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The Bears Den: July 11, 2013 - Offseason news and notes

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Bears taking wise approach with Jay Cutler - Ashley Fox: The Bears should expect Cutler to lead them to the postseason, win a game or two and show that he is one of the NFL's elite QBs. Only then should they sign him to a new contract.

Depth chart breakdown - Adam Hoge looks at the QB position: Will Jay Cutler's fifth season with the Bears also be his last?

myronaiii: The Devil I know... the Jay Cutler story / Steven Schweickert: Is Cutler worth a Romo or Flacco contract?

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Bears expect much from RBs - Brad Biggs: The tag team of Matt Forte and Michael Bush should have an expanded role this season in both the running and passing games.

Forte expects to be integral part of Bears' passing game - Moon Mullin: The organization committed money to RBs but not always the football. A key to 2013, beginning in training camp, is to change that.

Steve Ronkowski: Trestman's short pass game / T.J. Shouse: Confidence Check: Bears running backs

Peete following in his father's footsteps - Larry Mayer: The son of a longtime coach and brother of a former NFL QB, Bears RBs coach Skip Peete has been around pro football most of his life.

2013's most important Bears - A panel of 14 from The Score compiled a list of their most important Bears for 2013. At #10, Charles Tillman.

Lester A. Wiltfong Jr.: Looking back: Top 10 most important Bears of 2012

Bears position preview - Moon Mullin: Receiving corps needs its health and to build equal-opportunity trust.

NFCN preview - Chris Burke takes a look at the division and thinks there are four potential playoff teams here… and at least three that could bomb.

Steven Schweickert: Is the NFC North the toughest division in the NFL?

What Bears records will fall this season? - Maggie Hendricks takes a closer look.

Training camp preview - With nearly half of the league's coordinators switching clubs, new playcallers abound. Pat Kirwan examines what the coordinator carousel means for affected teams.

Steve Ronkowski: Trestman's run game / Kromer's run game / The Mel Tucker 4-3 Defense

The looming franchise player negotiating deadline - Joel Curry: The Bears reportedly opened contract negotiations for a new deal with Melton during the 2012 season. There hasn’t been much progress.

Ranking the NFL's backup QBs - Marc Sessler lumps the McCown brothers together. Still better than Derek Anderson.


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Supplemental draft usually a bust - Alex Marvez: The majority of supplemental choices have flopped at the NFL level, whether through not honing their skills enough in college or existing baggage holding them back.

NFL Health & Safety - Bill Bradley: Can a motorsports safety maven make a better football helmet? Tom Pelissero: NFL makes thigh and knee pads compulsory.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Jeff Seidel: Stafford the big winner with short-term deal. Donovan McNabb: "Stafford has done nothing for Lions".

Know thy enemy: Lions - Kevin Seifert: Previous CBA rookie contracts still haunt Lions, with $146M going to just three players over six years.