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The Weekend Bears Den: February 07, 2015 - Offseason Chicago Bears news & notes

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Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - Larry discusses the top safeties available in free agency and the draft, if the Ravens violated a tampering rule involving Brandon Marshall, and a miracle win over the Chiefs in 1977.

Marshall might be a pro, but his cons have piled up - Rick Morrissey: If I’m the Bears, as I look back on this long list of what I don’t want from Brandon Marshall, I might just come to the realization that I don’t want him, period.

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Roster analysis: RB - Dan Durkin: Rebuilding the defense will be the primary focus for the Bears this offseason, but they must determine how they foresee Matt Forte fitting into their future plans and must add a speed and power element to the group.

Plays that shaped Bears' season - Michael C. Wright: No. 6: Matt Forte's fourth-quarter fumble against the Panthers in week 5.

[Video] Making the Grade: DBs - The CSN Chicago panel takes a look back at the ups and downs of the Bears secondary from the 2014 season.

Bears mailbag - Michael C. Wright's readers' Q&As on whether the Bears keep Brandon Marshall, moving down from the #7 spot in the draft, Lamarr Houston's fit for the 3-4, and more.

[Video] SportsTalk Live - Are the Ravens tampering with Brandon Marshall?

Some of the most compelling 2015 NFL offseason stories - Doug Farrar: Few NFL teams have as much base talent as the Bears; if the new staff can corral Jay Cutler and bring out the best in him, this team could challenge the entire NFC.

Briggs says he'd never play for rival Packers - David Just: When asked if he would ever think about playing for the Bears' biggest rivals, Lance Briggs' answer was a succinct "No".

Vereen loved seeing brother win title - Larry Mayer: For Brock Vereen, celebrating his brother Shane's Super Bowl win with Shane, their parents and Shane's girlfriend was a surreal experience.

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When did Roger Goodell become a Chicago alderman? - Steve Rosenbloom: It's claimed no public money will be used for hosting the Draft; is the NFL is bringing its own police force and cordoning off its own streets? Tim BaffoeLeague's demands make for uncomfortable reading.

[Video] SportsTalk Live - How unreasonable are the NFL's Draft demands?

2015 NFL Draft: Don't expect immediate results from pass rushers - Pat Kirwan: As many as six players, led by Randy Gregory, might be selected in the first round of this year's draft. But how many will make an immediate impact?

Draft preview - Lance Zierlein: Jameis Winston among 10 prospects prospects with most to prove at combine.  Mock draft: Bears could plug in Danny Shelton as anchor of new DC Vic Fangio's 3-4.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Drew Birkett: The final year of Ndamukong Suh's rookie contract has officially voided, and now the Lions are on the clock to re-sign their all-pro defensive tackle.  Dave DyeMatt Prater hopes to stay with Lions after settling team's kicking woes.

Franchise tag an increasingly expensive proposition in the NFL - Jason La Canfora: Once all the rage, the franchise tag has fallen out of favor in recent years and will be used sparingly again this offseason.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Drew Birkett: Reggie Bush denies allegations that he gave ecstasy to women while hanging out with accused rapist Darren Sharper in Las Vegas.