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

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Jury still out on Cutler trade anniversary - Michael C. Wright: Five years on, the verdict is somewhat still out regarding the effectiveness of the trade for Jay Cutler, arguably the most significant in franchise history. Cutler’s numbers as a Bear.

Draft preview - Jeff Dickerson: Washington State strong safety Deone Bucannon, rated a top-five safety prospect by both Todd McShay and Mel Kiper, made a pre-draft visit to the Bears on Tuesday.

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Landing Jared Allen a team effort - Larry Mayer: Phil Emery deserves much of the credit for the Bears landing free agent Jared Allen. But the team's GM will be the first to tell you that it was a group effort.

Allen excited to work with Ratliff - Michael C. Wright: Allen developed uncanny chemistry with Kevin Williams and expects similar results alongside Ratliff, provided the duo puts in the work on the practice field.

Richard Dent believes Jared Allen 'still has something' - Moon Mullin: The Bears’ greatest pass rusher of all time does not share any concerns about what, if anything, Jared Allen at age 32 still has in his pass-rushing tank.

[Audio] - Jared Allen dishes on his decision to remain in the NFC North, how he feels about the Vikings, his expectations for Chicago and more.

[Video] ESPN - Moby Rob Demovsky gives the Bears a B-plus grade for several key free-agent signings, including former Vikings DE Jared Allen.

Team notes - Larry Mayer: Marshall, Urlacher applaud signing of Allen; former GM Jerry Angelo would "absolutely" make Cutler trade all over again.

NFL's best wide receiver duos - Chris Wesseling ranks the top 10 tandems in the NFL. Taking into account free-agent signings and players returning from injuries, are Marshall and Jeffery still #1?

Draft preview - Adam Hoge: It looks like the Bears are bringing in NIU's Jordan Lynch later this month to evaluate him at QB, but it wouldn’t be surprising if they work him out at other positions too.

[Audio] Hoge & Durkin's NFL Draft podcast #1 - Adam Hoge and Dan Durkin talk to former Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch and’s Chase Goodbread.

Mock Draft - Doug Farrar's mock 3.0: Michigan State CB Darqueze Dennard would give the Bears the athleticism and ability they need and possibly allow Tillman to move to safety, killing two birds with one stone.

Cousin to work with Bears players - Larry Mayer: Former Bears CB Terry Cousin is returning to the team as its director of player engagement.

Ex-Bear news - James Neveau: Major Wright could be the latest player to reunite with Lovie Smith in Tampa Bay, as he's slated to meet with the Buccaneers this week.

Sun-Times Bears section here.

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Why the big-money back Is a vanishing breed - Andy Benoit: Decreasing big-play potency, ever-evolving offenses and just plain cheaper alternatives leading to dramatic decline in the worth of RBs.

How to modify the franchise tag system - Joel Corry: Four changes could help to eliminate grievances like the one currently brewing between Jimmy Graham and the Saints.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Michael Rothstein: If you’re the Lions, tempting the world of fate must not really bother you because, well, you know your history. So sure, bring back Dan Orlovsky.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Rob Demovsky takes a look ahead at the Packers' 2015 free agents. Can they extend both Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson?

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: Mike Zimmer doesn't want to tailor the team's next two drafts to the fact the Vikings are playing outside, only to move back indoors in 2016, but they're just 6-28-1 in their last 35 outdoor games.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Kevin Patra: It might sound outlandish, but Kyle Rudolph considers himself the best TE in the league. Can Vikings afford to pass on Johnny Manziel?