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The Bears Den: March 27, 2013 - Offseason news and notes

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Jonathan Daniel

Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - Larry discusses whether the Bears could open the NFL season by hosting the Ravens, the likelihood of Shea McClellin moving to MLB, and if Walter Payton would have violated the league's new "running back" rule on a famous run against the Chiefs.

George McCaskey lucky to be where he is — and he knows it - Sean Jensen: Unlike other NFL owners, George McCaskey wears off-the-rack suits to blend in, not stand out; doesn’t travel with an entourage; and, back at Halas Hall, declines a special parking spot for his Honda Accord.

Peter King's TMQB - Titans feel good about leap of faith hiring Gregg Williams; reader mail.

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Kelvin Hayden, Bears agree to deal - Michael C. Wright: The Bears are bringing back CB Kelvin Hayden, agreeing to terms Tuesday on a one-year contract.

Dane Noble: Bears re-sign DB Kelvin Hayden

Roster notes - Kip Lewis: The Bears are sitting in a very good position to perhaps have a much stronger roster than they did at the start of the 2012 season.

Roster notes - Brad Biggs breaks down the Bears' roster, both by position and by contract expiration; more than half of the current players are on deals that expire after the 2013 season.

[Video] Kip Lewis & Moon Mullin - Kip & Moon break down Bears' FA additions.

Now it's on you, Jay - Jeff Fedotin: The hallmark of the Bears — that defense — has aged and is bound to slip. The Bears knew this was coming; with his offensive pieces in place, it's time for Jay Cutler to step up.

Draft preview - Kip Lewis: Is Te'o a good fit in Chicago? Jason Cole: Still not worth of a first round pick?

Draft preview - David Haugh: Manti Te'o allayed some doubt with better pro day 40-yard dash time but what really matters is how he's judged from game film. The Bears could do worse than picking him in the first round. Mike Imrem: Too much stock placed on 40 times.

Lester A. Wiltfong Jr: Mocking the Mocks: Manti T'eo, LB, Notre Dame

Draft preview - Vaughn McClure: After acquiring pass-catching TE Martellus Bennett in free agency, Notre Dame standout Tyler Eifert might not stand out to Bears.

Jason Campbell signs with Browns - Fred Greetham: Veteran signed for 2 years, is expected to compete with Brandon Weeden for the starting position. Bob LeGere: Could ex-Bear be Cutler's backup?

Dane Noble: Jason Campbell follows Kellen Davis to Cleveland

Lewis knew when to quit; other big-name veterans finding out - Jason La Canfora: The new-CBA, flat salary cap market is harsh for faded greats like Brian Urlacher and James Harrison.

Urlacher's ex weighs in on his departure - Jenny McCarthy incurs the wrath of Hendricks.


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Draft preview - Chris Burke's top 5 prospects at each position on defense.'s All-Underrated team - Elliot Harrison has two Bears on the list.

Spice Adams was recently placed first in the "Dancing With Chicago Celebrities" competition, one of several participants who helped raise $800,000 for the Northwestern Memorial Foundation for breast cancer research (video footage of trophy presentation here).