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The Bears Den: May 02, 2013 - Offseason news and notes

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Bears may have found a good one in DT Zach Minter - Adam L. Jahns: The Bears showed interest because Minter is quite the under-the-radar prospect. His 40-yard dash and vertical jump would been the best and second-best among DTs at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, if he was there.

Offseason roundup - Don Banks takes a look at some superlatives of the NFL offseason to date.

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Roster notes - Larry Mayer: The Bears on Wednesday agreed to four-year contracts with two of their six draft picks, fifth-round OT Jordan Mills and sixth-round DE Cornelius Washington.

Steven Schweickert: Bears sign OT Mills and DE Washington

Seven facts to learn about Bears' new LBs - Maggie Hendricks helps you get acquainted with Jon Bostic and Khaseem Green.

Dan Pompei's Bears mailbag - Reader Q&A on position battles, Garza, the rookies, Trestman's involvement in the Draft, and more things Bears.

Wise impressed with Long's athleticism - Larry Mayer: Working with Kyle Long to prepare him for the Senior Bowl, veteran NFL OL coach Tony Wise saw some unique traits in the Bears' first-round draft pick.

Steve Ronkowski: Bears Playbook - Kyle Long, Offensive Weapon

New head coaches most primed for playoffs in Year 1 - analysts give Marc Trestman some love. Bonus: Adam Rank doesn't.

Draft analysis - Bucky Brooks looks over the NFCN's draft: "Long's flashes of brilliance were impressive, but taking such an inexperienced prospect in the first round is certainly a gamble."

Alex Brown still bothered by draft slight - Larry Mayer: Alex Brown turned out to be a draft steal for the Bears back in 2002. But the former DE told a Florida newspaper that he's still bothered by his free fall into the fourth round.

Bears still shuffling scouts - Dan Pompei: Although the Bears did a pretty dramatic scouting department makeover at this time one year ago, they still will be making some tweaks.


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Know thy enemy: Vikings - Kevin Seifert: It appears that Erin Henderson has moved from a fallback option to the Vikings' top choice to be their MLB. Not a landing spot for Urlacher, then?

Know thy enemy: Lions - Kevin Seifert: As Jason Pierre-Paul (NYG), Aldon Smith (SF) and Bruce Irvin (SEA) have shown, a template exists for a developing pass-rusher such as Ziggy Ansah to be used in a focused way while still having a highly productive rookie season.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Kevin Seifert: They traded down with the 49ers who then took him straight away, but given the choice would Packers have chosen Montee Ball over Eddie Lacy?