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The Bears Den: February 26, 2015 - Offseason Chicago Bears news & notes

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Forte appears to be concerned about his standing - Michael C. Wright: All of Matt Forte's accolades and contributions won't ever trump the business side of the game, where teams typically don't like to sign running backs to a third contract. #overpaydaman

Roster news - Larry Mayer: The Bears on Wednesday signed cornerback Demontre Hurst to a two-year contract extension through the 2016 season.

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Ranking the Bears' free agents: No. 10 - Michael C. Wright: Injury-prone Darryl Sharpton could be worth a one-year veteran minimum deal as he’s a quality backup experienced in 3-4 schemes.

[Video] ESPN - Michael C. Wright discusses areas the team may address in free agency: Bears interested in bolstering linebacking corps.  Tyler DragonCould 49ers part with Patrick Willis?

NFL Combine notes: Defense - Dan Durkin with notes and quotes from front-seven prospects who project to go in the first two rounds.

Draft preview - Matt Bowen: Six prospects to watch carefully as Bears develop their draft board.  Tom Gower: Bears should only draft defensive players.

Mock Draft - Matt Brown: Danny Shelton put up an astonishing 93 tackles and 16 ½ tackles for loss as a senior, despite his massive frame, making him an excellent, versatile fit for Vic Fangio's new 3-4 base defense in Chicago.  Daniel JeremiahVic Beasley.

[Video] Inside the Bears - Jeff Joniak interviews Ego Ferguson and Will Sutton about their special bond on and off the field.

Photos - Potential Bears NFL draft targets at the combine.

Most devastating moments in Chicago sports history - David Just: Feb. 24, 2015 may be one of the worst sports days a city has experienced in some time.  [Bonus link for the Bulls fans among our members.] Michael Pina: Is Derrick Rose gone for good?

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Jack Bechta: The Agent's Journal - The Combine needs to grow up, mature, get with the times and make some more adjustments that are simply common sense.

The NFL Combine All-Stars - Tony Villiotti: Which prospects performed best in the three most important drills for each playing position?  Bucky BrooksTop five prospects by position ... Big Board 2.0.

The Business of Football - Andrew Brandt: In the right hands, the cap can be a useful tool for managing rosters — or a useful excuse for getting rid of an unwanted player.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Pete Prisco: Ndamukong Suh's sack numbers will never match J.J. Watt's, but the Lions can't afford to let the second-most disruptive force in the NFL go -- no matter what it costs.  Dave Birkett: Lions cut Reggie Bush, create cap space in push for Suh.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Nate Davis: Packers release veteran LB A.J. Hawk ... Rob DemovskyDon't judge A.J. Hawk on his draft position.

Ex-Bear news - Jared Dubin: See Greg Olsen in a cryogenic cold tub, where it got as cold as -135C/-211F.


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