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The Weekend Bears Den: March 01, 2014 - Chicago Bears offseason news & notes

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Bears re-sign Hayden - Larry Mayer: Kelvin Hayden, who signed a one-year deal with the Bears Friday, is beyond hungry to get back on the field after missing the 2013 season with an injury. Wright & DickersonTeam wanted to add competition at the nickel; could still re-sign Bowman.

Phillips feels new energy at Halas Hall - Larry Mayer: During an appearance on Bears All Access [Video], Bears president and CEO Ted Phillips offered his take on the direction of the team and its most pressing offseason need.

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Garza signing a case study: Could Peppers, Tillman be next? - Moon Mullin: Virtually all of Emery’s major moves have been very early in, usually before, whatever timeframe was in play.

Bears mailbag - Brad Biggs answers questions about Julius Peppers' future, defensive challenges, free agents, the draft, and more.

Four Downs - Jeff Dickerson & Jon Greenberg on whether the Bears should trade down from #14, if Melton or Tillman is more likely to return, whether the team should draft a mid-round QB, and could McClellin be a better LB than DE?

Mock Draft - Pat Kirwan: It's time to replace Chris Conti[sic] and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix left little doubt at the combine that he is the top safety candidate.

Mock Draft - Peter Schrager's v3.0 mock has the Bears taking DT Ra'Shede Hageman, Minnesota: In a conversation in December, one NFL scout compared Hageman's mix of physical build and athleticism to J.J. Watt's. High praise.

Mock Draft - Greg Gabriel has the Bears going with Pittsburgh's Aaron Donald at #14.

Ted Phillips positioning Chicago for Super Bowl, NFL Draft - Adam Hoge: Logistically, Chicago could host the big game, but Soldier Field's smaller capacity is a hold-up.

[Video] - Highlights of the Bears' re-signed center and team captain, Roberto Garza.

[Video] - Highlights of re-signed cornerback Kelvin Hayden.

Sun-Times Bears section here.

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NFL releases 2014 franchise, transition tag numbers - The 2014 NFL salary cap will be $133 million, NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Friday. The league also released the official franchise and transition tag numbers per position.

2014 Combine performance: Defensive front seven - Tony Villiotti: How did the D-line and linebackers stack up?

Free agency primer: Top nine QBs - Gregg Rosenthal: Michael Vick and Josh McCown are among the available arms in free agency. Which teams have the greatest need, and which signal-callers fit best on their squads?

Know thy enemy: Packers - [Video] What if B.J. Raji leaves in free agency? Green Bay will have some decisions to make to shore up a defense that has been spotty over the last couple years.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Rob Demovsky rounds up the first month of Green Bay's offseason. More stability on Packers' O-line.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Michael Rothstein: What Dennis Pitta, Riley Cooper deals mean for Lions.