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The Bears Den: February 27, 2014 - Chicago Bears offseason news & notes

Is Texas native Henry Melton angling for a reunion with Tony Romo Rod Marinelli in Dallas?

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Melton would have interest in Cowboys - Todd Archer: "Henry’s from Dallas, he played for [Marinelli], obviously there would be interest from Henry’s side, but who knows at this point?" Melton’s agent said. Moon Mullin: Up to Bears whether or not to make 'leap of faith'.

Tillman question overhangs Bears’ draft, free agency - Moon Mullin: Tillman wants to stay and the team wants him to. But it’s not necessarily that simple and projects to have a significant impact on the Bears’ draft one way or the other.

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Post-Combine and mock drafts

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Ranking the top DBs at the NFL Combine. [KAPCON: 5]

Draft preview - James Neveau: With Charles Tillman possibly on his way out of town, should the Bears explore the cornerback market in May's NFL Draft?

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Which defensive player is the best fit for the Bears at 14? Adam Hoge on why he thinks they should look at defensive back.

[Video] - Who raised their stock at the Combine? Adam Jahns picks out Pittsburgh's Aaron Donald and Oklahoma State's Justin Gilbert, and explains why he thinks DB is a harder hole to fill.

Matt Bowen: Scouting the Bears - After the top half of the NFL draft's first round, there are some solid options for the Bears who could be of immediate help at many positions.

Shaun Gayle's nephew ready for his shot - Michael C. Wright: James Gayle, a DE at Virginia Tech, is considered somewhat of a tweener better suited to play OLB in a 3-4 scheme.

Mock Draft - Joel Klatt: The Bears have to get younger and more explosive on the DL. After a wonderful weekend at the Combine, Timmy Jernigan seems like a perfect fit.

Mock Draft - Chris Burke: (Louis Nix) When the Bears held the 14th pick in the 2004 draft, they used it on 300-pounder Tommie Harris, who then went on to become an anchor up front on Chicago’s NFC championship team. This team needs that space-eater who can push the pocket inside again.

Mock Draft - CBSSports' and NFLDraftScout's mock drafts are split between Timmy Jernigan and Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix at #14. Pete Prisco: Back end of the Bears' secondary was horrible, and Major Wright is a free agent.

Draft preview - With the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine in the books, Gil Brandt takes stock of the prospects who made their presence felt. [Mostly offensive players who won't be on the Bears' radar, woot - Den]

Draft preview - Charles Davis: Aaron Donald, Jason Verrett among those who helped themselves at NFL Scouting Combine. 25 things we learned.


[Video] - Peter King believes the arrow is pointing up for Marc Trestman and the Bears. But they have to answer questions on the defensive side of the ball this offseason.

[Video] ESPN - Will the Bears boast the most powerful offense in the NFC North next season? Toni Collins and Kevin Seifert answer that along with other key questions in the black and blue division.

[Video] - Michael C. Wright discusses the team’s decision to move Shea McClellin to linebacker.

[Video] Inside the Bears - Martellus Bennett helps introduce the very best of "Big Guys in Compact Cars."

Three Bears to attend HOF Fan Fest - Larry Mayer: Richard Dent, Dan Hampton and Gale Sayers are set to be among 100 Pro Football Hall of Famers in attendance at the first-ever Hall of Fame Fan Fest May 3-4 in Cleveland.

Sun-Times Bears section here.

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What comes next for clubs after combine? - Pat Kirwan: Players moving up, second-round gems and making sense of draft vs free agency are all tasks facing NFL clubs after the scouting combine.

Salary cap explained - Andrew Brandt: We’ll hear plenty about contract restructuring and extensions this offseason. But in their haste to get under the salary cap, teams will set themselves up for future failure.

NFL’s ‘progressive’ race stance is about the color green - Tim Baffoe: With money on the NFL's mind, there's a double standard with the proposed N-word rule.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: What if the Vikings didn't make the Herschel Walker trade?


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