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The Bears Den: June 04, 2013 - Offseason news and notes

On the roster bubble? Beat reporter Jeff Dickerson thinks so.

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Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - Larry discusses which new Bears player will be the biggest contributor this season, if Kyle Long is guaranteed a starting job, and expectations for the Bears offense.

Peter King's MMQB - Colin Kaepernick could have been an Oakland Raider if not for failed trade. Imagine the change in history.

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Should Bears keep Rodriguez? - Maggie Hendricks: Marc Trestman has stood by trouble players in the past, when coaching in the CFL.

Rodriguez hasn't earned the Bears' trust - David Haugh: Troubling pattern of behavior that traces back to college suggests Rodriguez believes playing in the NFL is his right, symbolizing the opposite of everything Trestman's new coaching staff wants on his roster.

Bears stuck with Evan Rodriguez - Jeff Dickerson: Bears' apparent decision to keep Rodriguez despite two offseason arrests speaks volumes about the pressure the organization is under to protect its draft picks after an underwhelming contribution from the 2012 class.

Steven Schweickert: Evan Rodriguez Charged with DUI

ChatWrap - Jeff Dickerson's Q&A session on all things Bears.

Roster news - Brad Biggs: The Bears will host DT Sedrick Ellis on a free-agent visit at Halas Hall this week. (Non-Tribune link)

Bears doing good things - Larry Mayer: Former Bears tackle James "Big Cat" Williams will raise funds to help eradicate homelessness and hunger by hosting the second annual Celebrity Bash for Cash Saturday in Chicago.

Lester A. Wiltfong Jr.: Ten Thoughts on the NFL

Former Bear Ron Smith passes away - Larry Mayer: Ron Smith, a Pro Bowl kick returner who played four seasons with the Bears, died Sunday in Denver after a brief battle with lung cancer. He was 70.

Brian Urlacher trivia quiz - Larry Mayer challenges you to exercise your memory banks.

If you're having trouble remembering which tall building in Chicago #54 scaled, here you go.


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Know thy enemy: Packers - Tyler Dunne's Q&A with Aaron Rodgers as the Packers QB considers his legacy and Green Bay's new offense.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Anwar S. Richardson: Many members of the Lions are willing to assume leadership roles this season, but it should start with coach Jim Schwartz.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Kevin Seifert: The Lions think there is a correlation between sacks and "long" players, and have added to their DE group appropriately.

July 5th 1969, from "Stones In The Park"