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The Bears Den: March 14, 2014 - Chicago Bears free agency news & notes

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Could Corey Wootton be back in the mix once he's recovered from hip surgery?

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Bears sign DE Young, WR Hixon - Larry Mayer: The Bears continued to bolster their roster in free agency Thursday, agreeing to terms with DE Willie Young on a three-year contract and WR Domenik Hixon on a one-year deal.

Bears need a cast call for a backup QB - Dan Wiederer: Team will wait for the market to shake out so they can acquire a veteran understudy to Cutler at their price, Could Brandon Weeden be it?

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Bears sign Willie Young, Domenik Hixon

Young excited to pair with Houston - Larry Mayer: It's more than just a coincidence that Phil Emery described new DEs Willie Young and Lamarr Houston both as aggressive, versatile, physical and tough. Photos from

Bears steal Willie Young from Lions - Jeff Dickerson: The Bears simply weren’t in a position to wait and see when Corey Wootton recovered from offseason hip surgery to make their second move at DE in free agency.

Willie Young restless to make impact - Chris Boden: If Young and Houston can help provide hard-nosed mentality for the Bears this fall, it will be a big part of the defense’s much-needed repairs.

Player profile - Adam Hoge: The Bears found the other bookend on their D-line. How does the addition of Willie Young affect their draft plan?

Hixon to compete for kick return job - Larry Mayer: The Bears signed Domenik Hixon to provide quality depth at receiver, but the 6-2, 192-pounder will also compete for a job as a return specialist. Photos from

Could Bears dominoes fall with Hixon's arrival? - Chris Boden: Former CFL star Chris Williams might have the inside track to replace Hester’s role, and Hixon might not change that, but it gives Joe DeCamillis options. It might also provide some roster and money-saving options.

Can journeyman Hixon find spot on Bears roster? - Bob LeGere: Hixon lacks the physicality to operate in the rugged underneath portions of a defense like Earl Bennett, but could make Eric Weems expendable.

Player profile - Adam Hoge: Signing of Domenik Hixon is more of a depth/special teams move than anything.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Bears stay busy in free agency with signings of Young and Dixon. Should Emery have made a bigger splash?

Roster notes - The Tribune: Meet the newest Bears [slideshow of bio-boxes].


Melton's return seems uncertain - Michael C. Wright: If the Bears wanted to sign Melton badly enough, they would've made a concrete offer instead of letting him first find his value on the open market.

Hoping Bears see urgency for Jared Allen - Steve Rosenbloom: Jared Allen is better than any Bears defensive player. He would make the defense far better the next three years, and three years is all they have.

[Video] - Lamarr Houston joined Chris Boden and said he was ready to help rebuild the Bears defense.

Emery calls Tillman 'ongoing process - Jeff Dickerson: Tillman, 33, traveled to Tampa Bay for a visit with Bucs coach (and former Bears coach) Lovie Smith on Wednesday, but is believed to have left the building without a contract.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Tillman leaves Tampa Bay without a deal. What does that mean for the Bears' chances of bringing him back?

Dan Pompei Q&As - Bears's strategy for rest of FA? ... Will Houston's sacks increase because Bears will have lead more than Raiders did? ... Is Willie Young signing the Bears' best FA move?

[Video] - Corey Wootton discusses his free agency status, the NFL’s banning of the N-word and ACL injuries in sports in a half-hour interview on Jocks Geeks and Gamers.

[Video] - A short clip of Bears players staying competitive down in Florida.

Mock Draft - Michael C. Wright: Analyzing Kiper 3.0: Donald might be more of a fit than Jernigan at No. 14 because the Bears might benefit from pairing him with Ratliff next season.

McCown gets well-deserved payday - Barry Rozner: It's a shame the Bears had to lose him but you have to be happy for a good man who's cashed in big in Tampa.

For Bears and McCown, it’s a lose-lose deal - Mike North: Josh McCown won’t have the success in Tampa that he had here, and the Bears lost a solid backup QB.

[Video] - Dick Butka Butkus talks Bears defense and his "I Play Clean" campaign.

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Around the NFL - Tom Pelissero: First 48 hours of free agency transformed 15 NFL teams, including the Bears' overhaul of a D-line that became a weakness last season. Nate Davis: Teams begin bargain hunting.

Around the NFL - Dan Pompei: What do front-office men make of Jared Allen, Julius Peppers and DeMarcus Ware?

Know thy enemies - The ESPN NFC North bloggers' take on Mel Kiper's mock draft v3.0 for their respective teams: Lions (WR Mike Evans), Packers (LB C.J. Mosley), Vikings (QB Johnny Manziel).

Know thy enemy: Packers - Rob Demovsky: Re-signing Andrew Quarless gave the Packers some security at the tight end position, but it's still far from settled. Could they take Eric Ebron in the first round of the draft?

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: Captain Munnerlyn brings an edge to Vikings' D.


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