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The Bears Den: February 07, 2014 - Chicago Bears offseason news & notes

Jordan Mills played with a streak of nasty that his predecessor at right tackle never expressed.

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Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - Larry discusses whether Devin Hester's TD remains the fastest score in Super Bowl history, if the Bears will consider signing Asante Samuel, and how the Bears fared in 2013 when choosing to defer after winning the coin toss.

Rookie review: RT Jordan Mills - Jeff Dickerson: Mills certainly wasn’t flawless but, unlike J’Marcus Webb, has the type of attitude the Bears want from their O-linemen and never played himself out of the starting lineup.

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If not Tillman, where do Bears find starting CB? - Moon Mullin: Tillman’s return is in doubt, leaving the Bears with a need for nothing less than a day-one starter either in free agency or through the draft in May.

Analysts predict who Bears will draft - Larry Mayer: The NFL Draft is still three months away and free agency no doubt will change team needs. But it's never too early to see who NFL analysts think the Bears will select in the first round.

Kiper: Bears can’t wait to draft elite DL - Moon Mullin: The Bears hit with Melton (2009) and Wootton (2010) in fourth rounds. But they scored much bigger with Tommie Harris (2004) in a first round and that is Kiper’s suggestion for them this year.

Mock Draft - Rich Campbell: The Bears should draft D-linemen early because of a relative lack of depth in this year's class compared to that in the secondary, ESPN's Mel Kiper says. Michael C. Wright: Jernigan at 14 might be too much value to pass on.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Where does the Bears' rebuilding process need to start?

Bears mailbag - Brad Biggs answers questions on Seattle's defense versus the 1985 Bears, Mel Tucker, the draft and the future of cold-weather Super Bowls

Will Hester be "ridiculous" elsewhere next season? - James Neveau: With his contract at an end, will Devin Hester be returning kicks for the Bears next season?

Steelers, Bears, Colts among NFL teams to watch this offseason - Adam Schein: Another offseason together will strengthen the bond between Cutler and Trestman, putting Chicago in great position to be a playoff team in 2014.

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Jack Bechta: The Agent's Journal - Free agency is the Super Bowl for agents: How NFL free agency "really" works.

Now the hard work begins - Andrew Brandt: There is no offseason for front offices and scouting staffs, who have already begun trying to build a championship roster for 2014 and beyond, starting with pre-Combine meetings and the shaping of each team’s draft Bible: The Board.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Rob Demovsky: Super XLV: Where are they now? Only 12 of 53 players remain under contract with the team for 2014, with 11 having contracts that expire next month.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: Norv Turner's plan for Adrian Peterson.

NFL/corporate logos - Another batch of remixed logos of all the NFL teams.