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The Bears Den: May 22, 2014 - Chicago Bears offseason news & notes

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Kyle Fuller about to unleash some whoop-ass.

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Bears ranked 2nd in offseason moves - Larry Mayer: NFL.com analyst Elliot Harrison has ranked the Bears as having the second best offseason in the league based on their moves in free agency and the draft.

Are the Bears ready to challenge for the NFC North title? - Greg Gabriel: On paper, the Bears are a much improved team following offseason moves in free agency and the draft.

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Bears' offense confident, but not complacent - Michael C. Wright: Offense set multiple single-season franchise records in their first season operating Trestman’s scheme, but there's still a feverish sense of urgency for the group in 2014 to reach its full potential.

Turning 30 shouldn't slow down Marshall - Bob LeGere: The Bears gave Brandon Marshall a $30 million, three-year contract extension two months after his 30th birthday, but odds are he will be worth every penny, and might even outperform his contract.

Bears expect Christian Jones to challenge for roster spot - Scott Krinch: Expected to compete with Khaseem Greene and Jordan Senn for one of the final spots at LB on the team.

Roster notes - Brad Biggs: A pair of linemen received the largest signing bonuses of the nine UDFAs the Bears signed immediately after the NFL draft.

[Video] ESPN - Michael C. Wright: Team has signed its rookies but that doesn’t mean the roster tinkering is over.

Bears mailbag - Brad Biggs' readers' Q&As about Emery's draft abilities, this season's expectations, Jordan Lynch's potential, and more.

Bears mailbag - Kevin Fishbain's readers' Q&As: Likelihood of contract extensions for Jeffery and Briggs, and is depth at TE a concern?

Dan Pompei Q&As - How does a 290 lb Will Sutton compare to an Aaron Donald? ... Would Bears have taken Fuller if Donald had slipped to 14? ... Will Lynch make Bears' 53 man roster? ... Ka'Deem Carey's potential impact on Bears? ... Could Bears run more 3 CB, 1 safety formations to get Fuller on the field?

Angelo: Bears were close to going with artificial turf - Brad Biggs: Former GM believes the team was "around the corner" from a move to artificial turf at Soldier Field before he was fired after the 2011 season. Tim Layden: New turf is more forgiving, but purists still prefer the real thing.

[Video] ChicagoBears.com - Athletes use a roller to relieve tight muscles. Anthony Adams got creative and created a laminated how-to poster for plus size guys.

Keith Van Horne hopes to change NFL culture - Dan Wiederer: Former Bears tackle says he's part of suit against league because its selfish pushing of players to abuse painkillers is against their best interests. 'Mad at the system'.

Bears doing good things - Larry Mayer: Israel Idonije will be back home in Canada Wednesday to receive a prestigious honor at a ceremony in Winnipeg, Manitoba for his work both on and off the football field.

Sun-Times Bears section here.

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The future of the NFL draft - Dan Pompei: The NFL draft used to be a way to build teams. Now, it has become a way to build the NFL.

Jack Bechta: The Agent's Journal - Five ways rookies can maximize their opportunity to have a successful rookie season.

Ex-Bear news - (AP) Criminal charges have been dropped against Henry Melton over a 2013 altercation at a Dallas-area bar.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Michael Rothstein with some observations from Lions' first open practice of the organized team activities period. Will Brinson: Suh 'happy' in Detroit, says he 'chose' Lions in draft.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: Super Bowl nod must have been first time in a while where it was purely, unequivocally good for the Wilf family to be the owners of the Vikings.

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