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The Bears Den: March 13, 2015 - Offseason Chicago Bears news & notes

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Royal, Rolle much-needed upgrades to Bears' roster - Bob LeGere: Eddie Royal provides the Bears with the type of wideout they're lacking, while three-time Pro Bowler Antrel Rolle will immediately upgrade the last line of defense.

Fox: Don't judge Bears D until after free agency, draft - Patrick Finley: The Bears’ defensive roster will make a lot more sense after those two big periods — free agency and the draft — are completed.

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Royal, Rolle signings: reaction and analysis

Royal an excellent fit as slot receiver for Bears - Is-Hub Arkush: Eddie Royal brings a big-play element to the Bears from the slot, and gives the Bears' special teams options, too.

Free agent breakdown: Eddie Royal - Dan Durkin: A value move for the Bears, Royal is best when deployed from the slot, where he uses his quickness to get open against safeties and linebackers on option routes and bubble screens.

[Video] SportsTalk Live - The panel discuss the Bears' signing of Eddie Royal; can Alshon Jeffery step up to the WR1 role?

Free agent breakdown: Antrel Rolle - Dan Durkin: Vic Fangio prefers safeties with interchangeable skill sets, which fits Rolle’s playing style as a dynamic, reliable safety who can be used in a variety of roles in both base and sub packages.

Rolle followed instincts in signing with Bears - Rich Campbell: Veteran safety studied Fangio's defenses with the 49ers over the last four seasons and became excited about how he’d fit in ... Dan WiedererHeralded as role model for teammates.

[Video] ESPN - Dan Graziano discusses the Bears' signing of safety Antrel Rolle.

[Video] SportsTalk Live - The panel discuss the Bears' signing of Antrel Rolle.

[Video] - David Haugh on the Bears' newest free agent signings.

Free agency notes - Patrick Finley: Antrel Rolle says team can win now; contract breakdowns for Pernell McPhee, Antrel Rolle, and Eddie Royal [more details from Brad Biggs].

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[Video] - Not-Hubs Fishbain and Arkush on the Bears' options at the linebacker spots in their 3-4 defense.

[Audio] - Jen Lada: Bears close to a deal with Mason Foster; thoughts on Rolle's signing and fitting the roster to a 3-4 defense.

Is Ryan Pace lying or failing when it comes to Jay Cutler? - [Let's face it, chances are this is going to be just the same thing Rosenbloom bangs out ad nauseum. I couldn't be bothered to read it, but I'll place it here in case you're desperate. - Den] ... Dan DurkinCutler contract update.

Fox sees 'maturity and growth' from Clausen - Michael C. Wright: John Fox and Ryan Pace studied Jimmy Clausen upon their arrivals in Chicago, and decided to bring him back on a one-year deal.

Martellus Bennett posts trailer to his short film - Michael C. Wright: Let’s take a quick break to recognize Martellus Bennett for what appears to be completion of his first animated short film.

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The Business of Football - Andrew Brandt: Recapping the signings, trades and retirements that sent shockwaves through the league at the onset of free agency.

How clubs prepare for free agency - Greg Gabriel: For many clubs, the pro scouting staff start their preparation for free agency during the previous season.

Rating GMs in the NFL Draft - Tony Villiotti crunches some numbers, seemingly from before the previous Bears regime came to an end, that show Phil Emery was the best GM at drafting in the NFC North in the past 10 years. [Some issues with the methodology there.]

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: Continued meetings suggest Adrian Peterson and the Vikings haven't given up yet.  Michael Johnson to visit Vikings.

Ex-Bears news - Not-Hub Arkush: Chris Conte, Henry Melton reunite with Lovie Smith, sign with Buccaneers.

Whut - Police in Akron, Ohio are desperately searching for a serial poopetrator who has been terrorizing residents by pooping on -- and sometimes even in -- unsuspecting victims' cars.

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