Bears do have free agent needs and there are several FAs on other teams that should interest Phil Emery.

Bears free agency preview - Brad Biggs: High-priced players such as LT Jermon Bushrod or TE Jared Cook likely under serious consideration.

Nick Roach generating interest as MLB - Brad Biggs: A half-dozen teams have called to express interest in Nick Roach, according to his agent. Jeff Dickerson: More calls from teams scheduled.

Bishop Schweickert / Father Ronkowski: Interest in Roach Could Mean Trouble for the Bears / Nick Roach, Bears MLB?

Melton, agent tag agreement puts pressure on Bears - Moon Mullin: The team is looking to secure a young talent for more years than one, and at the same time create salary cap space.

Nate Collins will not be tendered, could still return - Brad Biggs: Nate Collins will explore the open market before he decides whether or not to return to the Bears on what he figures will be a one-year offer. Jeff Dickerson: Would likely be at a lower price than the RFA tender.

NFCN Blog - Kevin Seifert: Who should be the primary target (including trades) for each team when free agency begins?

Israel Idonije thinks Urlacher will return to Bears - Laurence Holmes: Ideally, according to Bears DE, the team will find a way to bring him and Brian Urlacher back to the roster.

Cardinal Wiltfong: The Bears and Brian Urlacher are talking / Bears 2013 Roster Turnover: DE

Bears free agency preview - Moon Mullin takes a look at the DB situation.

Roster news - Brad Biggs: RB Armando Allen has been tendered an offer as an exclusive rights FA.

J’Marcus Webb, draft 'hit' - Moon Mullin argues the case for the maligned OT who's exceeding expectations for 7th-rounders.

Marc Trestman's redemption - Dan Pompei: Bears HC once was so caught up in X's and O's, he forgot the game is about people.

Sister Kay: Who is Marc Trestman?


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NFP Sunday Blitz - Dan Pompei: It's a WR world; the latest on Jarvis Jones' neck; and lots of free agency talk.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Sid Hartman: Harvin has reportedly told the Vikings that he doesn’t want to play for them and wants to be traded. Kevin Seifert: Given Harvin's history of eccentric behavior and unpredictable decisions, if the Vikings are convinced he won't give them his maximum commitment in 2013, then perhaps a trade is their only option.

Il Canto degli Italiani, or Fratelli d'Italia, is perhaps the jauntiest and most uplifting of the Six Nations' anthems. Love the exhortation of the shouted "Si!" at the end.