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The Bears Den: March 10, 2014 - Chicago Bears offseason news & notes

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Collins, Palmer agree to 1-year deals - Larry Mayer: The Bears continued to re-sign their own players in advance of free agency, agreeing to one-year contracts Sunday with Nate Collins and Jordan Palmer. Dan Wiederer: Impact of signings on other FAs?

Bears won't be getting sentimental over anyone - David Haugh: Emery leads with his head, not his heart, and correctly believes the most prudent path to a winning roster involves skipping any trips down memory lane.

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Bears re-sign Palmer; McCown return in doubt - Moon Mullin: In each of the past two seasons, Emery has opted for an opening-day roster with just one veteran behind Cutler. Adam Hoge: Risky to rely on Palmer as Cutler’s backup.

Melton already drawing interest - Michael C. Wright: Likely the Bears were optimistically expecting somewhat of a soft market for the DT, but early indications are that he will generate plenty of interest from several teams.

Bears interested in Michael Bennett - Brad Biggs: The Bears are believed to be expressing interest in Seahawks DE Michael Bennett, the older brother of Martellus Bennett. More from Biggs.

Bears interested in DE Michael Johnson - Jeff Dickerson: The Bears were one of the teams to inquire about Johnson on Saturday on the opening day of the NFL's legal tampering period, according to a source familiar with the situation.

NFL teams going into free agency with greater buying power - Sam Farmer with a look at 20 of the best NFL players expected to be available in free agency.

Team Report - Dan Wiederer & Rich Campbell take a look at the Bears' top five positions of need, with free agents that the team may go after for each. Everson Griffen off the market.

Second phase of pre-free agency opens - Moon Mullin: The Bears are not expected to make the kind of early splash they did with Bushrod and Bennett, partly because there are arguably too few impact players. NFC North moves shrinking markets for Bears' needs.

Bears mailbag - Michael C. Wright's free agency-heavy Bears Q&A. Dan Pompei: Would Darren Sproles suit Bears' special teams and pass-friendly offense?

2014 NFL free agent bargains - Doug Farrar: LaMarr Houston, Mike Neal among potential bargains on D-line.

NFL free-agency FAQ - The Tribune with a list of frequently asked questions provided by the league office regarding the rules and protocol.

View from the enemy: 2014 49ers' Opponents preview - Our SBN sister site NinersNation,com takes a look at the Bears in anticipation of the upcoming season.

Draft preview - Chris Burke: Aaron Donald answers size concerns with more production, leaving him little else to do to convince an NFL team he’s worthy of a high pick.

Charles Tillman’s ties to Lovie might benefit Bucs - Ira Kaufman: Lovie Smith can’t go more than 45 minutes without mentioning the word "takeaway,’’ and nobody does turnover any better than Tillman.

Bears doing good things - Larry Mayer: While the weather was more suited for football, Charles Tillman raised money for his Cornerstone Foundation by hosting a 5K run/walk Saturday at Soldier Field.

Catch up on all the Chicago Bears news going into the weekend in the aptly-named Weekend Bears Den.

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Know thy enemy: Packers - Rob Demovsky: Sam Shields only part of Packers' defensive fixes needed.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Michael Rothstein: William Clay Ford Sr -- and his family -- showed extreme patience with his Lions employees, from the coaches to the GMs. That loyalty, while well meaning, also came with a fault.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: With about $25 million of cap space, what's next for Vikings' D after Griffen deal? Jared Allen's departure will end an era.

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