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The Bears Den: July 17, 2013 - Offseason news and notes

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Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - Larry discusses how the Bears defense will perform with Briggs calling plays, Alshon Jeffery's progress, and mid- and late-round draft picks who could contribute as rookies.

Bears single-game tickets on sale Thursday - Starting at 11am. Sold out at 11:01am, probably.

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Trestman, Bears wisely wait before committing long term to Cutler - Chris Burke describes Cutler as "claiming to be too injured to continue playing as the Bears fell to Green Bay" in the NFC Championship game. Sigh.

Cutler not focused on deal - Jay Cutler joined The Waddle & Silvy Show to say he won't be distracted by entering the last season of his contract, and he doesn't plan on discussing the topic once the season begins.

Lester A. Wiltfong Jr.: Cutler had a deal nixed when Trestman was hired

[Video] ESPN - Brian Billick reveals what areas Jay Cutler should improve on in order to earn a new contract extension.

[Video] Bullish on Jay Cutler - Pete Prisco called into The Tim Brando Show to talk about Trestman's and Cutler's prospects in 2013.



Bears position preview: TEs - Brad Biggs: Big things are expected from Martellus Bennett, who has the ability to enhance the Bears' offensive effectiveness.

Player profile - Gregg Rosenthal breaks down Alshon Jeffery's rookie season, and explains why he believes the WR is ready to become the next big playmaker in the NFC North.

Steven Schweickert: Picks to improve: Alshon Jeffery

Bears position preview: DEs - Moon Mullin: The defense received a third straight Pro Bowl season from Julius Peppers, but needs 'next steps' by an emerging DE group.

2013's most important Bears - The Score panel has Matt Forte at #6, and thinks he could be primed for a career year with new head coach Marc Trestman. Michael C. Wright: Offense needs to run through Forte for balance.

Lester A. Wiltfong Jr's 10 Most Important Bears of 2013 - #7 Tim Jennings

NFCN Blog - Kevin Seifert with key issues for each team heading into training camp. For the Bears the spotlight is on Bostic, McClellin and Long.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - PFT ranks Bears 18th overall. The panel discuss. Gollum Kaplan lets them talk. It's beautiful.

Know thy coaches - Larry Mayer: After serving as DC with the Browns and Jaguars, Mel Tucker is excited about assuming the same position with the Bears.

Steve Ronkowski: Who is Bears DC Mel Tucker? / The Mel Tucker 4-3 Defense

Ex-Bear news - Carlos Monarrez: "It’s not often a Detroit Lion gets invited to the White House" All those years of volunteer service he's being hono(u)red for were done as a Bear, so suck it, Carlos.

Brandon Marshall: "Screw training camp, I love Pilates & wine!!" - ...and thus concludes the first and, hopefully, last time putting together the Den takes me to TMZ.



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13 burning questions for the 2013 NFL season - Tom Pelissero examines 13 key issues for the '13 season and Tebow isn't one of them? Fear not, it's because USA Today devoted an entire video to the potential third-string QB. Sigh. Around the League - Chris Wesseling ranks the NFL's top receiving corps (including TEs). The Bears don't crack the top 19 and are the worst in the NFCN.

T.J. Shouse: How confident are you in the Bears WRs?

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: The Vikings expected more from Jerome Simpson in 2012 than 26 catches in 12 games, but he gets a second chance to show he’s the big-play threat they expected him to be. Will he ever top that touchdown?

Know thy enemies - Christian S. Kohl's roundup of the news and stories emerging from the NFC this week.