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The Bears Den: May 17, 2013 - Offseason news and notes

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Emery shares thoughts on Cutler, draft class - Larry Mayer: Phil Emery discusses Jay Cutler, the team's draft class, and Gabe Carimi's absence from OTA practices.

Emery not shutting door on Gabe Carimi - Adam L. Jahns: Carimi’s decision to skip the Bears’ offseason training activities thus far had led to rampant speculation that the 2011 first-round pick’s time in Chicago may be winding down. [Video] CSNChicago discussion - Is he upset at move to guard?

Lester: Is Carimi making a mistake missing OTAs?

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Dan Pompei's Bears mailbag - Q&A about Kyle Long missing workouts, franchise-tagging Jay Cutler, and why scouts need to see player in person.

12 teams with the most to lose in 2013 - Joe Fortenbaugh: Trestman and Cutler have to find a way to jump start this Chicago offense. Even if Brian Urlacher re-signs with the club, Chicago’s identity will no longer be tied to the defensive side of the football.

What will the D-Line look like in '13? - Maggie Hendricks: With Israel Idonije not likely returning, what are the Bears doing to make sure their line is ready for 2013?

Top 5 defensive tackle tandems in the NFL - Gregg Rosenthal has Melton and Paea in the top 5, but #1 goes to a NFCN rival duo. Kevin Seifert: Fairley getting a lot of respect for decidedly mixed body of work .

Kay: Who's the best player on the Bears?

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Why is Urlacher still a free agent?

Roster notes - Brad Biggs: What Bears paid UDFAs.

Current and former Bears doing good things - Larry Mayer: Heads Up Football program stresses player safety; Marshall hosting free youth football camp; Bennett to host dinner benefit for literacy program.


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NFP Agent's Journal - Jack Bechta: Securing endorsements for NFL players takes planning, patience, and commitment.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Weston Hodkiewicz: Packers wrestle with yanking Randall Cobb off special teams.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Josh Katzowitz: Though Joe Webb has had some success playing QB for the Vikings, the team is moving him to receiver full time.