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The Bears Den: April 05, 2013 - Offseason news and notes

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Bears' preseason schedule announced - Larry Mayer: The Bears' 2013 preseason slate features a nationally-televised game and a match-up against the team that new coach Mark Trestman helped reach the Super Bowl. Kevin Seifert: NFCN preseason schedule.

More to watch in preseason with new staff - Jeff Dickerson: There might be motivation for the Bears to take the preseason a bit more seriously after the coaching staff underwent almost an entire makeover in the offseason.

Lester A. Wiltfong Jr: Chicago Bears 2013 preseason schedule

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Need to differentiate between 'need' and 'want' for Draft - Moon Mullin: The Bears' game-day lineups are largely set with veterans already, but they have not dialed down every “need” to a “want.”

Draft preview - Mark Potash: After addressing offense with their biggest FA signings, the Bears are expected to address their aging defense if they end up keeping their first-round pick at No. 20... or will they fortify their OL?

Wiltfong A. Lester Jr: With the 20th pick, the Chicago Bears select...

Mock Draft - Who does Mel Kiper Jr. think each NFCN team will take in first two rounds? Russ Lande: For Trestman’s quick hitting passing attack to work, the Bears’ interior line must be stout and keep the defense from pressuring Cutler up the gut.

Roster notes - Brad Biggs: Guard Matt Slauson will earn $815,000 in his contract this season, with $200k guaranteed.

Will Madden add a "Ball-puncher" role for defensive players? If it's in the game...


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Ex-Bear news - Simon Samano: Brendon Ayanbadejo wonders if gay rights activism was a factor in Ravens releasing him.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Tom Silverstein: One way to measure a GM's performance is to look at the amount of "dead money" that appears on his salary cap ledger. Ted Thompson's administration has among the lowest.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Chris McCosky: More than $32 million of the team's $124.6 million payroll last season was allocated to the DL, yet three weeks away from the draft the team have only three projected starters. Dave Birkett: Former Jaguar DT C.J. Mosley agrees to 2-year deal.

Weight presents double-edged sword for linemen prospects - Austin Murphy: How big is too big? Where does piling on the pounds reach a point of diminishing returns?

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