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

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Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - Larry discusses who could start at guard for the Bears this season, and if Devin Hester is participating in the voluntary offseason program.

Emery attempting to close talent gap - Dan Durkin: Phil Emery wants to win now. He said it himself, and his roster moves - particularly those in the trade and free agent market - back up the rhetoric.

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Compromise missing in Urlacher situation - Bob LeGere: The Bears chairman does not involve himself in personnel operations but maybe, in this case, George McCaskey should make an exception.

Thayer applauds Bears for free-agent additions - Larry Mayer: radio analyst and former guard Tom Thayer lauded the Bears for the moves they've made this offseason to upgrade their roster.

Roster notes - Michael C. Wright: Given the importance of the DT position in a 4-3 scheme, after the release of Toeaina the Bears certainly need to acquire at least one more player to serve in the rotation.

[Video] NFL Network - Inside the Draft War Room: Daniel Jeremiah and Charles Davis say the Bears might not target a specific position in the first round.

[Video] Draft preview - Todd McShay says Alabama's Chance Warmack and North Carolina's Jonathan Cooper are both good enough to be top 10 picks. Would the Bears pass them up if either lasted to #20?

Wiltfong-fong-fong: Could Warmack and Cooper both be available at #20?

Draft news - Vaughn McClure: The Bears have scheduled a predraft visit with Kansas State LB Arthur Brown, according to a league source.

Draft preview - Bob LeGere: Mel Kiper Jr has the Bears taking Manti Te'o with the 20th overall pick in the draft, but thinks the Vikings might trade up to leapfrog the Giants and the Bears for him.

[Video] Draft preview - Todd McShay: Alec Ogletree is the "exception to the rule" about players with off-field issues and is "the most explosive player in this draft on the defensive side... he might be pound for pound the best athlete in this draft."

Schweickert-kert-kert: 2013 NFL Draft: Linebackers

PFF grades Bears recent drafts - A look back at the 2008-2010 drafts. Spoiler: Chris Williams. No, literally.

Urlacher, Bears reject link to group opposing same-sex-marriage - Jared S. Hopkins: The Bears and former MLB Brian Urlacher have denied any involvement with an organization that opposes same-sex marriage, after an online promotion, stated a clear involvement of the team.


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NFP Agent's Journal - Jack Bechta: If you want to work with and get through to NFL players, you better understand them and know these four rules.

Draft preview - Russ Lande gives the scoop on four players whose draft stock is on the move.

NFL to show footage from locker rooms in stadiums during games - Mike Foss: The NFL is attempting to bring the allure of a live-game experience back to stadiums in a most peculiar way.

Touched by the hand of Ofra Haza.