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The Bears Den: March 08, 2013 - Offseason news and notes

The Bears' new ballboy looks strangely familiar.....


Urlacher makes proposal to Bears - Vaughn McClure: Likely wants a new deal in the $5 million-per-year range on par with recent contracts earned by veteran LBs Ray Lewis and London Fletcher. Sean Jensen: A contingency roster bonus could be one option for the Bears. Moon Mullin: Likely to receive calls from two former Bears coaches if he reaches free agency.

Monsieur Wiltfong: Urlacher and the Bears are talking

Team report - A round-up of the state of the Bears as we prepare to head into free agency.

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Les Ourssss

Evan Rodriguez training with Marshall, Jeffery - Jeff Dickerson: Alshon Jeffery isn’t the only member of the Bears’ 2012 draft class who is spending his offseason training with Brandon Marshall in South Florida.

Draft preview - Larry Mayer: Five NFL Draft analysts, including Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay, all have different opinions about the player the Bears will select with the 20th overall pick.

Bears free agency preview - Kip Lewis: Bears have decisions to make with their own free agents.

Monsieur Shouse: Who should the Bears re-sign this offseason?

Bears free agency preview - Moon Mullin. With Briggs the only starting LB under contract and lacking front-line depth in the pipeline, a position group with two Pro Bowl members as recently as 2011 is in need of re-stocking, if only because of low head count.

Israel Idonije says he wants to retire with Bears - Adam L. Jahns: Veteran D-lineman Israel Idonije wants to play two or three more years in the NFL and he hopes that they're spent in Chicago. Phil Emery definitely wants Idonije to return. It's just a matter of making the numbers work.

Campbell quandary looming for Bears - Dan Pompei: The Bears have a QB decision to make, and it has nothing to do with Jay Cutler entering the last year of his contract.

Bears free agency preview - Sean Jensen: The Bears’ woeful OL needs more than one new player, and they might find a bargain at guard via free agency. Chris Boden agrees.

Free agency preview - Chris Wesseling: Ranking the free agent O-linemen.

Bears free agency preview - Dan Pompei: Bears might target a TE instead of LT in free agency.

Monsieur Holder de la Maison: 2013 Free agent tight ends

Dan Pompei's Bears mailbag - Reader Q&A about speedy receivers, possible trades, Kellen Davis and what to expect from Marc Trestman.

Welker would give the Bears the gameplan to win - Steve Silverman: No team would benefit more from signing Wes Welker than the Bears.

Free agency preview - Gregg Rosenthal's look at the best-value bargains in free agency.

If Brian Urlacher returns to the Bears, will he scale the Sears Tower and catch biplanes by way of celebration?


Saucisse Polonaise

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Jason Cole: With the latter reportedly asking for Calvin Johnson money, could it be a case of "Mike Wallace in, Percy Harvin out" for Vikings? Kevin Seifert: One or the other, but not both?

Know thy enemy: Packers - Kevin Seifert's thoughts on Tramon Williams' still-ailing shoulder.

Annelise Hesme's exasperated nose-wrinkle in response to "Shakespeare" is so very Ooo la la...