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The Bears Den: February 27, 2015 - Offseason Chicago Bears news & notes

"Nov 7, 1965; Chicago; Doug Atkins (81) hits Baltimore Colts QB Johnny Unitas (19) as he throws at Wrigley Field."

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Bears among NFL Combine winners - Dan Durkin: When assessing the Bears’ most pressing needs on both sides of the ball — speed off the edge on defense and a receiver who can take the top off of a defense — with the draft’s strengths, there are clear intersection points.

Bears spent freely during Trestman's tenure - Brad Biggs: While the results did not work out as the team intended, the Bears ponied up when it came to constructing the roster during the Marc Trestman era, spending more than $271 million in cash on players in the last two seasons.

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Ranking the Bears free agents: No. 9 - Michael C. Wright: One of the team’s best players on special teams, Danny McCray can come into the starting lineup in a pinch, but the Bears might be able to find someone better in free agency.

Bears free-agent spotlight: Lance Briggs - Not-Hub Fishbain: The veteran says he wants to return and is an option but, in addition to the fact that it'd be a new scheme for Briggs, does this brand-new regime want to keep a player of the old guard?

Gruden: Time for Bears to give another QB a chance - Michael C. Wright: "There are good enough players out there that deserve a chance to be the QB of the Bears." [So, who's amped for Hoyer? The Sanchize? McGowan? Schaub? Sex Cannon?] ... Moon Mullin: Bears looking to past coaches to find out what makes Jay Cutler tick ... [Video] SportsTalk Live.

Draft preview - Dan Wiederer: Finding an element of speed in the receiving corps should become a focus for Ryan Pace in his offseason roster revisions, and Tre McBride could be a 'sleeper' option for Bears.

Draft preview - Larry Mayer: With the NFL Combine wrapping up earlier this week, national football writers have been identifying prospects who both helped and hurt their causes during drills in Indianapolis.  Byron Jones excels in Combine events.

Bears mailbag - Q: Arrrrgh whaaarrrgarble Bears 4-3 tradition Bill George herp derp!!!1111 Brad Biggs: /FML

Bears mailbag - Is-Hub Arkush's readers' Q&As on how the pass rushers stack up, if Danny Shelton is a better option, and if the Bears should use Matt Forte to get more picks.

[Video] SportsTalk Live - Should the Bears trade Matt Forte?

Ex-Bears doing good things - Larry Mayer: Anthony Adams will host the Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation's 22nd annual Bear Tie Ball Saturday night in Chicago.

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AP decision shows Roger Goodell's unwieldy power in NFL - Greg A. Bedard: The NFL suffered a big blow when a district court judge ruled against the league on Adrian Peterson's appeal. The matter isn't over, but it shines a light on Roger Goodell's unwieldy power and the need for a more uniform discipline policy.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Michael Rothstein: Todd McShay mocks an O-lineman to the Lions..