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

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Q&A with George McCaskey - Dan Pompei: Bears Chairman George McCaskey weighs in on Brian Urlacher's future, Jay Cutler's contract status, and having a Super Bowl in Chicago.

Bears embrace change at the top - Dan Pompei: Chairman George McCaskey, GM Phil Emery, coach Marc Trestman help form new power structure at Halas Hall.

Peter King's MMQB - Jake Long's St. Louis Rams deal adds to NFC West's impressive work in free agency.

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Phillips: Urlacher should finish career with Bears - Dan Pompei: Team president among those hoping to see icon return to the franchise.

Cowboys might not be an option for Urlacher - Sean Jensen: MLB's options in free agency appear to be few.

If Bears actually respected Urlacher, they'd have made a decision already - Steve Rosenbloom: The Bears are disrespecting Urlacher -- and themselves -- by acting weak, saying mindless things, and clearly hoping and praying someone else signs him.

Urlacher must take hefty pay cut to return to Bears - Sean Jensen: There are ways to squeeze him under the salary cap - if they want him back and can agree on a salary.

Schweick: Time for Urlacher to go?

Lance Briggs has been pretty quiet this offseason...



DE McBride to visit Bears Tuesday - Jeff Dickerson: FA DE Turk McBride is scheduled to visit the Bears on Tuesday; the Bears could be looking at him in the event the club does not re-sign veteran free agent Israel Idonije.

Bears showing interest in TE Steve Maneri - Brad Biggs: The Bears revamped the TE position by signing Martellus Bennett last week and now Steve Maneri, a converted offensive tackle, is on the team's radar.

Ronk: Bears Playbook - Martellus Bennett's Skill Set

Bears are sticking with grass for their playing surface - Dan Pompei: Team president Ted Phillips said he anticipates no changes to the grass field the Bears play on at Soldier Field.

NFL free agency - Nate Davis grades every team after one week of spending. For what it's worth, the Bears earn a respectable B+.

Bears gain on ’13 opponents but how much? - Moon Mullin assesses how the Bears' upcoming opponents have fared in free agency.


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Roster notes - Brad Biggs: Nick Roach will earn $13 million with the Oakland Raiders in a four-year contract with $5 million guaranteed.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Kevin Seifert: Newly-signed backup QB Matt Cassel's contract doesn't suggest they're paying him to compete for Christian Ponder's job.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Kevin Seifert: All signs point to TE Jermichael Finley still being with the team for the 2013 season.