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

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Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - Larry discusses Brandon Marshall's transformation, candidates for the return specialist positions, and if all Bears rookies can participate in the offseason program.

Marshall grateful to Bears, McCaskeys - Larry Mayer: One day after signing a three-year extension, Brandon Marshall expressed his gratitude to the Bears and their owners for acquiring him in 2012 and rewarding him with a new contract.

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With new deal, Marshall intent on retiring a Bear - Dan Wiederer: Sticking with the Bears for the long term has been a priority for Marshall. But sticking with Cutler, it seems, has been just as important.

[Audio] - Brandon Marshall joined Carmen & Jurko to discuss his new contract extension, his offseason training with teammates and more.

[Video] ESPN - Brandon Marshall explains why he decided to sign his contract extension on The View and his relationship with Jay Cutler.

Marshall talks career goals - Jeff Dickerson: Hopes to play until he is 36, eyes Cris Carter's receiving marks. Marshall on-pace to eclipse Cris Carter.

[Audio] - Brandon Marshall joins SVP & Russillo to weigh in on his contract extension, his advocacy for mental health, his expectations for the upcoming season and more.

Cutler, Marshall deals lock in changing 'face' of Bears franchise - Moon Mullin: Two often-petulant stars have become leaders intent on making the whole greater than the sum of the parts.

Marshall impressed with Bears' offseason - Jeff Dickerson: The Bears made significant offseason repairs to the defense after that group finished 2013 dead last against the run. It hasn't gone unnoticed.

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Super Bowl window open now for Bears - Moon Mullin: With lavish contracts for its incumbent QB and a 30-ish WR, on top of a signing like Jared Allen and re-signings of key veterans, the organization believes its Super Bowl "window" is wide open right now. Bears make 2014 playoffs if their defense is 'bad'.

Projected 2014 starters - Jared Allen highlighted a busy offseason for the Bears' pass rush. Who joins him on the new Chicago D-line? Gregg Rosenthal sets up the likely depth chart for 2014.

PFF Secret Superstar - Brian De La Puente is a great value signing for the Bears and could be one of Chicago’s most important players this upcoming year.

[Video] - Ka’Deem Carey talks about working with his veteran teammates for the first time.

[Video] - Highlights of the Bears rookies' first practices in the orange and blue during the 2014 Rookie Minicamp.

Snap-Weighted Age: 2013 NFL rosters - FootballOutsiders crunches the numbers.

2011 NFL Draft revisited - Dane Brugler looks back at how each team did. In last place we have: your Chicago Bears, in what would turn out to be GM Jerry Angelo's final draft.

Bears doing good things - Larry Mayer: Jermon Bushrod and his wife will host a Hot Summer Trends fashion show in Libertyville June 5 to benefit his Visualize and Rize Foundation.

[Video] - Jay Cutler recently visited a Chicago high school that held a "Why Jay Cutler is My Hero" essay contest. Cutler took part in a Q-and-A session and met the contest winners.

[Video] - Nate Collins co-founded a clothing company, Young Whales, with N.Y. Giants receiver Victor Cruz. Lyndsay Petruny interviews the successful clothing entrepreneur.

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Too much, too soon - Greg Gabriel: Are there too many underclassmen in the draft?

Should NFL teams 'redshirt' QBs? - Matt Bowen: Are these QBs really developing without live game reps while they run plays on the scout team in practice?

Know thy enemies - Gregg Rosenthal with projected starting lineups for the Packers, Lions, and Vikings.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Michael Rothstein: Five interesting topics for Lions' first OTA.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: The league has sent a clear message that communities who build new stadiums -- doing so in most cases with large sums of taxpayer dollars -- will get rewarded.