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The Bears Den: March 03, 2014 - Chicago Bears offseason news & notes

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One of the 10 most disliked players in the NFL, according to market research. It's his own fault for force-feeding cigarettes to the nation's children.

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Josh McCown on free-agent journey for fulfillment - Dan Wiederer: Veteran backup QB wants some security and career satisfaction, and seemingly would like to find it in Chicago with the Bears. Photos: Josh McCown with the family.

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Bears mailbag - Michael C. Wright's Bears Q&A. Will Brandon Marshall get a contract extension and what might he command in terms of years and money?

Dan Pompei's Q&As - Should Bears target safety Thomas Decoud, ILB D'Qwell Jackson, or edge rusher DeMarcus Ware in free agency? Could they bring Jonathan Martin in to compete with Jordan Mills? And if money was no issue, who are the top three FAs who could help the Bears?

Draft preview - Russ Lande: While Minnesota DT Ra'Shede Hageman's inconsistency on the field raises questions, his raw talent is impossible to deny. [Yay or nay? Join the discussion in Steven Schweickert's draft prospects post.]

Facepalm - A marketing research survey of 1,000 US consumers found Jay Cutler to be among the 10 most disliked players in the NFL, taking his rightful place alongside a convicted dogfighting backer / dog-killer, a guy who's twice been accused of rape, and the always-respectable Ndamukong Suh.

Ex-Bear news - Izzy Idonije joined Rahm Emanuel and Jimmy Fallon for the Polar Plunge, and braved the water shirtless.

Bears history - Larry Mayer: The Blackhawks (hosting the Penguins) at Soldier Field isn't the first time that they've swapped venues with the Bears, who played the NFL's first indoor game.

Catch up on all the Bears news from the weekend in The Weekend Bears Den.

Sun-Times Bears section here.

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What happens next? - Jerry Angelo: An inside look at the timeline teams face in the aftermath of the Combine as they aim to get good players that they can win with. That’s good drafting. [Because if anyone knows good drafting, it's Jerry Angelo - Den.]

Know thy enemy: Packers - Josh Katzowitz: With a failure to reach an agreement with the Packers (so far), CB Sam Shields will reportedly reach free agency.

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