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The Bears Den: July 17, 2014 - Chicago Bears offseason news and notes

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Bears camp can't start soon enough - Barry Rozner: Football season can't come soon enough in Chicago, where -- until further notice -- baseball ends annually at the trade deadline. It doesn't hurt that expectations for the Bears are soaring after a productive off-season.

Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - Larry discusses how Shea McClellin fared during offseason workouts, training camp information, and the competition at strong safety.

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Training camp snapshot: Quarterbacks - Dan Wiederer: With Jay Cutler the undisputed No. 1, the drama in training camp will be the backup battle between Jimmy Clausen and Jordan Palmer. Moon MullinBears will not enter season with two veteran backups.

Roster analysis: O-line benefiting from continuity - Larry Mayer: When the Bears step on the practice field for the first time next week, they'll do so with the same five O-linemen that started all 16 games last season.

Training camp snapshot: Tight ends - Rich Campbell: Bears in good hands with Martellus Bennett; appear deeper behind him with four veterans vying for the second TE spot.

Training camp preview: Linebackers - Not-Hub Arkush: Lance Briggs is the only clear starter but is entering the final year of his contract, as the Bears arrive in Bourbonnais with plenty to sort out in the second level of their defense.

Training camp snapshot: Cornerbacks - Rich Campbell: 1st-round draft selection of Kyle Fuller, along with retaining Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings, should go a long way in improving this position in 2014.

Training camp snapshot: Safeties - Dan Wiederer: Arguably no position on the roster is more wide open with Ryan Mundy and Brock Vereen heading a new cast at problem position.

Rookie watch - Michael C. Wright: Brock Vereen took repetitions with the first team during OTAs and minicamp, but Bears aren't ready to anoint him the starter yet.

Player profile - James Neveau: The Bears needed help at safety this offseason, and Ryan Mundy is the center piece of the rebuilding effort at that spot. Michael C. Wright: [Video] Adrian Wilson adds low-risk, high-reward competition.

Rookie watch - Moon Mullin: Jordan Lynch in unfamiliar position at unfamiliar positions.

Marc Trestman's To-Do list - James Neveau: The Bears have a lot to do in training camp, but head coach Marc Trestman's job is perhaps the most important of all.

[Video] - A few reasons for you to draft Brandon Marshall to your Fantasy team.

Photos - Heading into Training Camp, takes a look back at the best images from Bourbonnais in 2013.

[Video] Bears doing good things - The Bears 2014 rookie class and members of the organization returned to Washington, Illinois to help victims still cleaning up from November’s devastating tornados.

Forbes: Bears 18th-most valuable sports franchise in the world - (CBS) Owned by the McCaskey family, the Bears were valued at $1.25 billion, making them the eighth-most valuable NFL team.

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How the NFL could benefit from developmental league - Ross Jones: With over 200 proposals in the league office, what are some of the most pressing questions facing such an undertaking?

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Colin McGowan: The fact that the Vikings aren't revealing findings of an internal investigation of homophobia in their coaching staff suggests there's something damning in those documents.

Fantasy Football simulator - Courtesy of, now you can simulate a 2014 fantasy draft & practice, based on your league parameters and formats.


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