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

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Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - Larry discusses how compensatory draft picks are awarded, where Matt Forte ranks on the Bears' all-time rushing list, and how the Bears have fared against the AFC North.

Peter King's TMQB - NFL free agency brings about different approaches from different teams.

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The Essential Urlacher: Some contract tipping points - Moon Mullin: Assessing Urlacher’s absolute value is not simple and and involves looking past knee-jerk reactions, pro or con.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Should Urlacher decision be about money?

Price reductions still may help Bears - Chris Boden: The FA market price has now gone down this past week at positions where the club still needs help, and now the patience of those available players could be shrinking as they look to find a new home for the coming season.


Da Schweickert: Bears upgrading instead of relying on development

NFL free agency - Pete Prisco: Cap restrictions, draft philosophy make grading free agency tough. For what it's worth, the Bears earn a respectable grade.

Trestman can learn from Pete Caroll’s handling of Russell Wilson - Steve Silverman: Trestman needs to take a page out of Carroll’s book and trust his eyes when deciding who’s in the lineup.

Four Bears in running for greatest NFL play of all time - Larry Mayer: The Bears are well-represented in NFL.com's second annual "Bracketology," in which fans are being asked to vote for the greatest play in NFL history among a field of 64 entries.

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Four Downs with Ditka - Da Coach's thoughts on Cutler's future, the Bears' two big moves in FA, D-Rose, and the WBC.


Da Householder: Bears need to draft a QB

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NFL considering major changes to Pro Bowl - Albert Breer: Major changes to the Pro Bowl, from rotating the location of the game to drafting players on each team, are on the table for debate.

NFL approves rule to eliminate all peel back blocks - Texans linebacker Brian Cushing got his wish as owners voted Tuesday to eliminate peel-back blocks against defenseless defenders.

Know thy enemies - Kevin Seifert rounds up the major issues facing each of the AFCN teams; the AFCN are on the NFCN's collective schedules in the upcoming season.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Rob Demovsky: GM says Aaron Rodger's extension is a high priority, but there have been no discussions to date.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Kevin Seifert: A relatively minor restructuring of Calvin Johnson's contract, freeing about $3.4 million of salary-cap, means his future cap hit will grow to over $20M in 2015-2017.