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The Bears Den: April 03, 2013 - Offseason news and notes

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Trestman excited to begin Bears' offseason program - Larry Mayer: With the Bears kicking off their voluntary offseason program Tuesday at Halas Hall, Marc Trestman and his staff will get their first chance to begin working with players.

Photos -'s gallery from the first day of the Bears' offseason conditioning program.

Peter King's TMQB - Carson Palmer deal to Cardinals had to happen, more QB musical chairs; mail.

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Bears move lockers to build team unity - Larry Mayer: New Bears coach Marc Trestman would like players on offense and defense to get to know each other better.

Bears’ new togetherness only goes so far - Moon Mullin: The new locker room layout means some offensive and defensive players may have their spaces next to the exact teammates they will be going head-to-head with in practices.

Change apparent as Bears begin training without Urlacher - Adam L. Jahns: Offensive and defensive players are no longer separated in the locker room but arranged in alternating stalls with the goal of creating unity. Of course, there was no stall for No. 54.

Melton: 'Strange' feeling with Urlacher gone - Vaughn McClure: It was somewhat of a strange feeling when Henry Melton arrived at Halas Hall on Tuesday morning. Life without Brian Urlacher officially began.

George McCaskey reached out to Brian Urlacher - Larry Mayer: Bears chairman revealed Tuesday that he spoke to Brian Urlacher after the team announced it was unable to reach a contract agreement with the star MLB. Dan Pompei: McCaskey 'heartbroken' over Urlacher's departure.

Bears’ door not locked to Urlacher - Moon Mullin: George McCaskey did not rule out some scenario under which Urlacher would be welcomed back at Halas Hall. Did he really mean it?

J’Marcus Webb excited to do things the right way at tackle - Joe Cowley: With his legal issues behind him, J’Marcus Webb has one thing to focus on this offseason: re-securing a starting job. Dan Pompei: "Getting along just fine with Jay Cutler".

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - On the four-year anniversary of the Jay Cutler trade, was it a success and should they extend him?

Lester A.: Four years ago Jay Cutler became a Bear

Is Jay Cutler ready to be the face of the franchise? - Scoop Jackson: The team's identity during his tenure has always been split three ways between him, Lovie Smith and Urlacher. Is the last man standing ready for the role to be his alone?

Draft preview - Steve Silverman: The Bears are not going to ignore the OL in the draft, but they don’t have to use their first-round pick on a blocker. Plus, a look at the rest of the NFCN's needs.

Who needs to draft a QB? - The Bears are ranked mid-table in Nate Davis' list of teams by QB-neediness.

Roster news - Brad Biggs: Bears bid farewell to Toeaina.

Wiltfong, Jr: The Bears officially release Matt Toeaina


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Draft Do-Over - Elliot Harrison re-drafts the first round of what was a weak draft class in 2009. With the benefit of hindsight, Henry Melton would have gone on the first day; Mark Sanchez, not so much.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Kevin Seifert: Should Aaron Rodgers offer the Packers a 'hometown discount'? Tom Silverstein: The contract's structure will be important.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Dave Birkett: The Lions weren't kidding about turning over their roster. A year after returning 21 of 22 starters, they're only bringing back 13.

Non-gridiron link of the day - Kev dropped me this link to a promo and trailer for the next Disneynature documentary, titled Bears. Scheduled for release in mid-April 2014.

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