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The Bears Den: March 04, 2014 - Chicago Bears offseason news & notes

Have we seen the last of Julius Peppers as a Chicago Bear?

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Bears' possible replacements for Julius Peppers - Brad Biggs: The Bears are likely to cut Julius Peppers; the free-agent market for right ends is headed by Michael Bennett, Lamarr Houston and Michael Johnson.

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Bears' options for pass rush aid shrink - Dan Wiederer: The NFL's deadline for applying the franchise tag passed Monday. Two defensive ends the Bears might have eyed in free agency are no longer available.

Franchise tags help define D-Line market for Bears - Moon Mullin: Any player removed from a market tightens that market by definition.

Could Bills' Jairus Byrd be on Bears' radar? - John Paschall: In the end, it’ll come down to how much Phil Emery likes the DB talent in this year’s draft class.

Free agency: What players should be top priorities to keep - Pete Prisco: Henry Melton is coming off an injury, but he is a good player when healthy. The contract is the issue. The Bears would love to have him back.

[Video] - Jen Lada: Potential free agent targets emerge for Bears after tag deadline.

2014 NFL free agency disappointments - Chris Burke: Which potential free agents did a number on their market values with disappointing 2013 performances? [Any that might entice the Bears to offer 1-year deals?]

Mock Draft - Adam Hoge projects all seven of the Bears' 2014 draft picks in his second mock draft of the offseason. It's defense-heavy. Really defense-heavy.

Draft preview - Derek Harper: Minnesota DT Ra'Shede Hageman is seeking to become the first Gopher selected in the first round since 2006, and worked out in front of representatives from 19 NFL teams Monday.

Draft preview - Jeff Reynolds: First-round prospect Aaron Donald said he retired his 40-yard dash cleats at the Scouting Combine, but he performed in front of 28 teams at Pitt's Pro Day on Monday.

Bears doing good things - Luis Gomez: Charles Tillman hosting 5K race, but don't expect him to run it.

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Competition committee discussing 42-yard extra point - Dan Hanzus: Placing the ball at the 25-yard line would certainly increase the degree of difficulty for kickers. The conversion rate of FGs between 40 and 49 yards last season was 83 percent. Only 57.1% for Lions' David Akers.

2014 NFL salary cap - Jason La Canfora: Where each team stands as free agency looms.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: Vikings' red zone offense suffered in 2013. Vikings don't use franchise, transition tags.