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The Bears Den: March 07, 2013 - Offseason news and notes

Donovan McNabb's not as fast as he used to be.

Scott Boehm

Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - Larry discusses the players who were involved in the 2009 Jay Cutler trade, Henry Melton's reaction to being tagged by the Bears, and the first time the Bears scored 61 points in a game.

A quicker-paced Bears offense? - Kevin Seifert: If former scout Gary Horton is right, we'll see a lot less downfield passing from Cutler and a more nuanced short game, which will look much different than what the Bears have done during most of Cutler's tenure.

Coach Ronkowski: Marc Trestman's Passing "Offence" / Trestman's Short Passing Game

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Bears free agency preview - The anomalies along the Bears’ OL border on the bizarre. Indeed, the Bears arguably have fared better by borderline chance than by careful evaluation and planning.

Bears free agency preview - The Bears addressed pass rush last draft, but not necessarily enough. The run-up to the start of free agency has situations to resolve, whether re-signing current linemen or restructuring contracts to create salary cap man(o)euvering room.

NFCN free agency preview - Elliot Harrison: Jay Cutler certainly could use some help at TE, but a salary-cap squeeze might force the Bears to shy away from the market. Gregg Rosenthal: Ranking the FA TEs.

Coach Wiltfong: Should the Bears draft a TE or sign one in free agency?

With limited options, Hester may stay a Bear - Kip Lewis: Realistically, there are a limited number of promising options for Hester, other than remaining with the Bears. [Video] CSNChicago discussion - A Bear for life?

Bears need help at CB - Maggie Hendricks: Tillman and Jennings are important enough that they deserve good back-ups.

Mock draft - Todd McShay has the Bears going WR at #20 overall. Hmmm.

Free agents - Gregg Rosenthal ranks this year's free-agent LB crop, from the Ravens' Dannell Ellerbe to the Bears' Brian Urlacher.

Cutler and Cavallari work on wedding plans (again) - Maggie Hendricks: Once again, Jay Cutler and Kristin Cavallari are working on their wedding plans. The Bears QB has two key jobs: the menu and the music.

Lead architect discusses Halas Hall expansion project - Larry Mayer: Richard Preves, whose architectural firm is spearheading a massive expansion and upgrade of the Bears' Halas Hall headquarters, recently spoke to about the project.

'85 Bear loses home in fire - Mark Bortz, 52, played 12 seasons with the Bears and was a two-time Pro Bowler.

Hillenmeyer's game: Pitting fans vs. athletes in video arena - Brad Biggs: During his playing days, Hillenmeyer frequently would lose in Madden and EA NCAA Football after a players’ lounge was constructed at Halas Hall with gaming consoles for use at lunch time.

General Manager Dane Noble: Gamers vs athletes.


Polish Sausage

Ranking the 10 most powerful people in the NFL - Don Banks with the NFL's movers and shakers. Bill Swerski having a heart attack right now at the absence of Virginia McCaskey from the list.

Top 20 free-agent signings in NFL history - Jim Reineking's list includes, curses, two Packers signings, including the #1 overall.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Kevin Seifert takes a look at the reasons why the Packers could take the unusual step of extending Aaron Rodgers with two years remaining on his contract.

Singer shattering beer glasses was a stunt - Because there's a lot of buzz about him in the threads when he sings before Bears games: Jim Cornelison reveals a radio transmitter triggered glasses to break at Harry Caray toast. Includes [Video].

Missing Racing Sausage returned - Nothing to do with Chicago or gridiron, but I'm always amused by oversized mascots doing sporting activities.

When they switch it on, what the French refer to as "la philosophie ovale" - the ball flashing out of the grasp of would-be tacklers at breakneck speed - is beautiful to watch. Unfortunately all too often against the Irish, but skill is skill.