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The Bears Den: June 24, 2013 - Offseason news and notes

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Long kept in touch with team during OTAs - Larry Mayer: First-round pick Kyle Long, working with OL coach Tony Wise as he did before the Draft, woke at 5am to speak with assistant OL coach Pat Meyer and then used FaceTime to keep track of what was transpiring in team meetings.

Peter King's MMQB - Guest columnist Chris Kluwe on life cycle of an NFL player, Hall changes.

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Urlacher ready for a new chapter - Moon Mullin: Brian Urlacher confirmed on Friday that he is done with his football career, and he sounds a little relieved about the whole thing. [Video] Vaughn McClure: Former Bear gives it his best in pro-am.

Steven Schweickert: Urlacher: "I don't want to play."

Mixing golf and football works for Gould, Trestman, Urlacher - Moon Mullin: Rain and a lightning warning didn’t stop former and current members of the Bears organization visiting with fans. Teddy Greenstein: Trestman struggles on course but wins over crowd.

NFCN Blog - Kevin Seifert: How does each NFC North team look in the secondary, and what still needs to be done? No team in this division is set up quite as well as the Bears.

Steven Schweickert: Bears: Best Secondary in the NFC North?

Player profile - Maggie Hendricks with everything you need to know about Jermon Bushrod.

Ex-Bear news - Not Larry Mayer: Former Bears STs standout Todd Johnson has returned to his roots as head football coach at his alma mater, Riverview High School in Florida.

Bears doing good things - Larry Mayer: Jay Cutler and wife Kristin Cavallari will travel back in time to host a 1980s-themed fundraiser July 18 to benefit the Bears QB's foundation. Won't see either in these tops, then.



Four downs with Ditka - Da Coach's thoughts on two of's most overrated and underrated Bears who played under him him in Chicago.

Lester A. Wiltfong Jr.: Who are the most overrated / underrated Bears ever?


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NFP Sunday Blitz - Dan Pompei: A look at the Panthers' new plan for Newton, NFL players gone Hollywood, and all the latest league chatter.

Know thy enemies - Kevin Seifert on the futures of Jim Schwartz and Leslie Frazier.

Know thy enemy: Packers -'s Q&A on all things cheesy.

Hernandezwatch: Police spend nearly 4 hours at Hernandez's home Saturday - Past troubles come into focus - Loses endorsement deal with Cytosport - Chris Burke: Fort Belichick is in disarray - Alex Marvez: Patriots have lost their 'Way'.

Billy Ocean is playing live at Cutler's 80s-themed fundraiser.