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The Bears Den: May 01, 2013 - Offseason news and notes

WTF, an O-lineman in the first round?!? Fire Emery NOW!

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Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - How many guards the Bears have drafted in the first round, how draft pundits fared, and if anyone has played for the Bears and Cubs or White Sox.

Peter King's TMQB - NFL must create environment for others to follow Jason Collins' lead; mail.

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Cutler pleased with Bears' OL additions - Jay Cutler is happy to see the Bears have made protecting their QB a priority after adding to the OL through free agency and with two draft picks. Jason La Canfora: Brandon Moore would be a logical addition for Chicago.

8 things you must know about new Bear Kyle Long - Maggie Hendricks mentions that he's an avid Twitter-user and slips in a suggestion that you follow her Bears reporting, too. @WCGBearsBlog > Grizzly Detail.

Lester: Q&A with Addicted To Quack about Kyle Long

Briggs' mysterious tweets send misguided message on Jason Collins - Steve Rosenbloom: A Bears source said Briggs’ Twitter account is ghostwritten some of the time (maybe that’s who deleted those tweets), but the source told me the team, trying since Monday, has not been able to reach Briggs for an explanation.

Draft grades- Football Outsiders' meta-analysis of draft grades from the more notable sources (i.e. not Bleacherreport) has the Bears ranked in the bottom third of the league, and lowest in the NFCN.

Draft analysis - Chris Burke's Draft Steals and Reaches: Did Chicago reach for Jon Bostic?

T.J.: Best of the WCG Draft Open Threads

Power Rankings - Kevin Seifert on ESPN's power rankings for the NFCN: "The Bears worked to address two of their biggest needs, OL and LB."

Current and former Bears hosting youth camps - Larry Mayer: Training camp doesn't begin for three months, but current and former Bears players are heading to football fields locally and nationally to share their expertise with kids.


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NFP Agent's Journal - Jack Bechta: Will the Geno Smith draft day saga, the Barkley drop from first to fourth, and Eric Fisher’s story have a big impact on the 2014 draft?

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Kevin Seifert on how the Vikings will seek to use Cordarrelle Patterson. He was a pretty ineffective downfield receiver last season; luckily, Ponder's an ineffective downfield passer.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: Chris Kluwe's activism helped Jason Collins, might hurt himself.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Dave Birkett: Mel Kiper Jr says Lions did best they could in draft. Provided Ziggy Ansah can live up to his #5 overall draft status sooner rather than later.....

Know thy enemy: Packers - Kevin Seifert: Combined cap hits for Rodgers, Matthews remain reasonable, especially as they come to only a little more combined than Joe Flacco's in 2017.

Know thy enemies - A roundup of the rest of the NFCN's draft classes.