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The Bears Den: May 03, 2013 - Offseason news and notes

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Matt Forte's offseason training program includes working on bending space and time.

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Roster notes - Larry Mayer: For the second straight day Thursday, the Bears agreed to four-year contracts with two of their draft picks, fourth-round LB Khaseem Greene and seventh-round WR Marquess Wilson.

Lester A. Smith: Bears sign WR Marquess Wilson & LB Khaseem Greene

Greene a perfect fit on ball-hawking Bears defense - Larry Mayer: When it comes to stripping the ball from opponents, Charles Tillman may have some competition this season from fourth-round draft pick Khaseem Greene, who forced an NCAA-record 15 fumbles.

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[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Matt Bowen breaks down what Marc Trestman's offense will be trying to do.

Draft analysis - Joe Fortenbaugh: Immediate impact required: Ten rookies who will be under the microscope when they hit the field in 2013. Includes one Kyle Long.

Player profile - Kevin Seifert: Scouts Inc. rated WR Marquess Wilson's talent alone as worthy of a second- or third-round pick. What if he has his head on anywhere close to straight?

Player profile - Adam L. Jahns: P.J. Lonergan, who participated in the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis, was rated the sixth best center in this year's draft by

Skip Wiltfong: Q&A with And The Valley Shook about P.J. Lonergan

Best UDFA signings - Chris Burke's dozen includes WR Mark Harrison: "a talented, high-upside player with issues on his way to the NFL. Because of those positives, Harrison could crack the Bears’ roster as a red-zone threat." readers' Best ever draft picks - Adam Rank's best articles are when he doesn't have anything to do with them. The worst ever Bears draft pick?

Kay Paradiso: Emery's Average Draft

Khaseem Greene has a way to go before he gets his own Peanut Punch equivalent.....


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Know thy enemies - Dan Durkin evaluates the rest of the NFCN draft classes. Gil Brandt: Vikings' among top-10 UDFA hauls.

Draft analysis - Marc Sessler breaks down five NFC teams that still have needs, including the Lions (OT) and Vikings (MLB). Oh, hey, we badly needed a Guard, we took a Guard. Imagine that.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Anwar S. Richardson: GM Martin Mayhew does not expect his early draft picks to have an opportunity to sit and learn like members of his previous two classes.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Justin Rogers: Lions get bigger and longer on DL, should make the front four more effective against the run while leading to more batted passes.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Kevin Seifert: Johnathan Franklin, GB's second RB taken in the draft, doesn't have the name recognition of Eddie Lacy, but he's a breakaway threat as well as able to earn his yards after first contact.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Kevin Seifert: Many O-linemen have trouble keeping the weight off; LT Matt Kalil has to work at keeping it on.

Non-gridiron link - It's a quiet phase of the offseason so when I'm not trolling people who ignore the wealth of information collected for them about the Bears, I catch up on other stuff to read. This is creepily entertaining: "What is the creepiest thing your young child has ever said to you?"

Also somewhat creepy.