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The Bears Den: March 21, 2014 - Chicago Bears offseason news & notes

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Hester agrees to terms with Falcons - Larry Mayer: Return specialist Devin Hester on Thursday agreed to a three-year contract with the Atlanta Falcons.

Corey Wootton joins Vikings on one-year deal - Wootton’s exit was clearly in the offing after the Bears' offseason moves on the D-line. It became increasingly difficult to envision where exactly he would fit with a chance to be an impact contributor. Dan WiedererCould also compete inside for Vikings.

Team report - Chris Boden: Bears' offseason makeover not limited to just defense.

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Devin Hester signs with Atlanta Falcons

Hester agrees to deal with Falcons - Vaughn McClure: The Falcons plan to use him in "creative ways" in 2014. With Michael C. Wright: What move means for both teams.

[Video] ESPN - Vaughn McClure discusses the three-year deal struck between kick returner Devin Hester and the Atlanta Falcons.

Hester can now strike fear in Bears - Michael C. Wright: The direction the club is headed, coupled with the fact it could not afford to pay top dollar for a return specialist without a true position, forced Hester and the Bears to part ways.

[Video] CSN discussion - What does Hester have left?

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Like Bennett, Eric Weems declines pay cut - Brad Biggs: An NFL source says Weems has also turned down a pay cut with the expectation he will be released to become a free agent.

Hixon eager to compete on all levels - Rich Campbell: Chances as a returner and to contribute as a WR appealed to the veteran who could be a significant part of a receiving corps suddenly in transition at the bottom of the depth chart.

Briggs tired of losing Bears 'brothers' - Moon Mullin: Lance Briggs went through much of the past decade surrounded by a cast of friends that had some changes, but not really that many of his closests. In the past 12 months, the cuts have been far deeper and, business or not, it has hurt.

Bears mailbag - Brad Biggs' Q&A about pursuing Jared Allen, Wootton's future, Mannelly's status, and whether the organization truly believes it can win a Super Bowl this season.

[Video] Draft preview - Adam L. Jahns: Bears need to nail an impact player for defense at #14.

Draft preview - Rich Campbell: Slimmed-down Louis Nix could be fit for Bears, will be highly prized draft pick if he can prove to scouts he can develop penetration skills

Draft preview - The Bears will undoubtedly be looking at DTs in the draft. Greg Gabriel breaks down prospects Caraun Reid and Dan McCullers.

Around the NFC North - Dan Durkin: The NFL is a copycat league, so the Seahawks’ model has made defense en vogue again. Clearly, the NFC North is following suit, as the majority of new acquisitions across the division are defenders.

Dan Pompei Q&As - Is release of Earl Bennett a sign of confidence in Marquess Wilson? ... Should Bears explore trading for Cameron Wake? ... Why wouldn't the Bears consider re-signing Wootton? ... Pompei's favo(u)rite NFL player of all time.

Power Rankings - Elliot Harrison: The Bears' free agency strategy in a nutshell: Re-sign the guys you had to have; shore up the pass rush; let the luxury items go.

Bears open Halas Hall to business events - Ed Sherman: With a new event center which can seat up to 180 people, team sees opportunity to sell inside look at operation.

Photos - ChicagoBears.com with a pictorial view of which Bears players have their Alma maters competing in the 2014 NCAA Basketball Tournament.

Sun-Times Bears section here.

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New NFLPA president ready to play hardball with NFL - Robert Klemko: Eric Winston shares his thoughts on financial literacy, HGH testing and the future of NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith. 'Won't let' an 18-game season happen.

Jack Bechta: The Agent's Journal - The dynamics of getting deals done: some things rarely change.

X&Os - Greg Gabriel on how to scout QBs, one of the most difficult jobs a scout can do.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Rob Demovsky: Deep backfield possible with Starks' return; what does each bring to the table?

Know thy enemy: Packers / ex-Bears player profile - Pete Prisco: The Julius Peppers the Packers signed isn't the same one who was a freaky terror in Carolina. Video shows a much different player at age 34, though that doesn't mean he can't be an effective lineman and pass rusher... when he wants to be.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Michael Rothstein: Who would be worth the Lions making a move from No. 10 -- either up or back -- for?

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: Vikings have added some youth to their defense, and they're betting on Zimmer's ability to put together a cohesive product out of those pieces.

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