Bears release Michael Bush - Jeff Dickerson: Bush carried the ball a career-low 63 times and caught the ball just four times last season, despite eating up $3.55 million worth of cap space. Brad Biggs: Opportunity in the offense never really materialized.
Roster notes - Bob LeGere: Seahawks’ Bennett decides to stick with his NFL brothers; Bush, Rosario cut; Peppers figures to be cut unless he agrees to a large salary reduction.
Bears miss out on Michael Bennett, turn attention elsewhere in free agency
Team Report - Adam Hoge: Adding Michael Bennett was a good idea, but expectations for him were already too high. Plus, the backup QB situation; salary cap and roster considerations.
Losing out on Bennett only minor setback - Michael C. Wright: Emery typically devises alternate strategies for adding the players he wants, so it’s likely Chicago will be active in free agency.
'Plan B' strategy making sense for Bears in thin market - Moon Mullin: If they don’t outbid the rest of the NFL for someone, it does not follow that Phil Emery’s free agency strategy was a succession of misses.
5 defensive ends to keep an eye on - Adam Hoge: Michael Johnson leads the crop of DEs who[m - Den] the Bears will be monitoring — and perhaps chasing — on the free agent market. Ian Rapoport: Bears pushing hard for Lamarr Houston.
Bears DE quest turns to size matters - Moon Mullin: The D-line working model in vogue includes a base front four of one smaller edge rusher (255-270 pounds) and three "massives" with some pass rush ability but primarily run-proof.
Roster notes - Moon Mullin: Bears freeing up money with releases, shopping of Peppers; re-signings of Collins and Ratliff point in the general direction of the Bears targeting an edge rusher with the No. 14 pick of the draft.
[Video] - Will Bears bring back McCown? Adam L. Jahns shares his thoughts, along with the likelihood of re-signing Melton, Peppers' future, and Tillman's situation.
[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Bears trying to find a trade parter for Peppers. Could he stay in Chicago? [KAPCON: 5]
The fear in Bears free agency - Steve Rosenbloom: Will Emery become desperate and overpay for one player, leaving him to panhandle to fill everything else that stunk last season?
Bears nearing new deal with D.J. Williams - Dan Wiederer: 11-year veteran would be the frontrunner to start at MLB next season, though he would face competition from Jon Bostic.
Top free-agent roundup: NFC North - Rob Demovsky with a ranking of the top NFC North free agents. [Two Packers and a Lion ahead of the first Bear? Heresy! - Den]
Josh McCown's big decision: stay or go?
McCown weighs pluses, minuses in free agency - Dan Wiederer: Will Josh McCown be lured elsewhere by an opportunity for more playing time and more money than the Bears can offer?
McCown looking for more than just money - Dan Wiederer: The Bears’ front office must sort through its own financial dynamics to determine just how much they’re willing to invest in a soon-to-be 35 backup QB. Matt Forte: #noneedtopaydaman?
Four teams interested in McCown - Jeff Dickerson: Josh McCown's representatives have held discussions with four teams in advance of the NFL’s free-agency period which opens at 3 p.m. CT on Tuesday.
[Audio] - Josh McCown dishes on his performance last season, the number of teams he has communicated with regarding his future, his relationship with Jay Cutler, Cutler's maturation and more.
[Audio] - Josh McCown joins Carmen & Jurko to discuss his impending free agency, the chances he returns to the Bears and more.
[Audio] - Josh McCown on SVP & Russillo to share his thoughts on what last season was like with the Bears, his approach to free agency and more.
[Video] ESPN - Josh McCown discusses his free-agency priorities.
[Video] ESPN - Adam Schefter discusses which teams are interested in Josh McCown and Michael Vick, and why the two QBs are in such high demand.
[Audio] - ESPN NFL analyst Damien Woody weighs in on Josh McCown's future, teams' approach to McCown, how circumstances in Chicago influenced McCown's performance this season and more.
[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Where will Josh McCown end up? [KAPCON: 5]
Collins eager to rebound from injury - Larry Mayer: Back with the Bears after signing a one-year extension, DT Nate Collins is determined to pick up where he left off last season before suffering a torn ACL.
Jordan Palmer: Bears 'where I want to be' - Brad Biggs: Jordan Palmer doesn't know how things are going to play out between the Bears and McCown, but it was a no-brainer for the QB to return.
[Video] Inside the Bears - Anthony Adams sits with Charles Tillman to discuss the Walter Payton Man of the Year award.
Draft party to be held at Soldier Field - Tickets to the Bears Miller Lite Draft Party presented by Chase May 9 at Soldier Field go on sale at 11 a.m. Tuesday on ChicagoBears.com.
Sun-Times Bears section here.
NFL free agency inspires caution among winning teams - Albert Breer: More and more teams -- particularly the elite ones -- are wising up to the fallacies of free agency.
Calculating 2014 NFL free agent target prices - Joel Corry with what the likes of Michael Johnson and Lamarr Houston would be expecting.
Draft preview: Five top underrated prospects - Greg Gabriel: NFL personnel are not ones to let the media and draftnics know what they really think. Look for these players to go higher than expected on draft weekend. [Two of them have been mocked to the Bears - Den]
Top 25 second and third round flops - Tony Villiotti: Just because they weren't in the top 32, doesn't mean they can't be called a bust. [Dan Bazuin & Michael Okwo - reprazent!]
Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: Vikings out of running for Michael Johnson after "things just didn't pan out between the two sides".