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The Bears Den: April 30, 2013 - Offseason news and notes

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Emery isn't dumb enough to sign Tebow, right? - Steve Rosenbloom: Tim Tebow cannot play QB in the NFL, but the fear is that he offers versatility that appeals to Phil Emery, no matter how wrong that would be. Brad Biggs: No. Michael C. Wright: Not interested.

Peter King's MMQB - Tavon Austin, Geno Smith, Tyrann Mathieu and more thoughts on the Draft.

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Emery weighs risks of character issues with potential - Melissa Isaacson: Phil Emery is not oblivious to character issues, but he understands he has a job to do.


Sam, Holder of Houses: Bears relying on player development

Will Cutler's 31st birthday be spent as a Bear? - Chris Boden: By not getting their paws on someone last weekend whom they can develop, it creates even greater contract leverage for Cutler.

JC dressed up for his 30th birthday party - Even includes a nod to the Smokin' Jay Cutler meme.

QB freeze-out – A statement on Cutler? - Moon Mullin: Is part of the reason why the Bears didn't add a QB due to Phil Emery and the new coaching staff feeling better and better about Jay Cutler?

Israel Idonije visits Titans - Brad Biggs: Bears still have interest, but things could be picking up for the veteran elsewhere. Non-Tribune link.

NFCN Blog - Kevin Seifert's post-draft storylines in the NFCN: "Eifert would have been another weapon for Jay Cutler's make-or-break season." Can't make if he gets broken yet again due to OL deficiencies, Seifert.

Chatwrap - Larry Mayer's post-draft Q&A session with fans. Has a pop at the draft "experts" and pokes fun at Te'o.

Chatwrap - Jeff Dickerson's Q&A session on all things Bears with people who don't know jack about the team. Or so it seems.

Draft grades - Moon Mullin: How about waiting at least until Bourbonnais? If there is a measure, The Bears went into the 2013 draft with only one clear “need” in the starting lineups on both sides of the ball: guard. They used their first-round pick on one.

Draft grades - Pete Prisco gives the Bears a C grade, above only one other team in the NFCN. Surprising, that team is the Packers.


Lester, Wilter of Fongs: How big of a reach was Kyle Long at #20?

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NFP Sunday Blitz - Dan Pompei: Thoughts on the Draft, including an inside look at the Chargers drafting of Te'o.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Joel Corry looks inside Aaron Rodgers' new deal: Overall, the deal is reasonable for Rodgers but more favorable to Green Bay. Kevin Seifert: Rare win-win for both sides.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Bob McGinn: Draft could be repeat of GM's 2009 success.

Know thy enemy: Lions - John Niyo: After getting precious little help early from his last two rookie classes, and particularly from last year's bunch that did next to nothing for a 4-12 team that did about the same, GM Martin Mayhew knows there's no time for training wheels anymore in Allen Park.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Dan Wiederer: Vikings still have a long road despite draft success. Tom Pelissero: MLB the biggest remaining unknown.