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The Bears Den: March 12, 2015 - Offseason Chicago Bears news & notes

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Bears agree to terms with McPhee - Larry Mayer: 26-year-old Pernell McPhee is a versatile and aggressive playmaker who lined up at outside linebacker, end and tackle with the Ravens.

Bears ink free agents Royal, Rolle - Larry Mayer: Hours after signing outside linebacker Pernell McPhee to a five-year contract Wednesday, the Bears inked receiver Eddie Royal and safety Antrel Rolle to three-year deals.

The building-buying dynamic of free agency - Dan Durkin: There’s a vast difference between building and buying in free agency. Smart teams operate on the former, and the timeline for the rebuild in Chicago is at a minimum two seasons with a series of successful drafts.

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Bears officially sign Pernell McPhee

Pace sees McPhee as ideal fit for Bears - Larry Mayer: While introducing outside linebacker Pernell McPhee to the media Wednesday, Ryan Pace explained why the Bears targeted the 6-3, 280-pounder from the outset of free agency.

McPhee: 'I'm violent' - Michael C. Wright: Pernell McPhee serves as somewhat of a building block to what's expected to be an entirely different defense than the Bears have fielded in recent years.

McPhee's departure should be treated as if a starter left - Jon Meoli: Over half of Pernell McPhee's snaps in '14 were with Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil. The Ravens basically lost a starter, possibly the most dynamic and versatile of their outside linebackers.

Bears tab McPhee to bring proud defensive tradition back - Not-Hub Arkush: McPhee willl be tasked with injecting some of the energy that permeates from a recent winning culture like the one in Baltimore to one that success has too often eluded over the past decade.

[Video] - Is-Hub Arkush, and Not-Hubs Fishbain and Arkush break down the Bears signing linebacker Pernell McPhee.

Photos - cameras followed Pernell McPhee during his first full day at Halas Hall.

[Video] - Highlights of new Bears linebacker Pernell McPhee.

Bears add Antrel Rolle, Eddie Royal

Bears make more free agent moves - Dan Wiederer: Antrel Rolle checks the boxes as a tough and intelligent playmaker whose experience should be a steadying influence on the back end of the defense, while Eddie Royal will be a key addition to the offense.  Bob LeGereBears add veteran help on both sides of the ball.

Bears address receiver position with Royal - Michael C. Wright: The Bears hope Eddie Royal can replace some of the production lost when the club traded Brandon Marshall to the Jets.  Not-Hub FishbainHas shown more production than Earl Bennett did in the slot.

Antrel Rolle signs with Bears - Dan Graziano: Durable safety spent the past two years as a team captain, and earned a reputation a strong leader and team player ... Departure inevitable, but Giants will miss him.  Not-Hub FishbainThe most experienced safety to patrol Bears' secondary in a long time.

[Video] - Moon Mullin on Bears' signing of Rolle, Royal.

[Video] - Highlights of new Bears safety Antrel Rolle, new Bears receiver Eddie Royal.

Bears confirm Jay Cutler to be starting QB in 2015

Pace: Cutler will remain Bears' starter - Larry Mayer: Having completed a thorough evaluation with input from OC Adam Gase and QB coach Dowell Loggains, Ryan Pace revealed Wednesday that Jay Cutler will remain the Bears' starting QB.

Bears committed to Cutler as starter in 2015 - Michael C. Wright: Ryan Pace and John Fox changed their previously non-committal tune regarding Jay Cutler on Wednesday, announcing he'll remain the starter as the club preps for the 2015 season.

Only way is up for Cutler now - Jon Greenberg: With expectations so low, perhaps Jay Cutler finally will get comfortable and string together some good seasons now that all the Bears need from him is to be competent, not to be their savior.

Pace and Fox sound like they're stuck with Cutler - Steve Rosenbloom: The duo matter-of-factly announced a decision on a QB; if keeping Cutler was going to be their decision, then what we got Wednesday was their only stance.

Maybe McPhee can get to Cutler, too - [Nuh-uh. Fool me once, shame on Mike Imrem; fool me twice, just kill me now. - Den]

Surprise, surprise: Cutler is Bears' starter - Is-Hub Arkush: Whether you like him or not personally is completely irrelevant. Cutler is the Bears' QB this year because he is and has all along been the best and only choice for the job.  Brad BiggsPlan B more frightening than the Kordell Stewart idea the Bears concocted in 2003.

[Video] - Not-Hubs Fishbain and Arkush weigh in on Jay Cutler sticking around as the QB of the Bears.


Pace: Trade best for Bears and Brandon Marshall - Michael C. Wright: GM says he "feels good" about how the Bears are proceeding with their wide receivers.

Free-agent safety Ron Parker to visit Bears - Dan Wiederer, Brad Biggs: Bears' interest in Ron Parker, a 27-year-old playmaker who spent the last two seasons with the Chiefs, shouldn’t register as surprising given their goal of upgrading the talent at safety.

[Video] - Adam L. Jahns talks Cutler, the McPhee signing, receiver depth, and the draft.

[Video] - Pernell McPhee answers three off-the-field questions on 3 And Out.

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Why early NFL player retirements actually make sense - Lindsay H. Jones: When a player retires from the NFL, there are many things that go into the decision.

Draft preview - Greg Gabriel with a look at the top 3 QBs in the weakest draft class in years.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Michael Rothstein: Lions appear out of contention to sign Nick Fairley, whose departure would mean all 2010 and 2011 draft choices are no longer on the Lions' roster ... Haloti Ngata wants to prove himself again with Lions.


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