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The Bears Den: March 04, 2013 - Offseason news and notes

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Bears free agency preview - Bob LeGere: Some of the Bears' UFAs will be back, but most probably won't, and we look at some of the reasons why.

Team report - New TEs coach Andy Bischoff is aware of the lack of productivity the Bears have had at the position. The Bears haven't had a TE with 20 catches in either of the past two seasons.

Peter King's MMQB - Joe Flacco, Tom Brady on opposite ends of quarterback contract spectrum.

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Bears place franchise tag on Melton - Sean Jensen: By committing to the franchise tag, the Bears have a little more than $3 million in salary-cap space. They will need between $2M and $3M for their first- and second-round draft picks, so...


Steven Schweickert: Without Moves, the Bears Won't Play in Free Agency

Free Agency preview - NFL.com have had Melton as the top DT available in free agency, and Izzy just squeaking into the top 10 DEs. You know, like a hamster or something.

Quick ways for the Bears to find cap room - Maggie Hendricks weighs in.

J'Marcus Webb vows to make amends - Fred Mitchell: J'Marcus Webb may have more reliable personal protection around him than he has provided physical cover for Jay Cutler over the past three seasons.


Dane Noble: J'Marcus Webb one of the best tackles in the NFL?

Urlacher to return...somewhere - Chris Boden: Do the Bears want him? At what price do they want him? Is that price worth it to Urlacher retiring as a Bear?

Roach hopes he's back -- for right price - Jeff Dickerson: It would not be a surprise if other teams in need of help at LB view Roach as more than a customary two-down LB, which would raise his value in free agency.

NFCN Blog - Kevin Seifert takes a look around the NFCN's QB situations. Moon Mullin: QB options in free agency.

PFF's Performance-based value - Which Bears over- and underachieved for their salary, according to PFF stats?


Steven Schweickert: PFF Rates Melton Third-Most Undervalued Bear

Draft preview - Matt Bowen: 10 high-impact potential NFL draft choices who could help Bears.

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NFP Sunday Blitz - Dan Pompei: How Wilson is changing the QB evaluation game, and his list of the best intangible QBs of all-time (includes a certain SB-winning QB from a team that plays in a certain midwestern city that begins with a "C").

Draft preview - Russ Lande offers a final breakdown of nine players who struggled at the Combine, including LB Kevin Minter.

Know thy enemies - PFF's Performance-based value calculations for the Packers, Lions and Vikings.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Tom Silverstein: GB has some salary cap space, and it's hard to imagine them not extending Rodgers and Matthews before the start of the 2013 season.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Anwar S. Richardson: The Lions aren't close to a deal with Stafford, and right now he's not incentiviz(s)ed to agree to a contract extension to reduce his $20M salary cap hit.

Injury-hit Ireland continue their underwhelming 2013 Six Nations tournament campaign this weekend by hosting bogey side France, whose anthem - La Marseillaise - is bloodthirsty and vraiment magnifique at full voice... and less so when soccer players/fans give it a go.