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The Weekend Bears Den: February 28, 2015 - Offseason Chicago Bears news & notes

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Roster news - Larry Mayer: The Bears on Friday signed TE Zach Miller, who spent the 2014 campaign on IR, to a one-year extension through the 2015 season.  Brad BiggsCould provide depth if he can finally stay on the field.

Bears free-agent spotlight: Charles Tillman - Not-Hub Arkush: Only likely to receive one-year, incentive-laden deals, if his top priority is in fact winning a Super Bowl, he might value the chance to join a Super Bowl contender over the rebuilding Bears … if contenders are even interested.

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Ranking the Bears’ free agents: No. 8 - Michael C. Wright: Eben Britton can play either of the tackle spots or kick inside to guard, making him an attractive addition for other teams.

[Video] - Not-Hubs Fishbain and Arkush highlight some of the key free agents on the Bears roster.

Bears mailbag - Michael C. Wright's readers' Q&As: John Fox could target some Broncos in FA.

Bears mailbag - Is-Hub Arkush's readers' Q&As on adding A.J. Hawk, Reggie Bush, Rahim Moore, Da'Norris Searcy, or Mike Iupati, as well as the possibility of moving Kyle Long to left tackle.

Bears add player development director - Patrick Finley: Former Broncos player development director Jerry Butler has accepted a similar position with the Bears, the team confirmed Friday.

Mock Draft - Greg Gabriel: The Bears are going to a 3-4 and have a huge need for an athletic edge rusher. I like Vic Beasley better than Shane Ray…very explosive!

Draft preview - Larry Mayer: analyst Daniel Jeremiah has updated his rankings of the top 50 prospects in the draft post-Combine, but USC DE Leonard Williams remains No. 1.

2006 NFL Draft do-over - Lance Zierlein has two current Bears, neither of whom were originally drafted by the team, going in his redo of the top 10 picks.

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Top 101 NFL free agents for 2015 - Gregg Rosenthal and Chris Wesseling rank the top 101 free agents, sortable by position.

NFL considering changes to testing drills at Combine - Chase Goodbread: Could the 40-yard dash for an O-lineman be a thing of the past? Combine could involve more position-specific drills in the future, according to the NFL's director of player development.  Greg Gabriel14 players that need to have a strong Pro Day.

Breaking down the NFL Draft - Tony Villiotti reviews the outcome of draft selections over the past 20 years to establish the bands (Draft Ranges) of where players tend to be drafted and how they perform.

Ex-Bear news - Dan Wiederer: Josh McCown agreed to three-year contract with the Browns ... John BreechThree things to know ... [Video] SportsTalk Live - Surprising?

Know thy enemy: Lions - Dave Birkett: Detroit badly wants to re-sign Ndamukong Suh, though history says they should be cautious as other DTs have struggled to prove their worth.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Brian Hall: Adrian Peterson issues statement on overturned suspension, doesn't mention Vikings ... Gregg RosenthalWhat's next for AP? ... Jason B. HirschhornRuling lands another blow to Roger Goodell.