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The Weekend Bears Den: February 08, 2014 - Chicago Bears offseason news & notes

Despite an injury-riddled 2013 for the D-line, the Bears didn't trust raw prospect Cornelius Washington to play more than 10 snaps.

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Rookie Review: Cornelius Washington - Michael C. Wright: Washington possesses the physical foundation of speed and explosive power. But he needs to use the offseason to sharpen fundamentals, in addition to adding some pass-rushing moves to his repertoire.

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Team MVP - Michael C. Wright: Although Charles Tillman makes a good case, two things designate Jay Cutler as Chicago’s MVP: his $22.5 million base salary for 2014, and the fact that the team doesn’t have any other experienced QBs currently under contract.

2014 Bears outlook: Receivers - Moon Mullin: The needs on defense limit the options on offense, but the needs at receiver have been addressed enough over the past two years to allow focusing elsewhere.

[Video] - NFL analyst Tim Ryan reveals his top 5 defenses of all-time. Bearsss... Ditka... Polish sausage.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - The panel each make a bold statement for 2014. Adam L. Jahns sticks his neck out and predicts that Charles Tillman won't even sniff free agency.

Photos - Kyle Long had an eventful rookie season with the Bears, beginning it as a first-round pick and ending it as a Pro Bowler.

Bears trainer joins Lovie Smith in Tampa - Jeff Dickerson: Assistant head athletic trainer/director of rehabilitation Bobby Slater left the Bears organization after 15 years to become the head athletic trainer for the Buccaneers.

Sun-Times Bears section here.

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2014 NFL free agents by team - The Saints' Jimmy Graham and the Panthers' Greg Hardy are among the NFL's top free agents for 2014.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Tom Pelissero: Two arrests in two months cost Erin Henderson his job with the Vikings, who released the veteran LB Friday. Chris Wesseling: Could draw interest from Bucs. Ben Goessling: Henderson's release a cautionary tale.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: It's safe to say Vikings will likely use more defensive packages under new coordinator George Edwards than they did the last seven years under Leslie Frazier.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Michael Rothstein: Bringing back veteran Dominic Raiola gives the team one less thing to worry about, especially as the offense learns Joe Lombardi’s new offensive system.

Know thy enemies - The ESPN North bloggers make their picks for their respective teams' MVPs: Aaron Rodgers, Adrian Peterson, and Calvin Johnson.


The Six Nations tournament kicked off last weekend, with Ireland avenging last year's 12-8 loss to Scotland.