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The Weekend Bears Den: April 12, 2014 - Chicago Bears offseason news & notes

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Weems agrees to reduced salary - Michael C. Wright: New deal reduces Weems' cap figure of $1.6M for 2014 to $1.33M. Brad Biggs: Could be considered at kickoff returner.

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[Video] CSNChicago discussion - What are the expectations for the Bears, and would Chris Johnson be a good addition? [KAPCON: 4]

[Audio] - Brandon Marshall joins Kap & Haugh to discuss the training he and other players are doing down in Florida, the moves Phil Emery has made this off-season, his contract situation and more.

Dan Pompei Q&As - Could CB Kyle Fuller switch to safety? ... Would Bears take a top-3 QB at #14 as BPA?

Draft preview - Ross Jones: Is the NFL ready for former Louisville safety Calvin Pryor's punishing play? 5-foot-10, 208-pound playmaker won't change his intense style at the next level.

Draft preview - Football Outsiders: The physical comparisons between Aaron Donald and Geno Atkins are startling -- and often in Donald’s favor.

Draft preview - Kevin Fishbain: The LB is set for the Bears in 2014, but not long-term. Would the Bears consider taking one in the draft and, if so, whom?

Draft preview - Louisiana State DT Anthony Johnson, projected to go in the 3rd round, is durable and could be someone Emery is considering.

Draft preview - Baylor SS Ahmad Dixon, projected 4th/5th-rounder but still one of the top strong safeties in the draft.

Mock Drafts - Larry Mayer: A look at 13 recent mock drafts to see what NFL analysts think the Bears will do with the 14th overall pick.

[Video] Mock Draft - Adam L. Jahns represents Chicago in the NFL Network beat writers' mock draft, and has them going with Timmy Jernigan. Dane Brugler: Versatility and well-rounded style might attract Chicago.

Player profile - PFF isn't a fan of Jordan Mills [second comment by "Josh" is pretty good].

Draft analysis - Football Outsiders assesses the 2008 NFL Draft, the last draft in which running backs would feature prominently in the first round. [Lester's 2011 assessment of the Bears' 2008 draft picks is here.]

Bears history - James Neveau's list of the Top 30 Bears draft picks ever, #28: Otis Wilson is the third consecutive Bear from the 1986 Super Bowl champions.

Sun-Times Bears section here.

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X&Os - Matt Bowen's NFL 101 series continues with a look at basic route combinations at the pro level.

Draft probabilities by position - Tony Villiotti: All-pro, kick returner, or bust? A look at the odds.

Draft preview - Greg Gabriel reviews the best of this year's crop of tight ends.

Draft preview - Dane Brugler: With the 2014 NFL Draft under a month away, the top-100 draft board is becoming much more clear.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: Vikings continue search for QB with Eastern Illinois' Jimmy Garoppolo.

Know thy enemy: Lions - PFF looks at how the underachieving Lions became that way, with top picks and mid rounders failing to live up to expectation.

[Video] Conan O'Brien plays Madden on Jerruhworld jumbotron - If I were Jerruh, I would totally do this make my son-in-law do this for me.


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