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The Weekend Bears Den: March 29, 2014 - Chicago Bears offseason news & notes

Chester Taylor's signing began a streak of bad No. 2 RBs behind Forte.

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Bears earn B+ free-agent grade - Larry Mayer: According to, the Bears are among the NFL teams that have fared the best during the first two-plus weeks of free agency.

Bears players to begin offseason program on April 22 - Rich Campbell breaks down the Bears' nine-week offseason program, which is voluntary save for the veteran minicamp from June 16-19.

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Players who could get NFL contract extensions - Chris Burke: Chicago may take the upcoming season to determine if it can afford both Marshall and Jeffery long term. If not, Marshall could find himself as the odd man out.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Will Brandon Marshall be a Bear for life? [KAPCON: 5]

2014 NFL free agency: Most-improved units - Doug Farrar: The Bears were happy to let Julius Peppers and his oversized contract go to Green Bay, and Phil Emery redefined his D-line with authority.

End result remains to be seen in NFC North - Ben Goessling: The Packers', Bears' and Vikings' defensive musical chairs carry considerable risk, but all three teams had substantial incentive to make changes.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - What do Bears still need to add? [KAPCON: 4]

Dan Pompei's Q&As - Will Bears sign safety in FA or draft one in first round of draft? ... Will Bears take a QB at some point in the draft? ... Will Aaron Donald's lack of ideal size be an issue? ... Thoughts on Jimmie Ward from NIU? ... Would CJ Mosley make sense for Bears? ... CB or DT in the 1st?

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Should Bears add DeSean Jackson? [KAPCON: 5]

DeSean Jackson: Not a sensible move for Bears at WR - Moon Mullin: Only way it makes sense is looking beyond this season for a replacement for Marshall; currently would be questionable return for what it would cost. James Neveau: Right fit, wrong price.

Bears not pursuing DeSean Jackson - Rich Campbell: Cost and risk of signing him outweigh his football ability, and the Eagles’ decision to release such a productive player in his prime serves as a warning.

Draft order - The Bears’ picks will be at #14, #51, #82, #117, #156, #183 and #191.

Draft preview - Greg Gabriel takes a look at two O-line prospects, one of whom could have a future at center. Bearsss?

Draft preview - Rob Rang's top 32 draft prospects. What will teams remember after pro days when they go into serious draft mode?

Bears free agency - Jeff Dickerson with more of the best and worst free agent signings of the past five seasons.

Urlacher has a misguided definition of loyalty - Tim Baffoe: Those disloyal Bears with their evil GM Phil Emery, who wouldn’t hurt the team’s future by cowtowing to meatballs in love with a used-up star linebacker who now won’t even speak Emery’s name in public.

Sun-Times Bears section here.

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Tape vs. Workouts - Jerry Angelo: How much emphasis should be placed on Pro Day workouts compared to what transpired on the field?

Jack Bechta: The Agent's Journal - Imperfect Pro Days: Although it’s a familiar place for draftees to perform it’s not always a perfect outcome.

X&Os - Matt Bowen's NFL 101: The basics of the 3-4 defensive front.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Rob Demovsky: Jarrett Boykin prepared to fill James Jones' role on receiving corps.