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The Bears Den: February 28, 2014 - Chicago Bears offseason news & notes

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Is the sky the limit for this Bears offense? Rich Gannon thinks so.

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The Marc Trestman effect - Dan Durkin: Jay Cutler has shown as much improvement in Year 1 as any QB whom Marc Trestman has ever coached.

Chicago Bears 2014 offseason preview - Ryan Wilson: If Cutler continues to progress, there's no reason to think this won't be one of the league's most explosive offenses. The biggest question mark is whether this defense can regain its 2012 form in one offseason.

Among Bears free agents, who's staying and going? - Dan Wiederer, Brad Biggs, Rich Campbell: Bears have 21 players who can begin negotiating elsewhere March 11, and the outlook is varied for all of them.

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Bears ink Garza to 1-year deal - Larry Mayer: The Bears on Thursday retained a key member of their record-breaking offense, re-signing Roberto Garza to a one-year contract. ChicagoBears.com photogallery.

Bears make smart play with Garza - Michael C. Wright: Retaining Garza enriches the continuity along the O-line; he also brings a selfless attitude that has proved to be contagious in the locker room. Moon Mullin: Has quietly become a player who makes those around him better. Brad BiggsWill groom Boggs and possibly a late-round pick.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Bears bring back Roberto Garza. [KAPCON: 5]

Bears agree to terms with Rosario - Larry Mayer: A few hours after re-signing Roberto Garza, the Bears also inked Dante Rosario to a one-year deal.

Good offense not enough for Bears - Laurence Holmes: Even an average defense would do wonders for the Bears, but it will take more to compete for the big prize.

Pondering what Chicago's D might be in 2014 - Michael C. Wright: If the Bears don't sign a bunch of household names on defense in free agency, it wouldn't be a surprise. Tucker generally prefers tough, physical up-and-comers who are coachable, over the name players.

Defense - Moon Mullin: Can a strong draft fix Bears' entire defense in one year? ... Which position is clear priority at No. 14? ... Can Bears count on free agency for answers?

[Video] - Is sky the limit for the Bears offense? Former league MVP Rich Gannon thinks there's even more room for growth.

Four Downs - Michael C. Wright and the rest of the ESPN NFC North writers discuss key issues for each team heading into 2014. Will the Bears have the most potent offense in the division?

NFC North free agency needs - Elliot Harrison takes a look at the team needs in the NFC North: The Bears can't win games in 2014 if they get the same kind of safety play as they did in 2013.

Mock Draft - Daniel Jeremiah's mock draft 3.0: The Bears have a desperate need at the safety position, but Timmy Jernigan is too good to pass up at this point in the draft.

2014 Combine performance: Defensive Backs - Tony Villiotti: Who stood out from the crowd in Tuesday's workouts?

[Audio] - Brian Urlacher joins Waddle & Silvy to discuss whether he wants to coach, the future of some of his former Chicago teammates and more.

Sun-Times Bears section here.

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The NFL and its 'character concerns' - Joe Fortenbaugh: Character matters, right up until the player in question starts producing big-time results on the field.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: The Vikings could take a LB early in the draft to help shore up the middle of their defense if they don't got QB, but D'Qwell Jackson might merit a look.

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