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The Bears Den: February 19, 2014 - Chicago Bears offseason news & notes

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Bears look to put bite back in defense - Larry Mayer: As they prepare for what figures to be a critical offseason, the Bears are determined to return to their roots as the Monsters of the Midway and put the bite back in their defense.

Bears expected to stick with 4-3 - Michael C. Wright: Expected that the Bears will become more multiple to prevent opponents from catching on to what they’re doing on a game-by-game basis.

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How will Bears address needs with 4-3 defense? - Chris Boden: The bigger question all along is how they'll address a stack of question marks, no matter the scheme.

Melton remains Bears best option on defense - Brad Biggs: Bears know they must shore up D-line and their rehabbing under tackle is expected to stir up interest as a free agent despite coming off surgery.

Franchise tag projections - Joel Corry: Wouldn't be practical for Bears to tag Melton for a second straight year at $10.14 million when he is recovering from an ACL tear.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Bears sticking with 4-3 defense, but who's going to be on the D-line?

Bears should 'sprint to podium' to draft FSU's Jernigan - Moon Mullin: Mike Mayock says there's one DT who, if available at No. 14, would send the Bears into a victory dance: Florida State's Timmy Jernigan.

Countdown to Combine - Michael C. Wright previews a few potential Bears targets at DE who are capable of playing in multiple defensive schemes.

Bears could target Missouri end Kony Ealy - Dan Wiederer: The Bears have the 14th pick in the NFL Draft and a need for a better pass rush. Missouri's Kony Ealy could be a good fit.

If not Charles Tillman for Bears, then who? - The Bears will be pressed to find major money to pay a second CB in free agency, but Mike Mayock says this is a deep draft for corners. Bears effectively have a top-10 pick this year.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Who[m - Den] will Bears pick at No. 14? [KAPCON: 5]

Draft preview - With the NFL Scouting Combine just around the corner, Mike Mayock unveils his position-by-position rankings for the 2014 NFL Draft.

On the bubble - Gregg Rosenthal lists three Bears among his 24 NFC players who could be cut.

Who are Chicago’s most powerful sports figures? - Dave Wischnowsky: Which Chicago athlete made the top 100?

Dan Hampton wants to see Jay Cutler 'prove it' - The Danimal doesn't understand the concept of a "going rate".

Photos - A behind-the-scenes look at Bears hard at work in Brandon Marshall's offseason training program in Miami.

[Video] Inside the Bears - Anthony Adams was wired for sound throughout his Bear career and goes back in time to re-live some of his favorite moments, and how reluctant he was to wear The Colonel's number.

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Know thy enemy: Packers - Rob Demovsky: Sam Shields the only Packers FA who would warrant any consideration for being tagged. Draft targets: Safeties and D-line.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: Team could, but probably won't, franchise tag Jared Allen. Draft targets: D-line and LBs.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Michael Rothstein: No reason for team to use franchise tag this season. Football Outsiders: Lions' biggest needs.

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