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The Bears Den: April 30, 2014 - Chicago Bears offseason news & notes

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New Vikings, Lions staffs pose challenges for Bears - Arthur Arkush: Last week, the NFL released the 2014 schedule, providing us all a brief respite from draft coverage overload to ponder some of the unique challenges looming for the Bears.

Personalities give Bears plenty of 'Hard Knocks' appeal - Dan Wiederer: With a colorful cast of characters and a surplus of compelling storylines, the 2014 Bears could be a fascinating choice to have HBO chronicle its experiences at training camp in Bourbonnais. [Video] CSNChicago panel: Would it help Cutler's national image? [KAPCON: 5].

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Draft analysis - Will Timmy Jernigan or Aaron Donald have the better NFL career? NFL.com analysts ruminate and disseminate.

Draft preview: Safety - Rich Campbell: Safety a big area of need for Bears, but not necessarily big enough to spend first-round pick on.

Draft preview: WR - Michael C. Wright: Despite appearing to be well stocked at receiver, the Bears could still take a flyer on the position in the later rounds of the NFL draft.

Draft preview: WR - Moon Mullin: Open competition behind elite receivers, but Emery is not going to spend even a mid-round pick on a position already set with starters. Frank Cooney: Could be 50 WRs worth drafting this year.

Draft preview: RB - Larry Mayer: Most NFL analysts don't expect a RB to be selected in the first round of this year's draft, but that doesn't mean that there aren't any quality ballcarriers available.

Draft preview: Tight End - Bob LeGere: With Martellus Bennett firmly established, the TE position is not a priority in the draft, although they could seek some young depth in the later rounds.

Draft profile: Texas Tech TE Jace Amaro - #8 on Adam Hoge’s Bears Big Board: Could be a very productive player at the next level and has upside as a blocker. The Bears need a No. 2 TE, but do they need one bad enough to use a second round pick on one?

Draft profile: Michigan State CB Darqueze Dennard - #7 on Adam Hoge’s Bears Big Board: Dennard has a little Darrelle Revis in him, but the grabbiness is a concern. The question is, are those just bad habits or necessary techniques? Could be a No. 1 corner if it can be coached out of him. Matt BowenTale of the Tape.

Draft profile: Notre Dame LB Prince Shembo - Shembo has some well-known baggage but has had some success as an edge rusher in college, meaning he's a valuable late-round commodity.

Draft profile: Montana OLB Jordan Tripp - Biggest knock is his lack of size for an outside LB, but could turn out to be solid depth in the Bears' 4-3 defense.

Mock Drafts - CBSSports' and NFLDraftScout's five mock drafters each make a different selection at #14 for the Bears.  Three more from SportsOnEarth.

NFL.com's 2014 All-Time Draft - Ditka a Seahawk?  Butkus a Saint? Would the Bears have passed on Walter Payton for Deacon Jones?

[Video] Inside the Bears - Anthony Adams makes the mistake of challenging the strongest female middleweight in the country to a series of strongman events.

[Video] Inside the Bears - Brian Piccolo's legacy lives on at his Florida high school. Watch and share in the memories and memorabilia of Piccolo’s time in Fort Lauderdale and as a Chicago Bear.

Photos - ChicagoBears.com looks back at Cutler's NFL career as he turns 31.

Sun-Times Bears section here.

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NFL community tweets about Donald Sterling ban - The NFL community took to social media to express its support for NBA Commissioner Adam Silver's decision to ban Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life for making racist comments.

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We face the Lions again this Thanksgiving. One of the greatest comebacks in Bears history?