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The Bears Den: June 10, 2013 - Offseason news and notes

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Bears trade Gabe Carimi to Buccaneers - Adam L. Jahns: 29th overall selection in the 2011 draft reunited with former college coach, who's now the OL coach in Tampa Bay.

Bears give up on Carimi, ship him to Bucs - Bob LeGere: Gabe Carimi, who was a major disappointment in his two injury-plagued seasons with the Bears, was traded to the Buccaneers Sunday for a sixth-round draft pick next year.


Steven Schweickert: Gabe Carimi traded to Buccaneers

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Carimi gets career start-over in trade to Tampa Bay - Moon Mullin: The deal sends away the last of first-round draft choices made by former GM Jerry Angelo and college scouting director Greg Gabriel. Brad Biggs: Carimi never fully recovered from rookie season-ending injury but didn't use it as an excuse.

Carimi trade tops of[sic] Emery’s ’14 draft quiver - Moon Mullin: Trade projects to give Phil Emery his first full quiver of draft choices since his hiring prior to the 2012 draft; too soon to label Carimi as a bust. [Video] Bears got draft pick for a marginal backup.

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Jermon Bushrod is a perpetual work in progress - Dan Pompei: 19th O-lineman chosen in the 2007 draft always is working to develop his Pro Bowl skill set to its fullest.

Warren Moon has some advice for Jay Cutler - Fred Mitchell: Hall of Fame QB says the Bears offensive leader should soak up wisdom from new coach Marc Trestman.

Brad Biggs: Bears take peek at available QBs - If a need arises for a QB during training camp or preseason, the Bears will have a recent snapshot of some options as Russell, Edwards and Palmer try out Friday.

Russell deal unlikely - Michael C. Wright: Russell's performance Friday was solid overall, considering his time away from pro football and unfamiliarity with receivers.Vaughn McClure: Michael Bush would like to see Russell get another chance in NFL.

NFL.com: Around the League - Chris Wesseling's top grouping for the NFL's 40 top WRs is "Well-rounded playmakers" and Brandon Marshall is included.

NFCN Blog - Kevin Seifert on first-year players who have turned heads in OTAs/minicamps: Jon Bostic has been calling defensive signals at MLB with the second team during spring practices.

[Video] Best Memories of Brian Urlacher - Former teammates recall some great memories from his days with the Bears at Peanut Tillman's charity bowling event. Pat Mannelly is up first!

Bears doing good things - Former Bears receiver Rashied Davis will host his annual "Cocktails for Brighter Futures" fundraiser from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday at Rockit Bar & Grill in Chicago. Several current and former Bears are expected to attend.

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Ditka

Four downs with Ditka - Ditka speaks! You read. You read now!

George Halas named NFL's fourth best coach of all time - Larry Mayer: ESPN has tabbed Bears legend George Halas as the fourth greatest head coach in NFL history. [Video] Mike Ditka, Gale Sayers and Dick Butkus discuss why George Halas is one of the greatest coaches in NFL history.


Dick Schweicka: ESPN ranks George Halas 4th greatest NFL coach

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Know thy enemy: Lions - Justin Rogers: The Lions had the third-ranked offense in the NFL last season, but finished 17th in points per game as the defense lacked big plays with just 17 takeaways.

NFL.com's best play-callers in NFL today - Obviously no Bears playcaller is on the list. Here's to hoping that changes by this time next year.

These are the days when you wish your bed was already made.