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The Bears Den: May 20, 2013 - Offseason news and notes

Robbie Gould: kickoffs, kicks at goal, and provides depth as an interior pass rusher.

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Roster notes - Larry Mayer: The Bears on Friday agreed to terms with first-round draft pick Kyle Long on a four-year contract plus an option.

Sam Householder: Bears sign first round pick Long to 4-year deal

Veteran O-Line coach: ‘Concerned’ over Kyle Long missing offseason programs - Tony Wise on The McNeil and Spiegel Show.

Team report - Everything you wanted to know about the state of the team but were afraid to ask.

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Josh McCown fits the profile for NFL backup QB - Dan Pompei: There aren't many, and certainly not many available, who bring more to role than Bears' No. 2.

T.J. Shouse: Will Bears current QB depth chart be good enough?

NFC minicamp storylines - For the Bears, Gregg Rosenthal lists Carimi's absence, the battle for the starting MLB job, and Earl Bennett carving out a role in the offense again now that Hester's strictly a returner.

NFCN Blog - Kevin Seifert: We have two offenses that have supported 88-plus receptions by a RB in previous incarnations. Could Reggie Bush or Matt Forte approach that number?

Bears overtaking Packers? - Moon Mullin: Ted Phillips, who has always resisted offering predictions on matters like win totals, isn’t about to declare the Green Bay mountain climbed just yet.

Steven Schweickert: Have Bears closed the talent gap?

What will the O-Line look like in '13? - Maggie Hendricks breaks it down.

NFCN Blog - Kevin Seifert's take on Football Outsiders' assessment of the NFCN's remaining team needs. For the Bears, it's more depth at WR.

Steven Schweickert: Do Bears still have a problem at Receiver?

NFCN Blog - Kevin Seifert takes a look at key players for each NFCN team who are coming back from injuries: "With all the other changes in the organization this offseason, the Bears need the reliability that Robbie Gould provides."

Bears doing good things - Larry Mayer: Adam Podlesh organizing benefit for young cancer patient; Bears presented with two awards for community service.



Four downs with Ditka - Da Coach don't do Twitter, 'cos then Twitter itself would have to follow Da Coach.


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NFP Sunday Blitz - Dan Pompei: Schiano finally gets his man at QB; best DT duos of all time; and all the latest around the league.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Mike Vandermause has an apoplectic fit at the notion that anyone could question Mike McCarthy's job status.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Jim Ragsdale: A bailout of the $977 million Vikings stadium by smokers and businesses was proposed by Gov. Mark Dayton. John Holler: Smokers getting burned again.

Worst Player Offseason Power Rankings - Chris Burke found ten players who are having worse offseasons than Gabe Carimi.

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