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The Bears Den: February 12, 2014 - Chicago Bears offseason news & notes

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Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - Larry discusses the number of picks the Bears have in the draft, why they don't pick in the same spot in every round, and the likelihood of Lance Briggs moving to MLB.

Bennett receives player of year award - Larry Mayer: Martellus Bennett was honored as the Bears player of the year Monday night at the 26th Annual Comcast SportsNet Awards at the Hilton Chicago & Towers. With [Video].

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2013 FA review: Martellus Bennett - Jeff Dickerson: Compared to the Bears’ 2012 starting TE Kellen Davis, Bennett looked like Kellen Winslow Sr in his prime.

Roster analysis - Adam Hoge takes a look at the Bears' QBs and RBs in his latest offseason notebook.

Jerry Angelo rates every QB from the 2013 NFL season - Jay Cutler in the, among other possible issues, "poor cast around him or coaching" tier. Heh.

Angelo's critique of Cutler more than a little puzzling - Moon Mullin: It has the ring of what might have been said of Cutler from 2009-2012. A major reason why Angelo was excused from his job was specifically his failure to solve the QB position. [Video] Cutler is not the same guy Jerry Angelo traded for.

[Video] - Moon Mullin: Are the Bears better off letting Peppers and Tillman go?

Bears hire martial arts expert as skill development coach - Jeff Dickerson: Bears hire renowned martial arts expert Joe Kim to be a skill development coach for the 2014 season, a league source confirmed.

Draft preview - Moon Mullin: Underclassmen are keys in 2014 NFL Combine, draft.

Mock Draft - Nate Davis' mock draft 2.0: The Bears really need help shoring up their run defense, and if Nix's medical checks out after a late-season injury, he's ideal.

Cutler, Suh, Romo top list of high-end NFL cap issues - Joel Corry: The NFL year starts March 11, and that's when clubs have to make calls on players with huge deals like Jay Cutler, Tony Romo and Darrelle Revis.

Roster analysis - Moon Mullin: Status of franchise tags around NFL could lead to upgrades for Bears.

Bears to judge Michael Sam solely on ability - Michael C. Wright: Phil Emery expressed "tremendous respect" for Missouri defensive end Michael Sam and said the team’s evaluation of him will be based solely on his ability to help the Bears win football games.

Michael Sam will force NFL locker rooms to grow up - Steve Rosenbloom: Players are wondering what they can say to Michael Sam, the openly gay Missouri DE. Sam is a human being. Talk to him like one.

Bears schedule - Michael C. Wright: Based on the Bears’ matchups for 2014, the club ranks No. 18 in overall strength of schedule.

Trivia quiz on Bears linebackers - Larry Mayer: With the Bears boasting a storied linebacker legacy, invites you to test your knowledge about the position. [Post scores in the comments. No cheating.]

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Jack Bechta: The Agent's Journal - The reality of Michael Sam's situation: 99% of all owners, current/former players, media, GMs, scouts, and coaches are all going to say and have said all the right things when asked. But privately they may be thinking very differently.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Kevin Patra's offseason preview: With a new coaching staff in place, the Lions' offseason will revolve around Stafford's footwork and Suh's contract extension.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Michael Rothstein: Jim Schwartz doesn't pin collapse on Stafford; acknowledges discipline issues on the field.

Bucs don't need an upgrade from Glennon - Pat Yasinskas: Lovie Smith got to the Super Bowl with Rex Grossman. If he can do that, he can do the same with Mike Glennon.