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The Bears Den: March 10, 2015 - Offseason Chicago Bears news & notes

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What will free agency say about Bears' rebuilding process? - Adam L. Jahns: If Ryan Pace is trying to rebuild and rid the Bears of their reliance on free agency, a more guarded approach to spending may be best.

Bears front-and-center in NFL free-agency buzz - David Haugh: What does the flood of NFL news regarding free agency and trades mean to the Bears?

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Bears agree deal with Pernell McPhee

Pernell McPhee, Bears agree to five-year deal - Michael C. Wright, Jamison Hensley: The Bears have landed coveted free agent Pernell McPhee, agreeing with the versatile linebacker on a five-year deal worth nearly $40 million.

McPhee first step in Bears' defensive resurgence - Michael C. Wright: With the Bears' move to a 3-4 front under Vic Fangio, the acquisition of Pernell McPhee was necessary and displays the new regime's commitment to returning Chicago to its former glory on defense.

McPhee a big boost to Bears' pass rush - Bob LeGere: The Bears are not wasting any time addressing their biggest off-season need -- an improved pass rush. Next could be adding a veteran NT and help in the secondary.

Bears 'D' transformation off to good start with McPhee - Brad Biggs: Pernell McPhee isn't the kind of player who is going to tilt the field on Sundays, but he's an ascending player whose value and productivity should be maximized in Vic Fangio's scheme.

Bears to make McPhee face of their new 'D' - Patrick Finley: The Bears aren’t the first team to try to build around second-string pass rushers from the Ravens’ devilish 3-4, with uneven results.

McPhee the correct choice as Bears move to a 3-4 - Is-Hub Arkush: The free-agent signing of Pernell McPhee is the Bears' 2015 version of Lamar Houston, hopefully with a better outcome.

X&Os - Doug Farrar takes a look at how Pernell McPhee will fit in Vic Fangio's scheme.

Bears begin defensive makeover and there's more to come - Rich Campbell: Ryan Pace made his first splash in the NFL's free-agent pool Monday, but the Bears have more defensive needs and an array of options with which to address them.

Player profile - Not-Hub Fishbain: McPhee is bigger than some prototypical edge rushers, which gives him the versatility to move around a bit, and that should work well for Vic Fangio.  Phil Thompson: 5 facts about McPhee.

[Video] ESPN - Jeff Dickerson discusses the report that the Bears and LB Pernell McPhee have agreed on a five-year deal worth nearly $40 million.

[Video] SportsTalk Live - Bears make first move in free agency.

[Video] View from the Moon - Moon Mullin: How McPhee fits Fangio's defense.

[Video] SportsTalk Live - How does McPhee signing change Bears' draft plans?

[Video] SportsTalk Live - CSNBaltimore's Clifton Brown on the Bears' signing of Pernell McPhee.

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More on Bears free agency

Cutler question still looms on eve of free agency - Patrick Finley: With Thursday’s deadline looming, Jay Cutler’s onerous contract makes him difficult, if not impossible, to deal, yet his talent makes him better than any available free agent.

Cutler better without Marshall - David Haugh: For all the fanfare about reuniting the former Broncos buddies, Jay Cutler was a more effective Bears QB without Brandon Marshall than with him.  Dan CahillMatt Slauson has Cutler's back.

Free agency preview: QB - Moon Mullin: Upgrades are always welcome but the need level for 2015 is not acute; even with the McPhee signing, pass rusher is a higher priority than for an upgrade over Cutler.

Ranking the Bears' free agents: No. 1 - Michael C. Wright: The Bears don’t appear to be in the hunt to bring back Stephen Paea, who doesn’t appear to be a fit as a potential nose in Vic Fangio's 3-4 scheme and who should be able to land a lucrative deal in free agency.

Free agency preview: LB - Moon Mullin: The issues for the Bears remain both talent and numbers, with Lance Briggs not returning and Khaseem Greene appearing to be a wasted fourth-round draft choice. Moves at LB follow Vic Fangio’s 49ers template.

[Video] ESPN - Michael C. Wright: Bears will upgrade linebacker and D-line in their new 3-4 alignment, targeting LB Mason Foster and DT Terrance Knighton.

Free agency preview: DBs - Moon Mullin: As bad as the Bears have been at securing the safety position, their efforts at cornerback have been considerably more successful; with safety considered one of the weakest area of the draft, expect the Bears to shop in free agency.

Free agency preview: O-line - Moon Mullin: The decision on where Kyle Long plays – he has said he is very comfortable at right guard and fine with not moving – may turn on what the Bears do in free agency.

Stefen Wisniewski on Bears' radar - Brad Biggs: Sources indicate the Bears have expressed interest in free-agent center Stefen Wisniewski, who ten years younger than incumbent Roberto Garza, from the Raiders.

Bears free-agent spotlight - Not-Hub Arkush takes a look at the likelihood of Josh Morgan, Dante Rosario, and Eben Britton returning to the Bears in 2015.

[Video] SportsTalk LiveCreepy Uncle Mark Potash and Minecraft head Adam L. Jahns discuss Bears, NFL free agency.

[Video] - Jerry Angelo joins Kap & Haugh to break down the Bears' latest moves ahead of NFL free agency.

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Bears analytics guru Mitch Tanney hired by Broncos - Brad Biggs: The Broncos' new director of football analytics will fulfill a similar role to that which he did for previous Phil Emery.

Mock Drafts - Larry Mayer: The NFL Draft is still seven weeks away and free agency no doubt will change team needs. What do NFL analysts think the Bears will do with the seventh pick in the first round?

Photos - ChicagoBears.com: With the 2015 NFL free agency window kicking off on March 10th, take a look back at some of the top Bears free agent signings over the past several years.

[Video] Inside the Bears - Alex Brown, Jason McKie, and Hunter Hillenmeyer are all enjoying second careers as entrepreneurs. Anthony Adams learns more about their lives after football.

One great photo from every Super Bowl in history - (USA Today): Bears players carry coach Mike Ditka off the field after winning Super Bowl XX.

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Draft preview - Greg Gabriel casts an eye over the top 5 D-linemen in the draft.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Michael Rothstein: Ndamukong Suh's legacy with Detroit is as complex as Suh himself: dominant on the field for the Lions, hard to decipher off of it ... Where Lions stand on defense entering free agency.

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