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

At this point everyone's sick of mock drafting Aaron Donald to the Bears so everyone seems to be looking at safeties.

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Finding safety looks like Bears' top priority - Brad Biggs: With thin crop in the draft, it could be the first round pick

Bears looking long-term at linebacker - Patrick Finley: "Coming off a borderline catastrophic season for their linebackers, the Bears have chosen to rebuild the unit not with new faces but with familiar ones."

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Twitter Mailbag: Roster short on RBs - Michael C. Wright: Will the Bears draft a back up running back? What's the Bears' salary cap situation? Will the loser of the Bostic/McClellin battle get playing time? And more.

Draft analysis - Greg Gabriel previews the draft's top five safeties.

NFL Prospect Focus - Greg Gabriel previews two offensive prospects, one which could interest the Bears.

Team needs: DTs - Nate Davis breaking down the obvious for Bears fans.

Draft analysis - Nate Davis looks at defensive tackle prospects.

Draft prospect: Louis Nix III - "NFL Network chief draft analyst Mike Mayock calls Nix a 'dancing bear.' Mayock likes his overall skill set — he ranks Nix as the No. 3 defensive tackle prospect in the draft — and told USA TODAY Sports that he possesses 'short-area quickness that separates him from most players that size.'"

Bears need defensive help even after free agency - Adam Jahns: Um yeah, uh, duh. But really you might be surprised at what Jahns lists as the No. 1 priority...and what he lists at No. 4....

SI top 64 prospects: No. 14 Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State - Chris Burke takes a look at a player who could be around at No. 14.

Sun-Times Bears section here.

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Midnight Hawk set for Illinois Derby - Neil Milbert: Joel Quenneville and former Bears coach Mike Tice co-own a horse that ran in the Illinois Derby over the weekend. Despite being favored, it placed

Know thy enemy - Roster Reset: Winners and losers in free agency - Packers listed among winners, Bears not listed. Editor: Subtly comparing Peppers acquisition to Reggie White seems...premature.

Former Bear "Riverboat" Ron "Chico" Rivera looks for advice from NASCAR boss - John Breech: Ron Rivera met with Jimmie Johnson's crew chief to get advice on sustained success, because the Panthers have never had back-to-back winning seasons.

Know thy Enemy - Lions set to meet with Khalil Mack - Jason Butt: Mack figures to be gone by the time the Lions pick but they keep meeting with prospects that are going to be long gone. Could they be looking to move up? Lions also meeting with USC WR Marquise Lee


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