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The Bears Den: June 27, 2014 - Chicago Bears offseason news & notes

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Cutler relishes bond with Marshall - Larry Mayer: Entering their sixth season together as teammates, Jay Cutler was thrilled to hear about the contract extension that Brandon Marshall signed with the Bears in May.

Team Report - The SportsXchange with a roundup of the Bears' latest offseason news following the conclusion of veteran minicamp.

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Roster analysis: Centers and guards - Michael C. Wright: No player on the roster will push either Slauson or Long for their starting jobs, and there's a good chance James Brown won't make the cut.

Rookie spotlight: DT Ego Ferguson - Dan Durkin: Quick on his feet but with handwork in need of improvement, the Bears will deploy him on early downs and short-distance, where he should immediately make an impact against the run.

Safety position still up for grabs - Mike North: Adrian Wilson is on the downside, and his signing sends an ominous signal to Bears fans.

Team notes - [Buried in Dan Pompei's column]: The Bears are working with a sleep therapist in an attempt to maximize performance and enhance quality of life for their players.

NFL veterans to appreciate - Adam Schein spotlights nine veterans to savor now before Father Time calls them off the field, and calls upon Bears fans to appreciate Charles Tillman.

Brandon Marshall can't wait for the NFL season to get here - Marshall posted some pictures and videos on his personal Instagram account from the photoshoot he had that will likely air on NBC's Sunday Night Football next season.

[Video] NFL Network - Terrell Owens breaks down his top players, and lists a certain Bears #15 among his top wide receivers in the game today.

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NFL Rookie Symposium eliminates excuses - Matt Bowen: Kyle Long among current players at the symposium this week, talking with 2014 draft class on the importance of finding a mentor to follow in the locker room as a young player.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Chris Wesseling: With DEs Datone Jones and Mike Daniels poised to make the leap in 2014, will Green Bay's defense be the most improved unit in the NFL?

Top 10 college football players of the 1990s - Chase Goodbread picks out a couple of players from the University of Michigan who went on to play in the pro game, albeit for our divisional rivals rather than for the Bears.

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